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July 2006

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31/07/06
QA InterQuad wins Microsoft award
QA InterQuad has been awarded a Microsoft Partner award for the delivery of Microsoft Dynamics training programmes.

31/07/06
InfoBasis and Thomson NETg launch Skills Now
Skills management company InfoBasis has teamed up with learning provider Thomson NETg to launch the Skills Now platform.

31/07/06
Online publisher launches Skills Collection
Online publisher my-skills is offering customers special introductory pricing for the first two titles in its newly-launched Collections series - the Project Skills Collection and the Training Skills Collection.

28/07/06
Survey finds customer service skills shortage
Many workers in England lack customer service skills, according to the National Employer Skills Survey (NESS) from the Learning and Skills Council.

28/07/06
CILIP and LLUK sign partnership agreement
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) have set out a joint agenda on workforce development in a Memorandum of Understanding.

28/07/06
New courses from Learning Tree
Learning Tree International has added two new courses to its management and leadership curriculum: a two-day 'Information Security Essentials for Managers' course and a three-day 'Effective Leadership Skills' workshop.

27/07/06
ACAS reports increase in demand for services
The 2005/06 annual report from Acas shows record numbers of people using its helpline and website services to get advice, guidance and training on employment relations issues.

27/07/06
CompTIA recognises CDIA+ certification supporters
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has recognised four organisations for their support of the CompTIA Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+) certification.

26/07/06
UK could learn skills lessons from abroad, says report
The UK's approach to skills development could learn from abroad, says a new report published yesterday by the Sector Skills Development Agency.

26/07/06
IMI launches motor industry apprenticeship campaign
The relentless pace of new car technology has prompted a fresh campaign to encourage young people to train as apprentices in the retail motor industry.

25/07/06
Star to offer e-learning programme for HVACR engineers
Bourne Training has developed the inaugural e-learning module for Star Refrigeration Group. The module is the first in a series of e-learning courses that will build towards an international programme for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration engineers.

24/07/06
IIP unveils research into career development
Less than half of UK employees (49%) are happy with the way their careers are progressing, according to new research by Investors in People.

24/07/06
CIPD announces coaching conference programme
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) are holding their annual Coaching at Work Conference on 12-13 September 2006 at The Hurlingham Club, London.

21/07/06
Councils launch HR Academy
East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council have launched a development programme for their HR managers called The HR Academy.

21/07/06
New leadership programme released
The Ken Blanchard Companies has released a new leadership development programme based on Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller's book, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do.

20/07/06
Council augments induction training with online course
Gloucestershire County Council is supplementing its face-to-face induction process with an online induction training course.

20/07/06
ConstructionSkills launches £114m grant scheme
CITB-ConstructionSkills has announced that a record £114million in grants is available for construction companies looking to develop their workforce.

19/07/06
National Trust adds e-learning to induction programme
The National Trust, which holds historic properties and landscapes all over England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is to incorporate e-learning into its induction training programme.

19/07/06
Green light for creative apprenticeship
Skills minister Phil Hope MP, has announced the Government's support for a new, purpose-built apprenticeship framework for young people joining the creative and cultural industries.

19/07/06
BPP launches 'ready to work' courses for graduates
BPP Professional Education launched a new training programme that aims to help graduates prepare themselves for a successful transition to working life.

18/07/06
BLA launches learning professional workshops
The British Learning Association (BLA) has launched a new range of 'Connect' Workshops for learning professionals.

18/07/06
WiseUp2Work Day aims to make work safer for under 21s
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has announced that its National WiseUp2Work Day will be held on Wednesday 30 August 2006.

18/07/06
IET unveils skills self-assessment tool
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has unveiled Career Manager, a skills self-assessment tool designed to enable IET members to track skills and keep CVs up-to-date, evaluating themselves throughout their careers.

17/07/06
AXA PPP healthcare engages staff with drama-based training
Private healthcare company AXA PPP healthcare has staged a drama-based training exercise to educate its employees about legislation and company procedure in cases of discrimination and harassment.

