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February 2007

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University uses InfoBasis software to help standardise training
Anglia Ruskin, the Cambridge and Chelmsford based University, is to implement InfoBasis Enterprise Skills Manager to help it standardise IT staff training and development for its 100 strong IT workforce.

Taxi drivers sign up for BTEC qualification
Fifty Hackney & Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) drivers in Birmingham have signed up for a qualification being offered by South Birmingham College and Birmingham City Council in partnership with GoSkills, the sector skills council for Passenger Transport.

Business, education and skills leaders express support for 2011
Representatives from business, industry, education and skills are to attend a reception at 11 Downing Street today to celebrate the UK's success in winning the bid to host WorldSkills 2011.

Scope launches disability equality training toolkit
Disability organisation Scope has launched a training toolkit to help businesses support disabled customers.

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.

Organisations join CompTIA certification initiative
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that seven organisations are working with it to develop a vendor-neutral printing and document imaging certification.

Open University links up with Tesco Clubcard
A partnership between The Open University and Tesco will see shoppers able to pay for all or part of an OU course by exchanging Tesco Clubcard vouchers.

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.

Roadside assistance accreditation launched
A new accreditation for roadside patrol technicians has been developed by the AA, Mondial UK and the RAC, in association with the Institute of the Motor Industry which governs the scheme.

Partnership leads to skills initiatives in cultural heritage sector
A partnership between the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills has led to a range of initiatives designed to improve education and skills for the cultural heritage sector.

Skills minister announces interim skills target reached
Skills minister Phil Hope has announced that over 1.5 million people have gained basic skills qualifications through the Government's Skills for Life strategy, hitting a key target set back in 2001.

SEEDA announces formation of leadership academy
The South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) has announced the formation of the South East Leadership Academy.

More support for creative and cultural sector academy
Plans for a National Skills Academy for the creative and cultural industries have received more support from within the sector. PLASA - the Professional Lighting and Sound Association - is the latest organisation to join the list of employers and industry bodies backing the project.

Last call for Apprenticeship Awards 2007
The Learning and Skills Council is giving a final call to employers and apprentices to enter this year's national Apprenticeship Awards 2007. The deadline for entries is Friday 23rd February 2007.

Training achieves joint recognition from City & Guilds and ILM
Hunters Property Group has become the first UK company to be jointly recognised for its in-house training courses by both City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Cherie Blair opens new training suite
Cherie Blair, patron of the charity Victim Support London (VSL), has officially launched VSL's new training suite of three training rooms and a breakout area at its offices in Finsbury Square, London.

Inchcape makes car donation to Uxbridge College
Automotive retail group Inchcape plc has donated a transporter full of cars to Uxbridge College Business School.

Diversity resources launched
Skill Boosters has launched four diversity training courses. The e-learning courses - on age, the diversity challenge, religion and belief, and sexual orientation - are part of Skill Boosters' 'Dignity at Work' series.

LSC reveals strategy for building greener colleges
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has revealed its strategy for building greener colleges. Bill Rammell MP launched the LSC prospectus which for the first time states that colleges must include green proposals in their designs if they are to win funding.

CIPD conference aims to give practical help to manage stress
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is holding a 'Stress and the Role of Line Managers' conference on, 21 March 2007 to launch new CIPD/Health and Safety Executive (HSE) research that the CIPD says will demonstrate the central role that line managers play in managing stress.

University and business partnerships 'key to world class creative economy'
British universities can do for the UK's creative economy what America's leading colleges have done for the US technology sector, according to the chief executive of Creative & Cultural Skills.

BCS to hold SFIA workshop
The British Computer Society (BCS) is holding a half-day workshop on the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) in London later this month.

Government calls on employers to sign 'Skills Pledge'
The chancellor Gordon Brown and education secretary Alan Johnson have called on all employers to sign up to a 'Skills Pledge' to ensure that all their employees reach a skills level equivalent to five good GCSEs.

ILM and SFEDI partnership announced
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) has announced it is to form a strategic partnership with the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI).

Global Knowledge launches PRINCE2 training
Training provider Global Knowledge has launched a new series of PRINCE2 project management training courses in partnership with project management training consultancy, Pearce Mayfield.

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

CIPD joins up with the Management Innovation Lab
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has teamed up with the new Management Innovation Lab - a partnership between the London Business School, the Woodside Institute, the David and Elaine Potter Charitable Foundation and the Advanced Institute of Management Research.

FSSC receives approval for Foundation Degree framework
A new Foundation Degree Framework for financial services, developed by the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) together with a range of employers, has been approved for use in England by Foundation Degree Forward (FDF).

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.

National Learning at Work Day 2007
Thousands of organisations are expected to take part in National Learning at Work Day on Thursday 24 May 2007.

Learner Account trials to start in September 2007
Learners in some parts of the South East and East Midlands will be the first to trial the Government's new Learner Accounts.

Moving Learning 2007
Moving Learning 2007, a one-day seminar about the changes taking place in organisational learning, is to take place in London on 13 June 2007 and in Amsterdam on 14 June 2007.

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)'.

The Institute of IT Training Awards 2007
The winners of the Institute of IT Training IT Training Awards for 2007 were announced at a gala dinner held at The Dorchester in London last week.

Volunteers wanted for European skills competition
UK Skills is looking for volunteer training managers to help prepare the UK team for the newly launched EuroSkills Competition.

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.

Blended learning supports BUPA project
Brightwave is working with BUPA to support phase 2 of the health insurer's business transformation programme.

Food and drink National Skills Academy approved
Skills minister Phil Hope MP has announced the approval of a National Skills Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing.

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