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October 2007

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London Skills and Employment Board launches draft strategy
New plans were revealed yesterday to reduce unemployment and boost adult skills in London. The proposals were outlined by Mayor Ken Livingstone in the London Skills and Employment Board's (LSEB's) first strategy which will now go out for public consultation.

New IT Diploma on show
England's children, schools and families secretary, Ed Balls, yesterday visited a London college that will be among the first in the country to offer the new IT Diploma from September 2008.

Nominations open for Adult Learners' Week Awards 2008
Nominations are now open for the Adult Learners' Week Awards 2008. Last year the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) received over 1,000 nominations from organisations including businesses, colleges, adult education providers, museums and libraries.

Training professionals earn higher than the average HR salary, says survey
For the first time in ten years learning, training and development professionals are earning higher than the average HR salary, according to the latest reward survey from Croner Reward in association with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Jeweller invests in management development
High street jeweller Beaverbrooks has commissioned Advance Performance to work with its store managers in the run up to this year's festive season.

Campaign aims to make workplaces safer
To mark this year's European Week for Safety and Health campaign 'Lighten the Load', health and safety minister Lord McKenzie of Luton joined trade union safety representatives and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on a unionlearn course.

All aboard as Rok delivers IT training to staff
Building and maintenance firm Rok is using three mobile training units supplied by PC Coaching to roll out an IT training programme to staff.

3C to launch new customer service programme
3C Associates is launching a new customer service skills programme in early 2008 entitled ‘Customer Service Skills - Setting the Right Standards'.

Spirit Academy celebrates its graduates
Spirit Group has raised a toast to the first pub managers to 'graduate' from its new learning and development centre.

Over 7,000 retail employers use Train to Gain service
According to recent figures, the wholesale and retail sector is the second highest to access training though the Learning and Skills Council's Train to Gain service.

Diploma in Digital Publishing launched
The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) and E-consultancy has launched a Diploma in Digital Publishing.

LSC launches training course gift voucher scheme
The Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) will today launch a new scheme that enables people to buy gift vouchers towards the cost of further education courses.

Open University and Royal College of Nursing form alliance
The Open University and the Royal College of Nursing have launched a new partnership with the objective of initiating imaginative development and change in healthcare education and practice.

Balance Learning showcases new courses
Balance Learning will preview its latest e-learning course, called 'Effective Time Management', at next month's World of Learning Conference and Exhibition.

Cogent on show at Manufacturer LIVE
Cogent the Sector Skills Council for the chemicals and pharmaceuticals, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum industries will be on Stand 312 at The Manufacturer LIVE exhibition, taking place on 17-18 October 2007 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Warwickshire.

Chartered Institute of Marketing graduation 2007
This year's Chartered Institute of Marketing graduation ceremony is being held at Symphony Hall, ICC, Birmingham on 2 November.

Management training company wins Welsh tourism award
A management training company based in the Brecon Beacons National Park has been honoured at the National Tourism Awards, organised by Visit Wales.

Chartered Management Institute appoints new president
Sir John Sunderland, chairman of Cadbury Schweppes plc, has been appointed as the new president of the Chartered Management Institute.

Sports apprenticeship is a hit with football clubs
Nearly every football club in the country is now running a apprenticeship scheme that aims to give talented young athletes a career in sport long after their playing days are over.

GoSkills and Train to Gain help drivers achieve taxi qualification
Fifty Chelmsford taxi drivers have become the first graduates of a development programme that saw each driver achieve an NVQ Level 2 certificate.

Defensive driving techniques help yield lowest fuel consumption
Steve Johnson, marketing manager of fleet driver training provider Drive & Survive, achieved the lowest fuel consumption in the van section of the two day long 2007 MPG Marathon.

British Library embarks on e-learning pilot
The British Library is developing three courses for UK businesses this autumn and winter with e-learning developer Nelson Croom.

Regional celebration events for STAR Award nominees
A series of regional celebration events are being held this week for the nominees for the 2007 QIA STAR Awards.

County Durham PCT opts for blended learning
Epic has been awarded a contract by County Durham Primary Care Trust (PCT) to provide a package of workshops and e-learning to help raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace.

New Diploma in Retail for 14–19 year olds
A new Diploma in Retail for 14–19 year olds is being developed by Skillsmart Retail, Skills for Logistics, Automotive Skills and the Council for Administration.

Andrew Keen to speak at Online Educa Berlin 2007
Andrew Keen, author of "The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture" will be the opening speaker at Online Educa Berlin 2007, which will take place in Berlin from 28-30 November.

Yorkshire and the Humber's National Training Award winners
Three organisations and individuals from Yorkshire and the Humber won National Training Awards at a ceremony held in Leeds.

QA-IQ announces latest Learning & Development Forum
'Making Change Happen', the latest complimentary Learning & Development Forum from QA-IQ, is taking place on Wednesday 17 October at the Law Society in London.

New e-learning course from Balance Learning
Balance Learning has launched a new e-learning course that aims to help people manage their email more efficiently.

Free mobile learning guide from Ufi and Kineo
Ufi, the organisation behind learndirect, and e-learning company Kineo have published a free guide to mobile learning.

IMI to focus on five 'big wins' as the new Sector Skills Council
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has a new role as the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the retail motor industry, having been granted the Government licence last week.

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