Training delivery

Employees struggle to find L&D opportunities effective, report finds

Only 13% of employees believe the learning opportunities they’ve been given over the past year have been very effective.

Staffline shares slump following six-year minimum wage underpayment

18 Jun 2019

Staffline, one of the biggest recruitment and training agencies in the UK, has seen its shares tumble after PwC delayed...

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learning in busy environments

Integrate learning into jobs, say L&D experts

17 Jun 2019

Learning will need to be better integrated into employees' daily tasks, especially in busy environments: a key message from the Festival of Work

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mentoring

Mentoring gap opens up between demand and provision

10 Jun 2019

Only 13% workers in the UK have a mentor despite employees highly valuing mentoring opportunities.

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Sephora and racial profiling: what can a single training day achieve?

7 Jun 2019

The beauty retailer closed its US stores to deliver diversity training after an incident of racial profiling.

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MPs urge radical improvements in apprenticeships

22 May 2019

MPs have strongly criticised the government’s apprenticeship programme, in particular its focus on higher level placements and failure to meet the needs of smaller employers.

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Workplace training mainly benefits the better qualified

9 May 2019

Employees with higher levels of education, women, younger employees and people with mid-range skills are the chief beneficiaries of training at work, a new ONS study has shown.

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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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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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Business training management

‘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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Pushchair woman

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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Employers access a tenth of apprenticeship levy funds

6 Mar 2019

The government is unlikely to reach its target of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 and there are “concerns about...

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Apprenticeships

£400m apprenticeship levy underspend revealed

4 Mar 2019

Only £268m was spent by levy-paying employers on apprentices in the programme's first year of operation, 2017-18. This equated to just 13% of the Treasury's £2.01bn apprenticeships budget and contributed to a £400m underspend.

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Criticism of levy mounts as Apprenticeship Week kicks off

4 Mar 2019

Training providers air criticism of the government's apprenticeship levy as surveys reveal the extent of ignorance over the scheme.

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