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What are the top three coaching techniques for managers to drive individual and team performance?

Written on 4 March 2015 in Video
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Denise Hudson-Lawson examines the top three coaching techniques managers can use to drive individual and team performance

YMCA: Training needed to combat youth unemployment

Written on 3 March 2015 in News

Central YMCA, which supports young people into work through its national YMCA Training operation, has today launched a roadmap of eight key recommendations designed to tackle youth unemployment, along with research highlighting the financial prize of getting it right

Young people don’t believe they are being taught the skills businesses will be looking for, report claims

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 3 March 2015 in News

New research from LifeSkills created with Barclays reveals a glaring gap in the skills young people say they are being taught and those that businesses will want in 10 years. Digital skills and problem-solving among the top skills 14-25 year olds, and their parents, think employers will want, yet nearly half of young people say they haven’t been taught them

A cross-party plan for skills is needed, says Sir Charlie Mayfield

Written on 3 March 2015 in News

The event has been convened by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, a cross-party group of leading parliamentarians working across the political divide to identify ways of ensuring the UK’s success is more fairly shared. This will be the group’s final event before the election

Government working with leading engineering firms to create pathway to specialist skills

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 2 March 2015 in News

The Improving Engineering Careers project is a part of the government’s response to the November 2013 Perkins Review of Engineering Skills, which noted the huge positive impact an increasing base of engineers would have on the UK economy

What companies should do to retain the best staff

Written by Chris Underwood on 2 March 2015 in Feature
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Retention strategies play a vital role and should not be understated, Chris Underwood says

Government joins forces with industry to get more women into engineering

Written on 27 February 2015 in News
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The £208,000 of joint government and employer funding will create new skills programmes for new and former women engineers 

Small and medium employers setting the standard for maximising skills, new research shows

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 27 February 2015 in News

A new report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) shows many small and medium sized businesses are forging a path when it comes to maximising the talents of their employees, but a gulf exists between the best and those found lagging behind

New apprenticeship resources launched for staff in the education and training sector

Written on 26 February 2015 in News

The resources include guides, tool-kits, staff training materials and videos, and have all been designed to support staff involved in current apprenticeship delivery

E-learning essential if India is to cash in on its demographic dividend

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 26 February 2015 in News
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The study suggests that e-learning looks set for a further boost in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration launching the “Digital India” campaign in an effort to bring rural India in to the digital age. The campaign’s targets include providing broadband connectivity to a quarter of a million rural villages by 2019 and making wi-fi connections available in schools

Gender progress must accelerate, says CIPD

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 25 February 2015 in News
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Gender Diversity in the Boardroom: Reach for the top explores perspectives on female representation as well as practical strategies for improving gender diversity at the top of organisations. The study highlights general mood against mandatory quotas and a preference for voluntary targets of 50 per cent female representation at board level

High potential careers: The characteristics to develop

Written by Mark Hodgson on 24 February 2015 in Feature
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There are three characteristics of high potential candidates that organisations should target for development, Mark Hodgson says

Morale matters for UK managers, research reveals

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 24 February 2015 in News
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Business article scoops award for insights on improving staff morale and performance. The annual Management Articles of the Year competition celebrates the best in management and leadership research and thinking, and the winning article is one of five top-ranked essays recognised by CMI earlier this month

Meagre managers adding to UK talent drain

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 23 February 2015 in News
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The latest Towers Watson Global Workforce Study reveals that a third of managers are not coaching employees on how to grow in their role and a quarter are failing to accurately evaluate performance in personal development reviews. Managers are also falling short when it comes to communication, with only roughly a third involving employees in decisions that affect them

Changes in executive training

Written by Rob Noble on 19 February 2015 in Feature

Training for effective leadership is now seen as an integral part of most business school curricula, says Rob Noble

Reasons to be cheerful about next five years, say training leaders

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 19 February 2015 in News

Employment and skills issues are at the top of the political agenda as we move towards the next general election. Developing skills and improving productivity are also at the core of sustainable growth. That means there are significant opportunities for good quality providers delivering government employment and training programmes over the next five years despite the continuing budgetary pressures on Whitehall departments

Focus on quality of apprenticeships for UK prosperity, new report urges

Written on 19 February 2015 in News

The report is launched in the run up to a general election where both Labour and Conservatives have promised a huge increase in the number of apprenticeships

Government announces £4.36 million funding for support worker skills in the NHS

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 18 February 2015 in News
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The money will be used to establish a new national infrastructure for skills provision, directed by employers themselves, to bring thousands of NHSsupport workers up to a common high standard, and to maintain these standards for future workers. Employers in the project include University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and its partners

Fresh talent needed or skills shortage looms, report warns

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 17 February 2015 in News

A report by the CITB, Educating the Educator, report suggests that an industry skills shortage could be further exacerbated as 35 per cent of careers advisers believe that construction is an unattractive career prospect for young people

Budget must tackle adult skills crisis, says NIACE

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 17 February 2015 in News

With insufficient numbers of young people entering the workforce businesses will increasingly find it hard to find skilled staff. This makes the economic case for resources to be focussed on skills and support for people of all ages and for those already in the labour market

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