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UK among European leaders in IT professional training
The UK provides considerably more training for IT professionals than most other European countries, according to findings published in the latest e-skills Bulletin.
UK bosses labelled bad decision makers
According to new research, 46% of employees believe their bosses are poor decision makers, with many blaming incompetence and lack of confidence as contributory factors for their indecision.
Poor management blocking benefits of remote working, says survey
Poor management is blocking the UK's path to productivity, according to a new report commissioned by City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).
FE staff polled on key challenges for John Denham
Further education staff cite improvements to continuing professional development (CPD), better evaluation of learner success and the drive to self-regulation as their top priorities for the new secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham, according to a new survey.
Research into LMS market published
Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of its newest research study - 'Learning Management Systems 2008: Facts, Practical Analysis, Trends, and Vendor Profiles'.
LSC service aims to tackle barriers to learning
A survey of nearly 500 SMEs, carried out on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) by FreshMinds, found that whilst 81% of small businesses surveyed recognise that training is the key to success, 43% admit that they should focus more on training.
Standards in IT learning and skills fall short, says survey
A new survey from IT Skills Research and the organisers of Learning Technologies 2007 suggests that many of the learning industry's standards, in IT training, certification, technology and methods, are failing to attract support from learning buyers.
Beating office politics is key to successful leadership, says study
59% of leaders rate career transitions as very or extremely challenging according to the research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Development Dimensions International (DDI).
Skills gaps remain a major issue for employers of ICT professionals, says study
Around one in five employers say gaps in technical skills (18%) and communications skills (13%) are reasons for not employing new graduates into ICT roles, according to findings released by e-skills, the sector skills council for IT & telecoms.
Survey finds preference for less formal learning
According to a survey from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), UK workers have an overwhelming preference for less formal ways of learning to improve job performance.
Report says skills boost needed to drive UK productivity
A new report from the Sector Skills Development Agency suggests that UK productivity levels are falling behind Europe and the US and that this is caused to a large extent by the UK's relatively lower skills levels.
Survey finds fall in number of adult learners
A survey commissioned by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) reports that half a million adults were lost to learning in the last year.
More Britons learning languages says Rosetta Stone
Language software provider Rosetta Stone (UK) has reported a 34% increase in UK sales of its language software to consumers in the first quarter of 2007, compared to the same period last year.
Ken Blanchard Companies publishes 2007 Corporate Issues survey
Research released this week by The Ken Blanchard Companies suggests increased competition and the challenges of attracting and retaining a skilled workforce are key issues facing organisations in 2007.
Krauthammer publishes management behaviour survey
The behaviour of managers in several fundamental areas of practice is not meeting employees' expectations in 50% of cases, according to a new study published by Krauthammer International.
Bersin & Associates releases LMS study
Bersin & Associates has released its latest research report - 'LMS Customer Satisfaction 2007: An Industry Analysis of the Customer Experience with Learning Management Systems'.
Record success rates in Further Education, says LSC
According to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), success rates in the Further Education sector increased dramatically in 2005/06, beating a number of Government targets.
Employers urged to focus on training to increase job satisfaction
According to this year's City & Guilds Happiness Index, nearly a third of people (32%) claimed that they were not particularly happy at work giving a satisfaction rating of less than 7 out of 10.
Empowered autonomy is key to successful organisational learning, says study
According to a new study into organisational learning, self-directed learning is the route preferred by the majority of employees and the role of managers in facilitating this is critical to success.
IT management experience more important than qualifications, says survey
According to a survey conducted by the British Computer Society (BCS), many organisations believe that IT management experience is more important than qualifications.
Survey finds increase in adults with Level 2 qualifications
According to government figures, almost three quarters of the UK workforce now have a Level 2 qualification - the equivalent of five good GCSEs.
Employees need support to satisfy customers, says survey
According to new research from Investors in People, improving customer service is a priority for employers of all types and sizes during 2007 - and employee engagement is the route to success.
Support for raising school leaving age, says Johnson
Nine out of ten people support the idea of staying in education or training until the age of 18, according to research published by Education Secretary Alan Johnson.
Europe failing to invest enough in skills, says report
Europe risks being left behind by emerging economies if it continues to under-invest in education and skills development, according to a study released by Accenture and the Lisbon Council.
