Nation of NISKEs as skills crisis grips UK
Sep07

Nation of NISKEs as skills crisis grips UK

Two fifths of UK workforce identify themselves as Not In Skilled Employment (NISKE) – with majority struggling to move up career ladder since 2012 Lack of opportunity at this level is hindering skills development and social mobility The Open University urges employers to invest in work-based training and apprenticeships to boost skills   The vast majority of low and semi-skilled workers are in the same roles now as they were five...

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How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising
Aug10

How our brains are changing our workplaces without us even realising

Behavioural expert, Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, explains why unconscious bias could be changing our workplaces without us even realising. In the news over the past few days there has been a story in the news about an individual employee in Google posting an anti-diversity memo and the strong reaction (both ways) that this has caused. The author of the memo is purported to be a male software engineer arguing...

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Apprenticeships: Vacancies increase by 12% with most positions located in the North of England
Jul27

Apprenticeships: Vacancies increase by 12% with most positions located in the North of England

There has recently been a particular spotlight on apprenticeships owed largely to the promises of the election and the worry of a post-Brexit labour shortage. Education Secretary, Justine Greening urged all employers to offer apprenticeship schemes to push the “skills revolution for Brexit Britain,” with Theresa May pledging to create three million new apprenticeships by 2020. With this in mind, job metasearch engine Joblift has...

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An honest look at ‘Leadership’ – without the diagrams!
Jul25

An honest look at ‘Leadership’ – without the diagrams!

Leadership Commentator and Employment Lawyer Victoria Hall, of New Law Solicitors, considers whether leadership models should simply go back to basics If you are interested in the subject of leadership then, like me, you have likely poured over hundreds of different leadership books and articles, listened to speakers, attended workshops and seminars and become completely overwhelmed! There are so many buzz words, models, diagrams and...

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New survey reveals UK Managers are in crisis
Jul06

New survey reveals UK Managers are in crisis

Businesses across the UK suffer significant losses in productivity because managers are unprepared and unable to manage their teams, a new survey has found. The comprehensive poll of more than 80 different organisations by York-based organisation development consultancy h2h found the management crisis is getting worse with almost three quarters of managers saying they now spend the majority of their time not managing their team. The...

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A new reality for HR in the gambling and casino industry
Jul05

A new reality for HR in the gambling and casino industry

Martyn Hannah, writer and consultant to the gambling and casino industry, says virtual reality will change the way businesses recruit and train staff The virtual reality (VR) revolution is well underway, with devices such as Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View now readily available for consumers and businesses to purchase. It is still early days for the technology, with mass adoption months if not years away. But the...

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Is poor mentor training to blame for almost a third of apprentices dropping out?
Jul04

Is poor mentor training to blame for almost a third of apprentices dropping out?

Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School, shares how colleagues feel about supporting apprentices – and asks whether inadequate support and training for mentors is leading to nearly a third of them dropping out. The government has set a target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and introduced an apprenticeship levy for employers with an annual wages bill of over £3million. Government guidance for pay and conditions...

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Former front line combat medic finds new role training others to save lives
Jul04

Former front line combat medic finds new role training others to save lives

A former front line combat medic awarded the DZ Award For Bravery in Afghanistan has found a way of putting her unique experiences to good use in a new role with one of the UK’s most innovative training companies. Francesca Burrows served on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during 12 years of service with the Army. She has now joined Call of the Wild, a multi-award winning management and leadership development company based in Neath,...

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Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability
Jun29

Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability

Charity Mencap is highlighting the low levels of people with a learning disability in paid work and the need for employers to open up their recruitment practices. Latest statistics show that there are less than 6% of adults with a learning disability known to social services are in paid employment. People with a learning disability face many barriers when trying to find work, including: Complicated application forms Negative employer...

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Professional Trainee scheme at NFU Mutual crowned the category winner of The Job Crowd Awards 2017
Jun29

Professional Trainee scheme at NFU Mutual crowned the category winner of The Job Crowd Awards 2017

Insurer named the number one company for graduates to work for in the Banking and Finance Sector NFU Mutual is delighted to announce that its Professional Trainee scheme has won Gold at The Job Crowd Top Companies For Early Careers 2017/2018 awards. The Stratford-upon-Avon based insurance, investments and pensions business was ranked the number one company for graduates to work for in the Banking and Finance Sector for companies with...

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Should businesses embrace the rising trend of the returnship?
Jun22

Should businesses embrace the rising trend of the returnship?

Returnships are on the rise in the UK, with 79% of the nation’s workers admitting they would be more inclined to join a company that offered a returnship programme. That’s according to a recent study data from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board, which also found that 73% agree that it’s difficult to get back into the corporate world after taking a career break, rising to 77.6% amongst women. The survey of 1,200...

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RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment
Jun22

RSG supports Princes Trust initiative to get disadvantaged young people into employment

The UK’s largest independent recruitment organisation, RSG, has named The Prince’s Trust as it’s chosen charity partner in a bid to help disadvantaged young people across the country take the first steps into work. The Prince’s Trust aims to support 60,000 new young people across the UK, helping to give them the skills and confidence needed to get a job. With five centres across the South, the aim is to reach more than 10,000 new...

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How ‘pointless video games’ can develop useful work skills
Jun08

How ‘pointless video games’ can develop useful work skills

Society has a certain ‘perception’ about video gamers… and not many of the perceptions are good. Take a straw poll around the office, and parents think they are pointless, partners find them intrusive on relationships and colleagues who don’t partake in gaming view gamers as ‘nerds’. The stereotypes have been around since Pong began invading unsuspecting households in 1975 – however, new...

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Apprenticeship levy is here – so now what?
Jun08

Apprenticeship levy is here – so now what?

Steve Hill, Director of External Engagement at The Open University, discusses how employers can make the most of the new apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy came into force last month, putting employers at the heart of developing and funding apprenticeships in England. Designed to boost skills in the UK, the levy applies to all UK organisations with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more and plays an important role in...

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Think the UK Bribery Act 2010 doesn’t affect you?  Think again!
May31

Think the UK Bribery Act 2010 doesn’t affect you? Think again!

Bribery and corruption may sound like it only affects larger organisations, but the UK Bribery Act 2010 proves that companies of all sizes need to make sure they’re compliant with UK legislation. EssentialSkillz, the global leader in online safety training and compliance software, reminds businesses why they need to ensure they’re up to speed with the current law on corporate bribery. Research from Transparency International UK in...

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