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May 2006

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31/05/06
Employers join forces to back Skills Academy bid
Some of the UK's top food and drink manufacturers have joined forces to back the bid for a new Skills Academy for the sector.

31/05/06
Media industries stage second annual National Skills Day
The audio visual industries staged its second annual National Skills Day on Thursday 25 May.

30/05/06
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.

30/05/06
New research to be previewed at coaching conference
New research on coaching workplace teams will be presented by David Clutterbuck at the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring (OSC&M)'s 8th Annual Conference this June.

30/05/06
my-skills publishes new eBooks
Online publisher my-skills has released new eBooks on training and project management skills.

26/05/06
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.

26/05/06
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 .

25/05/06
Thousands take part in Learning at Work Day
More than 5,000 organisations are expected to a host an event to mark today's National Learning at Work Day.

25/05/06
IT experts are the most stressed, says survey
IT experts are more likely to suffer from stress than any other professional, according to a new survey.

25/05/06
New network promotes Apprenticeships to employers
A new employer-led network to champion and promote Apprenticeships to employers was launched recently by Ruth Kelly MP, former Secretary of State for Education.

24/05/06
Plea to employers to back food Skills Academy
A leading food manufacturer has urged fellow employers to back the proposed Skills Academy for food and drink manufacturing, with their time, resources, and money.

24/05/06
InfoBasis launches Enterprise Skills Manager 4.5
Skills management technology provider InfoBasis has launched a new version of its Enterprise Skills Manager (ESM) software.

24/05/06
ALP welcomes new LSC guide for learning providers
The Association of Learning Providers (ALP) has welcomed the launch of a new guide from the Learning and Skills Council designed to reduce the amount of paperwork completed by work based learning providers when delivering training for the LSC.

23/05/06
Ashridge, EABIS and Microsoft launch MBA Essay Award
Ashridge Business School and the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) are launching the Best European MBA Essay Award. The competition, supported for the first time by Microsoft, aims to recognise the most thought-provoking essays written by MBA students on the responsibilities of business in a knowledge economy.

23/05/06
Edexcel conference looks at work-based learning
Over 100 delegates attended Edexcel's Health and Social Care Conference at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham last month.

22/05/06
Unions gear up for busiest-ever Adult Learners Week
Unionlearn has released details of a host of union organised and supported events taking place during this week's Adult Learners' Week.

22/05/06
New system aims to tackle IT skills gaps
Online learning provider SkillSoft has launched a new product that's designed to provide organisations with a strategic analysis of their IT personnel.

22/05/06
Adult Skills in the Global Economy conference
NIACE are holding a conference this week that will stress the importance of adult skills to meeting the challenges of the UK and global economy.

19/05/06
Adult Learners' Week 2006
The UK's annual learning festival, Adult Learners' Week, will be officially launched next Monday 22nd May 2006, with a ceremony for outstanding adult learners at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, London.

19/05/06
Pilkington signs e-learning deal with SkillSoft
Pilkington, the glass and glazing products manufacturer, has awarded online learning provider SkillSoft a three-year contract to supply management, business, health & safety, IT and desktop-skills training to its 24,000-strong workforce.

19/05/06
Marketing qualifications guide released
The Chartered Institute of Marketing has released a guide covering all the professional marketing qualifications that it offers.

18/05/06
SkillSoft unveils new information portals
SkillSoft has launched two online portals designed to provide employees with access to a wide variety of data relating to leadership and project management.

18/05/06
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.

18/05/06
Skills matrix launched for biotech industry A new online resource has been launched to help employers in the UK's biotechnology industry find providers who offer training in line with National Occupational Standards (NOS).

17/05/06
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.

17/05/06
LSC announces finalists of 2006 Apprenticeship Awards
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced the finalists for this year's national Apprenticeship Awards.

17/05/06
Questionmark launches content sharing programme
Users of Questionmark Perception assessment management software have a new system for sharing content with one another.

16/05/06
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.

16/05/06
Learndirect business launches 'The Apprentice'
Hot on the heels of the highly popular and BAFTA award-winning television programme, 'The Apprentice', comes a new training programme from learndirect business based on the format of the show.

