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August 2006

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Land Securities extends SkillSoft contract
Land Securities, the commercial property owner and manager, has extended its agreement with online learning provider SkillSoft to supply e-learning across the business.

UK rail forum discusses blended learning
HR and training professionals from the rail industry discussed how to make blended learning relevant to the sector at an event held in London last week.

Combined Knowledge to host SharePoint 2007 summits
IT training and consultancy company Combined Knowledge is to run two Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 summits during October.

Milk business opts for on demand training
Halo Training has developed a CD-based On Demand Training (ODT) tool for Wiseman’s Dairies’ Bellshill facility.

75% of IT workers are considering changing jobs, claims survey
According to a new survey by SWNS, a significant proportion of IT professionals are actively considering changing jobs.

Association for Coaching Scotland conference
The Association for Coaching Scotland is holding its 2006 Conference in Edinburgh on November 10th 2006.

Cabinet Office launches new Fast Stream programme
The Cabinet Office has launched a 'Technology in Business' Fast Stream for the Civil Service.

Employers are prioritising school leavers ‘soft skills', says survey
In the week when thousands of GSCE students receive their results, many of whom will now be looking for work, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has reiterated its call for Government and employers to work more closely together to improve the employability of school leavers.

Survey finds negative attitudes to retail careers from parents and careers advisors
As thousands of school-leavers get their exam results and make career choices, a Skillsmart Retail survey suggests that the negative attitudes of parents and careers advisors towards the retail industry are discouraging young people seeking a career in retail.

Marketers urged to 'Get Serious' about their careers
The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) has launched "Get Serious" - a new campaign that it hopes will raise awareness amongst marketing practitioners about the benefits of undertaking professionally credited qualifications.

BroadSkill to offer LearningGuide EPSS
BroadSkill is expanding its performance and learning solutions offering to include LearningGuide's electronic performance support application.

Judges announced for World Of Learning Awards
World of Learning 2006 has announced the judging panel for the World of Learning Awards 2006.

A&E team leaders complete leadership development programme
Sixty-five accident and emergency team leaders from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) have just completed a 5-day leadership development programme designed by Worcestershire based training company Righttrack Consultancy.

'Experience Counts' receives further funding
An initiative that aims to bring older workers back into learning will continue to receive Scottish Executive funding until 2008.

New proposals aim to boost the creative economy
New proposals to boost the UK's creative economy have been published for consultation.

Yorkshire Freight Skills Forum gets September launch
The Road Haulage Association is launching a Freight Skills Forum in the Yorkshire and Humber region on 12 September 2006 at Pontefract Racecourse.

VUE launches new management programme
Kent-based VUE Recruitment & Training has launched a new management programme, entitled 'Leading for Tomorrow'.

TDA reports rise in maths and science NQTs
The number of newly qualified teachers in mathematics and science continues to grow, according to data published by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).

Seminar offers advice on tackling workplace bullying
Advice for tackling bullying in the workplace will be provided at a forthcoming three-hour seminar run by learning company Steps Drama.

Ashridge launches doctorate in organisation consulting
Ashridge Consulting has launched a new qualification programme - the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisation Consulting (ADOC)

IT skills gap effect on businesses reaches annual high
According to e-skills UK the percentage of firms reporting ICT skills gaps increased in Q1 of 2006 and the reported impact of these gaps on UK businesses reached the highest level recorded in a year.

Universities urged to forge better links with employers
Universities must build stronger links with local employers to increase the skills of the future graduate workforce according to a new report from the University of Hertfordshire's Graduate Forum.

Human capital management on InfoBasis summit agenda
Professor William Scott-Jackson, director of the Centre for Applied HR Research at Oxford Brookes Business School, will deliver the opening keynote at the InfoBasis Summit 2006, on 'Measuring human capital for performance benefits'.

Providers announced for school leadership programmes
The National College for School Leadership (NCSL) has announced the providers who will deliver three of its school leadership programmes from September 2006.

KnowledgePool helps BA deliver staff training
Managed learning services provider KnowledgePool is helping British Airways to provide customer service and operations training, as well as commercial, management development and professional training.

First launches new management development programme
First's UK Bus division has linked up with The Open University and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) to launch a new professional development programme for its graduates.

BVSC selects InfoBasis skills management system
The Birmingham Voluntary Sector Centre (BVSC) is to use technology from InfoBasis to help it assess the skills of IT professionals in the not-for-profit sector within the Midlands.

CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition 2006
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is holding its Annual Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate from Tuesday 24 October 2006 to Thursday 26 October 2006.

MSSSB to launch national marketing and sales standards
The Marketing and Sales Standards Setting Body (MSSSB) is to launch national standards in marketing, marketing communications and sales on 5 September 2006 at The Royal Society of Arts in London.

Merseytravel staff receive AED training
Around 100 Merseytravel employees have received training on how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), used to improve survival rates for patients with heart problems.

Balance seeks views for blended learning survey
Balance Learning is seeking the views of HR and training professionals in the UK for its annual Blended Learning Survey.

Salvation Army succeeds with e-learning initiative
The Salvation Army used this year's Learning at Work Day to introduce e-learning to their employees. Over 100 employees tried the e-learning courses provided by online course publisher Jenison.

World of Learning Conference 2006
The World of Learning 2006 Conference is to feature an opening address by Ruth Spellman, chief executive of Investors in People, on 'How to maximise your investment in learning'.

Asset Skills seeks feedback from cleaning industry
Asset Skills wants cleaning companies to give their views on the industry's skills issues at a series of roadshows taking place in September.

CompTIA CDIA+ exam now available in Spanish
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that a Spanish-language version of its CompTIA Certified Document Imaging Architect (CDIA+) certification exam is now available world-wide.

Workshop aims to tackle wasteful meetings
illumine training has launched a new workshop that aims to show leaders, managers and facilitators how to help those involved in running meetings to get better decisions, fast.

Fourteen new Learning and Skills Beacons announced
The minister of state for lifelong learning, further and higher education, Bill Rammell, presented Learning and Skills Beacon status to 14 learning providers at a ceremony held recently in Westminster.

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