Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

UK World Skills 2013 squad takes shape

14-Aug-2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games have closed but as the Olympic Park prepares to welcome the Paralympic Games the United Kingdom squad for World Skills 2013 in Leipzig is also starting to take shape.   It is not so long ago that London hosted the WorldSkills festival of acheivement in work... Read More...

Bloomberg Businessweek set to expand in Europe

24-Jul-2012

EDGE the leadership development tool that creates learning experiences using Bloomberg Businessweek magazine is set to expand after the magazine signalled its intention to become a weekly must read for Britain’s business community and boost circulation to 980,000 copies a week.  ... Read More...

Work Experience Campaign launched by European Commission

17-Apr-2012

The European Commission has launched the "We Mean Business" campaign, which aims to encourage companies across Europe to create more trainee placements to boost young people's skills and employability. The campaign will provide 280,000 placements during 2012/2013 funded by the Leonardo da Vinci... Read More...

TUC seeks positive experiences of right to train

28-Dec-2011

In April 2010, the right to request time to train became law for larger businesses.   The Government is monitoring the impact the legislation has had on the big employers that are affected by it.   Some business groups are using this as an opportunity to call on the Government to... Read More...

Learning maps aid learning and build learner confidence

20-Sep-2011

The most important step in any journey is the first, but if you are going to start a journey with confidence then it helps to have a map that shows the most effective route, the hazards you may encounter on the way and where you will be able to take a break.   For this reason maps have... Read More...

Half of managers too frightened to sack a poor performing employee

19-Sep-2011

Half of all employers would rather put-up with a poor performing employee than deal with the issue and terminate a contract. Why? They are worried about the employees reaction and the potential costs of legal action.   In a study of 1,000 employers just over half (53%) said that they found... Read More...

Employment Tribunal statistics highlight threats to business

15-Sep-2011

The new 'Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals Statistics 2010-11' published by the Ministry of Justice and the HM Courts & Tribunals Service show that businesses that don't train their managers to engage fully with employees and comply with the latest employment legislation... Read More...

Sexism in writing is still commonplace

14-Sep-2011

Putting male names in front of female names may be normal practice, but it is also according to Dr Peter Hegarty and colleagues of the University of Surrey a remnant of sexist thinking.   The practice of putting male names before women seems to have started in the 16th Century when men... Read More...

McVitie's man is Union Learning Representative of the Year

13-Sep-2011

Jonathan Waterhouse a member of the USDAW trade union has been awarded Union Learning Rep (ULR) of the Year today at a ceremony at TUC Congress in London, for his success in introducing hundreds of his colleagues at McVitie's, Manchester, to learning.   A negative experience of school... Read More...

Has the internet become an external hard drive for the brain?

09-Aug-2011

The Internet is a kind of collective memory,’ wrote Stephen Kosslyn (Harvard University). "When I write with a browser open in the background, it feels like the browser is an extension of myself."   The British Psychological Society has reported the work conducted by a research team... Read More...

WorldSkills 2011 hunts for professionals to supervise competition

08-Aug-2011

Over 100,000 people have already booked to attend WorldSkills London 2011 and the organisers are looking for professionals from across a range of industries who would like to volunteer as supervisors of the competition.   WorldSkills is where the best young talents come together to test... Read More...

Green economy threratened by skills gap

04-Aug-2011

Britain can not meet its renewable energy generation goals according to Steve Bratt Group CEO of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) who has warned that the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Microgeneration Plan doesn’t go far enough in addressing the... Read More...

Apprenticeships given a boost by EEF

03-Aug-2011

The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), the manufacturers’ organisation, has teamed up with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Apprentice Ambassadors Network to boost the number of employers who provide apprenticeships.   The government has... Read More...

Managers are over confident and under skilled

02-Aug-2011

Research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) managers believe that they are better managers than their performance suggests and that this is causing stress for their workers who leave work each day feeling unfulfilled.   The survey of 2,000 workers across the United Kingdom... Read More...

UK Commission for Employment and Skills strengthened by new appointments

21-Jul-2011

Business Secretary Vince Cable and Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith have appointed nine new Commissioners to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.   The UK Commission works with government to raise skill levels, helping drive enterprise, create more and better jobs and... Read More...

