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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

UK International Education Sector faces ‘Significant Limitations’

A recent report by the Workplace Foundation has warned that visa restrictions could cause the UK to lose ground as a leading choice for international students. The report, ‘Making the Most of Public Services’, marked the international education sector out as an area which was failing to reach its full potential as an ‘intangible public... - Read more

Posted: May 24th 2011 in Education & Training

Rail Industry Needs Supply Chain Managers

The UK rail industry needs to develop “a core of supply chain managers” to reduce inefficiencies in its operation, according to a government-backed report . The rail value for money study, chaired by Sir Roy McNulty, and out yesterday recommends a programme of training, secondments and professional development at all levels of the industry to... - Read more

Posted: May 23rd 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Mobile Technology Adds Three Weeks to Working Year

Mobile technology is creating a ‘grey area’ between people’s work and personal lives, with managers spending an average of 2.5 hours a week – adding up to three weeks over the course of a year – doing extra reading and research for their jobs. Research by the CMI has shown that the boom in smartphones... - Read more

Posted: May 23rd 2011 in Management

Can You ‘Teach Yourself’ Management?

Research released recently by the Forum of Private Business has shown that many businesses are opting for ‘do-it-yourself’ measures in place of formal management training. A leading academic has warned companies that they risk costing themselves more than they spend with this tactic in the long run. So is it a good idea to ‘do-it-yourself’... - Read more

Posted: May 23rd 2011 in Management

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