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September 2007

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Leading a learning and development function
Leading a learning and development function is the subject of a workshop led by Chris Sutton, development director of The Training Foundation, at November's World of Learning Exhibition and Conference.

Government backing for campaign to improve the skills of UK families
The newly formed Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills is backing the Campaign for Learning's National Family Learning Week, 6 to 14 October, in a bid to develop the skills of both adults and children.

New team building activity from De Vere Venues
De Vere Venues has developed a new team building activity that aims to give participants the chance to experience what it's really like to work in a restaurant kitchen.

New NVQs open up Train to Gain opportunities, says Skillfast-UK
Skillfast-UK, the Sector Skills Council for fashion and textiles, is piloting four new NVQ Level 2 qualifications in laundry and dry-cleaning in the North West, South West and Midlands.

Training Foundation and BILD enter into membership alliance
The Training Foundation has joined forces with the British Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) to offer preferential introductory membership terms to applicants who hold a qualification under the Training Foundation's TAP Learning System programme.

Short-list announced for 2007 QIA STAR Awards
The judging panel for the 2007 QIA STAR Awards has whittled down the nominations to a short list of just over 100 nominees across ten prize categories.

New e-learning for TK Maxx staff
e-Learning courses on influencing and problem solving are the first in a new series of interactive learning modules to be offered to staff at UK retailing operation TK Maxx.

Unionlearn hosts Skills for Life event
Today Trade Union Learning Reps from across the East Midlands will gather at the 'Skills for Life: A Trade Union Approach' conference held in Leicester and organised by unionlearn with the Midlands TUC.

Charity holds 10th anniversary conference
The Campaign for Learning is holding its 10th Anniversary conference - 'The Learning Age Are we nearly there yet?' - on 21st November 2007.

PRINCE2 training added to University business portfolio
Maven Training has announced a new partnership with the University of Westminster, which will bring project management training to students enrolled in the School of Informatics at the University's Central London campus.

e-skills UK announces initiative to revitalise interest in IT-related degrees and careers
e-skills UK has announced a new initiative that aims to transform the attitudes of young people to IT-related education and careers, and support universities in developing and promoting courses that reflect the needs of IT professional careers.

Institute researches the value of management qualifications
'Who you know' and 'what you know' is no longer enough to get a job, according to a report published by the Chartered Management Institute.

Royal Institute of Public Health launches new qualification
The Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) is launching a new qualification that aims to teach people how to prepare healthier food and cater for special diets.

Lord Mayor to hold reception for WorldSkills London 2011
John Stuttard the Lord Mayor of the City of London will host a reception today to help raise awareness of WorldSkills London 2011.

Instructional design courses scheduled for US and UK
Neil Lasher, managing director of of Trainer1, is facilitating two two-day courses on instructional design.

52,000 employers join Train to Gain, says LSC
As Train to Gain marks its first anniversary since it was rolled out nationally, the Learning and Skills Council (LSc) reports that more than 52,000 employers have signed up to date.

unionlearn director welcomes £3m increase in Union Learning Fund
Liz Smith, director of the TUC's learning and skills organisation unionlearn, has welcomed the announcement by prime minister Gordon Brown that the Union Learning Fund will be increased from £12.5 million to £15.5 million next year.

Conference venue gains Visit Wales Platinum award
A 19th Century, Grade II listed building in south west Wales has been awarded Platinum status for its meetings and conference facilities following an inspection by Visit Wales.

Conference session to examine learning and development’s role in carbon footprint reduction
The role of learning and development in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and carbon footprint reduction is one of the topics on the agenda at this year’s World of Learning Conference, which takes place on 14 & 15 November 2007 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Leadership development on conference agenda
The Chartered Management Institute is running a seminar on leadership development at its National Convention which takes place next month at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Unionlearn launches advice line
Unionlearn has formally launched its new Learning and Careers Advice Line at the TUC Congress in Brighton.

Sir Gerry Robinson and Greg Dyke at CIPD conference
Business leaders Sir Gerry Robinson and Greg Dyke are to debate a range of business issues in a session at this month's Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's Annual Conference and Exhibition.

IDM launches customer data courses
The Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM) has launched three new courses that focus on customer data. The IDM says the courses were developed in response to marketers' feedback at its 2007 Annual Symposium.

Council uses drama for customer service training
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has used drama-based training to deliver customer service training to its staff. The training was designed to promote best practice in areas such as dealing with challenging customers and preventing or defusing awkward situations.

Conference aims to to help delegates embed coaching into the workplace
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is holding its Annual Coaching at Work Conference on 17-18 October 2007 at The HurlinghamClub, London.

Executive programme gains award nomination
An executive education programme designed to inspire business leaders to put their skills back to work in society has been selected as a finalist in the National Training Awards 2007.

Survey finds diverse attitudes to learning
A new study by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) has found that over half (57%) of adults in England consider training a worthwhile investment of time and money.

Energy & Utility Skills launches careers website
A new website for careers in the energy and utility sector, aimed at 14 to 19 year olds, has been launched by sector skills council Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills).

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