Training & Development

10 years of learning trends

Over the 10 years that the OU has been producing these two reports – Innovating Pedagogy and Trends in Learning – we have researched and analysed a significant number of topics. Each year, researchers from the OU and the organisation...

Webinar shares graduate apprenticeship success stories

Graduate apprenticeships are helping plug digital skills gaps in Scotland, particularly in the business critical area of cyber security. As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (7-11 March), The Open University in Scotland (OUiS) hosted an employer webinar to explore the...

Apprenticeships work for Scotland’s employers

Scotland’s employers are gaining fresh ideas and new talent through apprenticeships that is cutting costs and securing a skilled workforce for the future. Held recently, Skills Development Scotland’s Scottish Apprenticeship Awards shone a spotlight on the value apprentices bring to...

Closing the skills gap with Graduate Apprenticeships

In the first two instalments of Edinburgh Napier University’s Graduate Apprenticeship information series, we answered the questions ‘What are Graduate Apprenticeships?’ and ‘What are the benefits of Graduate Apprenticeships?’ In this final instalment, we will be telling you a...

Benefits of Graduate Apprenticeships

Last week, we answered the question ‘What are Graduate Apprenticeships?’ This week, we will be giving you more information on the benefits of the Scottish professional development scheme. In case you missed it, here is a reminder of what Graduate...

What are Graduate Apprenticeships?

What are Graduate Apprenticeships? Graduate Apprenticeships (GA) at Edinburgh Napier University offer high quality work-based learning to strengthen the skills people and businesses need. Available to businesses of any size in Scotland, they provide a route for new and existing...

Build a brighter future with an apprentice

Scottish Apprenticeship Week returns on 7-11 March 2022, and Business Scotland is supporting the event to show the value of apprentices to people, business and the economy. This year’s theme, ‘Apprenticeships Work’ aims to highlight how apprenticeships are providing the...

Moray College UHI … at the heart of the business community

At the heart of the Moray business community, Moray College UHI has years of experience working with local businesses to provide customised training programmes which support business growth and employee development. Their lecturing and training staff have a close relationship...

Scottish skills gap a long-term challenge for employers

Scottish businesses are suffering from a significant skills gap and they don’t expect the situation to get much better in the near future. So says The Open University’s (OU) Business Barometer Report 2021, produced this year in conjunction with...

British Army joins forces with CrisisCast to develop revolutionary virtual reality training

Working closely in partnership with the British Army, expert disaster and crisis management organisation, CrisisCast, has announced the pilot of a virtual reality platform developed to assist Armed Forces training in human emotions and cross-cultural communications. Project Tyrion, Human Domain...

British Army joins forces with CrisisCast to develop revolutionary virtual reality training

Working closely in partnership with the British Army, expert disaster and crisis management organisation, CrisisCast, has announced the pilot of a virtual reality platform developed to assist Armed Forces training in human emotions and cross-cultural communications. Project Tyrion, Human Domain...

Intelligencia Training launches new Data and Security Apprenticeships

Three apprenticeship programmes added to Intelligencia Training’s portfolio, will provide new training opportunities within Data Analyst, Data Technician and Security Management provisions. Intelligencia Training has announced the addition of the Level 4 Data Analyst Apprenticeship Standard, Level 3 Data Technician...

Water Industry welcomes UK’s first Higher-Level Qualification in Developer Services Management

Following accreditation from Ofqual, training provider Learning & Development Associates (L&DA) has announced the launch of the Level 5 Certificate and Award in Developer Services Management. The new programme, which will represent the UK’s first foundation degree level qualification in...

Exam results highlight greater diversity in future pathways

Reaching the next stop on the new Scottish education exam journey, the community at Robert Gordon’s College is celebrating wider further education choices, exciting future career pathways and a growing interest in US and European university destinations. Robin Macpherson, Head...

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...