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July 2007

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FE staff polled on key challenges for John Denham
Further education staff cite improvements to continuing professional development (CPD), better evaluation of learner success and the drive to self-regulation as their top priorities for the new secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham, according to a new survey.

Research into LMS market published
Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of its newest research study - 'Learning Management Systems 2008: Facts, Practical Analysis, Trends, and Vendor Profiles'.

Course aims to help SMEs win public sector business
learndirectbusiness, together with Business Link, has developed a new online course that aims to help small to medium-sized businesses win public sector business.

learndirect announces regional award winners
72 learndirect learners, employers and learndirect learning providers in England are celebrating their success after winning a Regional learndirect Achievement Award.

Automotive Skills joins forces with The Institute of the Motor Industry
Automotive Skills, the sector skills council for the retail motor industry, has joined forces with The Institute of the Motor Industry ( IMI ).

Deal aims to tackle skills gaps in healthcare sector
Skills for Health, the sector skills council for the public, private and voluntary healthcare sectors, has signed a new multi-million pound Joint Investment Framework involving Strategic Health Authorities and the Learning and Skills Council.

New learning agreement signed at Corus
Phil Hope, MP for Corby and East Northants and minister for the third sector, visited steel producer Corus on Friday to witness the signing of a learning agreement between Corus and unions Community and Unite (Amicus section).

Businesses provide feedback on e-learning project
According to a survey of participants, a three year e-learning project has helped improve management skills, e-business capabilities and profitability at more than 430 tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses across South East England.

NHS graduate training scheme wins award
The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme has won the 'Best of the Best' Award at 2007 Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Awards.

Government publishes new skills ambitions
The government has unveiled new plans designed to help over 4 million adults learn new skills and improve existing ones over the next three years.

GoSkills gives evidence to Select Committee
GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for passenger transport, has called on the government to include provision for setting skills development targets for drivers and other customer-facing staff in the Local Transport Bill, as between passenger transport executives and bus operators.

LSC service aims to tackle barriers to learning
A survey of nearly 500 SMEs, carried out on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) by FreshMinds, found that whilst 81% of small businesses surveyed recognise that training is the key to success, 43% admit that they should focus more on training.

Renault Trucks appoints RAC as new training partner
The RAC is to take over the administration of Renault Trucks' Advanced Apprenticeship Options programme, following a three-way pitch which included Renault Trucks' current training partner, Carter & Carter.

Students help with recruitment campaign
Students at a school in Richmond are the creative minds behind a new digital marketing drive, launched by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), to encourage graduates and professionals with IT expertise to become teachers.

Holidays drive up employee stress, says survey
The summer holiday season is approaching but new research suggests the prospect of leaving work is causing UK employees anxiety, stress and ever-longer working hours.

Diversity DVD shortlisted for media award
A new DVD training guide - Respect the Difference Value the Mix which examines diversity issues within a workplace context, has been shortlisted in the Best Interactive Media product category at the International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) Clarion Awards.

Press Dispensary course aims to create PR wordsmiths
The Press Dispensary is running its next press release writing course on Tuesday 31 July, 2007, at Chevron, London.

Rolls-Royce launches first graduate programme
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has launched the company's first graduate programme. It will provide up to 15 graduates with the opportunity to join the Goodwood-based manufacturer.

Sector Skills Council commended for road safety
Placing road safety at the heart of a staff training programme has won praise for GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for passenger transport.

National Skills Academy business plan submitted
Sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills has submitted to the government its business plan for a National Skills Academy for offstage and technical skills in live music and theatre.

ITIL Version 3 at Books24x7
Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft, has announced the availability of a searchable online edition of the latest IT Infrastructure Library - ITIL Version 3.

Campaign aims to change attitudes to skills and learning
A new campaign - 'Our future. It's in our hands' - that urges employers and individuals to take control of their future by investing in skills, was launched yesterday by secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, John Denham and the Learning and Skills Council chairman, Chris Banks.

Skills for Logistics' remit expands
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, has announced that the wholesale sector has been added to its remit, increasing the number of people included within the SSC's footprint to 1.66 million.

Standards in IT learning and skills fall short, says survey
A new survey from IT Skills Research and the organisers of Learning Technologies 2007 suggests that many of the learning industry's standards, in IT training, certification, technology and methods, are failing to attract support from learning buyers.

Global Knowledge opens new Remote Labs facility
Global Knowledge has opened a new Remote Labs facility at its headquarters in the UK.

OU's OpenLearn website receives a $4.45million grant
The Open University has been awarded a further $4.45million grant to support its work to make course materials freely available to anyone in the world.

Strong university and employer partnerships key to skills challenge, says chief executive
The chief executive of sector skills council Creative & Cultural Skills has called on higher Education to forge closer links with employers to meet the skills challenge facing the UK.

Mondial training centre wins IMI award
Mondial UK 's technical training and service centre has won the Institute of the Motor Industry Approved Centre of the Year Award at the 2007 IMI Learning and Skills Awards.

New BT learning centre launched
Representatives from the Communication Workers Union (CWU), BT, and local education provider the College of North East London , yesterday attended the opening of the Colindale House Learning Centre in London.

Global Knowledge announces instructor recruitment drive
Global Knowledge has announced that it is embarking on a pan-European recruitment drive to meet growing demand for its scheduled and tailored courses in Cisco and Microsoft solutions and technologies.

The Oxford Programme on Negotiation
The next Oxford Programme on Negotiation will run at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford on 15-20 July 2007.

my-skills publishes Training Skills and Project Skills in paperback
my-skills has launched its publishing programme with two new paperbacks aimed at business managers and students involved in training and project management.

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