Learning and development

Rachel Sharp Editor's message: Organisations will benefit from a competitive advantage if they continually develop their workforce – from apprentices through to future business leaders. Attention should be paid to the most appropriate method of learning delivery, and evaluating the outcomes to ensure that the organisation receives value for money and meets business needs.

The Government has introduced the apprenticeship levy, which came into force on 6 April 2017. The levy is designed to give employers a greater incentive to take on apprentices and to put investment in apprenticeships on a sustainable footing for the long term.

Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor

New and updated

  • Growth in apprenticeships outstripping graduate roles

    Type:
    News

    Roles open to apprentices have grown by almost a fifth, vastly outstripping growth in graduate jobs.

  • Women on maternity leave denied training opportunities

    Date:
    7 September 2017
    Type:
    News

    One quarter (24%) of women on maternity leave are not offered the same training opportunities as their colleagues, according to research published by digital learning provider Avado.

  • XpertHR surveys

    Date:
    1 September 2017
    Type:
    Survey analysis

    Take part in employment and human resources surveys, check on the progress of recent XpertHR research, and find out what we will be investigating over the coming months.

  • Apprenticeship levy

    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Apprenticeships are changing, with a levy for large employers now in place. We round up our resources on the apprenticeship levy, including a "How to" guide on employing an apprentice under the new rules, a revised model apprenticeship agreement and new example letters to use at the conclusion of an apprenticeship.

  • Take part in our learning and development priorities survey

    Date:
    11 August 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    XpertHR is carrying out research into organisations' priorities for learning and development in the year ahead and how their investment in this function is changing.

  • Training and competence: financial services

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to include information on the FCA's policy statement on the implementation of MiFID II.

  • UK businesses risk "contagious" leadership

    Date:
    20 July 2017
    Type:
    News

    Some of the best, but also the worst, leadership behaviours spread contagiously through a business, because people are most heavily influenced by the colleagues they work with most.

  • How to build a digitally competent workforce

    Date:
    11 July 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Transitioning from post-industrial skills to digital competence must be a strategic priority for every organisation, says Diego Martinez from cut-e.

  • More than half of apprenticeship levy payers make use of funding, says Open University

    Date:
    6 July 2017
    Type:
    News

    It found that 54% of levy-paying organisations have already accessed their "levy pot" of funding, towards which they pay a portion of payroll each month via PAYE, while 25% plan to.

  • Five ways Theresa May can boost her leadership skills

    Date:
    3 July 2017
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    It has been a stormy ride for Theresa May's premiership so far. Could honing her leadership skills as a successful business leader ensure her a smoother term of office? Anne Watson from In Touch Networks looks at five attributes the Prime Minister needs to demonstrate.