Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

28-Sep-2010

Business urged to build stronger links with education to improve employability of students

The Education and Employers Taskforce, an independent charity, is planning the first ever national campaign for business leaders to visit state schools and colleges during the week of the 18 – 22 October 2010.   This ‘call to action’ is a chance for bosses from private,...


27-Sep-2010

Managers play key role in ending long term sickness absence

New guidance has been launched to help managers support people returning to work after long-term sickness and prevent workers with health problems falling out of employment altogether. The guidance, produced by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation (BOHRF), the Chartered...


24-Sep-2010

Apprenticeships work for employers and apprentices

It is GCSE results week and another year of increased pass rates at higher grades is expected, but when students review their options many are predicted to decide that the tradition next steps of A levels followed by university may not be the best way to start a career. As this year’s A...


23-Sep-2010

Skills crisis looms if immigration is capped

Abrupt introduction of a cap on net migration would lead to major UK skills problem, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development CIPD, in response to quarterly migration figures.   The sharp fall in the number of work-related visas in the past year offers further evidence...


22-Sep-2010

Think before you click send

A survey of 2,000 people reported by the Daily Telegraph has identified that 20% of office workers admit to sending an inappropriate email in the heat of the moment. A third of respondents also admitted to pressing reply to all, when they had intended to only press rely. One in ten also...


21-Sep-2010

Learning in store: Bharti's enthusiasm wins her ULR award of the Year

Bharti Dhamecha works on the tills at Primark in Leeds. She is also instrumental in encouraging her colleagues to improve their English and maths and is setting up a skills swap-shop in the shop's canteen.   It is thanks to her that the store's management has opened up a scheme which pays...


20-Sep-2010

Union Learn announce Right to Request Training suvey results

Union Learn have sent a big thank you to the 623 union reps who replied to their survey on the right to request time to train. The survey results revealed: A growing level of activity to promote the right to trade union members and employers: 35% have raised policy and procedural...


01-Sep-2010

Join the Workplace Learning Centre Team

Join the Work Place Learning Centre team of Sales Agents –Major Clients   Abeceder is looking for direct sales agents to support the launch of the new Abeceder web shop Work Place Learning Centre. Abeceder managing director Michael Millward said when launching the search...


25-Aug-2010

CIPD launches 2010 Coaching Conference

A major challenge for organisations today is to align their coaching initiatives with the strategy of the business, in order to improve performance and deliver results. This complex challenge can only be achieved through a carefully implemented coaching programme and a thorough evaluation...


17-Aug-2010

IT Training Awards launched

  Now in their 14th year, the prestigious IT Training Awards are among the greatest accolades in the UK training industry. Each award is judged by an independent panel of judges and presented at the Dorchester Hotel, London in front of over 450 leading industry professionals. An eagerly...


16-Aug-2010

Time to train should be scrapped

Dr Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, has called for the Government to scrap the Right to Request Time off to Train commenting, “We strongly believe that the Time to Train regulations should be scrapped in their entirety. The process...


23-Jul-2010

Right to request training is essential to skills development

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has told the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), as part of the Skills for Sustainable Growth consultation, that "Ten million workers received no training last year so the Government must use every possible lever to encourage more employers...


16-Jun-2010

PeopleProfitPlanet launches environmental posters exclusively on Work Place Learning Centrep

PeopleProfitPlanet, the Leeds based environmental business training consultancy, is celebrating ‘Green Britain Day 2010’ on Thursday 17th June by launching a series of eco-education posters that will be exclusively available from WorkPlaceLearningCentre.co.uk the learning...


03-Jun-2010

Invest in skills to ensure economic recovery

Experts have today warned that the benefits of economic recovery and growth will only be fully realised if there is continued investment in skills. The first National Strategic Skills Audit, commissioned by the government and published by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, shows that...


17-May-2010

Brain training does not work

Six weeks of computer brain training has little benefit beyond boosting performance on the specific tasks included in the training. That's according to an online study involving more than 11,000 participants conducted as part of the BBC's Bang Goes The Theory science programme, reported by the...


