OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling
May04

OECD Skills Outlook finds UK could lose competitive advantage if we don’t start upskilling

The OECD Skills Outlook report 2017, launched today has revealed that the UK may lose it’s competitive advantage if it does not improve its skills mix to ensure that it meets the skills requirements of technologically advanced industries – the full UK breakdown is available here. Obviously, this is a significant issue for the UK, and whilst the Government has already taken some action with the introduction of the...

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Britain’s secret customer service army: unsupported and undertrained
Apr27

Britain’s secret customer service army: unsupported and undertrained

Britain has a secret army of untrained customer service workers who are stretched to breaking point as businesses fail to invest in technology or training. Currently there are 766,000 people working in contact centres in the UK. However, there are more than 4.6 million additional staff dealing with customer service enquiries, who don’t work in a traditional contact centre. These ‘informal contact centre’ staff aren’t getting the same...

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Britain is “sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy post-Brexit” warns Sage People EVP
Apr20

Britain is “sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy post-Brexit” warns Sage People EVP

Adam Hale, EVP of Sage People responds to this weeks CIPD report which raised serious concerns about skills and training in the UK. The report from the CIPD highlighted multiple failings in the UK’s skills system, including: England and Northern Ireland together rank in the bottom four OECD countries for literacy and numeracy among 16-24 year olds Out of 19 countries, the UK ranks bottom of the class on young peoples’ computer...

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Top tips for developing and motivating staff
Apr20

Top tips for developing and motivating staff

Peninsula’s Peter Done shares his three crucial tips on how employers can successfully develop their employees A business is only as strong as the people who operate within it. This is a sentiment, which is echoed in the organisational structure that has been built at Peninsula. The business mantra is “success starts here” so it is important to acknowledge that without the hard work and dedication of the talented individuals...

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Why Apprentices are positive for individuals, businesses and the economy
Apr20

Why Apprentices are positive for individuals, businesses and the economy

Stuart Cavanagh, Head of HR at Novus Property Solutions Having worked with a wide range of apprentices, property maintenance specialists Novus Property Solutions are well positioned to advise on just how we all benefit from Apprenticeship schemes. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more cost-effective, debt-free routes to gaining experience and full-time employment. The last couple of years has seen a...

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Extraordinary experience in extraordinary times – my life as an EU trainee
Apr20

Extraordinary experience in extraordinary times – my life as an EU trainee

Most HR Managers are used to supporting apprentices and graduate trainees.  The European Parliament is no different and it runs the Robert Schubert Traineeship Programme, and places are highly sought after. Trainee Víctor Nauzet Hernández shares his experience of working in London’s European Parliament Information Office: Since I began my Bachelor´s Degree I had been dreaming of participating in the Robert Schuman traineeship...

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UK’s skills crisis laid bare as new CIPD report shows nation is bottom of international class on key measures
Apr19

UK’s skills crisis laid bare as new CIPD report shows nation is bottom of international class on key measures

New analysis from the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, shows that two decades of under-investment and failed policy on skills in the UK has contributed to the country lagging well behind its competitors in Europe and most of the OECD on at least four key measures, including literacy and numeracy, learning and development, and digital skills. In its report – From ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’: making the UK’s...

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Why continuing professional development is crucial, even if resources are overstretched
Apr18

Why continuing professional development is crucial, even if resources are overstretched

Guest blog by Keir McDonald MBE   It is likely to happen to most companies at some point. Your business has fewer resources this quarter and you’re having to adapt your service to stay afloat. What can your business go without? Perhaps you should cut back on your staff training budget? The answer is no. We believe a better trained, more efficient workforce is essential to sustainable business practice. Although the UK’s labour market...

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AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow
Apr13

AXA apprenticeship scheme recognised for boosting youth employment in Glasgow

AXA Business Insurance has just been named Employer of the Month by Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow. DYW Glasgow, which is supported by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, aims to increase industry links with education and move more young people into work. Today’s award recognises AXA’s role in piloting Scotland’s first Foundation Apprenticeship in Financial Services, which provides school pupils with flexible work-study placements in...

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Why gambling in moderation could upskill your staff
Apr12

Why gambling in moderation could upskill your staff

Adam Barber, co-founder of Jackpot.co.uk, explains how games like blackjack and poker can significantly aid employee skill development   The link between gambling and upskilling your staff may not be immediately obvious. Many consider gambling something of a fool’s game, where chance triumphs over skill. But games such as blackjack and poker are different, and require players to be numerically astute while remaining calm under...

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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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