Firms urged to use online training to avoid skills shortage

Employers are being encouraged to make the most of online training tools and resources to overcome a predicted reduction in training budgets.
 
Research carried out by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) found that 43% of managers anticipate that their training budgets will be cut again next year, potentially resulting in business-damaging skills shortages.
 
To reduce the negative impact of reduced investment in training, the CMI has recommended that employers should look to online training and e-learning resources, which can often be more cost-effective than their offline equivalents.
 
Further, according to CMI research, online training has become increasingly popular with employees this year. A survey of UK workers carried out earlier this year by the CMI found that 35% of staff would rather go online when looking to brush up on their skills, second only to seeking advice from trusted colleagues (36%). 
 
Reacting to the findings, CMI chief executive Ruth Spellman said: “The tough economic conditions experienced in 2010, combined with the knock-on effects of aggressive deficit reduction measures outlined in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, have already forced business leaders to look at yet more ways to save money. Unfortunately, training budgets are often the first to suffer. 
 
“Business leaders will need to embrace the concept of ‘training on a shoestring’ in 2011. Doing nothing is not an option; they need to consider alternative ways to continue to develop the skills of their staff, or risk failing to put them in the best possible position to take advantage of the upturn when it comes. What businesses need is a cost-effective way of continuing to offer training that can be accessed quickly and easily, as and when support is required.”
 
Spellman added: “Our worry is that by failing to offer adequate opportunities for personal development, bosses risk losing top talent, deepening the already low levels of employee engagement and creating skills shortages at a time when UK plc most needs a skilled workforce to help steer it towards recovery. Businesses cannot afford to lose another 12 months of training and development in 2011.”

 For more information on online training, take a look at our Smart Buyer guide: ten reasons to implement e-learning.

Source: http://www.personneltoday.com

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Miliband warns over jobs fund axe

Axing an employment fund risks creating a “lost generation” of young people without work, Labour leader Ed Miliband is to warn.

 Miliband warns over jobs fund axe

 

Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting business leaders at Downing Street to highlight what Number 10 says are pledges to create thousands of new jobs between them.

But Mr Miliband will use a press conference to accuse him of undermining many jobless youngsters’ chances of finding work by ending the £1 billion Future Jobs Fund initiative a year early.

An influential Commons committee warned last month that the decision would result in unemployed young people facing a potential gap in the support available to find employment.

The work and pensions select committee said it was concerned that referrals to the fund will end next spring, leaving a gap until June when the new Work Programme will be launched.

“The first thing Mr Cameron should be addressing at his meeting today is the risk of a lost generation of young people in this country,” Mr Miliband is expected to say.

“There will be a looming gap in the help given to unemployed young people. He should follow Labour’s advice and keep the Future Jobs Fund which would mean 100,000 extra jobs for young people. This decision to betray young people is not just unfair – it is the wrong long-term economic judgment for our country.”

The Labour leader is due to address reporters in Westminster shortly before representatives of around 20 well-known UK firms arrive at Number 10 to discuss job creation.

Among them is supermarket chain Morrisons, which announced it would create 5,700 new jobs by opening new stores and 300 in manufacturing. Supermarkets featured heavily on the list of attendees, with Tesco predicting 9,000 extra jobs across the UK in 2011, Sainsburys 6,500, the Co-Op 1,000 and Asda 15,000 retail apprenticeships.

Others included John Lewis and Microsoft (4,000 each), Centrica (2,600), InterContinental Hotels (around 1,000) and Kingfisher (several hundred).

Source : http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20110110/tuk-miliband-warns-over-jobs-fund-axe-6323e80_2.html 

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25% of workers ‘fear losing jobs’

One in four public sector workers fear they will lose their jobs as the Government’s huge cuts in public spending start to take effect, according to a new study.

Two thirds of those questioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said stress levels in their workplace had increased as a result of the economic downturn.

25% of workers 'fear losing jobs'

The survey of over 2,000 employees in private firms as well as the public sector represented a “bleak picture” of employee attitudes throughout the UK, said the CIPD.

Almost a third said their standard of living had fallen over the past six months, although job satisfaction showed a surprise increase, suggesting that workers were displaying a “fixed grin” attitude.

Ben Willmott, the CIPD’s senior public policy adviser, said: “The findings echo what happened during early spring 2009 against the backdrop of recession, when job satisfaction rose before falling as economic and employment conditions improved.

“Both then and now there was talk of job losses and bleak economic commentary, suggesting that, when faced with an uncertain outlook, employees place more value on simply having a job than they do during more benign economic times.

“They are also less likely to look enviously over the fence and think the grass may be greener with another employer, which is not surprising given that two thirds of employees think it would be difficult to get a new job if they lost their current position.”

One in five workers said their organisation was planning redundancies, rising to 50% among public sector staff.

Source: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20101129/tuk-25-of-workers-fear-losing-jobs-6323e80_1.html

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t2Business raise £318.55 for Children in Need.

t2Business raise £318.55 for BBC children in need.t2Business are proud to have raised £318.55 for Children in Need 2010.  Fundraising took place at t2′s head office in St Mellons Cardiff and also at our Training for Work centre in Newport, South Wales.  t2business solutions raised money by holding a dress down day, bacon sarnies for breakfast, a raffle and a sweep steak.  Thanks to everyone that donated.

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Living costs in UK ‘up to 20% higher for remote areas’

Living costs in UK ‘up to 20% higher for remote areas’

Living costs in UK 'up to 20% higher for remote areas'

Living costs in UK 'up to 20% higher for remote areas'

England need to take home up to 20% more than those in urban areas to reach an acceptable living standard, according to a report.

The Commission for Rural Communities said someone in a remote village needed £18,600 a year to get by, compared with £14,400 for an urban dweller.

