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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

SME’s Can Profit From Greener Supply Chains

Small businesses are being urged to cut carbon in their supply chains to take advantage of opportunities in the green market. The Carbon Trust is encouraging smaller companies to embrace the opportunities offered by the growing green economy, which is now worth £112 billion. However, research by the Carbon Trust has found that over half... - Read more

Posted: April 18th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Kelloggs Announce New Supply Chain Chief

Kellogg Company has announced that Steven Sterling will be joining the company as senior vice president, global supply chain. Sterling has previously spent 26 years working at PepsiCo, before which he worked at Procter and Gamble. He will serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team and report to chief executive John Bryant. “Steve... - Read more

Posted: April 18th 2011 in Supply Chain Management

Apprenticeships ‘Must Provide Higher Quality Training’

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has found that many employers are unconvinced of the value of apprenticeships, with two thirds considering on-the-job training inappropriate to the needs of their business. As reported on hrzone.co.uk, 35% of the 500 employers surveyed planned to offer apprenticeships in the coming year, but many... - Read more

Posted: April 15th 2011 in Education & Training