Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

16-May-2007

Learner becomes learning advocate

Vicky Nelson, aged 54, from Notting Hill, has gone from a Tesco wages clerk to a Mobile Union Learning Representative, influencing managers in their learning policies. Vicky's remarkable achievement will be awarded with a National Learning Works Award from the National Institute of Adult...


02-Apr-2007

Supervison of work experience staff

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning firms of their responsibilities towards young people on work experience after the sentencing of a Chesterfield company at Chesterfield Magistrates Court last week. The warning comes after Adis Scaffolding Limited of Duckmanton, Chesterfield were...


30-Mar-2007

More Choice for students more skills for UK plc

145 pioneering partnerships to offer thousands of places on brand new Diplomas- Education and Skills Secretary Alan Johnson and Schools Minister Jim Knight today announced that up to 40,000 places on the first ever Diplomas will be available for young people from September 2008. Courses in five...


28-Mar-2007

More learners on priority courses

More learners than ever in Further Education are participating in longer, high priority courses, including literacy and numeracy, full Level 2 and Level 3, official statistics revealed. The increases are in line with the Government's funding priorities to drive up the nation's productivity and...


20-Mar-2007

Skills improvement benefits employers and unions

When unions and employers work in partnership to improve workers' skills, both reap benefits: unions gain new members and activists, and employers improve staff retention rates and have better industrial relations, two new academic reports have revealed. The research reports, authored by...


09-Mar-2007

English language training

The TUC has welcomed Bill Rammell's positive reaction to concerns raised by the TUC, unions and campaign groups about proposed changes to funding for courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Commenting on a speech made today by Bill Rammell, Minister for Higher Education and...


01-Mar-2007

More young people achieving key qualification level -

Level 2 attainment at 19 rises by 5.1 percentage points A large increase in the number and proportion of young people achieving level 2 qualifications - five GCSEs grades A*-C or the vocational equivalent - has been announced today. In 2004, 66.3 per cent of 19 year olds had reached Level 2,...


26-Feb-2007

It pays to be an apprentice

Young people taking part in Government funded apprenticeships will enjoy significantly higher wages over their life time than they would have done without their training, research reveals. The value of an apprenticeship is estimated to be significantly above that of other vocational...


09-Feb-2007

Employers Skills Pledge

Commenting on Gordon Brown and Alan Johnson's comments on the employers' Skills Pledge in the DfES' press release, Liz Smith, director of unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation said: The Government's plan for an employers' Skills Pledge is a welcome move to try and bring the one...


26-Jan-2007

Exposing People to fear boosts confidence

It has long been known that exposing people to what they fear can sometimes help them overcome their anxieties. It's called exposure therapy. But there's an aspect of this approach for which the evidence remains inconsistent - that is, should the person being exposed to their fear, focus on it,...


19-Jan-2007

Closing the Skills Gap

New proposals were unveiled for consultation today to achieve world class skills for adults. Sweeping reforms announced in the Government's Further Education White Paper last year, endorsed by Lord Leitch's report on skills, committed to a demand-led system to put purchasing power for learning...


07-Dec-2006

Inspirational learners required

The search for exceptional and inspirational adult learners to receive a national award during the UK’s largest festival of learning has started. As part of Adult Learners’ Week, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) recognises learners – young and old and...


04-Dec-2006

World class creativity

Sir George Cox has published his review of creativity and design in UK business. The Cox Review of Creativity in Business: building on the UK's strengths was concerned with ensuring that UK businesses - SMEs and modern manufacturers in particular - apply creativity and design to improve their...


15-Nov-2006

What is Talent Management?

Research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows 94% of respondents believe that well-designed talent management development activities can have a positive impact on an organisation's bottom line. But employers must link their talent management strategy to the...


23-Oct-2006

Skills minister hears how unions and employers work together

Collaborative working between unions and employers on skills development is the way to ensure modern workplaces are geared up for the challenges of the twenty first century. This is the message that Skills Minister David Lammy MP will hear at the first joint conference to be organised between an...


