Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

19-Jun-2008

TUC welcomes right to request time to train

Commenting on the Government's consultation published yesterday which should see workers being given a new legal right to request time to train at work, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Decent, high quality and regular training in all workplaces is key to achieving a highly skilled...


12-Jun-2008

Lack of skills still a problem for employers

The vast majority of British organisations (86%) are still having trouble filling vacancies in spite of talk of an economic slowdown according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's (CIPD) annual Recruitment, Retention and Turnover Survey. The findings show that employers are...


05-Jun-2008

Leaders could do better

Efforts by UK businesses to improve leadership in their organisations are failing to deliver the outcomes necessary to grow and compete successfully according to the Global Leadership Forecast, a new survey by business leadership consultancy DDI and the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and...


30-May-2008

Fast track degrees good for employers

Research published by the Higher Education Academy and carried out by Sheffield Hallam University shows that the new two-year Fast Track degrees are valued by professional bodies and employers and provide real benefits for students. Minister for Higher Education Bill Rammell revealed this latest...


22-May-2008

National Learning at Work Day takes place on 22th May 2008.

The theme of this year’s National Learning at Work Day, the Campaign for Learning’s 9th annual national workplace learning awareness campaign is Sustainable Workplaces. The Campaign hopes that organisations and employees will use Thursday 22 May to learn skills and working practices...


07-May-2008

Adult Learners' Week

The largest festival of learning in the UK is on its way. Adult Learners’ Week - which runs from 17th – 23rd May 2008 and is organised by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) – is a time when thousands of people consider a return to learning and begin a...


10-Apr-2008

Skills shortages continue to plague employers

Over half (53%) of organisations say their learning and development work has not yet been influenced by the government's post-Leitch skills agenda, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's annual learning and development survey. Only 13% have signed the Employer Skills...


04-Apr-2008

TUC training boosts employers

Supervisors working in the building services sector, in the City of London and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, can sharpen up their act at work with free training in basic employment rights and industrial relations skills from the TUC. The TUC's Vulnerable Workers Project (VWP), based in...


03-Mar-2008

Singing is the best way to learn a new language

Native speakers of a foreign language are obviously difficult to understand, but now a report from the British Psychological Society about research conducted by Daniele Schon and colleagues shows that hearing foreign words sung can help with this segmenting process - a finding that has obvious...


26-Feb-2008

Leap Year offers extra day for training

While Leap Year is traditionally the day when women propose marriage, a new survey conducted on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) reveals that the UK's working population has something a little less romantic on its mind this year. The survey, which questioned over 1,000 employees...


04-Feb-2008

Women apprentices still get raw deal

With the new series of the BBC1 television programme The Apprentice now underway, TUC research shows that female apprentices are still being left far behind their male counterparts. The report Still More (Better Paid) Jobs for the Boys - prepared for the TUC Young Members Forum shows that while...


04-Feb-2008

Lily Allen in TUC learning film

Today unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, will launch a new animated film called Kate and Umar's Incredible Learning Journey. Featuring cartoon characters of Lily Allen and the Levellers, the ten-minute animation is intended to reach new audiences and encourage individuals to...


31-Jan-2008

Apprenticeship strategy welcomed

Commenting on the Government's strategy for apprenticeships, Ready to Work, Skilled for Work, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'There is much to welcome in the Government's apprenticeships review. The expansion of apprenticeships must be based on improving quality, equality and...


14-Jan-2008

Skills warning to finance sector

Union leaders, employers and Minister for Skills David Lammy have set out the skills challenge facing the UK finance sector at a seminar hosted by unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation. The finance sector has grown by 5.5 per cent a year since 2002 and currently accounts for...


10-Dec-2007

Employers overlook skills of refugees

Schools and colleges are missing out on the knowledge, skills and experience of hundreds of potential teachers who have come to the United Kingdom as refugees when they fill job vacancies, the head of a task force said today. Dr Robert Garnett, co-chair of the Refugee Teachers Task Force, said,...


