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October 2006

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31/10/06
Minister announces new European Social Fund programme
Work and pensions minister James Plaskitt has announced that E2.75 billion of European Social Fund (ESF) money will be invested in jobs and skills in England over the next seven years.

31/10/06
e-skills UK publishes progress report
e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for IT and telecoms, has published a progress report on its activities since its Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) was launched a year ago.

30/10/06
Blue Water Partnership to work with Honda in Asia
The Blue Water Partnership is working with Honda to implement a bespoke management development programme for Honda's Asia Pacific managers.

30/10/06
Employers' input sought for standards project
Skills for Logistics is calling upon logistics employers with an interest in CPD and training to have their say in the development of National Occupational Standards (NOS) to help ensure industry relevance.

27/10/06
CIPD announces changes to flagship events
The two largest events organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) are both set to undergo changes in 2007.

27/10/06
Improve urges employers to retain older workers
Employers in food and drink manufacturing are being urged to introduce more flexible employment opportunities to help retain older workers.

27/10/06
IAM Fleet wins driver training award
IAM Fleet was named 'Driver Training Company Of The Year' at the 2006 GreenFleet Awards ceremony held earlier this month at the Emirates Stadium, London.

26/10/06
Association of Professional Trainers launches
Five trainers based in Scotland have launched the Association of Professional Trainers (APT). The organisation aims to provide ongoing monitoring and assessment for training professionals in all industry sectors.

26/10/06
CIPD publishes talent management report
employers must link their talent management strategy to the needs of the business and define what talent management means to their organisation according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

26/10/06
More training news in brief
Winners of Human Capital Awards announced...Training centre undergoes major refurbishment...Universities and colleges to host pre-teacher training courses

25/10/06
Mohive announces availability of e-learning whitepaper
Mohive has announced the availability of a whitepaper titled 'Team-based Content Creation: What Works®'.

25/10/06
More training news in brief
Openreach to recruit 400 apprentices...London Higher produces funding guide...Maven Training celebrates 5th anniversary

24/10/06
Apprentice winner to present at awards ceremony
Michelle Dewberry, winner of the popular BBC reality show The Apprentice, is among the line-up of speakers taking the stage at the first ever Passenger Transport Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony.

24/10/06
SharePoint 2007 migration course announced
Combined Knowledge has launched a new migration course for Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007.

23/10/06
Samaritans CD aims to tackle stress in the work place
Following the launch of its new WorkLife training courses in May, Samaritans has released a CD-ROM version of the course that aims to help busy managers tackle stress in the work place.

23/10/06
Learning & Skills Council publishes progress report
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched a new progress report entitled 'Delivering Learning and Skills'.

23/10/06
IAM Fleet becomes SAFED for Vans partner
IAM Fleet, the commercial training division of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, has become a partner in SAFED (Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving) for Vans - a Government-sponsored training scheme available to company van drivers.

20/10/06
Improve revamps Apprenticeships to help boost take-up
Advanced apprentices in food and drink manufacturing are to spend less time in the classroom and more time learning on the job.

20/10/06
eLearning Africa opens its call for proposals
The 2nd eLearning Africa conference which will take place from May 28 to 30, 2007, in Nairobi, Kenya, has opened its call for proposals.

19/10/06
LSC sets out funding priorities for learning and skills in England
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has revealed plans to invest £11.2 billion to help learners and employers in 2007-08.

19/10/06
North West celebrates National Training Award winners
Six organisations and individuals from the North West have won National Training Awards.

19/10/06
More training news in brief
HSE publishes report into the development of violence management trainers...Blue Water Partnership trains 3,000th manager...Verve Venues to become De Vere Venues

18/10/06
Futuremedia completes Virgin Atlantic Airways project
ebc, a subsidiary of learning and communications company Futuremedia, has completed a custom e-learning project for Virgin Atlantic Airways to help train new cabin crew recruits.

18/10/06
Trainer1 offers latest version of CourseMill LMS
e-Learning company Trainer1 is offering the latest release of CourseMill, Trivantis' learning management system (LMS).

18/10/06
More training news in brief
Date announced for 'Psychology for Coaches and Managers' course...Institute of IT Training reaccredits KnowledgePool...QA InterQuad relaunches as QA-IQ

17/10/06
Unionlearn signs agreement with The Open University
The Open University and unionlearn have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to encourage 4,000 union members a year into higher education.

