TJ Newsflash: 24 April

The latest learning news and research personally compiled by TJ’s Editor, Jo Cook

The state of virtual training – Cindy Huggett’s annual report out now

Virtual training – live, online, facilitator-led learning – is here to stay. More than 86% of organizations report using virtual classrooms*, and nearly all use online learning as part of their workforce training strategies. The bigger and better question is, how do we ensure it’s a successful learning method that leads to on-the-job results? This year’s State of Virtual Training Survey provides insights and recommendations for organisations around the globe who want to do it well.

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New free modern slavery training course for companies

There are 17 million victims of modern slavery being exploited in global supply chains today. They make the goods and provide the services consumed by people around the world. To help end this abuse, companies need to act. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it can help protect businesses from commercial risks and facilitate compliance with an ever increasing number of new laws.

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act, for example, requires approximately 17,000 companies to report on the steps they have taken to tackle slavery in their supply chains. Yet a recent survey found that 74% of companies failed to adequately explain the steps they are taking to train their staff on slavery. Without adequate training, many employees will struggle to spot the warning signs and to respond appropriately.

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Google searches for contract tech work up by 23%, five-year high

With recent reporting on the decline of the dream ‘Big Tech’ job and an ever-shifting labour market, contract tech work has seen an uptick in interest over the last 12 months.

Digging into current attitudes towards contract, or temporary, roles in IT, Tenth Revolution Group has conducted keyword research revealing a steady increase of 23% in Google searches over the last year reaching a five-year high according to Google Trends.

Responding to these new data insights, Tenth Revolution Group Chairman and CEO James Lloyd-Townshend commented: “The rise in searches for contract roles in tech is both noteworthy and positive. Taking in this data in the aftermath of The Great Resignation, it’s a clear and coherent picture. Contract work gives professionals that much more agency when it comes to structuring their projects, workloads, and crucially their work-life balance.”

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Vyond expands AI video capabilities to unlock effective business communication

The new features enable customers to produce effective, engaging, and brand-aligned video content to scale critical communications and drive tangible business outcomes.

Enhanced AI capabilities for Vyond Go make it faster and easier to produce video content that’s relevant to business objectives. Features now include the ability to dynamically generate visuals for your videos—based on prompts written in 70+ languages. In combination with new brand management tools, teams can now scale video production quickly while ensuring consistent brand identity.

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HR challenges and priorities for employers in 2024 – HR survey results

Employee retention remains a key HR challenge and top priority for UK employers this year, according to a new survey of 300 HR decision-makers.

HR software provider Ciphr commissioned a survey of 300 UK-based HR decision-makers to find out which workplace challenges, if any, were causing their organisations the biggest concerns.

Ciphr’s research revealed that over half (51%) of HR professionals think that talent retention is (or will be) the biggest challenge facing their organisation in 2024.

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Be-A Education Ltd expands online offering with strategic acquisition of Scott Bradbury Ltd

Be-A Education Ltd, a provider of certified online vocational training for individuals and SMEs, is delighted to announce the acquisition of digital learning content and platform provider Scott Bradbury Ltd.

Supported by Addition Capital, this acquisition will further expand Be-A Education’s B2B offering, Staff Skills Academy, through the addition of Scott Bradbury’s multimedia library of resources designed to improve performance and wellbeing at work.

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