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186 weeks ago, by James
Diageo investing £5 million in training
Diageo, the drinks company, is investing £5 million in a training scheme for round 200 graduates. The scheme will be linked to the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup in Scotland.

The graduates will be offered training in bar-tending, hospitality, teamwork and communication.

Commentators have said that it will be good for youth unemployment in the area and there's no doubt that this is true, but are these the sort of jobs that will help graduates pay off their student loans?
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189 weeks ago, by James
Two statistics caught my eye today
According to the Office of National Statistics almost one third of British men aged between 20 and 34 still live with their parents, a rise of 25% since 1996.

Meanwhile a poll in The Daily Telegraph found that 16% of parents admit to doing all of their children's homework, while 66% help in some way.

Is this a worry for providers of e-learning courses?
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193 weeks ago, by James
Honesty
I've just been reading an article on techniques that you can use when you forget what you were going to say. These include repeating what you've just said in a different way, shifting the attention back to the audience and having a standard phrase or anecdote that you can use to buy you time.

How about just smiling and admitting that you forgot where you were? It's what we would do in conversation and I've seen it said many times in training or presentations. If anything it builds rapport.
193 weeks ago, by Pj
Honesty is simply the best policy.
188 weeks ago, by Jackie
I saw someone deliver a workshop in his shirtsleeves, apologising that he'd taken off his jacket because ink had leaked from his pen into the pocket. He received more warmth from the audience at that moment than during any of the 'training'.
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197 weeks ago, by James
Coffee stations
I'm always pleased when I find that a hotel has a self service coffee station. I wonder whether the cost of supporting one justifies itself, given that you don't need to fund so many people.

It's up there with free Wifi on my checklist.
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200 weeks ago, by James
Business? Call back later
I just called a new hotel, the H10 in Waterloo, with a potential booking for 25 people and received an interesting response; 'My colleague who runs meetings and events is busy online at the moment, can you call back in 10 - 15 minutes?'

That's a really interesting approach to new business. It could mean that they're so good that they can treat enquiries as an inconvenience, but I just don't feeling like bothering to find out.
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200 weeks ago, by James
£6 million about to be wasted
Volunteering charity TimeBank and faith-based charity FaithAction are among four organisations sharing £6 million awarded by the Department for Communities and Local Government to provide English language training for long-term UK residents with little or no knowledge of English.

One of the key issues in training is motivation. If people have been long-term residents and not yet been motivated to learn English I wonder what techniques these organisations will be using?

It's a rant, sadly.
200 weeks ago, by Pj
Hopefully the four organisations who received the funding will have prepared detailed tender documents listing exactly how they are going to address that very issue.

That's how it works, right?
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202 weeks ago, by James
Half term
So is half term a rant or a race. On the one hand no-one organises events while it's here but on the other hand it gives you time to catch up with admin tasks. You might even decide to have a break from work - let me know if you need that concept explained ...

So, for now half term isn't going into Room 101. It's a 'rave'.
202 weeks ago, by Pj
Half term mustn't go into Room 101. It's a predictable time which can be used to catch up. Summer holidays go on for too long and it's a shame that no-one wants to do events in the months with the best weather when it comes to outdoor training.
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203 weeks ago, by James
Elmfield Training administration and scandal
The company has received £100m of public funding. £60m of that was to train apprentices for one employer; Morrisons.

Morrisons half year profits to August 2013 were £344m. Aren't supermarket employees generally trained 'on the job' and why is the government funding training for such a profitable organisation?

A Newsnight investigation has revealed various malpractices and the owner took £3 million out of the company in the first year of the Morrisons contract.

What a mess.
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