Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?
Apr11

Could mature workers fill the skills gap, as the new levy funds training for all ages?

  Engineering and manufacturing companies of any size could fill skills gaps by using the Government’s new apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April. For the first time, employees aged 24 and over will attract 90% funding for apprenticeship training, with no upper age limit and with eligibility for graduates. “Employers have struggled to train in the last few years and this new funding could help upskill our...

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Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?
Apr10

Isn’t it time ‘corporate stigma’ got therapy instead of people?

Guest blog by Andrew Tamplin, Canna Consulting “I’m having a meltdown” – when it’s more than a metaphor Those of us who’ve worked in the corporate world are used to hearing terms related to mental health being thrown around – usually to describe nothing more than a bad day at the office. How many of us have used terms like … “I’m having a meltdown”, “I’m...

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The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!
Apr06

The apprenticeship levy will only fail if employers fail to use it – lose the pessimism and give it a shot!

Guest blog by Roxanne Stockwell, Principal, Pearson College London You may have missed it, but today the Government will implement the biggest shake up of workplace training and funding for a generation through the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The idea behind the Levy is very simple. The Government is committed to recruiting 3 million apprentices by 2020 and is introducing the Levy to both fund this reform and, crucially,...

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Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme
Apr06

Social mobility charity backs critical report of Government’s apprenticeship scheme

  Executive Director of social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business has backed MP’s criticisms of the Government’s “blunt tool” apprenticeship initiatives. Caroline Adair said it was important that young people were not just started in schemes, but offered support and training throughout the process until they complete. Speaking after the publication of the critical report by the Education, Skills and Economy...

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Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness
Mar23

Bringing Humanity Back to Human Resources with Mindfulness

Guest blog by Dana Zelicha, OBWA Take a moment to reflect on how you woke up this morning. Were you excited to start your day, or did you feel overwhelmed, anxious, or even physically ill by the amount of tasks that awaited you? On a daily basis do you chronically multitask, trying to tackle many different tasks at once but not getting much done or feeling fulfilled? If this scenario sounds familiar, you are not alone. What you are...

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The HR interview: This week, Rachel Burnham, L&D Consultant & CIPD Tutor
Feb28

The HR interview: This week, Rachel Burnham, L&D Consultant & CIPD Tutor

We spoke to CIPD tutor and L&D professional, Rachel Burnham, who shares her history and her tips for those new to the profession Can you give us an introduction to yourself and your role at MOL Learn? I am a Learning & Development Consultant with my own business, Burnham L&D Ltd. I’ve worked for myself for the past 16 years and throughout that time I have been an Associate Tutor for MOL Learn – they are my longest running...

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How to train staff to handle challenging calls

Guest blog by Jason O’Brien, COO, TollFreeForwarding.com, an international telecommunications provider based in Los Angeles.   If your workplace offers customer service channels over the phone, tricky calls are an inevitability – and something you have little control over. How your staff cope with them, on the other hand, can be down to you. Fortunately, there are many key concepts and training touchpoints out there that...

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NEBOSH Pilots New Qualification Developed in Partnership with HSE

NEBOSH, the leading health, safety and environmental management examination board, has worked in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to develop a new qualification: the NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Process Safety Management. Barry Wilkes, Director of Strategy said: “This new qualification is the result of a unique collaboration between the HSE and NEBOSH combining our ability to deliver strong, credible vocational OSH...

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Apprenticeship levy comes in April – are employers ready for when the levy breaks?
Feb23

Apprenticeship levy comes in April – are employers ready for when the levy breaks?

Guest blog by Michael Bainbridge, Managing Director, KZN Solutions The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy scheme is nearly upon us. However, it’s still doubtful whether many businesses affected by the changes are actually ready.   Poor advice is making the situation worse There is a great deal of poor advice being bandied about, which means there is a danger that the issues seem more complicated than they really are.  This means...

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How effective onboarding can attract and retain talent
Feb15

How effective onboarding can attract and retain talent

Guest blog by Lynne Hardman, CEO of Working Transitions Official figures show that unemployment has reached an 11 year low – a fall of 52,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to November – the lowest level for more than a decade. Typically, low unemployment rates result in less job-seekers – and more choice for those actively looking for a new role.  As the talent pool is reduced, for an organisation looking to recruit, both...

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How the new apprenticeship levy will benefit employers from April onwards
Feb07

How the new apprenticeship levy will benefit employers from April onwards

Guest blog by Kelly Ball, Managing Director of Positive Outcomes, a leading provider of apprenticeships and work-based training The apprenticeship levy comes into force in April, and it promises to help businesses thrive by enabling them to establish a talented and skilled workforce. One of the primary aims of the levy is to increase the number of apprenticeships nationwide. This is in line with the government’s pledge to create 3...

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Coutts Bank Invests in Disability Awareness Training with Enable Me
Feb07

Coutts Bank Invests in Disability Awareness Training with Enable Me

Enable Me, the charity dedicated to raising disability awareness, has recently provided training for Coutts – the UK’s private bank and wealth management organisation. Enable Me visited the bank’s central offices on The Strand, London to deliver its training to a group of employees from a range of departments, from senior level employees to graduate staff. The training focused on various themes, with Executive Chairman, Chris...

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More companies embracing trustee programme to develop talent
Feb02

More companies embracing trustee programme to develop talent

To kick start 2017, Trustees Unlimited and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), have announced that the 100th trustee has been appointed through ‘Step on Board’, their board-level trustee development programme, a figure they say highlights the growth in the number of companies encouraging their employees to become trustees. First launched in November 2014, Step on Board connects professional people with charities...

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The workplace training debate
Feb02

The workplace training debate

47% of workers say they have had their requests for workplace training refused  1 in 3 believe it would have significant impact on their abilities to do their current job 23% said it was declined due to a lack of budget Bosses are refusing workers key training opportunities that would make them more effective and productive, according to new research. A survey of 1,003 workers, carried out by the US largest training provider, The...

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Why HR professionals leaving the profession could consider teaching
Feb01

Why HR professionals leaving the profession could consider teaching

Guest blog by Roger Marsh, ITN Mark Education, the education recruitment specialists If you’re an HR professional looking for a new career, chances are you’ll have a range of options. HR is a fantastic profession which enables you to gain lots of transferable skills that you can take with you into your next role. Teaching could be a great career move for an ex-HR professional.  Here are some of the skills you will bring with you:...

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