Thisweek’s training newsCivil servants gain new blended learningsoftwareTheHome Office is introducing 15,000 civil servants to new software programmesusing a blended learning scheme which involves 300 instructor-led seminars,bespoke e-learning and live coaching. Designed by KnowledgePool, the training will aid the move toMicrosoft Windows XP and Office XP from older versions of the software. It willbe delivered through briefing seminars and an accompanying e-learning course,with the option of desk-side coaching as the software is installed at eachsite. KnowledgePool hasalso developed a 15-minute video of essential information for those unable toattend the course. The software roll-out should be completed by April 2005. Development goes online for constructionindustryConstructionprofessionals will have online access to a new continuous professionaldevelopment (CPD) service from this week. Developed by CPD provider EinsteinNetworks and construction newspaper Contract Journal (a sister publication ofPersonnel Today), it provides multimedia online training by industry experts.The service includes online video, audio and script delivery; self-assessmentquizzes to ensure understanding; and learning diaries to track personal andemployees’ progress. Contract Journal’s editor Rob Willock said: “This is a ground-breakinginitiative that will allow construction professionals to keep their knowledgeup-to-date at a time, location and pace of their convenience.” Users cansign up for a free seven-day trial at www.cpdconstruction.com.More cash being spent on workplacedevelopmentEmployersare spending more on workplace learning and development -and the trend looksset to continue in the year ahead, according to new research by PersonnelToday’s sister publication IRS Employment Review. Nearly half the employers surveyed (43 per cent) said spending had risenin the past two years, and just one in five said it had fallen. Looking ahead,more than 50 per cent of employers predict that spending will go on risingwhile just one in 10 expects a fall. Employers typically report that pressureto increase their learning and development budgets comes from the introductionof new regulatory climates in their sector, a change in senior management, or arise in staff numbers. The median budget for learning and development at surveyorganisations in 2004-05 is £80,000.www.irsemploymentreview.comMoD offers IT qualifications to its Gurkha soldiersTheMinistry of Defence (MoD) is offering its Gurkha soldiers a range of IT qualifications to helpthem with their duties, and set them up for life after the Army. Withoutvocational qualifications, they may have to return to unemployment in Nepal.The training is part of the Army’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme.Blackpool-based Evolution Technologies is offering the Royal Gurkha Rifles training towardsthe Certificate for IT Practitioners (ICT Systems Support). One soldier,Warrant Officer Thakali,said the course was preparing him for life after the forces. “The ELCgrant has enabled me to pursue this IT training and provide me with essentialskills and excellent employment opportunities when I leave the British armedforces,” he said. Training newsOn 14 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.