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May 2007

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31/05/07
City & Guilds launches barista qualification
City & Guilds has teamed up with the Beverage Services Association and Kenco to develop a Level 2 VRQ in Barista Skills.

31/05/07
IT training news in brief
Xpertise expands in Leeds...Global Knowledge announces new ITIL v3 course...UAE providers to offer BCS qualifications...QA-IQ launches new Windows Server 2008 courses

30/05/07
GoSkills launches 2007 passenger transport awards
GoSkills, the sector skills council for passenger transport, is calling on sector employers to nominate staff for its 2007 awards.

30/05/07
Conference to discuss future challenges to leadership
The Leadership Trust will be discussing what challenges today's leaders will face in the future at its annual conference in September.

29/05/07
Survey finds preference for less formal learning
According to a survey from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), UK workers have an overwhelming preference for less formal ways of learning to improve job performance.

29/05/07
Business simulations suite launched in UK
Tata Interactive Systems has launched its TOPSIM suite of business simulations in the UK. The TOPSIM launch took place at the Tanaka Business School at Imperial College, London.

25/05/07
New disability awareness qualification launched
Awarding body Education Development International (EDI) has developed a level one qualification in disability awareness.

25/05/07
Greengrove to exhibit SalesVision V6.5 at B2B Expo
Greengrove Training Solutions & Sales Consultancy, distributors for SalesVision management software, will be showcasing the new SalesVision V6.5 at the B2B Expo at Pine Ridge Golf Club, Camberley, Surrey on the 5th June 2007.

24/05/07
Loyalty company uses drama to train internal coaches
Loyalty Management Group, the company that operates the Nectar customer loyalty programme, is training 50 senior and middle managers to be in-house coaches.

24/05/07
New CIOB-CIH joint awarding body
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) have been working in partnership to establish a suite of qualifications for housing maintenance, repairs and development professionals.

23/05/07
Training Synergy sponsors BCS IT Trainer of the Year Award
Training services provider Training Synergy is sponsoring the 'IT Trainer of the Year Award' at this year's British Computer Society (BCS) IT Industry Awards for the third year running.

23/05/07
Learning centre launched at Liverpool Arena site
Construction workers building Liverpool's Arena and Convention Centre can now access a range of training courses at the site's own learning centre.

22/05/07
Report says skills boost needed to drive UK productivity
A new report from the Sector Skills Development Agency suggests that UK productivity levels are falling behind Europe and the US and that this is caused to a large extent by the UK's relatively lower skills levels.

22/05/07
Nominations open for 2007 STAR Awards
Nominations for the 2007 Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) STAR Awards are now open. The awards seek to recognise and promote excellence in the further education system.

22/05/07
Training firm raises funds for charity
The Macmillan Cancer Support charity has recently received a cash boost of some £1,500 thanks to the efforts of staff at training services provider Training Synergy.

21/05/07
Survey finds fall in number of adult learners
A survey commissioned by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) reports that half a million adults were lost to learning in the last year.

18/05/07
New research to be launched at leadership conference
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is launching new research investigating leadership transitions at its Leadership Conference on the 6 June, 2007.

18/05/07
Improve to launch plans for new qualifications
Plans for 16 new vocational qualifications in food manufacturing will be unveiled to employers at an event in Leeds on 6 July 2007.

17/05/07
New online induction course for Center Parcs
The University of Derby's e-learning unit, Innovation 4 Learning (I4L), is developing an online induction course for Center Parcs.

17/05/07
Young peoples' consultation on increasing the leaving age
Education secretary Alan Johnson has launched a young peoples' consultation on whether the education and training leaving age should be increased to 18.

16/05/07
Samaritans launches workplace training directory
Emotional health charity Samaritans has launched its first training directory to provide organisations with an overview of its workplace training courses.

16/05/07
Partnership provides food safety exam online
learndirect business has teamed up with the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) to offer an RIPH Food Safety Exam online.

15/05/07
Punch Taverns training course hits a century
Punch Taverns has just delivered its 100th Profit Through Quality training course for its licensees and their staff with 60 delegates attending the latest event at the Village Hotel, Bury, Lancashire.

14/05/07
Share a skill on Learning at Work Day
Do you have a skill to share with your work colleagues or is there something you could learn from them? The Campaign for Learning is asking employees up and down the country to showcase their talents on National Learning at Work Day, 24 May 2007 and share one skill.

14/05/07
More Britons learning languages says Rosetta Stone
Language software provider Rosetta Stone (UK) has reported a 34% increase in UK sales of its language software to consumers in the first quarter of 2007, compared to the same period last year.

11/05/07
Tinopolis acquires Video Arts Group
Tinopolis plc, the television and new media production company, has acquired training video and DVD producer Video Arts Group.

11/05/07
Commission for disabled staff launched
A Commission examining the recruitment, training, deployment and career progression of disabled staff in lifelong learning in England and Wales was launched this week.

10/05/07
Drama helps Grant Thornton develop internal coaches
Business and financial adviser Grant Thornton has trained 50 managers to become coaches. The managers will spend 20% of their time helping partners and other managers in the firm to further improve their people management skills.

10/05/07
Partnership delivers learning for youth services
The Partnership for Young London, BT and the youth services of four London boroughs - Croydon, Richmond, Tower Hamlets and Westminster - have joined forces to develop new ways of delivering workforce development materials.

10/05/07
Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training launched
New networks of training centres for Further Education teachers, tutors and trainers have been announced by Bill Rammell, the minister for lifelong learning, further and higher education.

09/05/07
Stars and government ministers reveal childhood dream jobs
Celebrities have been sharing their childhood dream jobs with workplace learning charity, the Campaign for Learning, to help them promote its National Learning at Work Day competition.

08/05/07
Train to Gain skills brokers use Epic e-learning
Epic is working with the Learning and Skills Council on a project to develop e-learning and resource materials for use by Train to Gain skills brokers.

08/05/07
Over 300 attend ITQ conference
More than 300 delegates from 200 organisations attended the 2007 ITQ Conference in Birmingham on 24 April 2007.

04/05/07
Ken Blanchard Companies publishes 2007 Corporate Issues survey
Research released this week by The Ken Blanchard Companies suggests increased competition and the challenges of attracting and retaining a skilled workforce are key issues facing organisations in 2007.

04/05/07
Businesses invited to enter Edge Awards 2007
Educational foundation Edge is encouraging entries for the Edge Awards 2007, to win part of a £300,000 training-investment prize fund.

03/05/07
Workshop aims to help with flexible working changes
Employment relations service Acas is running a workshop on 16th May 2007 with the aim of helping employers across the South East understand and implement changes under the Work and Families Act.

02/05/07
Revised code aims to promote more effective leadership
The Chartered Management Institute has launched a revised Code of Professional Conduct and Practice.

02/05/07
Global Knowledge launches ITIL version 3 training
Training provider Global Knowledge has launched a series of training courses for the latest version of the IT service management methodology ITIL.

01/05/07
BCI launches regulatory e-learning initiative
The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has selected Brightwave to develop, launch and host their pilot e-learning initiative.

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