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    Ineffective training means tech investment wasted

    Despite thousands invested in technology training, employees lack the skills to use themShutterstock Companies have increased investment in technology during the pandemic but ineffective training means they’re not getting the best out of it, a survey has found. CWJobs’ survey of UK businesses found that almost three-quarters have increased overall investment in technology tools, with […] More

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    Employers to have key role in developing local skills

    Shutterstock Employers will have a central role in shaping technical education to ensure the workforce has the skills businesses need, the government has pledged in its Skills for Jobs white paper. The white paper, published today, sets out the government’s plans for delivering its Lifetime Skills Guarantee and for reforming the post-16 education system, so […] More

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    EasyJet crew to be trained to deliver vaccines

    Shutterstock EasyJet cabin crew who are on furlough will be trained to administer coronavirus vaccines as the government rolls-out mass vaccination centres across the country. The airline wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in November offering to help with the mass immunisation programme, and is now training staff in how to administer the jabs as […] More

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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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    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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    Sturgeon’s apprenticeship funding pledge leads the way – England must follow

    Photo: Shutterstock There needs to be a step-change in the way England approaches incentivising apprenticeships and the government could make a start by matching Scotland’s level of funding, writes the HomeServe Foundation’s Helen Booth. If it fails to take action a highly damaging trades-skills gap could develop post Brexit. In December 2020, Nicola Sturgeon neatly […] 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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    ‘Employer hubs’ at colleges could help meet skills needs

    Shutterstock The UK’s skills gap could be tackled by creating sector specialist ‘employer hubs’ at local colleges and by giving every person a statutory right to lifelong learning, a group of experts looking at the role colleges can play in addressing skills needs has recommended. The Independent Commission on the College of the Future, which […] More

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    Ballerina image in jobs campaign provokes Twitter storm

    Image: QA/CyberFirst/HM Government The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden has described a government-supported advertisement designed to encourage people to retrain and switch jobs as “crass”. One advertisement, part of the Cyber First campaign promoting retraining in tech, pictured a ballerina and stated “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber (she just doesn’t know it yet)”. Many […] More