Work Place Learning Centre News Archive

20-Feb-2006

1.5million learners gain qualifications

Over 1.5 million people have gained crucial basic skills qualifications through the Government's Skills for Life strategy, hitting a key target set back in 2001, Skills Minister Phil Hope announced today. Skills for Life provides free literacy, language and numeracy tuition for adults in England...


26-Jan-2006

Don't waste talents of local workforce

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Alan Johnson has spoken about the social and economic benefits of tapping into the skills and talents of the region's refugee workforce. Addressing more than a hundred employers, and delegates from the public and voluntary sectors at a conference hosted...


23-Jan-2006

Doing affects the way you see

Training to perform certain movements, even blindfolded, affects our subsequent ability to perceive those same movements when performed by others. That’s according to a report published by the British Psychological Society about research conducted by Antonino Casile and Martin Giese at the...


11-Jan-2006

Basic skills research findings

New research published by the Department for Work and Pensions interim findings from the evaluation of the basic skills national enhancements and the mandatory training pilots. The National Enhancements to the basic skills process started in April 2004. They include use of the fast-track...


05-Jan-2006

Construction centre helps build skills

Lords Housing Minister Baroness Andrews officially opened the Milton Keynes College Construction Centre at Kiln Farm. The college was established to address a shortage of construction skills in the Milton Keynes area, and will play an important part in the delivery of new housing and...


04-Jan-2006

Time of day affects learning

The British Psychological Society says that if you are learning a skill such as playing the piano, you have to master the fact-based aspect (the sequence of notes) and also the movement-related aspect (moving your fingers in the correct way on the keys). Both aspects improve during practice, but...


03-Jan-2006

London aims to host 2011 World Skills competition

In a move which parallels London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympics, UK Skills has today announced that it has a green light to submit a bid in March to host the 2011 WorldSkills Competition. The Government has confirmed its support by pledging £11 million - half the £22...


17-Dec-2005

Staff training creates better business results!

A report by the National Audit Office, entitled 'Employers' perspectives on improving skills for employment' has produced findings that the vast majority of UK businesses cannot ignore. Key headlines and recommendations in the report include:   An overall recommendation that UK businesses...


14-Dec-2005

The Leitch review of skills in the UK

Lord Leitch, publishing his interim report, said: "Skills present a formidable challenge and a brilliant opportunity. They matter fundamentally for the economic and social health of the UK. Despite recent improvement, there is consensus that we need to be much more ambitious and a clear message...


02-Dec-2005

New team members spark creativity

Apparently, substituting a team-member for a newcomer can help increase group creativity. That's according to Hoon-Seok Choi at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea and Leigh Thompson at Northwestern University, USA. They compared the creativity of 33 three-person groups across two tasks....


02-Dec-2005

New help for those who lack mental capacity

Health minister Rosie Winterton has announced the seven organisations that have been chosen to pilot the new Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) role. From January 2006, pilot IMCA advocates will provide a service to people without capacity, who have no families or friends to support...


20-Nov-2005

Financial education is key to retirement planning

Europe must ensure that people have access to financial education and information so they can make confident choices about their retirement said Stephen Timms, Minister for Pension Reform at an EU Presidency meeting in Brussels. With at least three million people in the UK not saving enough it...


16-Nov-2005

Workplace training missing staff most in need

An urgent overhaul of training is needed to address the serious skills gaps crippling many parts of the economy, warns a TUC report. 'Training, who gets it?', reveals that a third of businesses do not offer any training to their staff and almost two fifths (39 per cent) of the workforce received...


23-Oct-2005

European Social Fund boosts employment and skills

More than two million people in the UK seeking to improve their skills and job prospects have been helped by the European Social Fund (ESF), says Work and Pensions Minister James Plaskitt. The Minister told the ESF Conference, held as part of the UK Presidency of the EU, that the fund had...


19-Oct-2005

Tourism skills gap

Tourism leaders have pledged to ensure the UK tourism industry has the skilled workforce needed to maintain its place at the heart of the country's economy. Tourism Minister, James Purnell, has held discussions with representatives from the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industries...


10-Oct-2005

Will and skill essential to implementation of flexible working

Line managers need the 'will' and the 'skill' to effectively implement successful flexible working practices Line managers' attitudes are key to effective flexible working and managers must bring policies to life if organisations are to reap the benefits, according to the Chartered Institute of...


29-Sep-2005

e-learning must link to business needs

Recent research, from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), indicates that over half of organisations (54%) use e-learning. It is used to deliver up to 10% of current training by time - and this is set to more than double. At this present time employers are concentrating...


25-Sep-2005

2012 Olympic Games can champion learning

Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has outlined new measures to use the 2012 Olympic Games as an opportunity to enthuse youngsters about learning and help unearth potential sporting champions of the future. She said that use of the Olympic Games as part of teaching the national curriculum in core...


20-Sep-2005

Need to develop the ability to change

Inevitability of regular major structural reorganisation in UK organisations means all organisations need to focus on building adaptive capacity One in three major reorganisations fail to achieve the efficiency or effectiveness objectives that lie behind them, 40% are not completed on budget,...


25-Aug-2005

Organisations must change before managers can

Organisations must make changes to their culture if managers are to fulfil the coaching role now expected of them The majority of employers (99%) believe coaching can deliver tangible benefits to both individuals and organisations and 88% now expect their line managers to deliver coaching as...


10-Aug-2005

Psychology of Management

Research indicates that organisations undergo major change approximately once every three years, whilst smaller changes occur almost continually. Yet over 40% of reorganisations fail to meet their objectives. In response to this kind of management challenge, the Chartered Institute of Personnel...


09-Aug-2005

Continuing education popular with HR professionals

Industry experts have been expecting booms in adult and distance education due to growing interest in online degree programs. This seems especially evident in the Human Resources field, where fifty percent of the professionals surveyed by EducationforAdults.com said they planned on returning to...


22-Jul-2005

Skills for Europe

Education and Skills Secretary Ruth Kelly has called on her fellow EU education ministers to join her in the challenge to increase investment in skills for the 21st Century. She told an Informal meeting of Education Ministers being held in London that it is time for them to take centre stage in...


17-Jul-2005

Learning at work on the increase

Trade unions are transforming the lives of tens of thousands of workers in England, according to new figures released by the Trades Union Congress (TUC)at the union learning fund (ULF) conference. The number of people who accessed training at work via the union route in the last 12 months has...


15-Jul-2005

The Olympic skills challenge

With London hosting the 2012 Olympics there is probably no part of our economy or region that will not be affected, says Ruth Kelly. In greatest demand will be higher level technical skills. There will be new opportunities and skills needed in transport, hospitality, logistics, cultural and...


02-Jun-2005

New EU Immigrants are solution to skills shortage

Home Office figures and the Department of Work and Pensions study of people from new EU Member States coming to work in the UK is supported by evidence from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) that EU migrants are benefiting employers and the economy. CIPD research shows...


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...