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Semta Launches Free Skills Gap Tool For SME’s

The Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies has released a free tool designed to help small companies identify skills gaps and get advice on training. Semta‘s Business 2 Skills online tool is designed to help smaller businesses benchmark their skills levels against the rest of their industry, and provides employers with a... - Read more

Posted: July 27th 2011 in Education & Training

Small Businesses Lack Purchasing Knowledge

Many small businesses are not aware of the benefits that procurement knowledge can bring to their business, according to a consultant. Ray Newall, who co-authored a book on spend management for SME’s, said that due to limited resources many small companies had only a basic knowledge of purchasing procedures. Newall believes that increasing their knowledge... - Read more

Posted: July 26th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Manufacturing Partnership Set To Boost UK Exports

Manufacturing companies are set to benefit from a new partnership designed to boost UK exports. A memorandum between the manufacturer’s association EEF and UK Trade and Investment will help the two organisations to work together in promoting exports to emerging markets such as Brazil, China, Russia and India. The agreement comes after a survey by... - Read more

Posted: July 13th 2011 in Manufacturing

Jersey Propose CIPS ‘Licence to Practise’ for Buyers

Public sector buyers in Jersey must improve their purchasing skills  to help deliver £65 million savings targets over the next three years, the Chief Executive of Jersey’s government has said. Chief Executive John Richardson said that purchasing and supply training was key to achieving the necessary savings. His comments come shortly after the Chartered Institute... - Read more

Posted: July 12th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Recruiters Emphasise Professional Qualifications Importance

83 percent of recruiters see training and qualifications as an important aspect of the industry’s professionalism. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest CEO webinar revealed the extent to which recruiters consider appropriate qualifications vital to their own performance. The survey came at the same time as a new set of recruitment professional qualifications from the... - Read more

Posted: July 12th 2011 in Education & Training

‘Route Into Work’ Contract Proposed for Schools

Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham is to call for changes to the education system, placing more value on vocational skills with schools matching qualifications to the skills employers need, and placing more emphasis on routes into work and apprenticeships over university. The plans would require teachers to give pupils information on vocational opportunities, and aim... - Read more

Posted: July 11th 2011 in Education & Training

Charity Facebook Campaign: The Results

Thanks to everybody who took part in last month’s charity Facebook campaign. In total we raised £136 for charity! We asked our Facebook fans to vote for their favourite charity from a list of six. For each vote received, Distance Learning College & Training are making a contribution to the chosen charity. We’re delighted with the... - Read more

Posted: July 6th 2011 in DLC Features

Guest Post: Distance Learning – Three Good Reasons to Do It!

In this guest post, Mel Adams discusses some of the benefits of distance learning… 1) FLEXIBILITY i) Distance Learning means that you can learn anywhere, anytime, anyhow.  A typical course of study usually requires a full-time commitment, which means giving up a job or other responsibilities. Distance learning is different. It allows you to study... - Read more

Posted: July 4th 2011 in DLC Features

UK Employees are Most Motivated by Colleagues

A study has revealed that employees in the UK consider their work colleagues to be their main source of motivation and job satisfaction. A survey by training course comparison site FindCourses surveyed over 3000 employees in five countries. The results showed that 80% of UK employees listed their colleagues as their greatest source of motivation... - Read more

Posted: June 22nd 2011 in Recruitment & Employment

Government must double spending with SME’s

The UK government must double its procurement spend with small and medium sized businesses to meet its target of giving them 25 percent of all opportunities. The government set the target last year the amount of government spending done with SME’s should increase from around 5% to around 25%, to help boost the economy. Prime... - Read more

Posted: June 22nd 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement