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Assessment Centres: Are they just long interviews in disguise?

by on June 30, 2015

If you’ve ever been to an assessment centre, you might have found yourself doing something quirky like building a raft, or balancing a ball in the air. But is this long-running process just a drawn-out interview cleverly disguised under a different name?

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The 10 Modes of ‘Virtual Team’ Working

by on June 23, 2015

Have you considered how virtual teams operate in today’s complex working environment? This blog looks at the 10 modes of virtual working proposed by Herman Miller.

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Technology and Learning: Should the Two Go Hand in Hand?

by on June 11, 2015

It’s true that in the field of learning and development, we’re all receiving requests from our clients to cut down on paper. The need to produce online manuals, run webinars and set up online collaborative learning spaces and programmes are all part and parcel of the ever-dominant digital world. Can We Ever Be Truly Paperless?

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Brush Up Your Online Image – Or Lose Out on Your Dream Job!

by on June 4, 2015

Quick! Remove that daft Facebook profile image and delete that drunken status. Why? Your potential new boss could well be using information posted via social media against you – and marking a cross next to your name for that dream role.

According to recent research via, over half of employers have researched a job candidate on social media prior to or after an interview. And while some of what you post via sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest could help you snag that role, others certainly won’t.

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12 tips for running great learning and development webinars

by on April 13, 2015

Webinars are a great tool for Learning and Development. A fad they are not, however they require skill, preparation and a fair amount of juggling! They can be effectively used to start the learning process off, to share learnings throughout the learning and development journey and also as part of the application of learning process.

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Great leaders are V.I.P.s

by on March 30, 2015

Their status and position of authority within an organisation means that leaders are without doubt Very Important People; but if we look beyond this view of leaders, based solely on their positions, and look at a more personal level, it is here that we start to understand the Values, Identity and Purpose of great leaders.

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Employers value work experience when recruiting

by on March 19, 2015

Catch 16-24 is a recent report from UKCES that was issued mid-February. It is worth a read and echoes some old themes which we have supported over many years. It also bringing together evidence of newer trends up and down the country.

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EEF manufacturing conference: engineering talent

by on March 13, 2015

The annual EEF Manufacturing Conference brings together the nation’s elite in manufacturing, politics and media to analyse and discuss the direction of British Industry. We were invited down to the organisation’s flagship event held in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Westminster to hear what influential manufacturing leaders and politicians have in store for the future of engineering.

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The importance of bringing the team together

by on March 4, 2015

This week our business held its annual seminar, an AGM affair. Importantly the bringing together of our people to share success and provide an opportunity to discuss business aspirations and our direction of travel; a truly fantastic occasion and had a great impact on morale.

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Apprenticeships: 10 reasons why they’re great for business

by on February 26, 2015

If you’re thinking that 2015 is the year to embrace apprenticeships, here are ten reasons why they are good for your business success.

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