Interactive TV can revolutionise learning, says report
Digital television has the power to turn millions of people with poor literacy and numeracy skills onto learning, according to a new report published by the Learning and Skills Network (LSN).
Working in fitness survey results published
The results of the third Working in Fitness Survey, the annual survey of people working in the health and fitness sector, have now been published.
It pays to be an apprentice, says DfES
Young people taking part in apprenticeships will enjoy significantly higher wages over their lifetime than they would have done without their training, according to a new study.
HEFCE report highlights growth of foundation degrees
According to a new report, foundation degrees, which were introduced six years ago as a two-year qualification designed to supply people with the skills that employers need, are now taught widely within universities and colleges.
Sector skills council publishes e-learning research
Three out of four employers who use e-learning for staff training plan to significantly increase their use of informal networks over the next three years, according to new research from e-skills UK
Taster courses encourage learners back into education
Further education taster courses were successful in encouraging almost half of their participants back into learning, according to a new report published by the Learning and Skills Network (LSN) this week.
KnowledgePool publishes paper on managed learning
KnowledgePool has published a new paper on managed learning entitled 'Addressing the talent shortage (the rise of the managed learning service)'.
e-skills UK releases new research series
e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and telecoms, has released a set of Research Notes on the IT and telecoms sector and workforce.
KnowledgePool launches white paper on evaluation
Managed learning services company KnowledgePool has launched a white paper on how to evaluate learning outcomes.
Report focuses on customer service & language skills
UK employers feel that new recruits lack workplace customer service and languages skills and that greater attention to developing these skills is needed in schools and colleges, according to a new report.
IT skills gap at highest level for over a year, says e-skills
Skills gaps for ICT professionals have reached their highest level for over a year, according to findings released in the latest quarterly bulletin from e-skills, the Sector Skills Council for IT & telecoms.
Managers of virtual teams need new skills, says report
Fewer than one in four managers at global companies work in the same location as their team members, according to a study by global consulting firm BlessingWhite.
Report calls on employers to offer financial education in the workplace
Employers are being urged to take note of the negative effects post-Christmas 'financial hangovers' – and longer term financial difficulties – have on their people.
66% plan to learn a language in 2007, says survey
According to a survey commissioned by Rosetta Stone, learning a new language is a top priority for 2007, with 66% listing it as a New Year's resolution they plan to make.
LSC reports big demand for Train to Gain service
The Learning and Skills Council has announced that more than 15,000 employers are now using its Train to Gain service.
City & Guilds and ILM comment on Leitch Review
City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have welcomed the principles behind the Leitch Review into skills training and the emphasis placed on improving the UK's skills base.
Acas survey finds employers confused over equality and diversity issues
According to the latest policy discussion paper published by Acas, there continues to be myths and misconceptions surrounding equality and diversity issues in the workplace.
Lord Leitch publishes final report
Lord Leitch has published his final report, 'Prosperity for all in the Global Economy: World Class Skills', which examines the UK's long-term skills needs.
LSN publishes apprenticeship research
According to new research, people who complete an apprenticeship earn more money, stay longer with their employer and are more likely to rise to a management job than people who don't do an apprenticeship.
Research shows growth year for US training budgets
Research and advisory firm Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of new research on the state of the corporate training industry in the US.
Language skills improve career prospects, says survey
According to a survey of over 200 bilingual business people, three quarters of respondents said they had furthered their career prospects by speaking a second language.
40,000 to start teacher training says TDA
According to new figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), nearly 40,000 people are due to begin their initial teacher training this year.
Report focuses on union learning reps in North West
Union learning representatives in North West workplaces are playing crucial roles with employers and workers to tackle the region's skills crisis, according to a new report published by unionlearn the TUC's learning and skills organisation.
Managers urged to ditch needless management-speak
More than half of UK employees (54%) have given management jargon, such as 'think outside the box' and 'the helicopter view', the 'thumbs down', saying it is a problem in their workplace.
Research published on bullying in the workplace
Bullies in UK offices are using a range of subtle tactics and behaviour to intimidate colleagues at work, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute.
CIPD publishes talent management report
Employers must link their talent management strategy to the needs of the business and define what talent management means to their organisation according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Learning & Skills Council publishes progress report
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched a new progress report entitled 'Delivering Learning and Skills'.