14-Apr-2010

Trainers set up to challenge of the recession

As long term believers that delivering good training requires imagination rather than a huge budget the Abeceder team were pleased to read the results of a CIPD survey which shows that UK learning and development professionals stepping up to the challenge of implementing more tailored,...


09-Mar-2010

Embed diversity into talent management

Embedding diversity into talent management strategy will give organisations the edge when building for recovery, says new CIPD research Diversity should be threaded through all talent management activities and strategies so organisations can reap the benefits of accessing and developing talent...


02-Feb-2010

National Apprentices Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, celebrating the commitment of employers to recruit apprentices and urging people to look at the benefits to their skills and career of becoming an apprentice. Major UK employers are expecting to hire thousands of apprentices in 2010 and the government is...


25-Jan-2010

Cross cultural differences in workers

It's not many generations ago that workers expected to have a job for life, most probably one that followed in the footsteps of their father, and his father before that. In many of today's richer societies, it's all different. Longer education and greater individual choice mixed with mergers,...


16-Dec-2009

Your bullying boss has poor self image

Power corrupts, or so they say. But it doesn't corrupt everyone. Not all bosses are bullies. What is it about some people in power that leads them to turn nasty? The British Psychological Society have reported research conducted by psychologists Nathanael Fast and Serena Chen which tested one...


01-Nov-2009

Jensen on driving safely

As the 2009 Formula 1 world championship closes Jenson Button finishes at the top of the leader board and in an interview with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) the 2009 world champion talks about the issues that gave him greatest cause for concern on the public roads....


14-Oct-2009

Listener' body language influences speaker's language

Audiences differ. Talk to one person and your words are welcomed by a smile and nod of acknowledgment. Speak to another, less winsome listener and your words are confronted by a frown and folded arms. According to research conducted by Camiel Beukeboom, and reported by the British Psychological...


28-Sep-2009

CIPD launches Internship Charter

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched the Internship Charter - a voluntary code of practice aimed at improving the quality of schemes - to support jobseekers, particularly graduates, and employers during these difficult economic times. Given the commitment from...


11-Sep-2009

Alien intervention helps reduce homophobia at work

A problem with interventions that use role-playing to beat prejudice is that bigots usually aren't motivated to take the perspective of the groups that they discriminate against. In a new study reported by the British Psychological Society, Gordon Hodson and colleagues have tested the...


07-Aug-2009

Adults learn like children

Jean Piaget, the celebrated Swiss psychologist who founded "genetic epistemology" - the study of how knowledge develops - believed that children's understanding of the world advances in discrete stages. Central to his theory was the idea that the stage a child is at can be revealed by the...


30-Jul-2009

Adaptive training boosts learning

Much of psychology's efforts over the last few decades have been spent on understanding the nature of memory. Increasingly, though, psychologists are beginning to apply what we've learned about memory, so as to help enhance people's performance. In 2007, the British Psychological Society Digest...


11-Jun-2009

Could you take the 6 book reading challenge?

The pen is mighter than the sword, they say and now the trade union movement and public library services are offering innovative approaches to encouraging reading in the workplace through a new Reading Agency publication, which outlines how it can be a powerful force for social change. Getting...


07-May-2009

Change Management is top skills for HR professionals

'Effective management of change' is today branded the top 'HR skill for survival', following the results of an poll posted on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) online forum, Communities. Over 400 respondents from the HR community chose three competencies they believed...


03-Apr-2009

Forget brainstorming

Brainstorming sessions are popular but surprisingly ineffective. Research reported by the British Psychological Society shows that people actually come up with more ideas working on their own than they do brainstorming together. According to business psychologist Peter Heslin, an alternative way...


23-Mar-2009

Training managers is a good way to thrive in recession

Training and developing staff remains an important priority for employers, despite the economic downturn, but budgets are being squeezed and prioritisation of management and leadership development is the order of the day, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)....