TJ Newsflash: 3 April

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

Experimenting with GPTs with Jo Cook – video blog

Have you thought about building a GPT? Are you in L&D and would like to know more about what we’re experimenting with? A Jo who is way more than an ‘average Joe’ joined us for our latest episode of the famous podcast show! Jo Cook, editor of Training Journal, owner of Lightbulb Moment, and all-around amazing L&D thought leader, joins Hayley and Erica to share her experience in building GPTs, and shares what has worked, and more importantly, what hasn’t!

Watch here.

98% of employers have tried to encourage people back to the office

A weighty 91% of companies still have employees currently hybrid working, according to the latest research from Towergate Health & Protection.

The research reveals that only 9% of employers currently have no hybrid workers. On average 39% of the workforce are hybrid working and 27% of employers have more than half their workforce hybrid working.

It would appear, however, that employers are keen for their employees to return to the office, with 98% having implemented a measure to persuade their employees back to the workplace.

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Three quarters of UK employers measure the impact of supporting the health and wellbeing of their staff, up from 51% in 2023

Over three-quarters (76%) of employers now measure the impact of supporting the health and wellbeing of their staff, according to new research conducted by GRiD, the industry body for the group risk sector. This represents a significant increase on the 51% who measured this impact in 2023 and shows that employers are recognising the importance of ensuring both their staff and their business are benefitting from offering health and wellbeing support.

GRiD also emphasises that measuring the impact can be a very effective way for health and wellbeing benefits to be changed or tweaked to improve outcomes. Without measuring the impact, it is difficult to establish an improvement (or deterioration) in employees’ health and wellbeing.

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New AI Safety Institute to work with US counterparts

Ministers from the US and the UK have unveiled a transatlantic memorandum of understanding through which specialist AI safety teams will work to foster common approaches and conduct joint testing. Government’s nascent AI Safety Institute will collaborate with its counterpart agency in the US to share expertise and identify common ways of working.

Yesterday, ministers from the UK and the US unveiled a transatlantic memorandum of understanding through which the dedicated AI safety units from the respective governments will work together. This cooperation is intended to enable both parties to “align their scientific approaches and… rapidly iterate robust suites of evaluations for AI models, systems, and agents”.

Read more from our sister publication Public Technology.

Four industry experts launch new tech learning company

Four long-time tech learning executives are excited to announce the launch of a new custom tech learning organization. The four co-founders have worked at, or with, all major tech learning organizations in the United States, and possess a combined 70+ years of tech learning expertise.

The bILTup team focuses on the following technology areas: AI/GenAI, Machine Learning, Data Science, Data Engineering, DevOps, Cloud, Front-End, Back-End, Full Stack Development, Cybersecurity, ITIL, Agile, and Mobile.

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