training

Enterprise Training Urged for Thousands Leaving Armed Forces

More and better enterprise training should be given to the rising number of people set to leave the armed forces over the next two years to encourage them to start their own businesses. That’s the joint call from enterprise charity Heropreneurs and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in response to recent Government cuts. In a new report, they urge the Government to ensure its resettlement programme is “fit for purpose” and to create an umbrella body to co-ordinate existing support for ex-military personnel as they enter the civilian workplace. Heropreneurs founder Richard Morris said: “If you have 20-30,000 people a year coming out who are expensively trained and skilled, you would expect to do more for them in society than is presently done.” The report... »

Website Provides Recession Survival Advice

Website Provides Recession Survival Advice

Small firms in need of business support to help them get through the recession can now use a new free website launched by accountant association AVN. Available at www.recessionresources.co.uk, the site includes a range of free tools, resources, training and guidance put together by more than 200 accountants and expert advisers. Practical support includes a comprehensive review tool, which is designed to help businesses strengthen their cashflow. Firms can also compare their performance against competitors or others in their sector with the site’s benchmarking reports. As well as identifying strengths and weaknesses, the report will advise businesses on how they can best survive the recession, based on individual results. Other content available to download includes videos of business... »

Employers Spend on Training despite Recession

Employers Spend on Training despite Recession

Eight out of ten employers have maintained or increased their training spend in the past six months, despite the economic slowdown, research by the Institute of Directors (IoD) has found. The IoD’s survey of nearly 1,000 companies found that employers believe training is an effective way of boosting staff morale, increasing productivity and improving customer satisfaction. Nearly nine out of ten company directors said they planned to at least maintain training budgets during the next six months, with the majority preferring to cut costs in other areas such as hospitality, events and entertainment. Just 12% said they planned to reduce their training spend in the remaining months of 2009. “Even under considerable pressure, training budgets have not been hacked back,” said I... »

Chris Humphries advises Small Businesses on Skills Training

Skills Czar Advises on Training

Small Business News – 13th January 2009 A former Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce has warned the Government against using training initiatives as a method of massaging unemployment figures. Citing both Labour and Tory mistakes made during recessions in both the 1970s and 1990s respectively, Chris Humphries, CEO of the UK Commission for Employment & Skills (UKCES) advises that training needs to be far more objective than it has been in the past, urging that "we must not make the same mistake again". By ensuring that skills training is geared toward longer-term improvements, Chris Humphries advises that training for skills that are both correct & relevant is the best approach for dealing with a recession and for emerging at the end of an economic do... »

A Guide to NVQs for Business

A Guide to NVQs for Business

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) can offer a range of benefits to your business – they are nationally recognised qualifications covering almost all occupations, from customer service all the way up to business management. Because of this, even the smallest firms can benefit from NVQs in some way; most will have some staff who could benefit from a customer service-based NVQ, at least. What can NVQs offer my business? Essentially, NVQs can measure whether someone has the competence to do their job according to a set of standards, which are based on work performance. These standards are agreed and set according to industry, and are generally measured in different modules or ‘units’, each representing a different area of work performance. For example, the core units for the ‘Health and... »