Training news in brief

This week’s training news in brief.

Online learning

Staff at insurance giant Royal & Sun Alliance are getting access to a
new e-learning package to cover formal and informal learning. As many as 50,000
employees across 50 countries are set to benefit following the implementation
by Saba. The company has designed the system to turn its training content into
an online format.

Apprenticeship first

Up to 200 first-level distribution workers are expected to be the first to
study for the new Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in International Trade and
Services. The programme, designed by Quantica, will train 16-to-24-year-olds in
the basic skills needed to work in import, export and shipping. The scheme is
supported by 150 companies around the country as well as the National Training
Organisation for the distribution sector.

Open qualification

The Scottish Executive Health Department has teamed up with the Open
University to offer 200 NHS managers a nationally recognised qualification. The
managers are being offered 100 per cent bursaries to study for the Professional
Certificate in Management. The certificate is seen as the first step towards an
MBA and is a mix of residential and online learning.  

Banking on NVQ

Up to 200 youngsters are to be given the opportunity to work in retail
financial services as part of a Modern Apprentice scheme at Barclays. The
16-18-year-olds will be given experience at around 200 branches across the UK
as part of a TTC Training course that leads to an NVQ qualification.  

Housing staff link up

IT training has led to 1,000 housing department staff in London being able
to work remotely from various locations. Staff at Camden Council received MS
Outlook training from provider E-cademy to enable the agency to work from more
than 64 offices. The department manages 30,000 council homes and the new
training will allow better communication and electronic meetings.  

Distance no object

Lloyds pharmacy is launching a distance learning programme available to
managers at 1,300 stores. The Professional Management Development Programme
consists of four modules and deals with a series of key managerial competencies
including motivation, managing change, teamwork and time management. Each
module contains case studies and exercises.  

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