Skills investment projects get the go-ahead

30-Jun-2011

Projects totalling with a value of over £5 million have been given the green light, thanks to a new Employer Investment Fund (EIF), run by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.   Launched on 8 March, the fund aims to raise employer investment in skills across the UK by... Read More...

CIPD attempts to identify what employees actually engage with

12-May-2011

Employee engagement is an important driver of sustainable organisation performance, but a new report from the Chartered Institite of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has attempted to identify what it is that employees actually engage with? Where the focus of their engagement is? Essentially... Read More...

17 days before the National Training Awards close for entries

09-May-2011

17 days to go until National Training Awards close for entry!   Yes the closing date for entries to the National Training Awards has been extended by a week and will now close at 5pm on 27th May. The decision to extend the deadline was taken following the impact that the recent public... Read More...

Employers need to hire more apprentices says CIPD research

08-Apr-2011

New research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has shown the challenges of gaining apprenticeship training and hightlighted the need for the Government to work with employers to demonstrate the business case for employing apprentices.   Nearly half of... Read More...

Learning and development funding still taking a hit

05-Apr-2011

A survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that learning and development funding is taking a hit as cuts to public sector funding take effect.   Over two-fifths of organisations have decreased funding (43%) for learning and development this year, with... Read More...

Budget puts skills development at the centre of economic growth

24-Mar-2011

George Osbourne MP Chancellor of the Exchequer described British workers in his Budget yesterday as being less skilled that their counterparts in many other industrialised nations. But at the same time he also described skills development as a key ingredient in... Read More...

NTA and IIP partner for awards

23-Mar-2011

National Training Awards and Investors in People have formed a partnership that will restrict entries to the Awards to companies that have been accredited to the IIP standard.   The partnership is a natural development as both organisations are involved in encouraging organisations of all... Read More...

Growth and Innovation Fund will boost investment in training

07-Mar-2011

  Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, and Minister for Skills, John Hayes, today launched a £50 million a year fund to help businesses develop the skills they need to drive growth.   The Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) will deliver targeted help for employer groups... Read More...

Work Place Learning Centre exhibits at IOSH 11

23-Feb-2011

Abeceder managing director Michael Millward has confirmed that WorkPlaceLearningCentre.co.uk the learning resources shop of Abeceder will be exhibiting at the IOSH 11 Conference and Exhibition on 15th and 16th March 2011, on stand F116. The conference and exhibition are being held at ExCel... Read More...

IoD calls for end of right to request time for training

10-Feb-2011

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has proposed two dozen policy changes over ten areas of Government policy which it claims could transform growth prospects at little or no cost to the taxpayer over the period of the Spending Review. What it describes as ‘freebies’ are a mix of... Read More...

Eating more fruit would save lives

26-Jan-2011

The messages about eating five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day may be widely known if not completely understood, but new research published in the  Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has found that in the UK, some 33,000 deaths each year could be prevented or delayed... Read More...

HRD conference speakers announced

19-Jan-2011

Dealing with change, adding value and demonstrating a return on investment are the focus of the programme for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) annual HRD conference and exhibition which is being held at Olympia from 6-7 April 2011.   The conference is... Read More...

Prepare Employees for Winter Sports Activities

18-Jan-2011

With the winter sports season upon us it is worth remembering that an ill prepared winter sports enthusiast is more likely to suffer injury on the slopes and be prevented from returning to work at the end of their holiday.   It could be to an employers advantage to remind their employees... Read More...

WPLC Leaders presentation is a must for any entrepreneur

17-Jan-2011

  This evening Michael Millward the head of the Work Place Learning Centre leadership team addressed a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development meeting of Self Employed HR and training professionals and explained a strategy for how they could earn whilst they slept.   Mr... Read More...

Trainers have role to play in rebuilding British work force

12-Jan-2011

Up-skilling workers to undertake jobs in areas where talent shortages are still being experienced must be made a top priority if the UK economy is going to pull clear of another economic dip, says the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.   The latest Report on Jobs, published by the... Read More...


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