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September 2006

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29/09/06
CBI reveals shortlist for Human Capital Awards
The CBI and Real Finance have revealed the shortlist for their Human Capital Awards, held in association with Microsoft.

29/09/06
76% of employees find meetings stressful, say survey
If you think business meetings are designed to help colleagues share information and agree collective next steps, think again. Modern workplace gatherings are a hotbed of office politics, power struggles and psychological warfare says new research released today by Office Angels

28/09/06
Minister to launch new union learning initiative
The minister for lifelong learning, further and higher education, Bill Rammell MP, and the Southern and Eastern region unionlearn will launch a new union learning initiative for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire on Friday 29 September.

28/09/06
Bersin & Associates expands research practice
Bersin & Associates has announced the expansion of its research practice to encompass corporate leadership development.

28/09/06
Ipswich schools start apprenticeship trial
Fourteen-year-olds from schools throughout the Ipswich area are among the first in the country to start a new, two-year Young Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Manufacturing.

27/09/06
Bucks CC uses drama to aid teacher recruitment
Buckinghamshire County Council is running a training workshop to help head teachers and governors to interview and recruit new teachers and volunteers, in line with the government's Safeguarding Agenda.

27/09/06
Survey finds businesses reluctant to offer language training
According to a new YouGov survey of 2500 UK employees commissioned by language learning course provider Rosetta Stone, 80% of employees have never been offered the opportunity to learn a second language at work.

26/09/06
CIPD releases research on coaching supervision
According to new research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), less than half (44%) of coaches say they are receiving regular supervision, and less than a quarter (23%) of organisations who use coaching are providing coaching supervision.

26/09/06
KnowledgePool achieves awards short-list double
Managed learning services company KnowledgePool has been short-listed as a finalist in two of the nine categories in this year's World of Learning Awards.

25/09/06
Finalists announced for World of Learning Awards 2006
The finalists for the World of Learning Awards 2006 have been announced. Among the big names on the final shortlists are Jaguar, British Airways and Comet Group plc.

22/09/06
New spectator safety qualification launched
City & Guilds has launched a new version of its spectator safety qualification. The Level 2 NVQ in Spectator Safety covers accidents and emergencies, crowd monitoring, dealing with incidents, and conflict management.

22/09/06
Priory Group launches new intranet
The Priory Group has launched a new corporate intranet for its 5,000 staff located across the UK. The intranet was designed by Information Transfer, who also developed the Priory Group's learning management system.

21/09/06
95% of managers are stressed at work, says survey
A survey by online learning provider, SkillSoft, claims that 95% of managers find life at work stressful and 28% have taken time off work as a direct result. To help address this, the company is offering free access to three courses that aim to help people deal with stress. The courses will be available until the end of 2006.

20/09/06
Skillset announces £600,000 funding for film projects
'A Bigger Future', Skillset and the UK Film Council's five year film skills strategy, is supporting seven new development schemes.

20/09/06
Hays & Brightwave to develop blended training for ONS
Recruitment and HR services provider Hays has partnered with Brightwave to develop a blended training programme for the Office for National Statistics' upcoming Census Test in 2007.

19/09/06
NCSL trials new initiative to help find new leaders
The National College for School Leadership (NCSL) is working with schools, local authorities and dioceses in ten pilot areas to help them develop their strategies to replace headteachers who will retire from the profession in the next three years.

19/09/06
QA InterQuad voted Best Training Company
QA InterQuad has been voted Best Training Company for the fourth year in succession by the readers of Visual Systems Journal (VSJ).

18/09/06
Rammell announces college principals' qualification
Bill Rammell, minister for lifelong learning, further and higher education, has announced details of a new qualification for leaders and managers in colleges across the Further Education (FE) sector.

15/09/06
Skills Minister meets creative industries employers
Skills Minister Phil Hope MP has attended a board meeting of Creative & Cultural Skills, the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries.

15/09/06
Information Transfer releases Seminar Author 6.2
Cambridge consultancy Information Transfer has released Seminar Author 6.2, the latest version of its e-learning authoring software.

14/09/06
Train to Gain scheme goes national
Train to Gain, the government's new national training programme begins its phased roll-out across England this month.

13/09/06
Champagne celebration for 2,000th ATA technician
Ford master technician, Daryl King, who works for EMG Motor Group in Spalding, has become the 2,000th technician to achieve his credentials as part of the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme.

12/09/06
Finalists announced for National Training Awards
UK Skills has announced the finalists for the 20th annual National Training Awards.

11/09/06
KnowledgePool awarded Competition Commission contract
The Competition Commission has awarded a managed services contract to KnowledgePool for training provision, administration and support.

11/09/06
New chair of Asset Skills appointed
Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the property, housing, facilities management and cleaning sectors, has appointed Chris Cracknell, chief executive of OCS Group, as its new chair.

08/09/06
FSSC commissions UK financial services forecast
The Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) has commissioned a new report entitled 'UK financial services: five years forward'. The report looks at drivers of change, such as demographics, technology, regulation and skills needs, over the next five years.

08/09/06
New teachers rate the quality of their training
The Training and Development Agency for Schools has published the results of a survey which asked newly qualified teachers to assess the quality of their training.

07/09/06
National standards in sales and marketing launched
The Marketing and Sales Standards Setting Body (MSSSB) have launched their national standards in marketing, marketing communications and sales.

07/09/06
CBI Human Capital Awards - nominations close Friday
The CBI has issued a final call for nominations to its Human Capital Awards. The deadline for entries is Friday 8 September 2006.

06/09/06
Principals qualification 'must cover ethical issues'
A new qualification for college principals must cover ethical issues such as corporate fairness and transparency as well as other leadership skills, trainers have been told.

06/09/06
Show visitors urged to take advantage of free training
Visitors to the Recycling & Waste Management Exhibition (RWM06) are being urged not to waste the free opportunity to enhance their career prospects.

05/09/06
Employers must ‘train to retain', says report
A new report from City & Guilds says employers need to offer the right training to retain staff and boost productivity.

05/09/06
Former BBC and C4 commissioning editor joins Skillset
Fiona Chesterton, a former BBC and Channel 4 commissioning editor, has been appointed Skillset's new director of TV.

05/09/06
Xpertise adds Sun training to its portfolio
Xpertise is to offer Sun-accredited Java training courses at its Northwest and Midlands training centres.

04/09/06
Bourne to develop e-learning for East Sussex CC
Bourne Training has been awarded a contract to develop a portfolio of on-line induction courses for East Sussex County Council.

04/09/06
Association for Coaching launches industry guide
The Association for Coaching is launching its first book - Excellence in Coaching, the Industry Guide.

04/09/06
Age diversity training resource launched
Skill Boosters in association with The Employers Forum on Age are launching a new training video and e-learning resource entitled 'Age; Realising the benefits of an age diverse workforce'.

01/09/06
Campaign aims to make work safer for young people
This week's National Wiseup2work Day saw the TUC and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) call for more to be done to protect young people when they are starting work.

01/09/06
Remploy opens new city centre branch in Plymouth
A new city centre Remploy branch was officially opened in Plymouth last week. The new facility provides employment services for people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

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