Learning & development

Few businesses find tech investment improves learning outcomes

3 Apr 2019

The growing use of AI in learning and development has not resulted in significant improvements in people's productivity and work quality according to new research.

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Starbucks to pay for employees’ degrees

2 Apr 2019

Starbucks has announced it will fund UK employees through a Bachelor’s degree, in an expansion of its US education programme....

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Tesco boss: Apprenticeship levy is too inflexible

29 Mar 2019

The CEO of the UK’s largest retailer has slammed the apprenticeship levy for being too inflexible and “open to abuse”.

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‘Premium’ should be paid for high-value apprenticeships

27 Mar 2019

Employers that offer “high value” apprenticeships should receive “premiums” from the government to encourage schemes that facilitate higher average wage...

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Use or share apprenticeship levy funds, employers urged

27 Mar 2019

With the deadline to use unspent apprenticeship levy funds fast approaching, employers should review their skills needs or share their...

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Apprenticeship levy underpayment investigations more than double

25 Mar 2019

The number of organisations being pursued by HMRC for apprenticeship levy underpayment has more than doubled in a year, as...

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Business leaders’ top concern is moving to a hybrid AI-human workforce

21 Mar 2019

Two-thirds of business leaders fear that their organisation could become irrelevant if they fail to move to a “hybrid” workforce....

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‘Don’t fund level 6 and 7 apprenticeships’ say learning providers

20 Mar 2019

Training providers have called on the government to remove the highest and degree level apprenticeships from the scope of funding...

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Apprentices need more help with how to dress for work

20 Mar 2019

Employers are four times more likely to worry about how their apprentices dress for work than they would about graduates,...

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Spring statement: minimum wage review and early apprenticeship reforms

13 Mar 2019

All the employment highlights from the Chancellor's spring statement...

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Public sector contracts more likely to go to employers that ‘improve society’

11 Mar 2019

Companies that do more to employ people from diverse backgrounds and reduce modern slavery will be first up for public...

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UK must act to boost skills or face ‘perfect storm’ of decline

11 Mar 2019

Cuts in public funding for adult skills and falling employer investment has led to the UK's skills base lagging behind that of comparable countries.

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‘Use the apprenticeship levy to improve management’ – Cary Cooper

8 Mar 2019

Improving the UK’s poor management performance is the definitive way to fix the economy, says organisational psychologist Professor Sir Cary...

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Apprenticeships should be opened up to single parents

8 Mar 2019

Most single parents are being locked out of apprenticeships because of a lack of part-time opportunities and the difficulty of supporting children with such low pay.

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Don’t let levy criticism eclipse apprenticeship opportunities

7 Mar 2019

It’s been a bad news week for apprenticeships. But Dr Susan Laing, Dean of Teesside University Business School, argues that...

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