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June 2007

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29/06/07
International partnership reaches milestone
An international partnership that has seen more than 60,000 managers throughout Russia and neighbouring countries develop their business and management skills is marking its 15th anniversary.

29/06/07
Food safety qualifications launched
The Royal Institute of Public Health is launching a new set of food safety qualifications aimed at the food retail, manufacturing and catering sectors.

28/06/07
Team building days - a waste of time and money or a valuable business tool?
Whether it's a go-carting grand prix or an adrenalin filled day on a high ropes course team building days have a mixed reputation. Some view them as an expensive waste of both time and money whereas others consider them to be an important part of the overall business strategy.

28/06/07
Study investigates effect of technology on educational improvement
According to a new study, having a high level of technology for learning equipment in a school or college will dramatically improve performance, so long as there is the right support and enthusiasm to embrace it.

27/06/07
LSC appoints three new members to its National Council
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) have announced the appointment of three new members from the world of business, schools and Higher Education to the LSC's National Council.

26/06/07
CIOB launches ‘Female Graduates into Construction' project
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched 'Female Graduates into Construction' supported by funding from the ConstructionSkills 'Women into Work' project.

21/06/07
World of Learning Awards 2007
Entries for the World of Learning Awards 2007 are now open. The Awards, now in their seventh year, aim to recognise and reward organisations and individuals whose outstanding achievements have notably improved workplace productivity and performance.

20/06/07
LSC commits to Skills Pledge
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has pledged its commitment to continuing to support its employee's skills development.

19/06/07
Brendan Barber opens learning centre
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber opened the TUC Education Unit at Huntingdonshire Regional College on Friday 15th June.

18/06/07
Study finds jump in the number of employers struggling to hang on to their staff
There has been a significant rise in the number of organisations struggling to retain their staff over the past year and recruitment difficulties persist, according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

15/06/07
150 employers sign skills pledge
Education and skills secretary Alan Johnson yesterday congratulated the first 150 employers to sign up to a public pledge to train their staff.

14/06/07
500,000 learners use free content from OpenLearn
According to The Open University (OU), half a million people in 160 countries are now using the free learning materials made available through OpenLearn, The Open University's open content initiative.

14/06/07
County Council selects Brightwave for emergency response training
West Sussex County Council has selected Brightwave to design and deliver its online emergency response training.

13/06/07
Beating office politics is key to successful leadership, says study
59% of leaders rate career transitions as very or extremely challenging according to the research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Development Dimensions International (DDI).

13/06/07
TUC's unionlearn celebrates first birthday
At unionlearn's 'one year on' conference, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber revealed that there are now 18,000 union learning representatives (previously 15,000), who have supported over 150,000 people to access courses, an increase of 50% on last year.

13/06/07
De Vere Venues to launch new London venue
De Vere Venues is to launch a new training, meeting and conference facility in London.

12/06/07
Partnership aims to help ACCA members meet CPD needs
The Open University and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants have joined forces to provide web-based learning opportunities for ACCA members.

12/06/07
Global Knowledge expands availability of ITIL courses
Global Knowledge has announced the availability of its ITIL Service Management courses throughout Europe.

12/06/07
unionlearn launches Quality Award programme
The first recipients of unionlearn's new Quality Award scheme were presented with their awards yesterday by secretary of state for education and skills, Alan Johnson MP.

11/06/07
TDA picks up environmental awards
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has won two international environmental awards.

08/06/07
Skills gaps remain a major issue for employers of ICT professionals, says study
Around one in five employers say gaps in technical skills (18%) and communications skills (13%) are reasons for not employing new graduates into ICT roles, according to findings released by e-skills, the sector skills council for IT & telecoms.

07/06/07
LSC announces finalists for Apprenticeship Awards 2007
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has announced the finalists for this year's national Apprenticeship Awards.

07/06/07
KnowledgePool growth leads to office move
Managed learning services provider KnowledgePool has relocated to larger premises in Bracknell, Berkshire.

06/06/07
Partnership aims to opens the door to OU learning
More than 15 per cent of adults in Scotland could benefit from a partnership agreement to be signed by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and The Open University in Scotland (OU) this week.

06/06/07
Academy invites applications for training grants
The Royal Academy of Engineering is inviting applications for grants under its Engineering Professional Development Awards scheme.

05/06/07
Employers urged to make more use of learning
Investors in People is calling on employers to do more to unlock day-to-day development opportunities to help keep employees motivated and the business on track.

05/06/07
Chartered Institute of Marketing launches 2007-2008 directory
The Chartered Institute of Marketing has published a new directory of courses. The 2007-2008 directory outlines the full range of workshops and short-courses that the Institute offers.

04/06/07
Institute chief executive recognised for charity work
Colin Steed, chief executive of the Institute of IT Training, was presented with an award by Countess of Wessex for his work in raising over £100,000 for children's charity ChildLine.

01/06/07
IT skills and homeworkers
Training services provider Training Synergy wants more organisations to invest in training for homeworkers in basic PC skills and networking to help reduce downtime and take the pressure off technical support.

01/06/07
Project aims to boost skills in North West England
Small and medium sized enterprises in the North West of England are being given access to free learning materials to help develop business-related competencies as part of the EU-funded IntoEnterprise project.

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