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November 2006

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30/11/06
Awards launched to find learndirect achievers
learndirect has launched a new awards scheme - the learndirect Achievement Awards.

30/11/06
Merseytravel awarded IiP Champion status
Merseytravel is one of only nine UK organisations to be awarded Investors in People Champion status for 2006.

29/11/06
Skills for Logistics gets diversity project funding
Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, has been awarded £1.65 million in funding from the Department for Education and Skills, for its new Women & Work project.

29/11/06
Fast track training for hotel managers
Travelodge has launched a fast track training scheme for new hotel managers and assistant managers to help the company achieve its growth plans.

29/11/06
Trustee e-learning programme launched
An e-learning programme that aims to help trustees in voluntary organisations to improve their skills has been launched by the Governance Hub in partnership with SAVO (Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations).

28/11/06
Learning Technologies announces conference programme
Learning Technologies has announced its 2007 conference programme and the opening of its on line booking office.

28/11/06
FTC Kaplan achieves FSSC accreditation
The Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) has awarded its Accreditation of Training Excellence for Training Providers to FTC Kaplan.

28/11/06
BCS scoops awards for ECDL
The British Computer Society (BCS) has collected three awards at the ECDL Foundation Awards Ceremony in Dubrovnik.

27/11/06
Bond helps boost film training fund
The Skills Investment Fund has hit the £4m mark thanks to contributions from Casino Royale, Bean 2 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, among others.

27/11/06
'The Knowledge' gains City & Guilds accreditation
Transport for London has announced that the testing system behind London's world-famous 'Knowledge of London' (the Knowledge) has received official accreditation by City & Guilds.

27/11/06
Leadership classes for Highland and Moray schools
Highland and Moray schools are to share £900,000 to help improve leaderships skills among school and education department staff.

24/11/06
Investors in People announces nine new Champions
Investors in People has announced that nine organisations have been awarded Investors in People Champion status for 2006.

24/11/06
CompTIA expands options for A+ certification
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has expanded its CompTIA A+ certification offering by adding two new exams targeted at specific IT repair and support jobs.

24/11/06
GoSkills launches new-look website
GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, has launched a new-look website at www.goskills.org.

23/11/06
Information Transfer and Priory Group scoop award
Information Transfer and Priory Group have won the award for 'The best e-learning project securing widespread adoption' at the E-Learning Awards 2006.

23/11/06
Food and drink employers urged to help attract more scientists
Food and drink manufacturers are being urged to help with new programmes to train more food scientists and technologists for the sector, in order to avoid a looming skills shortage.

23/11/06
my-skills publishes new learning resources
my-skills has announced the publication of two new Learning Modules - 'Motivation and goal setting' and 'Developing proposals and bids'.

22/11/06
Language skills improve career prospects, says survey
According to a survey of over 200 bilingual business people, three quarters of respondents said they had furthered their career prospects by speaking a second language.

22/11/06
Conference aims to progress 'Train to Gain' scheme
Government ministers, union officials and skills experts are meeting today at Ipswich Town Football club to help progress the government's new skills programme 'Train to Gain'.

21/11/06
Institute of IT Training Awards shortlist announced
Nearly 40 organisations and 14 individuals have been named on the shortlist for this year's Institute of IT Training Awards.

21/11/06
DHL wins National Training Award
Supply Chain, the contract logistics arm of DHL, has won a National Training Award for its management training programme.

21/11/06
OU launches new foundation degree in IT
The Open University has launched a new foundation degree - 'Computing and Its Practice' - aimed at advancing the skills of staff working in entry-level IT.

20/11/06
Charity implements new management training programme
The Zoological Society of London has selected GBS Corporate Training to deliver management training courses at the society's head office at London Zoo.

20/11/06
unionlearn links up with National Extension College
Cash savings on courses and targeted help for disabled, young and ethnic minority trade unionists feature in a new agreement between unionlearn (the TUC's learning and skills organisation) and the National Extension College (NEC).

17/11/06
World of Learning award winners 2006
The World of Learning Awards 2006 were presented on Wednesday evening at the NEC Birmingham.

16/11/06
BCS launches touch typing qualification
The British Computer Society (BCS) has developed a new touch typing qualification called e-type.

16/11/06
Directors' leadership programme announced
The Leadership Trust has launched a new leadership development programme specifically for directors.

15/11/06
World of Learning Conference
Speaking today at the World of Learning Conference, Clive Shepherd, director of e-learning at The Training Foundation, will call for the rise of informal learning through new social networking technologies to be harnessed within formal learning contexts.

