Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

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)....


06-Feb-2009

Employees should be taught political skills

Psychologists in America are according to the British Psychological Society calling on organisations to train their staff in political skills. Vickie Gallagher and Mary Laird made their recommendation after reporting evidence that the job satisfaction of staff with low political skill suffers...


21-Jan-2009

How to make elearning work identified

The internet was supposed to be the big thing for 21st century learning, but has been slow to take off. Essentially a solitary activity the uptake of e-learning increases if people are encouraged to talk about their learning experiences and if there is a teacher who learners can relate to....


02-Dec-2008

Business education needs to be more inspiring -

Young people are eager to learn about business and economics, but their keenness is not always matched by the quality of teaching they receive, which too often is 'thorough but uninspiring' and fails to bring a real sense of excitement to learning. These were the findings of a report,...


06-Nov-2008

European money will improve skills and increase jobs

£27 million of new European Social Fund (ESF) money will be invested in innovative projects to help people improve skills and stay in work, or develop new skills and find a new job. Interested organisations are being called on to submit proposals to run regional projects which will...


20-Oct-2008

Thinking more improves decision making

"Want to make a complicated decision? Just stop thinking", was one of hundreds of headlines spawned by a study published in 2006 by Ap Dijksterhuis and colleagues. The team of Dutch researchers reported that students made "better" decisions after being distracted by an anagram task, compared with...


05-Sep-2008

More than half of workforce want right to ask for training

Seven in ten (71 per cent) working people would like to see a new legal right to request paid time off for training and 53 per cent say they would be likely to use it, according to a new YouGov survey released by the TUC and unionlearn, its learning and skills organisation. The poll shows that...


07-Aug-2008

Apprentices should be covered by Minimum Wage laws

All apprentices should be protected by the national minimum wage (NMW) in order to end exploitation and reduce the number of people who drop out because they cannot afford to complete their training, says a new TUC report. In its submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) minimum wage apprentice...


03-Jul-2008

Employers need to do more to explain pensions

The latest findings from the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Workplace Pensions Survey show that more work must be done with employees to build their understanding of the benefits of workplace pensions. The findings show that over one in four (29%) of all employees with access to a...


19-Jun-2008

CIPD welcomes right to train

Responding to the launch of a consultation by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) on the right for workers to request training, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) cautiously welcomed the proposal, but warned that employers must be able to decline...