06-Oct-2006

Apprenticeships should be fit for purpose

Despite efforts from Government the take-up of Apprenticeships by large employers remains limited, according to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Victoria Winkler, Learning, Training and Development Adviser, says: "What is clear is that in the right...


12-Sep-2006

Skills for life issue for whole organisation

A new survey report published by unionlearn, reveals the successes of adopting an approach to learning and skills, which involves the whole organisation. This approach enables all those in the workplace to develop their skills whether this is basic literacy and numeracy or at undergraduate...


22-Aug-2006

Soft skills more important than 3Rs

A day after the CBI claimed that employers are having to train school leavers in basic skills the CIPD/KPMG Labour Market Outlook claims that UK employers are having difficulty finding school-leavers with the quality soft skills required to interact with customers. Employers are placing much...


10-Aug-2006

Sound enhances visual training

The use of sound during visual training can enhance later performance on a purely visual task, a finding that demonstrates just how much multisensory interaction occurs in brain areas that before now were thought to be dedicated solely to vision. A report from the British Psychological Society...


01-Jun-2006

Basic education needs are responsibility of Government

Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report "Employers' perspectives on improving skills for employment', Anthony Thompson, Head of Skills at the CBI, said: "Employers take training and development very seriously and last year alone invested £33bn helping staff adapt to the demands...


31-May-2006

UK to host World Skills 2011

The United Kingdom will host the 2011 World Skills competition at ExCel in London. London beat off strong competition from Australia and Sweden to host what was previously known as the skills Olympics. The World Skills Competition symbolises the pinnacle of excellence in vocational training....


29-May-2006

Employers perspectives on skills development

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed the Public Accounts Committee report 'Employers' Perspectives on Improving Skills for Employment'. The report recommends that skills training should not just concentrate on literacy and numeracy but on practical vocational and life skills...


12-May-2006

Skills shortages leapfrog transport as biggest issue

A shortage of skilled staff is now the biggest barrier to business in the capital, overtaking transport problems for the first time, the latest CBI/KPMG London Business Survey reveals. Sixty-one per cent of employers are facing skills shortages, a rise from 49 per cent last year, with firms in...


08-May-2006

Learn a new language to develop soft skills

The personality of people who are bilingual changes depending on which language they use, lending credence to the Czech proverb “Learn a new language and get a new soul”. That’s according to a report from the British Psychological Society about reserach conducted by Nairan...


16-Apr-2006

Be creative: Don't think about it

Not thinking about a problem for a while doesn’t just give you a fresh perspective when you come back to it. It also allows your more creative unconscious to get to work as it “…ventures out to the dark and dusty nooks and crannies of the mind”, reports the British...


31-Mar-2006

Tailor training to age of the trainee

Figures show people participate less in training programmes as they get older yet over three quarters (77%) of individuals agree that training and career advice will be critical in ensuring older workers continue working effectively past retirement age. Speakers at the Chartered Institute of...


23-Mar-2006

Inadequate training jeopardises success of change projects

The success of organisational change in major organisations is being jeopardised by a failure to put in place adequate training and development measures, according to the 2006 Learning and Development Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The survey also...


11-Mar-2006

Collaborative tasks aid memory

Shared experiences mean much of our communication is short-hand according to a report from the British Psycological Society. If I told you the world will never be the same again after 9/11, you would know exactly what I was talking about, even though my statement contained little explicit...


06-Mar-2006

Training Trainers

Improvements in Army training will continue with the establishment in April 2007 of a new Army Training and Recruitment Staff Leadership School (ASLS) in Pirbright, Surrey, Minister for the Armed Forces, Adam Ingram announced today. Under current arrangements leadership training is given at a...


03-Mar-2006

The power of brain storming

So you need some fresh, innovative ideas. What do you do? Get a group of your best thinkers together to bounce ideas of each other…? No, wrong answer. Time and again research, according to the British Psychological Society has shown that people think of more new ideas on their own than...