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Military Procurement Should Be Recognised Career Option

Military equipment purchasing should be recognised as a professional career path for officers, a Labour party review has said. The review, conducted by the Shadow Defence Team, recommends the creation of a Weapons Engineering Service to manage the training, pay and career development of military purchasing staff, and has suggested that this should be a part-civilian,... - Read more

Posted: September 22nd 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Be a Better Manager: Five Ways to Improve Your Management Skills

Management skills are gaining increasing focus in the business world – in times of economic trouble, good management can have a huge impact on employee morale and productivity, enabling companies to successfully make the changes they need to weather the storm. Despite the important part managers play in helping businesses emerge from the recession stronger,... - Read more

Posted: September 21st 2011 in Management

Are You Making These 5 Common Distance Learning Mistakes?

Distance learning offers high levels of flexibility that allow people to study and gain qualifications when their circumstances won’t allow them to attend college or university classes. However, there are some common pitfalls which many students encounter – recognising and dealing with these potential problems can help to make your distance learning studies go more... - Read more

Posted: September 20th 2011 in Education & Training

More Companies Using E-Learning for Organisational Change

An increasing number of businesses are relying on learning technology to help their business move forward, according to a Towards Maturity benchmarking study. The survey shows an increasing number of companies focusing on e-learning as a way to help them respond quickly to change and cope with the unpredictable economic climate. The move to e-learning... - Read more

Posted: September 19th 2011 in Education & Training

Council Uses Buying Power to Improve Local Economy

Worcestershire County Council’s buyers are using the council’s spending power to boost their local economy – by including clauses in contracts to increase training and job opportunities in the area. The council’s purchasing department have announced a new plan to ensure that the council’s spending offers the maximum benefit to the local area, while still... - Read more

Posted: August 30th 2011 in Business & Economy

Businesses Challenged to Increase Supply Chain and Resource Efficiency

A £4.5 million fund has been created to encourage businesses to improve their supply chains with the aim of reducing their environmental impact and reliance on certain raw materials. The Technology Strategy Board, part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has set up the initiative to prompt businesses to reduce their reliance on... - Read more

Posted: August 24th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

“Not Enough” Candidates Entering Purchasing Profession

There are not enough candidates entering the purchasing profession, despite increasing demand for graduate and mid-level purchasers. Duncan Ward, operations director of procurement and supply chain at recruitment consultants Badenoch & Clark, said that while procurement head-counts were rising and demand for skilled purchasing professionals remained high, there were still not enough people entering the industry.... - Read more

Posted: August 15th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

70 Percent of Employees Willing to Fund Their Own Training

The majority of employees would be willing to fund their own training, a survey has revealed. Research carried out by Middlesex University’s Institute for Work Based Learning over four years showed that seventy percent of those surveyed would be willing to pay for training, with the recession having little impact on people’s desire to train.... - Read more

Posted: August 15th 2011 in Education & Training

UK Exporters Expecting Further Growth

Confidence is rising amongst UK exporters as many expect their profitability to improve in the next 12 months. The DHL/BCC Trade Confidence Index surveyed more than 1000 exporters in the UK, and found that 46 percent expected increased turnover in the next year, up from 41 percent in the last quarter. Trade documentation data has... - Read more

Posted: August 9th 2011 in Import & Export

Facebook Competition: Win a Kindle!

Distance Learning College & Training are giving away a Kindle wi-fi e-reader along with £30 worth of Amazon vouchers to spend on your choice of e-books – perfect if you’re studying or just for some holiday reading! Entering is easy and completely free – just visit our Facebook page and follow the instructions to take part. The competition... - Read more

Posted: August 4th 2011 in DLC Features