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June 2006

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30/06/06
BLA to promote UK at Online Educa Berlin
The British Learning Association (BLA) is to represent the UK's learning & skills development sector at Online Educa Berlin in November.

30/06/06
Proskills embarks on skills consultation
Sector Skills Council, Proskills, has embarked on a UK wide consultation with employers with the aim of shaping the future of skills provision and funding for industries in its sector

29/06/06
Moving Learning 2006 presentations available online
Videoed presentations from the recent Moving Learning 2006 events are available to view online from today.

29/06/06
Leadership Trust announces conference line-up
The Leadership Trust Foundation has announced details of its 9th annual conference. Entitled 'Leadership: inspiring greatness in others', the conference will be held from 19-20 September 2006.

28/06/06
Embedded learning cited no.1 challenge at seminars
Embedding learning - integrating learning and support at the desktop and in the working environment - was the key theme running across presentations at the recent Moving Learning 2006 seminars.

28/06/06
Entries sought for World of Learning Awards 2006
Entries for the World of Learning Awards are now open. The Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise organisations and individuals whose achievements are judged to have notably improved workplace productivity and performance.

27/06/06
Food and drink employers urged to train older workers
Employers in food and drink manufacturing are to be given advice and practical examples to promote the benefits of investing more in training their older workers.

27/06/06
National School launches leadership programme
The National School of Government has launched the Advanced Leadership Programme - one of a new suite of leadership development programmes commissioned by the Tomorrow's Leaders Group of the Civil Service Management Board.

26/06/06
Chancellor helps launch £12m leadership initiative
A £12 million initiative to promote management and leadership excellence in the creative and cultural sector was launched last week.

26/06/06
National School of Government seeks associates
The National School of Government has a major selection initiative underway to find up to 400 associates.

23/06/06
Skills gap is closing, say employers
Employers have reported a sharp fall in skills gaps, according to the National Employer Skills Survey 2005 (NESS05), released yesterday by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).

23/06/06
Novell offers portable training for SUSE Linux Enterprise
Novell has announced a new training course for SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise 10 which is self-contained on a portable USB drive.

23/06/06
Unionlearn to launch in the South West
Unionlearn, the TUC's new initiative that aims to improve workers' skills, will be launched in the South West next week.

22/06/06
Study finds disconnect between IT and HR in the UK
According to a new survey, only 25% of HR managers feel that strategic HR functions such as workforce planning, leadership development and performance management are well supported by their IT systems.

22/06/06
learndirect scores 2 million!
e-Learning provider learndirect has announced that two million people have taken its courses over the last five years.

22/06/06
Winners of water industry skills awards announced
The winners of the Business Skills Awards for the water industry were announced at the recent annual Institution of Water Officers President's dinner.

21/06/06
SkillSoft wins Cable & Wireless contract
Online learning provider SkillSoft has won an annual end-to-end contract with telecoms company Cable & Wireless.

21/06/06
EEDA chairman gives keynote at mentoring conference
Mentoring has a powerful role in the development of human capital, according to Richard Ellis, chairman of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA).

21/06/06
Learning Tree launches new networking courses
Learning Tree International has added two new networking courses to its range of courses for IT professionals.

20/06/06
Microsoft Certified Architect goes live
Microsoft's new certification programme, Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), officially went live on 14 June 2006.

20/06/06
Survey highlights training needs in media sector
A new survey by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries, has highlighted a significant training need among media professionals.

20/06/06
Somerset colleges win CoVE status
Two Somerset colleges have been awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status for their work in helping develop the management skills of businesses across the county.

19/06/06
LSC announces winners of 2006 Apprenticeship Awards
British Gas has walked away with the Large Employer of the Year Award at the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) third annual Apprenticeship Awards.

19/06/06
Nursery Nurses set a first
Eleven nursery nurses from west Cornwall have become the first group to complete a new course from Cornwall Enterprise Skills Development.

16/06/06
College wins award for work with Sainsbury's
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College has won the Achievement in Innovation award for its work with Sainsbury's Learning Centre.

15/06/06
BBA launches new anti-money laundering training
The British Bankers' Association (BBA), in partnership with Absolutely Training, has launched a new version of their online anti-money laundering (AML) training programme.

15/06/06
Striding Out to host 'Extreme Weekend'
Striding Out founder Heather Wilkinson has designed a leadership and team training event aimed at anyone between 18 and 30 who is toying with new business ideas, starting or already running a business.

14/06/06
Blanchard research uncovers top leadership mistakes
More than 1400 executives have told The Ken Blanchard Companies what they think are the biggest mistakes leaders make.

