Employers cutting back on training ahead of apprenticeship levy, claims BCC

Written by Mary Isokariari on 5 May 2016 in News

The apprenticeship levy risks damaging the current provision of training for all staff, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

How to be the world’s best manager

Written by Gary Cattermole on 5 May 2016 in Opinion

There has been a plethora of surveys of late stating that bad bosses are the main reason why most people leave their job. 

Apprenticeship levy will encourage employers to abandon successful training

Written by Mary Isokariari on 4 May 2016 in News

A director general of the Confederation of British Industry​ (CBI) has called for a “radical rethink” of the government’s flagship apprenticeship levy, warning that fundamental design flaws will drive the “wrong outcomes” and encourage rogue employer behaviour.

How do you design and facilitate a year-long MOOC?

Written by Jo Cook on 4 May 2016 in Interview

The future of how learning is delivered in the workplace includes Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Jo Cook speaks to Craig Taylor, Solutions Architect at HT2, to find out more.

Optimism on the rise among small and medium companies

Written on 4 May 2016 in News
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Conditions for the UK’s small and medium-sized (SME) businesses stabilised over the past quarter, according to the latest CBI Quarterly SME trends survey, after deteriorating in the previous quarter.

One in three professionals plan to take a pre-retirement sabbatical

Written on 4 May 2016 in News
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Nearly a third (31 per cent) of UK professionals anticipate taking a sabbatical of at least six months from work before they retire, according to new research. 

The fragmented workforce

Written by David D’Souza on 3 May 2016 in Feature

David D’Souza focuses on four challenges facing L&D professionals, and asks the experts for their views.

Shift towards self-employment could affect retirement savings

Written on 3 May 2016 in News
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A landmark report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found the UK’s dramatic shift toward self-employment could be saving up long-term retirement problems for the future.

HR has a responsibility to help build clients for life

Written on 29 April 2016 in News
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HR teams in service businesses have a responsibility to help the client-facing staff in their companies to become indispensable, trusted advisors, according to a former chief executive of an international consultancy.

Learning leaders share insights on change at CIPD Show

Written on 29 April 2016 in News
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Learning leaders will be talking about the action L&D professionals can take to improve business impact during a series of interviews at the CIPD Learning and Development Show 2016.

Young unemployed to get ahead with Barnardo’s and Santander

Written by Mary Isokariari on 29 April 2016 in News
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Long-term unemployed young people will be benefiting from Barnardo’s innovative ‘On Track’ tailored employment support programme with Santander.

Time-poor Brits swap the classroom for the home in digital age

Written on 28 April 2016 in News
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Almost half (43 per cent) of UK adults have turned to digital technology to develop new skills at home, with privacy and flexibility driving the online uptake.

Mums retrain to find more meaningful jobs

Written by Mary Isokariari on 28 April 2016 in News
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Over a third of working mums have retrained after having children and many more are considering it, according to a survey.

10 of the best content curation tools to fill your business blog

Written by Julie Ellis on 28 April 2016 in Feature
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Nearly everything is out there on the internet, including perhaps the answer to life, the universe and everything.

Skills for Health launches bespoke elearning care courses

Written by Mary Isokariari on 27 April 2016 in News
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Skills for Health has launched a suite of new Elearning courses developed specifically for and by GPs and others working in primary care.

How to manage emotions at work

Written by Phil Willcox on 27 April 2016 in Opinion

In the second in his series of articles, Phil Willcox focuses on the how of managing emotions.


New ILX training courses to boost change and project management skills

Written on 25 April 2016 in News
Skills and Employability

A range of new courses for individuals and organisations looking to boost their change management and project management skills have been launched by ILX, the global Best Practice learning company.

Ex-gangsters train as plumbers to tackle water crisis

Written by Mary Isokariari on 25 April 2016 in Feature
Water aid ex-gangsters

Ex-gang members are being trained as plumbers to help solve Nicaragua's poor water sanitation. 

Irish employers launch new national talent development programme

Written on 25 April 2016 in News
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A national development programme which aims to nurture young people with high potential and benefit Ireland has been launched by a consortium of leading employers.

NHS exploiting apprentices through low pay, warns UNISON

Written on 25 April 2016 in News
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Many hospitals are treating apprentices as cheap labour by routinely paying them the minimum wage, even though they often do exactly the same jobs as colleagues earning considerably more, according to a new report. 

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