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New Programme Offers £600 Training Grants for Women in Science

Women working in science-based industries could be eligible for up to £600 in government funding for learning and development as part of a new programme to support the skills development of women working in ‘non-traditional’ technical roles. The Women and Work Programme is being offered by Cogent, the Sector Skills Council for Science-Based Industries, and... - Read more

Posted: June 16th 2011 in Education & Training

Guest Post: When Management Training Turns Bad

In this guest post, Adi Gaskell, Editor of the Chartered Management Institute’s Management Blog, explains why management training should always be balanced with other career development opportunities to make the most of its benefits… It has become almost gospel that management training is a positive thing.  It boosts skills, improves employee engagement and enables your... - Read more

Posted: June 16th 2011 in Management

Logistics Jobs ‘More Enjoyable than Music Industry’

People working in logistics enjoy their jobs more than any other industry, according to a recent survey. Employment website the Job Crowd asked over 500 young professionals to rate their jobs on factors such as enjoyment, progression, responsibility, colleagues and company. The logistics industry came highest, beating the more glamorous performing arts and music industry... - Read more

Posted: June 16th 2011 in Logistics & Transport

Charity Facebook Campaign: Help Distance Learning College Donate to Charity

Distance Learning College and Training are donating £250 to charity, and we’d like our Facebook fans to help us decide where the money should go. To take part and help raise money, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/dlcandtraining to vote for your chosen charity from a list of six we’re supporting. We’ll donate 50p for each... - Read more

Posted: June 13th 2011 in DLC Features

Public Sector Procurement ‘Stifling Innovation’

Public sector procurement processes are “antithetical” to innovation, settling for “proven solutions” from “existing suppliers” and missing opportunities to develop innovative new products and services, according to a report by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. The report examined the way the public sector approached its £236 billion annual procurement spend, and argued... - Read more

Posted: June 6th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Food Supply Chain Facing Skills Gaps

A high proportion of workers in the UK food supply chain do not hold the right level of qualifications. A report published by Improve, the food and drink skills council,  looked at primary production, food and drink manufacturing and processing, food wholesale, food retail and hospitality. The report found that 79% of all employees in skilled... - Read more

Posted: June 6th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Sunderland Businesses Quizzed on Training and Skills

Sunderland City Council is giving local businesses the chance to give their opinion on future skills investment. The Council will survey hundreds of local companies to find out what training and skills are most important to them for the future. The survey aims to build a profile of the local workforce, identifying key strengths, skills... - Read more

Posted: June 6th 2011 in Business & Economy

Procurement Recruitment Outperforms Other Areas

The UK jobs market for purchasing professionals outperformed most other professions during the second quarter of 2011, and looks set to improve further. Research by Edbury Daley showed that recruitment picked up in the procurement sector, with high demand for category leaders and sourcing managers in particular. It is hoped that this increased activity will... - Read more

Posted: June 2nd 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Grow Talent Instead of Recruiting It, Says HR Leader

Managing talent should be “top of the agenda in terms of business success”, a leading HR manager has said. The vice president for HR at Oracle, Vance Kearney, discussed talented development in his address to the HR Forum conference. Kearney explained that Oracle preferred to develop talent in-house over recruiting externally. “It is hard to... - Read more

Posted: June 2nd 2011 in Business & Economy

Distance Learning College Achieves Matrix Quality Standard

Distance Learning College and Training are proud to announce that we have achieved the Matrix Quality Standard for our apprenticeship and NVQ training provision. The Matrix Standard is the government quality Standard developed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for any organisation that receives public funding to support individuals by providing information, support... - Read more

Posted: May 27th 2011 in DLC Features