14/06/06
Bourne Training to develop IT skills courses for Ufi
e-Learning provider Bourne Training has won a contract from University for Industry (Ufi) to develop part of the second phase of a new range of IT skills courses within the 'IT for Life' and 'IT for Work' portfolios.

14/06/06
BroadSkill achieves ISO9001 certification
BroadSkill has announced that it has been certified ISO9001 compliant following a review of is processes and systems.

13/06/06
IiP and TUC sign new skills agreement
An agreement between unionlearn, the TUC's workplace learning organisation, and Investors in People will see the two organisations working together with the aim of maximising their respective contributions to promoting learning and skills at work.

13/06/06
BMW (UK) opens new training facility
BMW (UK) has opened a new training and development centre at Wokefield Park near Reading.

13/06/06
VSO seeks 200 business professionals
International development charity VSO says it urgently needs 200 skilled business and management professionals to live and work alongside people in developing countries, sharing their skills and knowledge on a daily basis.

12/06/06
Charity benefits from team building workshop
Effective Training & Development has devised a workshop that's designed to improve teamwork and also benefit charity.

12/06/06
Record numbers of 16-18 year olds in training, says DfES
Figures from the Department for Education and Skills show an increase in the numbers of 16-18 year olds participating in education and training.

09/06/06
Nestlé USA pilots communities of practice on Q2Learning platform
Q2Learning announced this week that Nestlé USA will use the xPERT eCampus platform to pilot community of practice (CoP) sites for several small workgroups within Nestlé University.

09/06/06
Spectator safety standards approved
SkillsActive has announced that the updated level 3 and 4 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for spectator safety have this week been approved and are now available for use in new and existing qualifications.

09/06/06
Unionlearn receives Skills for Life award
Bill Rammel MP, minister for lifelong learning was in Birmingham yesterday to present Unionlearn with an award to mark its work so far on the Skills for Life Whole Organisation Approaches project.

08/06/06
Microsoft adds new courses to small business portal
Microsoft UK has added additional training courses to its online small business technology portal, Small Business +.

08/06/06
'Soft skills' to feature in updated A+ exams
CompTIA has announced changes to its A+ certification that include enhancements to it security modules and the addition of 'soft skills' into the qualification.

08/06/06
Diary date: World of Learning 2006
The World of Learning 2006 conference and exhibition is to take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 14 & 15 November 2006.

07/06/06
IKEA commissions game-based e-learning
IKEA is using a game-based e-learning course to train its store co-workers in the UK on how to handle and process stock using the company's stock management system.

07/06/06
IOM aims to help businesses to see clearly
The Institute of Operations Management (IOM) is running a Effective Visual Management event at Coventry Transport Museum on Wednesday 19th July 2006.

07/06/06
Synergy sponsors BCS IT Trainer of the Year Award
The British Computer Society (BCS) has announced details of its 2006 IT Professional Awards. They include an IT Trainer of the Year Award, sponsored by Synergy, which is open to in-house or external trainers.

06/06/06
Transport for London staff earn tailor-made BTECs
The first Transport for London (TfL) London Buses employees to achieve BTECs from London Buses new Training Centre received their certificates at a reception at the Mayor of London's City Hall last month.

06/06/06
Minister to speak at UVAC 2006 annual conference
Bill Rammell MP, minister of state for lifelong learning, further and higher education, has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at this year's University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) Annual Conference.

05/06/06
Gladwell and Masie to speak at Dublin conference
The Future of Learning will be the focus of a 2-day event featuring author Malcolm Gladwell. Nigel Paine, head of people development at the BBC, and Elliott Masie, founder of the Learning Consortium.

05/06/06
NI logistics sector facing critical shortages, says SfL
Skills for Logistics (SfL), the Sector Skills Council for the UK freight logistics industries, says the Northern Irish logistics sector needs to address a critical skills shortage if it wants to remain competitive.

05/06/06
Acas offers World Cup absence advice
Acas has published a FAQ sheet and other general information about the issue of World Cup absences on its website.

02/06/06
Financial services event highlights training priorities
'Quality assured training, when aligned to skills gaps, not only develops people-potential but reduces operational risk'. That was the main theme from a recent Financial Services Sector Skills Connection event hosted by The Training Foundation.

02/06/06
Child protection initiative from Tata Interactive Systems
e-learning developer Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) is working with organisations in the UK to develop e-learning programmes for staff, carers and volunteers involved in child protection.

01/06/06
Industry drive aims to take management skills up a gear
Automotive Skills, in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), has launched a new campaign that aims to improve profitability and customer satisfaction by helping the automotive retail sector to improve levels of management competence.

01/06/06
Develop opens new training centre in Swindon
Training provider Develop has opened a new training centre at Blagrove in Swindon.

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