17/10/06
South East celebrates National Training Award winners
Five organisations from the South East have won National Training Awards.

17/10/06
Applications invited for SCS leadership programme
The Advanced Leadership Programme - commissioned by the Tomorrow's Leaders Group of the Civil Service Management Board and developed by the National School of Government - is recruiting now, for a January start.

16/10/06
Skills for Logistics launches affiliation scheme
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, is calling on companies to help shape the development of the industry by signing up to an affiliation scheme.

16/10/06
CompTIA releases beta exam for newest certification
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced the availability of a beta version of its newest certification, CompTIA Convergence+.

16/10/06
REDTRAY merges with Bourne Training
Blended learning company REDTRAY has merged with e-learning provider Bourne Training.

13/10/06
Northern Foods signs National Learning Agreement
Northern Foods has signed a multi-union National Learning Agreement designed to give their employees access to a wide range of courses from numeracy and literacy through to languages and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL).

12/10/06
Skills for Logistics conference focuses on CPD
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, delivered its second employer conference to more than 100 delegates at Towcester Racecourse, Northamptonshire.

11/10/06
Bourne Training and Ufi achieve nomination double
Bourne Training, together with the University for Industry (Ufi), has been short-listed as a finalist in two categories at this year's World of Learning Awards.

11/10/06
Global Knowledge launches Microsoft Windows Vista training
Global Knowledge has announced details of two new Microsoft Windows Vista training courses based on Microsoft's pre-release version of Windows Vista Release Candidate 1.

10/10/06
Health finance organisation launches NHS e-learning
The Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) has partnered with Information Transfer to develop a new e-learning service aimed at NHS staff throughout the UK.

10/10/06
FSSC announces conference line-up
Financial Services Authority chairman Sir Callum McCarthy, Investors in People UK CEO Ruth Spellman and skills minister Phil Hope MP are some of the speakers at Skills Pay, the Financial Services Skills Council's (FSSC) annual conference this month.

09/10/06
RGU shortlisted for leadership development award
The Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been shortlisted for the 'Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development' award in The Times Higher Awards 2006.

09/10/06
LSC research reveals a 'brain training gap'
People are not doing enough to keep their brains healthy according to new research commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC).

06/10/06
Zurich Financial Services Group introduces new methodology to manage change
Zurich Financial Services Group has introduced a new change management methodology within its Group IT function.

06/10/06
Training initiative aims to help long-term unemployed
Working Links, specialists in helping long-term unemployed people back into work, has established a training partnership programme with rail sector recruitment company SkyBlue.

06/10/06
Intellego links up with LearningGuide
Intellego Systems is adding LearningGuide performance support applications to its portfolio of learning technologies.

05/10/06
Minister visits sporting excellence apprentices
Skills minister Phil Hope MP has visited Richard Huish College in Taunton to present awards to the first students in the country to complete the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence programme (AASE).

05/10/06
Unionlearn director to speak at NIACE conference
Unionlearn director Liz Smith is to address today's National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) conference entitled 'Learning Champions: Opening up Opportunities in the Community and at Work'.

05/10/06
Pensions Regulator releases new e-learning module
The Pensions Regulator has released an e-learning module on 'Defined Benefit recovery plans, contributions and funding' as part of its free online e-learning programme for trustees.

04/10/06
CompTIA announces availability of updated A+ exams
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced the availability of updated CompTIA A+ certification exams.

04/10/06
New CPD initiative to launch at social care event
Skills for Care, the adult social care workforce development organisation, will showcase its new continuing professional development (CPD) suite of products at next month's National Children and Adult Services Conference.

03/10/06
Don't ignore rights of younger workers, ACAS warns
Acas has warned businesses that ageism is not exclusive to the older generation.

03/10/06
Forum to focus on lifelong learning in the UK
Online Educa Berlin, the 12th International Conference for Technology Enhanced Learning, is offering a pre-conference forum focusing on 'Lifelong Learning - Policy and Practice in the UK' on Wednesday, November 29 2006.

03/10/06
Trident Trust and Edexcel link up
Trident Trust, a provider of work experience for students aged 14-16 years, has become part of the examining and awarding body Edexcel.

02/10/06
Kenya to host second eLearning Africa Conference
eLearning Africa 2007, the second International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, will take place from the 28th to the 30th of May, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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