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April 2007

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30/04/07
Macdonald Hotels launches hospitality education centre
Macdonald Hotels Ltd has opened a hospitality education and training centre at its Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort.

27/04/07
Spirit Group launches new pub academy
The Spirit Group has unveiled a new learning and development centre, designed to be a hub for all its managerial training.

27/04/07
AV National Skills Day returns for third year
Thursday 24 May 2007 is the third annual National Skills Day for the audio visual industries.

27/04/07
Online Educa to launch first Russian event in Moscow
The first Russian event in the series of Online Educa international conferences will take place from September 30 to October 3 at the President Hotel in Moscow.

26/04/07
Adult Learners’ Week 2007
Around 10,000 events are expected to take place during this year's Adult Learners’ Week which runs from 19th – 25th May.

25/04/07
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.

25/04/07
HCE Adventure opens new training conference centre
Outdoor training company HCE Adventure has expanded its training activities by opening a training conference centre in the Welsh countryside.

24/04/07
Sector skills council completes roadshow marathon
Sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills has completed its UK-wide series of 'Access All Areas' roadshows.

23/04/07
Government departments make pledge to raise skills
Leaders across central government have made a commitment that every eligible employee will be helped to gain basic skills and a level two qualification.

23/04/07
Futuremedia to develop video learning community
Learning and brand communications provider Futuremedia is to develop an online academy for the Fifteen Foundation, the charity formed by UK chef Jamie Oliver to help disadvantaged young people enter the restaurant industry.

21/04/07
Government departments make pledge to raise skills
Leaders across central government have made a commitment that every eligible employee will be helped to gain basic skills and a level two qualification.

21/04/07
Futuremedia to develop video learning community
Learning and brand communications provider Futuremedia is to develop an online academy for the Fifteen Foundation, the charity formed by UK chef Jamie Oliver to help disadvantaged young people enter the restaurant industry.

20/04/07
British Computer Society offers IoD qualification
A partnership deal with the Institute of Directors (IoD) means members of the British Computer Society (BCS) and others could be eligible to sit a new chartered qualification that could lead to them becoming company directors.

20/04/07
Creative & Cultural Skills to expand team
Creative & Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for advertising, craft, cultural heritage, design, music and the arts, has announced plans to expand its team.

19/04/07
Fund helps over 12,000 learners, says NTUC
Northern TUC has announced that over 12,000 adults in the North East have participated in learning as a result of the region's Learning for All Fund.

19/04/07
Inspiring Potential launches new coaching programme
Coaching and leadership development company Inspiring Potential has launched a new six-stage, one-to-one coaching programme.

18/04/07
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'.

18/04/07
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.

17/04/07
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.

17/04/07
CEL launches online toolkit for work-based learning leaders
The Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) has launched an online toolkit for work-based learning leaders.

17/04/07
CIPR launches online diploma
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has launched the CIPR Online Diploma.

16/04/07
Win a one day workshop at HRD
Visitors to HRD 2007, being held at Excel in London from 17-19 April, have the chance to win a one-day workshop at The Chartered Institute of Marketing's stand.

16/04/07
British Computer Society IT Industry Awards 2007
The British Computer Society (BCS) has announced details of its IT Industry Awards 2007 which includes an award for IT Trainer of the Year.

13/04/07
New CompTIA Convergence+ certification now available
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that its newest certification, CompTIA Convergence+, is now available worldwide.

12/04/07
e-Learning course focuses on Work and Families Act
Online training provider, learndirect business, has launched a free 30-minute course that aims to give managers a head start with the Work and Families Act which came into force last week.

12/04/07
Basic Skills Agency annual conference
Over 250 people attended the Basic Skills Agency's annual conference, Basic Skills and Employability 2007, to debate how to deliver basic skills training that works for employers and for learners.

12/04/07
Programme announced for eLearning Africa 2007
The organisers of 'eLearning Africa 2007' have released the programme for the second annual conference on ICT for development, education and training.

11/04/07
CIPD publishes Competencies toolkit
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has launched a new Competencies toolkit that aims to help employers design or update their competency frameworks.

11/04/07
National Learning at Work Day 2007
Thursday 24 May is National Learning at Work Day and co-ordinators, the Campaign for Learning, believe this day of learning celebration could be just the start people need.

10/04/07
National Skills Academy for Construction launched
A new, site-based approach to construction training has continued with the launch of a new National Skills Academy for Construction site at Newall Green High School in Wythenshawe.

10/04/07
Seriously Mobile Summit 2007
This year's 'Seriously Mobile Summit', a one-day conference aimed at business learning and mobile technologists, takes place in London on 20 April 2007.

05/04/07
Edge Awards 2007 launched
Educational foundation Edge has launched the Edge Awards 2007. The awards are designed to recognise and reward employers that offer practical learning opportunities for young people.

05/04/07
MSc in Advanced Human Resource Management launched
Henley Management College has launched a new MSc programme that aims to help experienced and practising HR managers become capable of operating at a strategic level within their organisations.

05/04/07
Business Skills Awards for the Water Industry 2007
The winners of the 'Business Skills Awards for the Water Industry 2007' were announced last week at the annual Institution of Water Officers President's Dinner.

04/04/07
Samaritans and Media Trust Productions win e-learning award
Samaritans has won the International Visual Communications Association gold e-learning award for its Worklife CD-Rom - an interactive learning resource that aims to help busy managers tackle the causes of stress in the workplace.

04/04/07
Ufi and Kineo publish free podcasting tips
Ufi, the company behind learndirect, and e-learning organisation Kineo have published a free beginner's guide to podcasting.

03/04/07
Companies combine forces for skills audit projects
Capability management company InfoBasis and JGP, a provider of web-based talent management technology to the public sector, are working together to provide skills analysis for 20 local authorities in the North East of England.

03/04/07
Course aims to improve communication in business
Aberdeen based presenters and magicians, Fifth Dimension, are launching a new training course aimed at improving communication in business.

02/04/07
CEL and NCSL offer development support for 14-19 consortia
The Centre for Excellence in Leadership ( CEL ) and the National College for School Leadership (NCSL) have designed a range of programmes aimed at supporting the 145 groups of schools, colleges and training providers chosen to deliver the new Diplomas for 14 to 19-year-olds.

02/04/07
Acas opens new office and training facility in Hampshire
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has opened a new office and training facility in Fleet, Hampshire.

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