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
Updated to include information on complying with requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
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The Government should improve communications around how apprentices should be paid, after it emerged that as many as one in three in some age groups are underpaid - often because of confusion around which rate they should be on.
Employers are being urged to encourage furloughed staff to improve their skills while at home by using a new e-learning platform the Department for Education has introduced today.
With the Prime Minister in intensive care, the Cabinet is finding a new "business as usual" while its leader recuperates. As more organisations could face periods of self-isolation or worse for senior managers, how can they prepare?
Updated to reflect that terms relating to training must be included in the written statement of employment particulars, effective from 6 April 2020.
Companies have been forced to scale down entry-level recruitment programmes as they make business adjustments due to the coronavirus, according to the Institute of Student Employers.
Organisations might find themselves in hot water if they wish to dismiss an apprentice and don't have a formal apprenticeship agreement in place. Natalie Flynn, employment law solicitor at Irwin Mitchell, looks at the protection they can bring employers.
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