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Rethinking L&D as a tool for engagement

Most organisations would nowadays agree this is no more ‘job for life’, yet when it comes to HR the way things are done (recruitment, performance management) doesn’t match this new reality. I won’t explore all aspects of HR but am choosing for the sake of illustration and brevity the example of L&D. According to Forbes, […]

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Engineering chief warn over outdated ‘white male’ employee stereotype

Outdated ideas among schoolchildren and parents about engineering are damaging the industry, it has been warned after a study found most youngsters believed a typical engineer was white, middle-aged and male. A survey of more than 1,000 children aged nine to 16 showed that fewer than one in 10 described a typical engineer as a […]

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Mixed reaction as chancellor promises more funding for AI Robotics and driverless cars in budget

Funding for research into robotics and a next-generation 5G mobile network, has been announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond as part of his Budget. He also promised more money to support the development of driverless cars and electric vehicle batteries. The funds for the hi-tech research come from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), which was announced by the […]

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UK budget reveals forecast of further cuts in productivity and growth

Growth forecasts for the UK economy have been cut sharply following changes to estimates of productivity and business investment. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now expects the economy to grow by 1.5% this year, down from the estimate of 2% it made in March. Growth, it says, will drop to 1.3% by 2020 and […]

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Boosting skills will drive growth and productivity says OECD

The United Kingdom has record-high employment levels and very low jobless rates compared to most OECD countries. However, labour productivity growth remains weak and the job prospects of many adults are hurt by their poor literacy and numeracy skills. To boost growth, productivity and earnings, the UK should encourage lifelong learning among adults and promote […]

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Uber in yet more hot water for hiding security breach that exposed details of 57 million customers

The UK’s information commissioner has “huge concerns about Uber’s data policies and ethics” following a breach that exposed the details of 57 million customers and drivers. Uber did not tell anyone about the breach and paid a ransom to hackers to delete the data. Deputy commissioner James Dipple-Johnson said these actions were unacceptable. The ride-sharing company […]