16/05/06
Managers urged to work out World Cup game plan
Hot on the heels of the highly popular and BAFTA award-winning television programme, 'The Apprentice', comes a new training programme from learndirect business based on the format of the show.

15/05/06
Drama helps to embed diversity at the DVLA
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has recently hosted a conference on overcoming the challenges of diversity.

15/05/06
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.

12/05/06
UK wins bid to host WorldSkills 2011
The UK has won a bid to host the WorldSkills Competition in London in 2011.

12/05/06
Lasher publishes new instructional design model
Neil Lasher, managing director of Trainer1, has published a new model of instructional design (ID) called 'The four 'A's of Learning'.

11/05/06
Bob Mosher to speak at Moving Learning 2006
Bob Mosher, Microsoft Learning's director of learning and strategy evangelism, will deliver a keynote presentation on learning at the moment of need at next month's Moving Learning 2006 seminars.

11/05/06
Volkswagen opens new apprentice training centre
Volkswagen Group UK has opened a new apprentice training facility in Nottingham in partnership with Carter & Carter Group plc.

11/05/06
SumTotal joins Google Enterprise Professional programme
SumTotal Systems has announced it has joined the Google Enterprise Professional programme. As a partner in the program, SumTotal says it is integrating the Google Search Appliance within its learning management enterprise suite.

10/05/06
£3m drive to increase diversity in media industries
A new programme of initiatives to tackle diversity in the media has been launched by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual Industries, and the UK Film Council.

10/05/06
Training reaches another royal high
The Training Foundation, winners of the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2005, were invited back to this year's winners celebratory event on April 24th held at the Gladstone Library, Whitehall, London in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal.

10/05/06
A different tack in management training
LifeCraft has launched a new management programme, "Sail into Management", part of which takes place aboard a 95 foot Turkish Gulet.

09/05/06
GoSkills launches Skills for Life assessment resources
New resources designed to help to identify literacy, numeracy and communication skills levels and needs in the workplace are now available to employers in the road passenger transport industries.

09/05/06
Conference aims to tackle UK's future skills needs
Figures from the worlds of academia, research, education and skills are attending a conference this week to explore the opportunities and challenges to be faced in meeting the UK's future skill needs.

09/05/06
Blended learning package for ECDL launched
GTSLearning has launched a new blended-learning package for ECDL study using Microsoft Office 2003, XP or 2000.

08/05/06
BLA to hold collaborative learning event
The next British Learning Association (BLA) Connect Event is to take place on Wednesday 7th June 2006, at the BBC Conference Centre, Marylebone High Street, London.

08/05/06
Hilton International commissions HR e-learning
e-Learning company Brightwave has been commissioned to design and deliver eight bespoke e-learning modules and one master assessment module to Hilton University, the learning and development portal for Hilton International.

05/05/06
Samaritans course aims to cut workplace stress
Samaritans has launched WorkLife, a new training programme that aims to help managers and teams tackle the causes of stress in the workplace.

05/05/06
Trainer1 takes new ID course to the USA
e-Learning company Trainer1 is to begin running its new instructional design (ID) course in the USA.

05/05/06
InfoBasis helps Hibernian identify training needs
Ireland-based composite insurer Hibernian has chosen skills management company InfoBasis to help it identify training needs within its IT department.

04/05/06
ITC offers team management course for conservationists
Jersey Business School and the International Training Centre (ITC) of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have teamed up to design a training course that aims to equip conservationists with the skills to manage their teams effectively.

04/05/06
Information Transfer releases Seminar Surveyor
Cambridge-based communication consultancy Information Transfer has released Seminar Surveyor, the latest product in their range of e-learning software.

03/05/06
Gordon Brown launches new union skills initiative
Chancellor Gordon Brown yesterday joined representatives from unions, employers and education for the launch of unionlearn, the TUC's new workplace learning initiative.

03/05/06
Skillset's National Skills Day returns for second year
For the second year running the audio visual industries are staging National Skills Day to help focus attention on the importance of skills development.

03/05/06
Mosaic Publicity debuts podcasting course
Media training agency Mosaic Publicity has launched a new podcasting course.

02/05/06
Acas launches guidance on age discrimination legislation
Employment relations organisation Acas has launched new guidance that aims to help employers and individuals understand how imminent age discrimination legislation will affect them.

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