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8 top skills for L&D professionals for 2017 and beyond


There are eight essential L&D skills needed by organisations in the year ahead. So says the benchmarking organisation, Towards Maturity, in its 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report, ‘Unlocking Potential: Releasing the potential of the business and its people through learning’. What are those top eight skills? They are: 1. Facilitating social and collaborative learning (cited by […]


Make your CPD a top priority in 2017


If there is one new year’s resolution that every HR, L&D and manager should make this year, it is to ensure that your professional self-development is a top priority. Too often HR, L&D and managers are so focused on helping others develop their skills, their knowledge and careers, that your own CPD (continuing professional development) […]


The benefits of getting qualified in HR


Every HR professional knows that organisations operate in a constantly changing world. Technology, the economy and new ways of working such as the gig economy present new challenges for all employers. To succeed and grow in this business environment, employers need the very best HR professionals with up-to-date knowledge and skills. So how can HR […]


Are you ready for the new apprenticeship levy law?


It’s not long now until the new apprenticeship levy becomes law. In spring next year, the government will change the way it funds apprenticeships in England. These changes affect how apprenticeship training is funded for all employers, with employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million becoming liable to pay the levy. In […]


Social Recruiting: Are you doing it right?


Social recruiting is no longer a nicety, a cool thing to have that makes your organisation stand out from the rest. It’s a necessity. An ever growing number of job seekers are finding their next role through social media channels, particularly younger jobseekers. HR is making good use of social media too. A report by […]


The 10 Key Tactics to Boost Your Organisational Impact


Data from the 2016 Towards Maturity Benchmark report, “Unlocking Potential,” provides a fresh insight into the L&D tactics that lead to the greatest organisational success. The report crunches data from 100’s of learning professionals around the globe as well as 1000’s of learners. This is the Benchmark’s 12th year, which makes it the “go to” […]


Workplace Week: 10 elements to good workplace design


It’s Workplace Week next week. This event features some of the UK’s most innovative and creative workplaces and highlights what makes them stand out from the average workplace. London is the epicenter of the convention, with a mix of events, including speeches, workshops and tours around cutting edge workplaces. There is a theme to this […]


CIPD ACE 2016 – Competitions and Prizes!


‘Shaping the future of work’ is the theme of this year’s CIPD annual conference and exhibition (ACE). As the HR profession is well aware, the nature of work keeps changing and HR needs to strive to keep abreast of those changes. In fact, HR needs to do more than just keep abreast – it needs […]


The implications of HR

Uber drivers are not self-employed, but are workers, and are thus entitled to receive the national living wage, paid rest breaks, pension contributions, sick pay and holiday pay. So ruled the Employment Tribunal in a landmark decision that could have far reaching implications for other organisations in the gig economy. Around 40,000 Uber drivers should […]