This week’s training news

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Mini sales scheme

BMW has incorporated e-learning into its training programme for the launch
of the new Mini this month.

The motor company will train its dealership staff to empathise with
potential Mini purchasers, who will largely be young women with a different
outlook from typical BMW buyers. The scheme blends online and instructor-led
training on selling techniques.

Media firm grant

Media training group Skillsformedia has received £260,000 from the
Department for Education and Skills to extend its service beyond London. The
grant will go towards training support for media staff in the regions, the
development of the company’s website and a feasibility study on a drop-in
advice centre.

Insurance courses

Direct Dial Group is giving staff the opportunity to gain insurance
qualifications through in-house training schemes. Staff can complete NVQs and
Insurance Modern Apprenticeships in areas including IT, administration and
customer services. The insurance company, which includes Direct Dial and
Bennetts, currently runs 50 internal training schemes.

Lack of e-learning

Businesses in the UK are wasting millions of pounds a year because staff are
not trained in using e-learning technology, claims consultancy
E-learning specialist Phil Chalk said, "The benefits of e-learning to a
business are clear, but many companies are failing to implement the necessary
training procedures and as a result are failing to maximise benefit."

Degrees are valued

As competition for graduate talent continues to intensify, many companies
are filling vacancies with those with degrees irrelevant to their job,
preferring to train them on the job. Commenting on the Graduate Market Trends
Salary and Vacancy Survey, CSU chief executive Mike Hill, said, "This
suggests that a degree is the surest foothold to professional employment and
employers will invest in training to teach them industry skills."

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