LSC sets out funding priorities for learning and skills in England
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has revealed plans to invest £11.2 billion to help learners and employers in 2007-08.
LSC research reveals a 'brain training gap'
People are not doing enough to keep their brains healthy according to new research commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).
76% of employees find meetings stressful, say survey
If you think business meetings are designed to help colleagues share information and agree collective next steps, think again. Modern workplace gatherings are a hotbed of office politics, power struggles and psychological warfare says new research released today by Office Angels
Survey finds businesses reluctant to offer language training
According to a new YouGov survey of 2500 UK employees commissioned by language learning course provider Rosetta Stone, 80% of employees have never been offered the opportunity to learn a second language at work.
CIPD releases research on coaching supervision
According to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), less than half (44%) of coaches say they are receiving regular supervision, and less than a quarter (23%) of organisations who use coaching are providing coaching supervision.
95% of managers are stressed at work, says survey
A survey by online learning provider, SkillSoft, claims that 95% of managers find life at work stressful and 28% have taken time off work as a direct result. To help address this, the company is offering free access to three courses that aim to help people deal with stress. The courses will be available until the end of 2006.
FSSC commissions UK financial services forecast
The Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) has commissioned a new report entitled 'UK financial services: five years forward'. The report looks at drivers of change, such as demographics, technology, regulation and skills needs, over the next five years.
New teachers rate the quality of their training
The Training and Development Agency for Schools has published the results of a survey which asked newly qualified teachers to assess the quality of their training.
Employers must ‘train to retain', says report
A new report from City & Guilds says employers need to offer the right training to retain staff and boost productivity.
75% of IT workers are considering changing jobs, claims survey
According to a new survey by SWNS, a significant proportion of IT professionals are actively considering changing jobs.
Employers are prioritising school leavers ‘soft skills', says survey
In the week when thousands of GSCE students receive their results, many of whom will now be looking for work, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has reiterated its call for Government and employers to work more closely together to improve the employability of school leavers.
Survey finds negative attitudes to retail careers from parents and careers advisors
As thousands of school-leavers get their exam results and make career choices, a Skillsmart Retail survey suggests that the negative attitudes of parents and careers advisors towards the retail industry are discouraging young people seeking a career in retail.
IT skills gap effect on businesses reaches annual high
According to e-skills UK the percentage of firms reporting ICT skills gaps increased in Q1 of 2006 and the reported impact of these gaps on UK businesses reached the highest level recorded in a year.
Universities urged to forge better links with employers
Universities must build stronger links with local employers to increase the skills of the future graduate workforce according to a new report from the University of Hertfordshire's Graduate Forum.
Balance seeks views for blended learning survey
Balance Learning is seeking the views of HR and training professionals in the UK for its annual Blended Learning Survey.
Survey finds customer service skills shortage
Many workers in England lack customer service skills, according to the National Employer Skills Survey (NESS) from the Learning and Skills Council.
UK could learn skills lessons from abroad, says report
The UK's approach to skills development could learn from abroad, says a new report published yesterday by the Sector Skills Development Agency.
IIP unveils research into career development
Less than half of UK employees (49%) are happy with the way their careers are progressing, according to new research by Investors in People.
Skills gap is closing, say employers
Employers have reported a sharp fall in skills gaps, according to the National Employer Skills Survey 2005 (NESS05), released yesterday by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).
Study finds disconnect between IT and HR in the UK
According to a new survey, only 25% of HR managers feel that strategic HR functions such as workforce planning, leadership development and performance management are well supported by their IT systems.
Survey highlights training needs in media sector
A new survey by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries, has highlighted a significant training need among media professionals.
Blanchard research uncovers top leadership mistakes
More than 1400 executives have told The Ken Blanchard Companies what they think are the biggest mistakes leaders make.
Record numbers of 16-18 year olds in training, says DfES
Figures from the Department for Education and Skills show an increase in the numbers of 16-18 year olds participating in education and training.
Communication skills valued most, says survey
According to mew survey from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), UK employers value communication skills and team-working above leadership in the 'soft skills' they look for in a workforce.
New research highlights workplace literacy failings
New research from Ufi and the Campaign for Learning has highlighted workplace literacy failings which may be preventing individuals and businesses across the UK from fulfilling their potential.
e-skills UK publishes latest IT skills report
According to new research from e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT & telecoms, 67% of employers consider the level of IT user skills held by their staff to have a 'large' or 'defining' impact on their companies' productivity .
