Category Archives: Training & Development

Asda offers funded degree course to clothing staff

Asda is the latest employer to offer a fully funded degree course for school leavers alongside paid work at their company. The scheme is to be offered by the supermarket’s clothing brand George, which has just opened applications for its … Continue reading

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Chancellor will use budget to create 50,000 apprenticeships

George Osborne will announce a £300m package in Wednesday’s budget to help fund training and work experience for some of the 974,000 young people who are unemployed. The coalition government has come under intense pressure in recent months to take action … Continue reading

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Employers put staff development and retention before recruitment for the year ahead

Employers are putting employee development before hiring for the year ahead, as they look to improve staff retention and develop talent within the business, according to Taleo. The vast majority (82%) of HR professionals surveyed said they considered employee development … Continue reading

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Poor financial literacy among employees costs your business dear

It’s been almost three years since the economic crisis of 2008 yet personal finances are still under immense pressure, owing to the unrelenting assault of spending cuts coupled with tax hikes. To make matters worse, average household debt (excluding mortgages) … Continue reading

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Women with strong leadership potential need mentoring and coaching to get to the top

At the beginning of the year, Fortune magazine reported that only a dozen Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs, despite the fact that there is plenty of evidence to show that placing a woman in charge can represent a shrewd … Continue reading

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Will a master’s get you a job?

“It helped me stand out from the crowd and get a job,” says Gitte Pedersen of her master’s degree in international marketing. The fact that she’s talking about the course from her office at advertising giant Ogilvy reinforces her point. … Continue reading

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Public sector cuts threaten graduate retention in the North and Midlands

Public sector cuts could reverse patterns of improved graduate retention in cities and regions outside of the South East, resulting in a ‘brain drain’ likely to impede economic recovery. According to a report published today by The Work Foundation,Cutting the … Continue reading

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Auctioning internships to most privileged is a step too far

A leading champion of work experience has condemned firms for selling internships to the highest bidder at a recent Conservative fundraising event. At the Tories’ annual Black and White Party last week, leading City and PR firms auctioned intern places … Continue reading

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Improve skill levels to enable the UK to compete against German productivity, government told

The Government should focus on supporting export competitiveness through improving skills levels and providing incentives to invest, according to a report released today by the Ernst & Young Item Club. After a decade of underperformance UK exports will enjoy a … Continue reading

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Apprentice drop-out rate running above 25pc

The dropout rate is more than three times the number of students who quit university, official figures show. Some 26.2pc of apprenticeships gave up the on-the-job training scheme in 2009-10, according to the Department for Business, while just 7.2pc of … Continue reading

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