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  • Apprenticeship starts continue to fall a year after levy introduced

    15 June 2018

    There has been a steady decline in the number of apprenticeships begun after the apprenticeship levy was introduced last year. But why has a scheme that intended to encourage apprenticeship take-up had such a poor response? Ashleigh Wight looks at some of the reasons behind the downward trend.

  • How coaching retail staff can help the high street survive

    25 May 2018

    With Marks & Spencer the latest high street brand to announce widespread store closures, with perhaps Homebase to follow, the onus is on retailers to improve customer service. Benoit Mahé from retail training specialist CapKelenn explains how coaching can ensure customers' experience is positive and help the high street survive.

  • Five principles of high-performing teams

    21 May 2018

    In a volatile environment, organisations need teams that are engaged, productive and know what they're working towards. How can we inspire team leaders to get the best out of their people?

  • E-learning: Why employees expect a Netflix experience

    14 May 2018

    Employees are used to intuitive interfaces and services such as Netflix knowing what they might like. Skillsoft's Steve Wainwright investigates how e-learning platforms can use such consumer experiences to create a community of learners who keep coming back.

  • Mobiles and machines: How L&D must move forward to drive performance

    3 May 2018

    Learning and development professionals are frequently being told they need to get closer to the business, but how should they broaden their scope? Last month's CIPD Learning and Development Show offered some food for thought. Martin Couzins reports.

  • Can we future-proof the workforce using neuroscience?

    14 March 2018

    In today's era of disruptive change and new technologies, the skills that our workforce need for tomorrow will look entirely different to those of today. Neuroscience expert Dr André Vermeulen examines how improving our brain performance will help deal with these seismic shifts.

  • Should business leaders insist on 'inclusion riders'?

    13 March 2018

    Frances McDormand called for 'inclusion riders' to become a feature of Hollywood business deals at the Oscars earlier this month. When prominent leaders speak up for diversity and become active role models, everybody benefits, says Dr Simon Hayward of Cirrus.

  • Solving the skills crisis one apprenticeship at a time

    6 March 2018

    Apprenticeships seem a convenient response to skills shortages in a number of UK industries. But as we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, award-winning apprentice Magdalena Dyga says policy-makers and employers need to do more to show the value of this career route if they really want it to gain traction.

  • Six take-aways from Learning Technologies 2018

    8 February 2018

    The Learning Technologies Conference 2018 provided insight and practical tips on how L&D professionals can develop new ways of delivering learning. Here are some of the take-aways.

  • Flexible working demands a training strategy rethink

    6 February 2018

    Assumptions about the effectiveness of training programmes need to be challenged as remote and flexible working patterns become more widespread, says Samantha Caine. And there must be a place for face-to-face sessions.

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