Learning & Development

Employers warn of an ever widening skills gap as productivity stays low

An increasing number of UK employers are worried that they will not be able recruit enough high-skilled employees, according to an annual CBI survey. The survey of 500 employers found 69% were concerned about not being able to find enough highly-skilled staff, compared with 55% last year. The report showed that demand for low-skilled workers […]

Finance Executives confident in succession plans for the senior team

A new study from leading recruitment specialist Robert Half UK, reveals that almost two thirds (62%) of financial executives state they now have a formal succession plan in place. Only six per cent claim not to have any type of strategy in place. Of the financial executives surveyed, almost half (49%) plan to hire interim […]

Open University calls for more emphasis on digital skills for workforce

As construction and industrial production sectors experience on-going struggles, the UK’s digital economy is becoming increasingly important. A recent study by Accenture Strategy forecast that by 2020, the UK’s digital economy will grow to 33 per cent of GDP, worth around £776 billion. If steps are taken to optimise the UK’s digital capability, GDP could experience […]

Two in three workers have never received any financial education

Two-thirds (64%) of UK employees have never received any personal finance education, according to research commissioned on behalf of the Open University Business School (OUBS)  and Share Radio. And four in five want personal finance help from their employers. The research also revealed that while many employees claim to have a reasonable level of financial knowledge, […]

Novotel wins award for career progression excellence

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe has won the ‘Best Career Progression Award’ at the annual Springboard Awards for Excellence 2015 for its Novotel brand The award acknowledges the organisation that demonstrates the most outstanding opportunities for career progression. Judges look for evidence of an internal pipeline of progression, succession […]

Workers on training courses distracted by work requests

Four in five workers attending off-site training are distracted by requests for actions to be completed while they are out of the office. Over one in six report receiving email requests from the very manager who sent them on the training, according to results from a new report commissioned by Warwick Conferences, The Value of Expertise. The study […]

Government urged to reverse decision to end compulsory work experience

The Government is being urged to reverse its “careless” decision to end compulsory work experience for school children, to help tackle youth unemployment. A study by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) found that most firms and education leaders believe secondary schools should offer work experience for under 16-year-olds. Just over a third of businesses […]

Richard Branson urges kids to leave school at 16

Children should leave school at 16 and go travelling to learn the life skills they need to get on in the world, Sir Richard Branson has said. Sir Richard, who dropped out of school and set up youth culture magazine Student at 17, said children need to learn about things that are relevant to real […]

Many US College Graduates Not Equipped for Workplace Success

Story Highlights: Not all college graduates had high-quality college experiences Key college experiences link to workplace engagement Time to look beyond grades, test scores and resumes Most employers hiring college graduates take it for granted that these candidates are more qualified than other potential employees who don’t have a degree. Many job postings emphasize a […]

Contact centre degree course a world first

A new partnership announced between outsourcer Firstsource Solutions and Ulster University will – for the very first time – give customer contact centre employees the opportunity to study for a degree. The degree, BSc (Hons) in Customer Contact Management, is the first of its kind in the world, in which a leading Business Process Outsourcing […]