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March 2007

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30/03/07
e-skills UK publishes IT Professional Competency Model
A new competency model published by e-skills UK is aiming to provide a new, sector-wide approach to expressing IT professional capabilities.

30/03/07
Improv company launches 'Charisma Key' workshop
Improvised comedy company The Spontaneity Shop has launched a new workshop aimed at professional people who want to gain more charisma.

29/03/07
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.

28/03/07
Partnership to provide training to help victims of crime
The charity Victim Support has announced a three-year partnership with Autoglass. The first year of the partnership incorporates a corporate donation, employee fundraising and the rollout of Victim Support's call handler training programme for Autoglass staff.

28/03/07
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.

27/03/07
Registration opens for 2007 National ITQ Conference
Registration is now open for this year's national ITQ conference to be held in Birmingham on the 24th April 2007 .

27/03/07
Skills for Logistics urges employers to review skills needs
Skills for Logistics (SfL), the sector skills council for the freight logistics industries, is encouraging employers to review their skills requirements to ensure that the UK logistics industry maintains its competitiveness on a global platform.

27/03/07
Combined Knowledge to host Project Server 2007 Workshop
Combined Knowledge, in association with TriMagna Corporation, are delivering a Project Server 2007 Workshop on 22nd May 2007 in Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire.

26/03/07
Chartered Institute of Marketing publishes training guide
The Chartered Institute of Marketing has produced a new booklet entitled 'A practical guide for marketing managers for effective individual and team development'.

26/03/07
Training exhibition targets East London employers
An exhibition aimed at putting businesses in East London in touch with local training providers is to take place at West Ham Football Club, Upton Park on Tuesday 27 March 2007.

23/03/07
BCS develops new ECDL health unit for NHS
This week's HC 2007 event in Harrogate saw the launch of the British Computer Society's ( BCS ) new European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Health Unit.

23/03/07
Centre launches diversity training and consultancy service
The Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge Assessment, part of the University of Cambridge , has launched a diversity training and consultancy service.

22/03/07
CIPD guides aim to help combat work related stress
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published three new guides designed to help organisations combat work related stress.

22/03/07
QA-IQ expands trainer development programme
QA-IQ is expanding its trainer development programme with the launch of an intensive Academy aimed at technical and business professionals who wish to join the training industry.

21/03/07
New book explores training and development around the world
National culture has become an overused and potentially damaging term in the world of learning and training. In reality, the key to delivering effective training on a world stage is to adapt to context, of which national culture is just one small part. This is one of the conclusions of a new study of learning, training and development around the world, based on 58 case studies of learning and development across 19 countries.

21/03/07
Acas publishes advice on managing conflict at work
Employment relations service Acas has published a new booklet designed to help employers and employees better understand and manage conflict at work.

21/03/07
British Computer Society launches mainframe qualification
The British Computer Society ( BCS ) has developed a new qualification for mainframe technicians.

20/03/07
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.

20/03/07
Unionlearn announces Disability Champions milestone
Unionlearn has announced that there are now more than 500 Disability Champions helping disabled workers to negotiate with employers to fulfil their needs, and raising awareness of disability issues at work.

16/03/07
E-Guide National Event 2007
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) is holding an event at the end of March to examine how advances in technology are having an impact on how adults learn.

16/03/07
CIPD launches appraisal toolkit
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a performance management and appraisal toolkit designed to offer management training and implementation support.

16/03/07
Royal Mail to deliver apprenticeships in Scotland
Royal Mail is set to deliver 30 apprenticeships in Scotland after receiving funding from Scottish Enterprise.

15/03/07
Government staff urged to complete training survey
A survey of skills and qualifications held by staff working for central government is about to start. The survey was commissioned by Government Skills, the sector skills council for central government.

15/03/07
BCS accredits UK Professional Golf Association as ECDL centre
The British Computer Society (BCS) has accredited the UK Professional Golf Association (PGA) as a European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) learning centre.

14/03/07
Leadership Trust and BQF to host 2nd annual conference
The Leadership Trust will be holding its second joint conference with the British Quality Foundation (BQF) in June.

13/03/07
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.

12/03/07
Jenison launches networking events
e-Learning provider Jenison is to hold a series of network meetings to enable training professionals to share their training experiences with a particular focus on incorporating technology.

12/03/07
Lloyds TSB autolease supports IMI awards
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Learning and Skills Awards have gained the support of fleet management company Lloyds TSB autolease.

09/03/07
e-skills UK achieves Best Companies Accreditation
e-skills UK, the sector skills council for IT and telecoms, has received recognition in the Best Companies 2007 Accreditation scheme.

09/03/07
More new in brief
Conference to explore e-learning within the health sector... Develop opens new training facility...

08/03/07
Acas launches e-learning on religion and belief
Acas has launched a new free online course that aims to help employers avoid discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion or belief.

08/03/07
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.

08/03/07
Press Dispensary announces PR Copywriting course dates
Press release services company Press Dispensary has announced dates for its PR Copywriting course at locations around the UK.

07/03/07
SMEs taking marketing more seriously, says Institute
According to research conducted by The Chartered Institute of Marketing, workshops on the fundamentals of marketing and marketing communications are now the most popular.

06/03/07
Extra funding for Learning Innovation Grants
The Learning and Skills Council has added an extra half a million pounds funding to the Learning Innovation Grants (LIG) project.

05/03/07
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.

05/03/07
More new in brief
Sales Trainer of the Year award...RM opts for InfoBasis Enterprise Skills Manager...New appointments at the Leadership Trust

02/03/07
Socitm partnership offers security e-learning
The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) has formed a partnership with Easy i to deliver e-learning courses to public sector managers and staff around issues such as information security, security for mobile working, data protection and the Freedom of Information Act.

02/03/07
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).

02/03/07
New courses from the Chartered Institute of Marketing
The Chartered Institute of Marketing has introduced two new courses designed to help marketers put sustainability on the business agenda.

01/03/07
Questionmark unveils new version of Perception
Testing and assessment software provider Questionmark has unveiled the newest version of the Questionmark Perception assessment management system.

01/03/07
e-Learning course aims to help reduce stress
MyKnowledgeMap has launched an e-learning course that aims to help reduce stress in the workplace.

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