It means a villager must earn about 50% above the minimum wage of £5.93 an hour to reach a minimum living standard.

The report cited transport and fuel as the main extra cost burdens.

Falling short

A team from Loughborough University that calculates the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s minimum income standard index carried out the research for the CRC.

This index is based on what items people think households need to be able to afford to achieve a minimum acceptable living standard.

The report found that, with low pay more common in rural areas, many rural workers fall well short of being able to afford their essential needs.

The findings show that the more remote the area, the greater the extra costs.

According to the report, to afford a minimum standard of living a single person needs to earn at least:

  • £15,600 a year in a rural town;
  • £17,900 a year in a village;
  • £18,600 in a hamlet or the remote countryside.

When factors such as taxes and tax credits are taken into account, that equates to a difference with the urban figure of £14,400 in take home pay of 10-20%, researchers said.

‘Wage gap’

The report also found:

  • A car is a significant additional cost for rural households because people said public transport is inadequate
  • Many rural dwellers face higher energy bills because they are not always connected to mains gas, so must use other fuels
  • In a hamlet, a family of four needs £72.20 more per week than a similar urban family

The report’s author, Dr Noel Smith, said: “We were struck by the gap between how much people would need to earn to meet these rural requirements and the level of some of the wages actually available.

“Workers in the most basic rural jobs can work very hard yet still fall well short of what they need for an acceptable standard of living.”

Nicola Lloyd, executive director at the CRC, said: “Although it is now widely recognised that one in five rural households experience poverty, this is the first time we’ve also had reliable data to show the minimum cost of living in the countryside is higher than in the city.”  She said there were ways to lessen the need for expensive travel to reach essential services in rural communities.

These included greater access to broadband and mobile technology, “and creative solutions to providing employment and services closer to home”, Ms Lloyd said.

Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs, told the BBC the picture was more complicated than the report suggested.

But he said: “It does show that poverty is very different in different areas of the United Kingdom… that the sort of policies we need to tackle extreme poverty in, say, Tower Hamlets are very different from the sort of measures we need to tackle extreme poverty in the Shetland Islands or in Cornwall.

“So I think what it shows is that we need to take a very decentralised approach to tackling poverty, to welfare and to getting people back to work.

“I would be extremely keen to see budgets transferred to, say, Cornwall County Council and for different local areas to experiment with different schemes.”

Mr Littlewood also pointed out that the challenges in one rural area differed to those in another. For example, in a tourism-based economy like Cornwall, the seasonality of employment is a major problem, while in the Shetlands, access to transport is the biggest issue.

Do you find rural life expensive? Have you recently made the move from country to city life? Or vice versa?

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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Training for Work website performing well.

The Training for work website was only launched a week ago and in terms of search engine visibility is performing well.  The following targeted key words are achieving good results : 

helping you find employment Newport”  and range of training programmes newport

 www.trainingforwork.co.uk

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Asda to create 7,500 jobs

Asda to create 7,500 new jobsSupermarket chain Asda on Tuesday announced plans to create more than 7,500 jobs over the next year.

Asda employs 175,000 staff and operates in 383 stores across Britain

The retail giant — which is the UK’s second biggest supermarket chain — said the posts would be created through new store openings, an expansion of its home shopping service and its recent takeover of Danish supermarket Netto in the UK.

More than 3,500 of the jobs will be in new stores, 2,400 in the home delivery service, 100 jobs in new pharmacies and 1,500 through doubling staff at the Netto branches.

The company already has an additional 3,000 unfilled positions advertised on its website.

“I’m proud to say next year we will once again create thousands of new jobs at every level of our growing business,” said Andy Clarke, Asda’s chief executive and president.

“At Asda we always recruit for attitude and train for skill, so you needn’t have previous retail experience to apply. We’re simply looking for people who share our passion for customer service.”

The Netto acquisition will add around one million square feet and about 170 stores to the Asda chain. The conversion programme will start in the first quarter of 2011 and is expected to be completed by this time next year.

The supermarket also plans to open a further 16 in-store pharmacies.

Asda employs 175,000 staff and operates in 383 stores across Britain. It estimates it has 18 million customers a week and sales of around 20 billion pounds a year.

Wal-Mart, Asda’s American parent company, posted soaring profits on Tuesday. Net quarterly profit climbed 9.8 percent to 3.4 billion dollars (2.1 billion pounds), beating expectations.

Source: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/18/20101116/tuk-asda-to-create-7-500-jobs-a7ad41d_2.html

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Training for Work, Newport – South Wales Case Study.

Phillip Little (18) – t2 business

Training for Work case study - Phillip Little Phillip began working as a trainee Marketing Assistant for t2 business solutions in Cardiff. He initially started the beginning of December 2009 on placement from the Training for Work centre. As a result of Phillips hard work and commitment he completed his NVQ in Information Technology and was taken on as a permanent member of staff the beginning of August 2010.

Phillip is now on a pathway to success in Marketing and states “The Training for Work centre has been a life changing experience for me, I have great respect for the many members of staff who have contributed to my success”

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A good website for Young People in Wales.

The National Information and Advice Service for young people in Wales

The National Information and Advice Service for young people in Wales

CLIC is an online channel and printed zine offering information, news and advice for all young people aged 11 to 25 in Wales on a wide range of subjects and issues, including where to get support in your local area.

The focal point of CLIC is interactive websites which allow young people and the organisations that work with them to upload articles, pictures, videos and themes, and to publicise events and activities.

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Training for work website – coming soon.

Training for work website coming soon.  Newport, South Wales.

Training for work website coming soon. Newport, South Wales.

Here’s a little taster of the new look Training for Work website.  Newport, South Wales.  Check back soon for updates.

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