Training & Development

Building back skills post COVID-19

Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of SCC highlights the skills challenges ahead and how apprenticeships form a vital part of the solution. The pandemic has brought to the forefront skills challenges that existed pre-pandemic as well as bring to...

Why education is key for sustainable businesses

Steven Kiakowski. Director of The Verdancy Group In fulfilling net zero obligations, UK businesses face pressure to adopt sustainable practices. With new legislation on the horizon, soon sustainability will be a legal business requirement. But talk about organisational change is cheap. If I’ve...

Continuing a commitment to apprenticeships

Professor Steve Petrie is Business Performance Director at Balfour Beatty and new Chair of the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s Standards and Frameworks Group. I started my career as an apprentice. It all happened quickly and at the age 16, I...

FREE WEBINAR ANNOUNCED IN ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate resilience experts, Climate Sense, and water industry training provider, Learning & Development Associates (L&DA), have announced a free webinar on adaptation to climate change following the launch of their new qualifications. The first step on a learning journey that...

How To Help Young People Fight Climate Change

Meet Susan McSeveney, our new director. Susan discusses why engaging young people in sustainability matters is crucial to tackling the climate emergency.   If you follow The Verdancy Group on LinkedIn, you may have caught the news that Susan McSeveney has...

HELP AT HAND FOR ORGANISATIONS SEEKING TO BUILD CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE

An international authority on mitigating the effects of climate change, Climate Sense has joined forces with Learning & Development Associates (L&DA), a leading training provider to the UK water sector, to roll out the newly accredited Adaptation to Climate...

How to onboard new staff remotely

We’re now seeing more of our clients learning how to onboard new staff remotely, and we’ve gone through this too in the last 5 months. By Calum Anderson, The HR Booth. I read an article last week that businesses with a good...

Universities and Colleges unite to help businesses prosper

The University of Dundee have joined forces with the University of Stirling, Dundee & Angus College, Fife College, Perth College, Forth Valley College and West Lothian College to create a working relationship, with the aim of helping local businesses...

CGI’s successful Graduate Apprenticeships Programme is creating a skilled Scottish IT workforce for the future

Ever since CGI established its presence in Scotland, the Canadian global IT and business consulting services company has prided itself in supporting the growth of the Scottish digital economy by investing in a skilled workforce. This ambition has been realised...

Business backing talent and diversity

Saj Sharif, CEO and Founder of Zen Consultants Ltd is the winner of the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2020, SME Equality and Diversity category and is a member of Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board’s Employer Equalities group. My first few steps in...

Foundation Apprenticeships

Across Scotland, a growing number of businesses recognise the importance and value of investing in a pipeline of new talent through Foundation Apprenticeships. At last week’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, the spotlight was shone on talented young people, who have blossomed...

Apprenticeships are right at the heart of businesses’ plans for the future

That’s the message from firms who won accolades at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards. The spotlight was shone on the achievements of apprentices, employers and learning providers from different industries across the country, at a virtual awards ceremony, delivered by Skills...

Engineering in the Army

The Corps of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) Who are we and what do we do? Formed in 1942, to do what Field Marshall Montgomery described as “keeping the punch in the Army’s fist”, REME is the Army’s professional...

Three ways coaching skills can support your business in the new normal

Coaching is missing from too many organisations. Often wrongly seen as the last resort, it can empower your workforce in ways that will accelerate business performance as well as support your people Whether you think of coaching as a skillset...

Unlocking the potential of your workforce

Apprenticeships in Scotland, across all levels, will be vital to our collective hopes of an economic recovery. The Scottish Government itself understands the importance of apprenticeships in responding to the effects of the pandemic to support individuals and the...

Unlocking Potential – there is great wisdom in starting your journey to success one step at a time

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) offers a broad portfolio of services and training in executive coaching no matter where you are on your journey. 1. Discover If you would like to discover more about coaching and training to develop your...

MBA course gives global vision

Taking the time out to do a Master of Business Administration degree can broaden horizons and support a change in direction. HELEN COMPSON talks to one former University of Glasgow student who relishes the new mind-set it gave him. For...

iCaaS launches data protection training software for home workers

Employees across the UK now find themselves working from home and iCaaS has responded by launching a training solution to meet their needs. iCaaS is the Trusted Standard in Data Protection and helps businesses achieve, manage and maintain full data...

Learning from Hindsight: A campaign for culture change

Across the breadth of the regulated financial services sector, there is a prevailing regulatory spotlight on non-financial misconduct. One company taking action to help firms tackle the issue is learning and development expert, MaST. From sexual harassment to discrimination and...

5 Business Podcasts to listen to in 2020

Siobhan Divers, Communications & Events Executive,Scottish Chambers of Commerce Podcasts are a great way to stay up to date without having to pause life to scroll through pages of newsfeeds – you can listen while you work, on your commute and...

Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year 2019

A talented teen has netted the title of Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year after saving hundreds of thousands of pounds for his seafood manufacturer employer. Nineteen-year-old Jordan Fairlamb was named top apprentice at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, hosted by Skills...

Robert Gordon University – a leader in the provision of work-based learning

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has a long-standing reputation for its extremely close links with business and industry. This close collaboration allows the university to develop a demand-led curriculum which is tailored to the needs of employers RGU continues to implement...

Employers urged to support Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2020 will celebrate the diversity that makes work-based learning good for individuals, employers and the economy. Co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, the Week will take place from 2-6 March with a theme of ‘Talent Without Limits’. Scottish Apprenticeships...

Graduate Apprenticeships: adapting to a rapidly changing world

Balfour Beatty has a long history of developing talent and its workforce through employing apprentices. Meeting Scotland’s critical skills needs through Graduate Apprenticeships Hector MacAulay, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty’s Scotland and Ireland construction business Modern apprenticeships are a key part of the building blocks...

Can you afford not to be coaching?

For many organisations, the people they employ are the most valuable assets they possess, but some are still on the starting blocks when it comes to understanding the full importance of investing in developing their employees. People development is not...

Online Dangerous Goods Training

EU and international legislation states that all staff directly or indirectly involved in the transport of goods classed as dangerous by air, road, sea, rail, or inland waterway, must receive training appropriate to their job. Choose FTA’s cost-effective Online Dangerous Goods...

Step into a strategic role

Aneesh Batra was looking to propel his career forward when he applied for an MBA. In this issue, Aneesh explains why one particular course stood out from the crowd and how it took his career to the next level. “Soon...

If you think cyber security is expensive – You are wrong!

If you run a business in the UK and use any kind of technology, you are at risk from a cyber-attack. This is a fact. I’m not scare mongering and there is lots of supporting evidence to support my...

When it comes to meeting and conference facilities in central Scotland, University of Stirling Venues is the professional planner’s choice.

Reassuringly consistent, our award-winning team will work closely with you to plan and deliver on everything from private board meetings and working lunches, to large scale conferences and exhibitions. Set into 330 acres of stunning grounds, you will find a venue...

A life-changing experience

“An MBA is about far more than an education or a qualification, it informs your whole life,” observes Abhishek Singh, an alumnus of the Adam Smith Business School. Abhishek’s quest to study an MBA was inspired by the business journals...