Editor's message: Organisations will benefit from a competitive advantage if they develop their workforce - from apprentices through to future business leaders.
Access to learning and development opportunities not only enables employees to improve their knowledge and skills, but can also increase their engagement. It can also be a useful tool in retaining staff in a time of skills shortages and a strong labour market.
Investing in learning and development to remain competitive, or to implement a specific initiative such as a programme of leadership development, are key reasons for organisations to increase spending in this area. For organisations seeking to cut back on training spend, there are alternatives to simply reducing the output of their training activities - including making more use of online and informal learning methods.
Whatever the learning and development initiative, don't forget to pay attention to the most appropriate method of learning delivery, and evaluate the outcomes to ensure that your organisation receives value for money and meets business needs.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
It has emerged that last month Capita scrapped its policy of charging thousands of pounds in exit fees to graduates who had quit the company's Novus programme within two years.
Faced with growing uncertainty and rapid change, organisations need to develop leadership capabilities at speed. But that does not come without risk. Jo Faragher spoke to leadership expert Ines Wichert about her new book and how businesses can support leaders to grow without overstretching them.
Employers will be able to transfer up to 10% of their apprenticeship levy funds to multiple organisations from next month, which the government hopes will improve the flexibility of the scheme.
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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.
Outsourcing and IT services firms including Capita and FDM Group are facing a legal challenge from former employees who have been subject to demands for up to £18,500 in fees when they decided to leave.
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.
To develop leaders with the talent to tackle tomorrow's challenges, employers need to ensure the skills of all of their staff are refined. Ashleigh Wight reports from Skillsoft's 2018 EMEA Perspectives conference.
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