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November 2007

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Institute aims for flexible delivery
Although September may be the traditional time for thinking about qualifications, many of the Chartered Institute of Marketing's study centres now run courses that start in January as well.

Last call for entries in work experience awards
The entry deadline for the National Council for Work Experience Awards has been extended to 4 January 2008.

DWP provides e-learning for local authority assessors
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has provided an e-learning tool for local authority staff that deliver housing benefit.

Work experience should be compulsory says survey
Eighty-six percent of employers believe that a week's work experience should be compulsory in the school curriculum for all pupils before they start work, according to a survey by World of Learning 2007.

Government announces expansion to Train to Gain service
The Government has outlined its plans for an expanded Train to Gain service. The expansion is part of an investment programme announced this month by Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills John Denham, which, he said, will see more than £11 billion a year invested in education, employment and training.

UK team strikes gold in Japan
The UK WorldSkills team has won a four medals and nine medallions of excellence at the WorldSkills 2007 event held in Japan.

Learning Technologies 2008 conference programme
Learning Technologies has announced its conference programme and the opening of the on line booking office for the upcoming conference on Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 January 2008.

Professional training for marketers supported by employers, says survey
The latest Marketing Trends Survey from The Chartered Institute of Marketing suggests that there is considerable support available for marketers seeking to continue their professional development.

Lifelong learning charity to sign Skills Pledge
The Campaign for Learning will be signing the National Skills Pledge in front of Skills Minister David Lammy MP at the charity's 10th anniversary conference.

Event champions apprenticeships in retail sector
John Denham, secretary of state for innovation, universities and skills, and Sir Terry Leahy chief executive of Tesco Plc, will speak in London today at an event to promote apprenticeships.

New employment and skills academy for Stansted Airport
Details of a new Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy were unveiled at the annual Employment Forum to gathered representatives of airport employers, employee representatives, local councils and educational providers.

LSC reports positive response to marketing campaign
According to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the response it has received after the launch of its 'Our future. It's in our hands' marketing campaign, shows that the nation is being inspired and getting ready to improve their skills.

Ensure effective training spend with skills mapping, says QA-IQ
Organisations gain significantly improved value from their training spend by using structured assessment to identify skills gaps and manage the capabilities of their staff, according to learning services provider QA-IQ.

Author speaks at Unionlearn conference
Author Sue Townsend joined Gillian Merron MP, minister for the East Midlands, at the 'Unionlearn with the Midlands TUC' annual conference held yesterday in Coventry.

WorldSkills Competition gets underway
The 2007 WorldSkills Competition starts today in Shizuoka, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan.

World of Learning Award winners
More than 400 guests attended the World of Learning Awards ceremony at the NEC Birmingham last night.

World of Learning Awards 2007
The winners of the World of Learning Awards 2007 will be announced tonight at the NEC, Birmingham.

International e-learning on show in Berlin
The organisers of this year's Online Educa Berlin are expecting more than 2,000 visitors to attend the event.

ILM launches enterprise qualifications
The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) has announced it is supporting Enterprise Week 2007 by launching a range of enterprise qualifications.

Fire & Rescue Services launch National Leadership Programme
With a keynote speech from Parmjit Dhanda, parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Fire & Rescue Services have launched their National Leadership Programme.

Skillsmart Retail launches guide to retail qualifications
Skillsmart Retail has this week launched a new 'Guide to Retail Qualifications and Job Roles' aimed at retail employers and learning providers as well as individuals seeking a career in retail.

More large employers make Skills Pledge
Skills Minister, David Lammy MP has announced the addition of four large employers to the 400 companies that have made the Skills Pledge since it was launched by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in June.

Merseylearn learning centre wins national award
The Merseylearn learndirect centre is celebrating its success after winning a national learndirect Achievement Award.

QA-IQ launches new management and personal development courses
Training provider QA-IQ has launched a new portfolio of management and personal development courses.

Association for Coaching Scotland launches seminar series
The Association for Coaching (AC) in Scotland is holding a seminar entitled 'Pioneering Corporate Coaching in Scotland' on 21st November 2007 in Glasgow.

Charity wins Skills for Care training award
Bristol charity St Monica Trust was voted 'Best In-House Training Provider and Assessment Centre' at the Skills for Care Accolades.

BILD at Online Educa Berlin 2007
The British Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) will be represented at this year's Online Educa Berlin with a group stand.

Trainer1 upgrades partnership agreement with Harbinger Knowledge Products
e-Learning company Trainer1 has upgraded its partnership agreement with Harbinger Knowledge Products (HKP), of Pune, India, the makers of the Raptivity rapid e-learning authoring tool.

Research suggests executives struggle to juggle as priorities compete for attention
According to new research, senior executives across the UK admit they are struggling to manage conflicting priorities, as demand for their attention is split between strategic planning, stakeholder management and personal needs.

New food and drink apprenticeships launched
Revised apprenticeships in food and drink manufacture are being rolled out across England and Wales from today.

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