17/07/06
Mayor to lead skills strategy for London
Education and skills secretary Alan Johnson has announced that the Mayor of London will lead a new Skills and Employment Board designed to drive forward London's economic growth.

17/07/06
Minister launches TV skills strategy
Shaun Woodward MP, the minister for creative industries and tourism, has launched a new strategy focused on developing the talent and creativity of the TV industry and its workforce.

14/07/06
Six more Sector Skills Agreements for Wales
Employers in six sectors of the Welsh economy this week signed Sector Skills Agreements designed to help ensure the future supply of education and training in Wales more closely matches the demands of the workplace.

14/07/06
2train expands online course directory
UK training facilitation company 2train has expanded its training course directory with the launch of the latest version of its website www.2train.co.uk.

13/07/06
Initiative aims to improve e-learning skills
The Learning and Skills Network (LSN) has launched an initiative to help equip new teachers with the skills to use technology in teaching and learning.

13/07/06
Record visitor numbers at learning support website
A design makeover and enhanced content has helped boost visits to record levels at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) performance and learning support web site.

13/07/06
Skills for Logistics hosts employer conference
Skills for Logistics' second annual employer conference is to focus on the role of people development in driving up the performance of logistics businesses in the UK.

12/07/06
Training helps 'Create the Magic'
Tourism South East and Bourne Leisure recently celebrated a partnership that has seen more than 15,000 Bourne team members complete the 'Creating the Magic' and 'Signature Service' training programmes.

11/07/06
Research project to look at future of learning
Envisioning how we will learn in the future is one of the long term research projects proposed by UK academics at a conference held to consider how computing will evolve over the next 15 years.

11/07/06
Skillset Employment Census returns on 12th July
Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the audio visual industries, is carrying out its biennial Employment Census on Wednesday 12 July 2006.

11/07/06
CIPS launches new Public Sector Faculty
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) formalised an agreement last month to launch its new Public Sector Faculty - an educational networking group for public sector procurement professionals.

10/07/06
Thomson NETg announces 2006 award winners
Thomson NETg has announced the winners of its annual Illuminati Awards.

10/07/06
Bedfordshire LSC funds management training
The Bedfordshire and Luton Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is funding management development programmes for 65 local businesses.

07/07/06
Academy graduates work on defence project
The Accelerated Trainer Academy has announced that its first graduates are now delivering IT user training on behalf of the ATLAS consortium to help it supply Increment 1 of the Defence Information Infrastructure (Future) project.

07/07/06
QA InterQuad launches new business skills portfolio
QA InterQuad has launched a new range of management and personal development courses covering subjects such as negotiation skills, managing change and leading technical teams.

06/07/06
Brightwave to develop e-learning for Thomson Holidays
Brightwave is developing an e-learning programme for Thomson Holidays that's designed to increase employees' knowledge about the European city destinations that Thomson offers.

05/07/06
Record numbers take part in Learning at Work Day
The Campaign for Learning has estimated that around 5,600 organisations took part in this year's Learning at Work Day on 25 May - the seventh successive year that the numbers participating has increased.

05/07/06
Verve Venues launches free Internet offering
Verve Venues has announced it is installing high speed Internet access in each of its training and conferencing venues. The service will be free for all guests.

04/07/06
EUROCONTROL launches environmental awareness e-learning
EUROCONTROL (the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation) has launched an e-learning programme to help educate air traffic staff and the general public about the impact of aviation on the environment.

04/07/06
CIOB celebrates 30th anniversary of training scheme
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Site Management Education and Training Scheme (SMETS).

04/07/06
Summer turns workers into shirkers, says survey
The sun doesn't shine that often in Britain, but when temperatures soar, office productivity can fall by nearly a quarter according to new research released today.

03/07/06
Construction company uses online 360 feedback tool
Construction and project management company Mace is using a web-based 360 degree feedback assessment tool to measure the behaviour and performance of its senior managers and project leaders and to help them identify their personal development needs.

03/07/06
New IDM course offers a personal mentor for a year
The Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM) has announced that its new course for industry newcomers will be taught solely by Fellows of the IDM with delegates being allocated a personal and professional mentor for an entire year upon completion.

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