Commentary and analysis

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  • 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.

  • Why we need leaders on the front line

    19 January 2018

    Employers spend thousands on leadership development but rarely see the return on investment or a corresponding increase in engagement. Peter Russian, CEO of transformation specialist Remarkable, looks at the importance of creating leaders at all levels.

  • Should we use apprenticeships to train managers?

    17 January 2018

    The apprenticeship levy has attracted a lot of criticism of late, with many questioning why the scope is now so broad it's possible to gain an MBA. Roisin Woolnough looks at the competing arguments for more management-focused apprenticeships.

  • Towards Maturity: L&D needs to play digital catch-up

    13 December 2017

    As technology dominates our lives as consumers, how far have learning and development teams come in making the most of it to deliver learning outcomes? Roisin Woolnough reports on the latest benchmarking report from Towards Maturity.

  • Can we make the apprenticeship levy work harder?

    12 December 2017

    News that apprenticeship start numbers had plummeted following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April led to criticism of the new system from many. David Willett from the Open University, urges employers to make their levy pay.

  • E-learning gains traction but managers still rate face-to-face training best

    24 November 2017

    Managers continue to prefer face-to-face learning over digital learning, according to a new report by learning resources provider GoodPractice. Martin Couzins investigates the findings.

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