Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

11-May-2005

Recovery will highlight skills gap

The latest Recruitment Confidence Index (RCI) shows that a growing economy is a double edged sword, because as times improve, the number of skilled people required to maintain the growth also grows, and they simply are not available. One out of every two employers is expecting difficulties...


10-May-2005

Talent Management starts at the top

Researchers from Conference Board have identified that talent management programmes that are initiated at the top of an organisation are more likely to be successful than when driven from elsewhere in the business. “While the talent mindset must be present throughout an organization, it...


06-May-2005

Leadership development still a priority for HR

HR and training professionals continue to address the problem of how to develop new leaders, according to a new survey conducted by the Ken Blanchard Companies. Developing potential leaders was the top priority for 58 percent of the HR and training professionals who responded to the survey for...


03-May-2005

Leadership development should be a top priority

A new survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) has identified a huge shortage of effective leaders and suggests that leadership development is now a priority for many UK organisations. Eighty-five percent of the 664 training managers surveyed have made leadership...


18-Apr-2005

Workplace racism in training

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) claim that racism in Britain's workplaces is damaging the career prospects of many black workers because at every level of working life they get less training opportunities, despite often being better qualified than their white counterparts. A new TUC report...


14-Apr-2005

Workers prefer on the job training

A new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) says that 78 percent of workers are receiving training at work and that their performance is improving as a result of it. But the report also found that upto 16 percent of workers regularly turn down the opportunity to...


18-Mar-2005

On the job training is better

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) have found that workers can improve their job performance more effectively by utilising on-the-job training resources than by participating in traditional classroom training courses or acquiring qualifications The research which was...


15-Mar-2005

Basic skills training should be a priority

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have launched a report that explores ways in which organisations can help solve current recruitment difficulties by getting the best out of their existing staff. The report recommends that employers need to look more seriously at the...


21-Feb-2005

Skilled jobs more difficult to fill

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) have compared two surveys of 6,000 businesses conducted ten years apart, and found that there has been a fifty percent increase in the number of companies who admit to difficulties in finding skilled workers. David Frost, Director General of the BCC, told a...


09-Feb-2005

Training schemes should meet needs of employers

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have responded to the Conservative parties proposals for tackling the skills shortages facing the UK economy. Victoria Gill, CIPD adviser on learning, training and development, said that the priority for government was to ensure that...


24-Jan-2005

Vocational training to get more prominence

Education Secretary Charles Clarke has congratulated colleges and uiversities for making 'strides' since 1997, inlcuding a big increase in apprenticeships and adults gaining early stage qualifications. The Further Education sector, he said, is the engine that drives forward much of our...


19-Jan-2005

Value of management training proven

A survey of 1,000 managers from the Chartered Management Institute that took eight years to complete has provided new evidence of the impact having trained managers can have on a company's bottom line. The report Management Development Works: shows how attitudes towards managers and management...


18-Jan-2005

IT training levels

A survey of 183 UK organisations conducted by the British Computer Society has shown that more than 80 percent of employers in the UK agree that it’s important to develop the professional skills of their IT teams. Although 40 percent of employers considered it was important to provide an...


11-Jan-2005

Skills shortage pressurises pay

The skills shortages that have been predicted for some time are expected to worsen in 2005, putting according to research conducted from Lloyds TSB pressure on pay. One positive side effect of the skills shortage is that workers are feeling more secure in their jobs The survey of 2,000 people...


05-Jan-2005

More support for day release and evening class students

Dr Kim Howells, Minister for Higher Education, has announced increased financial support for part-time students in Higher Education from September 2005. For the first time, the amount of financial help that part-time students may get towards their fees will be linked to the intensity of study so...


23-Dec-2004

LSC guide for Training & Development

A new guide has been created by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) to help employers invest in the skills they need for their business. According to the LSC only half of all employees benefit from the £4.5 billion that is invested in training each year by employers. The guide, was...


21-Dec-2004

Business Leaders back vocational education

Research from Foundation Degrees reveals that UK plc values vocational qualifications highly and recognises the role industry has to play in the provision of such education, but is failing to take sufficient action. The research shows that HR directors are leading the way, with 98% calling for...


17-Dec-2004

Young Apprenticeships working and expanding

Minister for Skills and Vocational Education, Ivan Lewis has announced that with this year's initial recruitment of 1,000 Young Apprenticeship places is complete, and that a further 2,000 14 year olds will begin training under the scheme in September 2005. Plans for the next stage of the...


07-Dec-2004

E-learning opens doors for disabled people

The CIPD is warning that unless developers, suppliers and buyers of e-learning take greater action to ensure their products are accessible to learners with disabilities, a great deal of money will be wasted on e-learning that doesn't meet the needs of the vast majority of users, and employers...


29-Nov-2004

Employers must train more

The third annual report from the Adult Learning Inspectorate which congratulated employers for increasing the level of quality work based training, whilst at the same time warning them that they still need to do more and that the excuse of not being able to find adequate work based training is...


19-Nov-2004

Schools to deliver enterprise lessons

Education and Skills Secretary Charles Clarke has launched guidance that will help schools to teach young people the vital skills of innovation, creativity, risk management and business understanding. Mr. Clarke told business leaders, teachers and young people at the London Stock Exchange that...


17-Nov-2004

Skills force for schools

Geoff Hoon M.P. Secretary of State for Defence has opened the new national headquarters of Skill Force in Edwinstowe, North Nottinghamshire. He met former military instructors who are now working with pupils aged 14 to 16 in over 100 schools nationwide. Pupils from Meden school in Church Warsop,...


17-Nov-2004

Further education must improve connections with business

Education and Skills Secretary Charles Clarke has urged the further education secretary to build on the connections they have built over the last few years and create even stronger links with the business sector. Mr Clarke highlighted some of the major improvements made in the last few years as:...


08-Oct-2004

Learn to Learn

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a new report ‘Helping people learn’ which says that traditional classroom based training will no longer produce what is needed in today’s business environment. The report contributes to the current debate...


06-Oct-2004

CIPD Launches new qualification

The CIPD is launching the new Advanced Certificate in Reward Management in recognition of the increasingly specialised nature of reward within the wider discipline of human resources management. It has been developed for professionals working in all sectors including private, public and...


19-Sep-2004

Study shows up to 90% of staff could do so much better

The Sunday Herald has reported the findings of a study which shows that as many as 90% of employees in the UK’s leading financial and manufacturing services companies are underperforming. The study was conducted over two years and showed that levels of pay and benefits had little impact on...


17-Sep-2004

Warning over staff training letters scam

The Dundee Evening Telegraph and Post has reported a warning from Tayside police for businesses about a scam which offers security training on behalf of the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS). The con artists approach a high value business such as jewellers, IT equipment dealers, cars...


07-Jul-2004

Employers Must Check Degree Authenticity

The Guardian reports their investigation by a reporter who was able to buy fake degrees and A level certificates over the internet. The university involved, Strathclyde has identified nine errors in the fakes and will not be redesigning its certificates, although is considering taking legal...


13-May-2004

Employers find that training boosts the bottom line

The Daily Telegraph reports the launch of the Governments re-branded apprenticeship scheme by Chancellor Gordon Brown and Secretary of State for Education Charles Clarke. The scheme is intended to help ensure that the United Kingdom reduces its shortage of skilled workers, which is seen as a...


12-Feb-2004

E-Learning becoming the norm

Five years after the term e-learning was first adopted research from the CIPD has shown that it is now accepted as an essential feature of training delivery, but more practical work needs to be done on the implementation side if it is to be successful. The problem according to Martyn Sloman,...