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Communicating benefits to a multigenerational workforce

Written by John Sylvester on 31 March 2015 in Feature
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Communicating the benefits effectively to each generation can pay dividends and achieve the desired employee engagement and retention, John Sylvester says

Confident competence

Written by Owen Ashby on 31 March 2015 in Feature
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The model of train and tick to meet targets and compliance is no longer acceptable, Owen Ashby says

Soft skills take hard-hitting role in modern jobs market, says recruiter

Written on 31 March 2015 in News
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A growing number of job advertisements are targeting individuals with soft skills. More than half (51 per cent) of all listings on Randstad’s website include the term team work, just over a fifth (21 per cent) mention communication and other key words such as passion, dedicated, effective, relationships and time management also figure prominently

New degree-level apprenticeship scheme for professional managers

Written on 30 March 2015 in News
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The development of this new apprenticeship builds on the recommendations of the report “Management 2020: Leadership to Unlock Long-term Growth” (July 2014), following an inquiry set up by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Management, which took wide ranging evidence from over 200 employers on the management and leadership skills needed by employers for the future

Time management tips for a small business

Written by Taimur Khan on 30 March 2015 in Opinion

Taimur Khan provides his essential time management tips

How to accelerate team performance

Written by Diane Coolican on 30 March 2015 in Feature

Diane Coolican provides her top tips on how to accelerate a team’s performance to enhance profitability

The three talent management issues the insurance sector must consider

Written on 27 March 2015 in News
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Specialist insurance recruiter Saxton Leigh has identified the three potential talent management mistakes that organisations are making and how it could potentially cost them dearly

International business school partners with CMI to offer management execs Chartered status

Written on 27 March 2015 in News

Agreement will provide managers access to professional accreditation

Apprenticeships and traineeships move from strength to strength

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 26 March 2015 in News
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Meanwhile, traineeships continue to gain momentum, with more than 9,000 traineeships started since August 2014 alone. Traineeships give young people the essential skills and work experience they need to get an apprenticeship or other job

Inappropriate workplace personalities and how to survive them

Written by Lily Odogwu on 26 March 2015 in Feature

Lily Odogwu looks at how to deal with inappropriate personality types

Companies looking at new ways to attract talent, study finds

Written on 26 March 2015 in News
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Graduate vacancies are at a decade high. But according to the AGR report, ­­ 60 per cent of employers want to improve the quality of graduates recruited. The figures indicate that many graduates are not meeting the expectations of their new employers

Success in the first 90 days of a new role

Written by Melissa Baxter on 26 March 2015 in Feature
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Any new manager must make an impact in the early days, Melissa Baxter says 

Cable calls for new debate on role of adult further education

Written on 25 March 2015 in News
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Employers and further education providers are asked to look into how the vocational education system is able to meet future skills challenges

Government secures skills boost for major infrastructure projects

Written on 25 March 2015 in News
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Contenders will be required to demonstrate their commitment to upskilling the current and future workforce in order to be considered for contracts. This will provide a vital boost to apprenticeship and training opportunities and help meet skills needs across the country

UK Budget: Workforce training still out of the picture

Written by Marc Zao-Sanders on 24 March 2015 in Feature

Marc Zao-Sanders shares his views on last week's pre-election Budget

Five reasons to take on a trainee

Written by Sue Husband on 24 March 2015 in Opinion
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Sue Husband outlines the role that small businesses in particular can play in unlocking the great potential of young people 

Apprenticeships deliver loyalty boost, study finds

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 23 March 2015 in News

An independent survey of employers in England has found that more than half (56 per cent) of those surveyed who offer apprenticeships say apprentices stay in the business longer than other recruits

New fund launched to boost productivity of small firms

Written by Seun Robert-Edomi on 23 March 2015 in News

A new competitive fund has been announced from the UK Futures Programme, run by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. It aims to develop ways to address the productivity gap by developing better leadership and entrepreneurial skills amongst small businesses

Chancellor ignored importance of skills and productivity in his Budget speech

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

According to Mark Beatason, chief economist for the CIPD, there are still some big questions to answer on productivity, particularly how people can be used to boost business performance

Women-owned businesses offer blueprint to get more women into corporate leadership roles

Written on 19 March 2015 in News
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The report, When Women Lead, Businesses do Better, identifies business environments, often perceived as hierarchical, transactional and inflexible, as a principal barrier to women’s progression into senior roles in many corporates. It recommends the use of technology to enable women’s voices and ideas to be heard, consideration of part-time leadership roles and putting in place processes to reward collaborative working as key ways to make company cultures more attractive to women

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