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August 2007

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ECDL Foundation announces 7m ECDL/ICDL candidates worldwide
The ECDL Foundation has announced that is has issued the 7 millionth Skills Card for its end-user computer skills certification.

Political skills increasingly vital to career success, says survey
According to a new study by the Chartered Management Institute and Warwick Business School, political skills are increasingly being seen as vital to career success.

Finance game earns award nomination
'Student Survivor', an online game that provides information about student finances, has earned the companies behind it a place in the finals of the National Training Awards 2007.

Scheme seeks to recognise vocational skills excellence
A celebratory event to mark the success of the first achievers of the Star Units of Credit took place at MacDonald Ansty Hall Hotel, near Coventry in July.

Free e-learning aims to help employers get it right on age
Acas has launched a new free e-learning course that aims to help employers ensure they have a fair workplace without age discrimination.

Unionlearn publishes guide to workplace learning funding
Unionlearn in the North West has produced a guide to help workplace learners and employers discover what funding is available for progression to higher education.

InfoBasis signs skills pledge
Capability management company InfoBasis has announced its commitment to the UK government's skills pledge.

Employers urged to recognise the benefit of apprenticeships
As individuals across the country review their options in light of their exam results, the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is urging employers to recognise the benefits apprenticeships can have on their businesses.

Pearson VUE to sponsor IT training award
The Institute of IT Training (IITT) has announced that Pearson VUE will be a sponsor of the IITT IT Training Awards 2008.

Broadcasting industry award winners announced
The winners of a new National Training Awards (NTA) Broadcast Sector Award have been announced.

PPI Learning Services adds to ITIL Version 3 portfolio
PPI Learning Services has introduced the Version 3 Service Management Foundation course to its ITIL portfolio.

UK among European leaders in IT professional training
The UK provides considerably more training for IT professionals than most other European countries, according to findings published in the latest e-skills Bulletin.

UK bosses labelled bad decision makers
According to new research, 46% of employees believe their bosses are poor decision makers, with many blaming incompetence and lack of confidence as contributory factors for their indecision.

Post production trainee scheme announced for Wales
First Post, the new entrant trainee scheme for the post production industry, will be launched in Wales starting next month.

Chartered Management Institute National Convention 2007
The Chartered Management Institute is running a seminar on 'Transforming Leadership' at its National Convention, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, 11-12 October 2007.

Poor management blocking benefits of remote working, says survey
Poor management is blocking the UK's path to productivity, according to a new report commissioned by City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Henley launches 'Leading for Sustainability' course
Henley Management College is launching a new 'Leading for Sustainability' programme which aims to help key decision makers in business, government and not-for-profit organisations accelerate creative transformation towards sustainable environmental practises.

my-skills to offer free resources for account holders
Online publisher my-skills has announced the launch of its free resources for customers and website users who sign up for a member account.

LSC to invest almost £60m in technology for learners
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has today announced plans to invest £59.8 million during 2007/08 into technology to improve the learner experience in post-16 education.

Partnership aims to help sailors hone management skills
A new partnership between the British Royal Navy and the Chartered Management Institute is aiming to help sailors develop their management and leadership skills.

Construction College implements e-learning facility
Epic is working in collaboration with the National Construction College (NCC) on a new online learning facility for employees, designed to help them with their professional development.

Skills for Logistics annual conference announced
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, is hosting its third annual industry conference on 3rd October 2007 at Carlton Towers, Yorkshire.

Partners provide e-learning for 12,500 councillors
e-Learning company Learning Pool, in partnership with Epic, has developed a new e-learning service designed specifically for councillors.

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