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 Businesses rush to invest in leadership training

Two-thirds of UK organisations are suffering from a shortage of highly effective leaders, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Its study of 664 training managers working in UK organisations found that 85% are now investing in some form of leadership development activity, as 98% believe well-designed leadership development activities can have a positive impact on the bottom line and 91% see a direct link between investment in leadership development and organisational performance. According to the survey, the main drivers for investing in leadership are to successfully manage change, to ensure the business strategy can be delivered, and to fill skills gaps. www.cipd.co.uk/surveys

ICI doubles global provision of online training for staff

Manufacturing giant ICI has doubled the number of online training courses available to staff and extended the service to employees’ families in 55 countries. An ICI spokesman said the e-learning scheme provided every employee with easily accessible skills to ensure they could perform with creativity, flexibility and speed. “Expanding the programme makes strong business sense, and will help us to maintain our competitive edge,” he said.
The friends and family scheme will enable three family members of each of ICI’s 18,000 employees to access learning from home for free. They will gain access to 50 courses, including Microsoft Office, time management and digital photography skills, through an e-learning system supplied by Thomson NETg. ICI said the scheme was designed to help establish the company as an employer of choice.

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