15/11/06
Conference focuses on the tourism skills needed by 2012
Changing British attitudes to customer service - and achieving world-class standards in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - are the challenges set out for a national training and skills conference taking place later this month.

14/11/06
ICO launches training DVD
The Information Commissioner's Office has launched an interactive training DVD to help improve understanding of the Data Protection Act in the work place.

14/11/06
Jaguar and Land Rover wins National Business Award
The Jaguar and Land Rover business has won the Investors in People Outstanding Workplace of the Year Award at this year's National Business Awards.

14/11/06
Enterprise Week launch for GCSE/BTEC computer game
A new computer game has been launched that aims to help GCSE and BTEC Business Studies students enhance their enterprise skills.

13/11/06
Online Educa Berlin 2006
It's less than three weeks to the start of Online Educa Berlin, the 12th International Conference for Technology-Enhanced Learning.

13/11/06
New Windows Vista courses available from QA-IQ
Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Windows Vista will be launched to businesses at the end of this month, QA-IQ has launched two new Windows Vista workshops.

13/11/06
More news in brief...
Skills for Care CEO to chair North West Skills for Business Forum...Frances O'Grady visits Gosport Network Rail apprentice programme...David Melville takes over as LLUK chair

10/11/06
Learning Technologies 2007
The Learning Technologies 2007 conference and exhibition will take place at London Olympia on Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 1st February 2007.

10/11/06
BAE Systems opts for InfoBasis skills software
BAE Systems has deployed skills management software from InfoBasis.

10/11/06
40,000 to start teacher training says TDA
According to new figures from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), nearly 40,000 people are due to begin their initial teacher training this year.

09/11/06
Safe working qualification for young people launched
A new qualification has been previewed that aims to improve young people's understanding of safe working when taking part in work experience.

09/11/06
Skills for Care announces award winners
Social care workforce development body, Skills for Care, has announced the winners of its Accolades awards scheme.

09/11/06
Report focuses on union learning reps in North West
Union learning representatives in North West workplaces are playing crucial roles with employers and workers to tackle the region's skills crisis, according to a new report published by unionlearn the TUC's learning and skills organisation.

08/11/06
Acas launches equality and diversity e-learning tool
Employment relations adviser Acas has developed a free equality and diversity online learning tool.

08/11/06
Managers urged to ditch needless management-speak
More than half of UK employees (54%) have given management jargon, such as 'think outside the box' and 'the helicopter view', the 'thumbs down', saying it is a problem in their workplace.

08/11/06
City & Guilds appoints new chairman
Michael Howell, former chief executive of Transport Initiatives Edinburgh has been elected as the new chairman of City & Guilds.

07/11/06
Research published on bullying in the workplace
Bullies in UK offices are using a range of subtle tactics and behaviour to intimidate colleagues at work, according to research by the Chartered Management Institute.

07/11/06
More news in brief
...e-Learning in the automotive industry sector...Birmingham's Symphony Hall to host marketing awards ceremony...Road haulage operator wins training award

06/11/06
BCS to use e-skills Passport for ITQ candidates
The British Computer Society (BCS) and e-skills UK have announced a partnership agreement that will require all candidates registering for an ITQ in one of BCS’ centres to use an e-skills Passport to assess their existing skills.

03/11/06
Shortlist announced for Media Employer of the Year
The shortlist has been announced for the 2006 Pathfinders Media Employer of the Year award.

03/11/06
Norwich Union Life implements InfoBasis ESM
Norwich Union has deployed InfoBasis Enterprise Skills Manager (InfoBasis ESM) throughout the IT department of its Life Business Unit.

02/11/06
Minister launches first National Skills Academies
Education and skills secretary Alan Johnson has announced the launch of the first three National Skills Academies.

02/11/06
Bourne delivers document management course for VSO
Bourne Training has completed the development of a computer-based training programme for international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas.

02/11/06
Ignore workplace stress at your peril, bosses warned
Investors in People is urging employers to take simple steps to help alleviate stress in the workplace or else risk damaging their organisation's productivity.

01/11/06
HSBC launches staff development initiative
HSBC is rolling out specially designed 'learning pods' to 1200 branches across the UK.

01/11/06
Minister visits Merseylearn project
Phil Hope MP, parliamentary under secretary of state for skills, has visited Merseytravel to find out more about the company's staff development project Merseylearn.

01/11/06
Chair of Cultural Leadership Programme appointed
David Kershaw, chief executive of M&C Saatchi and trustee of Creative & Cultural Skills has been appointed chair of the Cultural Leadership Programme, the two-year £12 million project that aims to promote excellence in management and leadership within the cultural sector.

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