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It’s time we start learning from our apprentices say the heads of L&D at Argos, Barclays and BT.

If you’ve been anywhere near the business press (or this blog) you’ll already know that it’s National Apprenticeship Week – and you’ll hopefully know some of the benefits apprenticeships bring. How they can plug skills gaps, boost business growth and should, in time, play a critical part in reducing youth unemployment.

But at the annual Voice of Apprenticeships Conference held yesterday, another fascinating and lesser-known benefit came to light – what apprentices teach us about digital capability. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apprenticeships are on the rise. The past five years have seen a marked increase in the creation of apprenticeship schemes with greater government investment and more and more organisations wising up to the business benefits that apprentices can deliver. The past few years have also seen apprenticeships evolve with the introduction of Higher Apprenticeships; these offer the equivalent of a university degree, providing a work-based learning route into professions which have traditionally been the preserve of graduates. Read the rest of this entry »

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National Apprenticeship Week, which starts today, is all about flying the flag for on-the-job training schemes for young people.

A lot is said about the benefits of apprenticeships, whose numbers have swelled by 77% since the coalition government came to power in 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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At Changeboard, we love engaging with our global HR community, especially through our social media and digital channels. What was everybody talking about this last month? Here’s our round-up of the most talked about topics in February 2014.

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Get to know your peers in the global HR community through our career profile series. Today, we talk to Mike Williams, people development director at De Vere Hotels & Village Urban Resorts about the perks of his role, the proudest moment of his career so far, and why he prefers coffee over tea. Read the rest of this entry »

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The issue of future talent is near and dear to us at Changeboard – our CEO is also the CEO of plotr, a career website for 11-to-24-year olds, and Changeboard covers the issue extensively in our print magazine and our blog.

Now in its seventh year, National Apprenticeship Week starts on March 3 and aims to raise awareness about the importance of youth employment in the UK. Apprenticeship schemes have grown in their popularity over the last few years, but we would like to hear what you think. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just back from a very pleasant city break in Berlin – colder than I, and my extremities, would have thought possible, but at the same time fascinating, evocative and with a story around every corner. We took the step, either brave or foolhardy or both, to fly Ryanair. It’s been a while – I’ve been increasingly put off by the owner’s, at best, ambivalent approach to his customers. Nevertheless, the flight worked perfectly around our schedule and the price was right – what could possibly go wrong?  More to the point, I’ve been bombarded with recent messaging focusing on how the airline is addressing its customer service challenges and its previous enthusiasm to extract additional revenue from its passengers at every turn. Read the rest of this entry »

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The NHS estimates that one in 15 people in the UK are affected by seasonal affective disorder, a type of depression that occurs during winter months that is thought to be caused by a lack of light. With the fallout from the Christmas season (celebration and splurges followed by cold weather and empty bank accounts), it’s no surprise that Friends Life‘s recent survey has revealed that 60% of respondents think winter is the most stressful time of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ford Retail has recently appointed Sharon Ashcroft as their new HR director. After eight years in the company and playing an instrumental part in their £2 million customer services training programme, what are Sharon’s plans for HR success? The new HRD discusses the future with Katie Richard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day has come around again. The shops are filled with sweets and chocolate in a rainbow of reds and you’ve probably noticed that your local M&S is bursting at the seams with flowers. While February 14th’s long and disputed history started with unsavory activities and founded itself as the holiday of romance in the times of Chaucer and Shakespeare, we think it’s time for another reinterpretation, the HR way.

In the UK, people work 1,625 hours per year, so it’s no surprise workplaces have become their own communities. What can you do this Valentine’s Day to show how much you appreciate your colleagues? We have a few ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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