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December 2006

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22/12/06
Carphone Warehouse to present at HR directors summit
Darren Bezani, group training manager at The Carphone Warehouse Group plc, is to present a case study on optimising your investment in training at the HR Directors Business Summit 2007.

22/12/06
66% plan to learn a language in 2007, says survey
According to a survey commissioned by Rosetta Stone, learning a new language is a top priority for 2007, with 66% listing it as a New Year's resolution they plan to make.

21/12/06
Develop your skills in 2007, says UK Skills
UK Skills is urging individuals and businesses to put developing new skills at the top of their New Year's resolutions list.

21/12/06
Views sought for children's workforce SSA
The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has launched an online survey to gather the views and feelings of the children's workforce about the Sector Skills Agreement (SSA).

20/12/06
GoSkills opts for SFEDI accreditation
GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, has embarked on a programme that aims to see its team of business advisers qualified to the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) business support standards and the new skills brokerage standards.

20/12/06
3,000 accredited to Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard
Ainsley McEwan, proprietor of McEwan's Garage in Derby, has become the 3,000th individual to achieve the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) standard.

19/12/06
Businesses urged to invest in training
Training is the way to keep UK Plc's competitive edge razor sharp, according to the head of the organisation which runs the UK's National Training Awards programme.

19/12/06
Lasher to speak at UK and USA conferences
Neil Lasher of learning consultancy Trainer1 is to speak at both the forthcoming Learning Technologies conference in London and at the ASTD 2007 International Conference & Exposition being held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

19/12/06
Research finds frustration with promotion processes
Many UK employees have little faith in career prospects at their current organisation, according to research from Investors in People (UK).

18/12/06
National Training Award winners celebrate success
Organisations and individuals from across the UK were presented with their National Training Award trophies at a gala ceremony held in London last week.

18/12/06
QA-IQ instructor wins BCS award
QA-IQ instructor and principal technologist, Dave Britt, has been awarded the British Computer Society (BCS) 'Trainer of the Year' award for 2006.

15/12/06
LSC reports big demand for Train to Gain service
The Learning and Skills Council has announced that more than 15,000 employers are now using its Train to Gain service.

14/12/06
lastminute.com trials language learning software
Travel and leisure company lastminute.com is trialling Rosetta Stone's online language learning software.

13/12/06
LSC launches Apprenticeship Awards
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched the 2007 Apprenticeship Awards.

13/12/06
Funding boost for Scotland's screen industries
A new training fund has been established to offer support to companies and individuals across the television, film and interactive media sectors in Scotland.

12/12/06
Automotive Academy to join forces with new skills body
Secretary of state for trade and industry Alistair Darling has announced that the skills and training expertise of the Automotive Academy are to be applied across the whole of manufacturing.

12/12/06
Red Cross highlights benefits of on-site training
The British Red Cross says many companies are missing out on the benefits of its on-site training programmes.

11/12/06
Skills gap costs UK £80 billion per year, says Fisher
Mark Fisher, chief executive of the Sector Skills Development Agency, has warned a conference of educationalists that failing to address skills shortages is costing the UK up to £80 billion per year, or over £1,300 for every man, woman and child.

11/12/06
OU: Students need improved progression routes for skills agenda to be met
Students will need to see their routes through education and training made as effective as possible if work to improve UK skills levels is to be successful, according to The Open University.

11/12/06
More new in brief
Thomson Prometric & Global Knowledge sign testing services agreement...Chartered Management Institute appoints new president...Trade unionist appointed to London Skills and Employment Board

08/12/06
City & Guilds and ILM comment on Leitch Review
City & Guilds and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have welcomed the principles behind the Leitch Review into skills training and the emphasis placed on improving the UK's skills base.

08/12/06
Acas survey finds employers confused over equality and diversity issues
According to the latest policy discussion paper published by Acas, there continues to be myths and misconceptions surrounding equality and diversity issues in the workplace.

07/12/06
CIPR qualifications get City & Guilds approval
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has announced a new partnership with vocational awarding body City & Guilds.

07/12/06
RoSPA launches safety awards programme for 2007
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) wants organisations in the education and training sector to enter the 2007 Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

06/12/06
Lord Leitch publishes final report
Lord Leitch has published his final report, 'Prosperity for all in the Global Economy: World Class Skills', which examines the UK's long-term skills needs.

06/12/06
LSC launches Disability Equality Scheme
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched its first Disability Equality Scheme to promote equality of opportunity within Further Education (FE) and the learning and skills sector.

05/12/06
LSN publishes apprenticeship research
According to new research, people who complete an apprenticeship earn more money, stay longer with their employer and are more likely to rise to a management job than people who don't do an apprenticeship.

05/12/06
Education Secretary to speak at LLUK conference
Secretary of State for Education and Skills Alan Johnson MP and Jane Davidson, Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, are both confirmed to speak at Lifelong Learning UK's (LLUK) inaugural conference.

05/12/06
my-skills launches Personal Development Collection
my-skills has published the first volume of its Personal Development Collection on CD-ROM.

04/12/06
Sports stars champion learning
TUC deputy general secretary Frances O’ Grady, presented Barry McGuigan of the British Boxers Association, Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, and John Barnwell, chief executive of the League Managers Association with awards appointing them as Skills for Life Advocates in recognition of their work on learning and skills within the sporting world.

04/12/06
Employers urged to help design new diploma
Manufacturers are being urged to help boost the skills of their future employees by getting involved in the design of a new academic qualification for teenagers.

01/12/06
Research shows growth year for US training budgets
Research and advisory firm Bersin & Associates has announced the availability of new research on the state of the corporate training industry in the US.

01/12/06
New unionlearn board backs work programme
The newly elected board of unionlearn (the TUC's learning and skills organisation) has endorsed its strategic plan to have 22,000 Union Learning Reps and 250,000 learners going through the union route, by 2010.

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