29-Nov-2007

Communicating the value of learning needs updating

Training professionals need to move away from traditional evaluation methods for their work, towards measures that address the real value learning and development contributes to strategic business objectives and in achieving high performance, according to a comprehensive new study from the...


19-Nov-2007

Skills drive makes sense

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has welcomed the Government's announcement of an extension of training provision for people lacking basic skills, and of thousands more apprenticeship places for both younger and older workers. CIPD research, however, shows that...


16-Nov-2007

Expanding the apprenticeship scheme

Commenting on Government plans to expand the Apprenticeships programme and training schemes, announced today by Skills Secretary John Denham, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'We welcome the Government's ambitious plan to raise skill levels across the UK by expanding...


01-Nov-2007

Senior executives struggle with time management

Senior executives across the UK admit they are struggling to manage conflicting priorities, as demand for their attention is split between strategic planning, stakeholder management and personal needs. Research, published by the Chartered Management Institute, reveals that the UK’s...


04-Oct-2007

Learn Direct abandons daytime TV show

Ufi, which operates learndirect, has announced that it is ending its sponsorship deal with ITV's 'The Jeremy Kyle Show'. The Central Office of Information (COI) managed the contract. The Board of Ufi has taken the decision that continued sponsorship of the show would not protect and enhance the...


04-Oct-2007

Training will result in higher performance

Managers in national and local government need to focus more attention on employee development and motivation if they are to achieve high levels of performance, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). 'Fit for Business II: Transforming HR in...


03-Sep-2007

Political skills high importance but skill levels low

Political skills are increasingly being seen as vital to career success, but many managers admit they have room for improvement when it comes to influencing others. A study by the Chartered Management Institute and Warwick Business School reveals that most individuals believe the political...


02-Aug-2007

New Employability Skills Programme

A new programme to help people improve their skills, find a job and progress at work; improving life chances for individuals and their families; and contributing to both a reduction in child poverty and increased social mobility, has been launched by Minister for Employment Caroline Flint and...


23-Jul-2007

CIPD welcomes Government help for in-house training

CIPD welcomes Government proposal to give employers more freedom to develop in-house training Against the background of CIPD research that highlights employer concern about the quality of training given by the Government's skills agencies, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development...


19-Jul-2007

Skills plan welcomed

Welcoming the publication of details revealing how the Government intends to respond to the last year's Leitch report and improve the skill levels of UK workers, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Ministers should be congratulated for drawing up a skills plan that does more than justice...


27-Jun-2007

Workplace dialogue on training and skills

The Government is working with the TUC and CBI to take forward a commitment to develop best practice concerning workplace dialogue on training and skills. This commitment was made last year in t he DTI report, Success at Work: protecting vulnerable workers, supporting good employers In addition...


26-Jun-2007

Assessing training providers

Employers, adults and young people in post-16, Government-funded training will soon be able to judge more easily for themselves how colleges and other learning providers are performing. Details of a new system for assessing performance on the basis of effectiveness, responsiveness and finance...


18-Jun-2007

Thousands of employees to benefit from skills pledge

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber has welcomed the skills pledge saying: 'The lives of millions of UK employees have already been transformed by workplace learning. As employers start to sign up to the skills pledge, thousands more workers will get the chance to learn valuable new skills at...


08-Jun-2007

Pictures tell a thousand words but photos are better

It is an old adage that a picture tells a thousand words, but research reported by the British Psychological Society suggests that photographs may be much better than a drawn or painted picture. Gabrielle Simcock and Judy DeLoache conducted their research on toddlers aged either 18, 24 or 30...


06-Jun-2007

Over training can result in lower performance

Caren Frosch and colleagues have according to a report by the British Psychological Society shown that, in certain circumstances, knowing less can lead to superior performance - a kind of ignorance-based wisdom. Their finding builds on Gerd Gigerenzer's work on "fast and frugal" heuristics,...