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January 2007

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31/01/07
Global Knowledge reports strong demand for Windows Vista training
Training company Global Knowledge is reporting strong demand for its courses in Microsoft Windows Vista.

31/01/07
Introductory intercultural workshops launched
Farnham Castle has launched a series of introductory intercultural training workshops. The courses are designed to improve the effectiveness of working relationships with colleagues in countries such as China, Japan and India.

30/01/07
Select Committee hears evidence on manufacturing skills
The government's Trade and Industry Select Committee inquiry into the future of UK manufacturing has been told that college and university courses must become more relevant to the needs of the work place.

30/01/07
Video Arts launches interactive digital library
Video Arts has launched a new digital video library designed to enable users to create their own tailored training sessions.

29/01/07
Hemsley Fraser announces policy commitment to TAP
Learning provider Hemsley Fraser Group has announced a policy commitment to the TAP Learning System, the training skills certification programme administered by The Training Foundation.

29/01/07
QA-IQ forum to focus on informal learning
Social networking is the next step in informal learning, according to learning solutions provider QA-IQ, and is the focus for its Learning & Development Forum this February.

26/01/07
National skills academy for manufacturing launched
A new £14m national academy designed to raise manufacturing skills has been launched by trade and industry secretary Alistair Darling.

25/01/07
Audit Commission takes dramatic approach to learning
Drama-based learning company Steps Drama is helping the Audit Commission promote diversity by co-delivering a training workshop called Managing Change for Diversity & Equality.

25/01/07
Project aims to help visually impaired learners
The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) says it is making exciting progress towards transforming the way learners who are visually impaired can access graphical information.

25/01/07
TPS launches Certificate in Coach Supervision
The Performance Solution (TPS) has launched a Certificate in Coach Supervision. The programme comprises two three-day modules.

24/01/07
Improve helps fund management training
Improve, the food and drink Sector Skills Council, is offering 625 places for women working in the food and drink industry to complete a level-three introductory certificate in management from the Chartered Management Institute.

24/01/07
New milestone for CompTIA Security+ Certification
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that more than 30,000 IT professionals worldwide have attained its CompTIA Security+ certification.

23/01/07
TUC's unionlearn signs up to Sector Skills Agreement
unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation has signed up to and endorsed Cogent's Sector Skills Agreement (SSA).

23/01/07
New book aims to help you make the most of your non-working days
Lonely Planet has published a new book, '132: Seize the Days', that aims to help stressed-out Britons make the most of their time.

23/01/07
Action International re-brands as ActionCOACH
Business coaching organisation Action International has just changed its name to ActionCOACH as part of a major re-branding exercise.

22/01/07
Free seminars at Learning Technologies exhibition
Learning Technologies is hosting over thirty free seminars during the forthcoming exhibition at London Olympia on 31 January and 1 February 2007.

22/01/07
KnowledgePool launches white paper on evaluation
Managed learning services company KnowledgePool has launched a white paper on how to evaluate learning outcomes.

19/01/07
CIPD launches People Management Award 2007
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is inviting organisations to enter its 2007 People Management Award.

19/01/07
Joanna Trollope to speak at unionlearn conference
Author Joanna Trollope will today share her love of reading with hundreds of union learning reps at a conference organised by unionlearn with the Southern and Eastern TUC (SERTUC).

19/01/07
Training Synergy exceeds charity target
Training company Training Synergy has raised over £12,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support - its 'charity of the year' in 2006 - along with £1,500 for children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

18/01/07
Government invites bids for National Skills Academy expansion
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) with its partners, the DfES, the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) and the DTI, have invited employers to work together to expand the National Skills Academy network.

18/01/07
New chief executive for Government Skills
Andrew McDonald took up post in December as the new chief executive for Government Skills, the sector skills council for central government.

17/01/07
New programme explores the 'art of leadership'
Leadership development organisation, The Leadership Trust, has just launched the Executive Leadership Programme.

17/01/07
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.

17/01/07
Xpertise extends run of Microsoft seminars
IT training company Xpertise is to extend its recent series of seminars on new Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Windows Vista, Longhorn server, Live Communications Server, SharePoint and Microsoft Office 2007.

16/01/07
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.

15/01/07
Stena Line opts for drama-based training
Stena Line ferries has implemented a customer service training programme for its staff on the Stranraer to Belfast ferry line with the help of professional actors from training company Sold Out Trainers.

15/01/07
Trainer1 to showcase content creation tools
On Trainer1's stand at this year's Learning Technologies exhibition will be a suite of e-learning content creation tools each of which sells for less than £100.

12/01/07
Training Synergy supports XP migration project
Training provider Training Synergy has provided training support to a Windows XP rollout throughout British Energy offices in the UK.

12/01/07
BETT Awards 2007 - the winners
The winners of the BETT Awards 2007 were announced on Wednesday night at the BETT Awards dinner held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

11/01/07
TDA launches online training planner
An online guide designed to help school leaders plan and implement training for their support staff in language, literacy and numeracy skills has been launched by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

11/01/07
McAfee selects Computeach as training partner
IT training provider Computeach is to partner with McAfee for the delivery and administration of reseller product training.

10/01/07
Gordon Brown opens new union learning centre
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has officially opened a new unionlearn Trade Union Education Centre within Newcastle College.

09/01/07
CIPD launches new management certificate
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a new certificate for managers.

09/01/07
Employment charity makes top employer list
A national charity that helps people with disability or disadvantage to find work has been named as one of Britain's Top Employers.

09/01/07
Skills Council adds to board of directors
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, has announced three appointments to its board of directors.

08/01/07
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.

08/01/07
SummitSkills launches sector careers map
SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, has developed a new careers map for the sector.

05/01/07
YSC to operate new coaching service at BT
Corporate psychology consultancy YSC is to operate BT's new Executive Coaching Service, to be launched on 9th January 2007.

05/01/07
LSC group to focus on voluntary & community sector
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched a new advisory group to focus on the Council's work with the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

05/01/07
QA-IQ expands Oracle offering
QA-IQ, an Oracle Approved Education Centre, has announced the expansion of its Oracle training offering.

04/01/07
Creative & Cultural Skills on the road in 2007
Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for for advertising, craft, cultural heritage, design, music and the arts, has announced a UK-wide series of events for early 2007.

04/01/07
Managers given decorating challenge
UK managers from environmental consultancy MWH have completed a team building exercise in which they were set the challenge of redecorating a much used art-room and kitchen in Sheffield's Mencap Gateway day centre, in just one day.

03/01/07
Training award for Kier Sheffield
Kier Sheffield has won the Learning and Skills Council Training and Development Award at the Sheffield Business Awards 2006.

02/01/07
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.

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