London employers' support part-time study, says survey
London employers are more in favour of part-time study for their employees than has been thought, according to new research from London Higher.
Research examines attributes of successful complex teams
According to a newly published Ashridge research report, strong organisational support; high levels of leadership competence; team coaching; clear objectives; and good communication are crucial to the success of teams working in complex environments.
Skills shortages are biggest barrier to business in London says survey
A shortage of skilled staff is now the biggest barrier to business in the capital, overtaking transport problems for the first time, according to the latest Confederation of British Industry (CBI)/KPMG London Business Survey.
Business presentations are a bore says survey
According to a recent survey of more than 300 managers, 97% find it difficult to stay attentive during business presentations.
Asset Skills publishes skills needs analysis
Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the cleaning, property, housing and facilities management industries, has published a skills needs analysis for the sector.
Skill shortages biggest HR headache in 2006, says survey
The Ken Blanchard Companies’ 2006 annual corporate issues survey suggests a growing skills shortage is a problem HR departments must address urgently this year.
Companies suffer from people 'blind spot', says survey
One in three employees feels they are not the most important asset to their organisation despite constant reminders from their management, according to recent research.
New study looks at US corporate learning market
Oakland, California. Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of its latest research study, 'The corporate learning factbook: benchmarks and analysis of U.S. corporate learning and development'.
Training budgets hit by economy fears says survey
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).
Survey finds continued growth in CPD importance
Echelon Publishing has released the findings of its second survey into the use of continuous professional development (CPD) by UK professional bodies.
Cost savings are ITIL's biggest benefit, says survey
Achieving cost savings based on efficient service provision is the strongest reason for organisations to implement ITIL best practice, according to a survey of customers by training provider QA.
Skillset welcomes BBC White Paper
Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries, has welcomed the emphasis given to skills development in the Government's White Paper on BBC Charter renewal published earlier this week.
RFID skills shortages hamper deployment, says survey
Deployment of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology continues to be hampered by a shortage of individuals skilled in the technology, according to a new survey by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
ALI calls for greater recognition of learners with disabilities in Government Policy
Inadequate training and support is preventing people with disabilities from achieving their potential in the workplace, according to a report published yesterday by the Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI).
Life of uncertainty for performers, says research
New research by Skillset, the sector skills council for the audio visual industries, and actors union Equity, has provided a picture of the skills development and training needs of the workforce.
Line manager training is key to successful pay and benefit strategies, says survey
According to a new survey, employers will fail to achieve maximum return on investment with regards to pay and benefits unless they involve and train line managers.
IT workers get little career guidance or support from employers, says survey
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Information technology workers are getting little guidance or support from their employers when it comes to career training and education, according to the findings of a survey released by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
Managers given priority for training, says survey
Despite many enterprises having company-wide training programmes in place, a survey carried out by Cegos UK suggests that priority is still given to management-level career development over those on lesser rungs of the corporate ladder.
Business leaders switching to run Britain's schools, says survey
The lure of running Britain's schools is prompting senior professionals across the country to return to the classroom.
New LMS study launched
Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of its latest research study, "Learning Management Systems 2006: Facts, Practical Analysis, Trends, and Vendor Profiles."
Volunteering helps address UK skills gaps says survey
Managers across the UK fail to see how voluntary work boosts career opportunities and skills, despite high numbers giving up their time at home and abroad. That's according to research published this week by the Chartered Management Institute and VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas).
CIPD publishes international management development report
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published a new guide that aims to help multinational organisations attract and retain talented individuals, and nurture them into successful leaders.
Improving skills among top three career resolutions for 2006, says survey
83 per cent of UK employees mix work-related New Year's resolutions with the standard January promises of healthy eating, fitness and lifestyle change, according to research from learning solutions provider Thomson NETg.
Survey finds 50% using audio learning
A survey on the use of audio learning found that over 50% of respondents use audio learning at least occasionally, both in formal and informal contexts.
NCC publishes employment trends report
IT staff turnover, recruitment and retention problems and skills shortages have all increased over the past year according to respondents to this year's National Computing Centre (NCC) Benchmark of Salaries and Employment Trends.
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