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Talented Youths Choosing Apprenticeships Over University

BAE Systems has reported an increase in the number of young people capable of going to university who are instead choosing to take up apprenticeships. Richard Hamer, director for early careers and graduate recruitment at BAE Systems, said that increased university tuition fees were “a huge disincentive” and could be to blame for the trend. However,... - Read more

Posted: May 10th 2011 in Education & Training

New ‘Stress Guide’ To Help Businesses Reduce Workplace Sickness

The British Standards Institution has published a new guide to help employers manage stress in the workplace. The guide comes as the CIPD announced the results of their latest quarterly workplace survey, showing that workplace morale has hit a record low. The PAS 1010 ‘Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace’ was... - Read more

Posted: May 9th 2011 in Business & Economy

Half Of Employers Have Paid To Improve School Leavers’ Basic Skills

The CBI has criticised school literacy and numeracy provision, as a survey of their members showed that almost half of all employers have paid for remedial maths and English tuition for school and college leavers. The survey of 500 companies showed that 42% were unhappy with school leavers’ knowledge of the English language, with a... - Read more

Posted: May 9th 2011 in Education & Training

Employers Struggling to Recruit Amid Skills Shortages

Many employers are finding it difficult to recruit staff with the right skills despite high levels of unemployment, leading to calls for increased training, particularly for young people. Research by the People 1st Training Company revealed that a quarter of businesses are struggling to find the right calibre of staff. The research revealed that despite... - Read more

Posted: May 9th 2011 in Recruitment & Employment

Increasing Numbers of Employers Planning to Recruit

Confidence is returning as an increasing number of employers are now planning to take on permanent staff members. According to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s latest JobsOutlook survey, more than a third of employers indicated that they would be increasing their permanent workforce over the next 12 months. A further 64 percent of employers plan... - Read more

Posted: May 4th 2011 in Recruitment & Employment

‘Negotiation of Embarassment’ Leads to £800m Government Savings

The UK government used a “negotiation of embarrassment” to help make savings of £800 million from its major suppliers. Bill Crothers, the Home Office Commercial Director took part in contract renegotiations with the government’s largest suppliers, which started last year. Negotiation teams looked at separate pieces of business done with the same companies in Whitehall... - Read more

Posted: May 4th 2011 in Purchasing & Procurement

Businesses Continue To Invest in Learning Despite Recession

78% of organisations polled by The Ken Blanchard Companies in their latest annual Corporate Issues Survey say they will be spending the same or more on L&D initiatives in the next financial year. This is a marked improvement from 2009, when almost half of the companies polled said they intended to reduce their training budgets.... - Read more

Posted: May 4th 2011 in Education & Training

New Government Fund for Management Training

A new government fund has been created to help small and medium-sized enterprises fund management and leadership training. The Leadership and Management Development grant makes up to £1,000 available towards leadership training, in a bid to help small and medium sized companies increase their performance and competitiveness. Skills minister John Hayes is calling on senior... - Read more

Posted: May 3rd 2011 in Education & Training

UK Businesses ‘Missing Out’ On E-Learning Benefits

UK Businesses risk missing out on significant cost and efficiency savings because of ‘outdated’ attitudes to e-learning, a group of learning experts has said. At the first meeting of the Towards Maturity Ambassadors Group, created to provide advice and support to businesses in using learning innovations to improve business performance, it was suggested that senior... - Read more

Posted: April 21st 2011 in Education & Training

Tribunal Reforms ‘Won’t Increase Recruitment’

The government’s plans to reform the employment tribunal system is unlikely to make employers more likely to recruit, a survey has shown. The planned reforms are designed to reduce red tape in an effort to encourage businesses to take on more staff, and include increasing the period of employment an employee must serve before being... - Read more

Posted: April 20th 2011 in Recruitment & Employment

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