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    Staff encouraged to spend an hour per week learning

    Shutterstock Major employers and L&D providers including Cisco, Lloyds Bank, LinkedIn Learning and The Open University have backed a campaign that encourages individuals to dedicate an hour per week to online learning. The An Hour to Skill campaign hopes to encourage workers to improve their skills in areas in high demand by employers by taking […] More

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    Green revolution poses threat to jobs in least prosperous regions

    Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottingham Shutterstock The UK’s least prosperous regions face the greatest potential disruption to jobs as the UK moves towards delivering net zero emissions by 2050, a report has found. According to Onward, a centre-right leaning think tank, more than half (52%) of the 10 million jobs set to be disrupted as […] More

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    6 steps to creating a culture of engaged learning

    Photo: Shutterstock Engagement, which can be encouraged by producing consumer-like experiences, is a vital ingredient of successful learning writes Steve Dineen, but so often the head ignores the heart when it comes to designing courses. Learning is led by the heart, not the head. Despite the obvious truth to this statement, learning has for years […] More

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    Why bitesize learning works for Burton’s Biscuit Company

    Burton’s Biscuits Co employees in action A change in management and the need to deliver more courses online led to the creation of a new learning framework for Burton’s Biscuit Company, which produces well-known brands such as Wagon Wheels, Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers. Personnel Today spoke to learning and development manager Emma Scinaldi.  When […] More

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    Less than half expect to hire young staff in 2021

    Shutterstock Just 46% of employers plan to hire new workers aged 16 to 24 in the next year, despite the government’s youth employment push. This is according to the CIPD, which found employers had “poured cold water” over the government plans to incentivise organisations to take on young trainees and apprentices. As revealed in the […] More

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    Civil service unconscious bias training to be scrapped

    Shutterstock Government departments have been ordered to scrap unconscious bias training for civil servants after a study found no evidence of its effectiveness. Civil service managers have been required to undertake mandatory unconscious bias training courses since 2015 in an attempt to level the playing field, tackle implicit and explicit biases, and build more inclusive […] More

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    CIPD: ‘Extend furlough to June’

    Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD The CIPD has called upon the government to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to 30 June 2021 saying it’s crucial that ministers set out a long-term plan to protect jobs beyond March. Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive, has written to the Chancellor following consultation with HR […] More

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    Lifetime Skills Guarantee: free courses launch in April 2021

    Shutterstock Four hundred free training courses, ranging from engineering to healthcare, will be available to adults without a qualification at A-level or equivalent from April 2021 to help boost in-demand skills and provide job opportunities. The fully-funded courses, part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by Boris Johnson in September, have been carefully chosen to […] More

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    Personnel Today Awards 2020 winners: NHS praised for Covid response

    The NHS team celebrate winning the first of three awards, including overall winner. NHS England and Improvement has been crowned the overall winner at this year’s Personnel Today Awards. In a year in which thousands clapped for the NHS on doorsteps, the organisation was the clear winner for the “best of the best” prize after […] More

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    Personnel Today Awards 2020: Winners revealed on Thursday

    There are just three days to go until the Personnel Today Awards 2020 and there is still time to register to watch the winners be revealed. The awards, which celebrate the best achievements and innovations in HR and L&D, will take place virtually this year, but you will still have the opportunity to network with […] More

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    How to break down silos between learning, engagement and performance

    Shutterstock Learning, engagement and performance are inextricably linked – so why are they still treated as separate functions within HR teams? Lars Hyland looks at the benefits integrating these elements can bring. In the vast majority of organisations, HR, learning, engagement and performance teams operate in isolation. There is often little communication between teams, leading […] More

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    How informal, ad-hoc learning can still happen remotely

    Shutterstock A common concern of remote working has been the impact it’s having on informal learning, the knowledge staff receive through overhearing, collaboration and shadowing. Ashleigh Webber looks at what firms are doing to replicate ‘learning by osmosis’ Even before the pandemic, learning and development was undergoing a significant shift. Gone are the days where […] More

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