News & Insights

We come across lots of new ideas and market news as we travel around. We have set out below some of the latest items that have attracted our attention.

Award-winning Qualifications at Topps Tiles

Topps Tiles, a City & Guilds Kineo customer, recently won the 2014 Adult Learners' Week National Employer Award for commitment to learning and development of their employees.

Topps Tiles have 330 stores across the UK and 1400 retail colleagues. Since bringing their learning and development in house and becoming a City & Guilds approved centre, they have put over 700 people through …

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Compliance Training: 4 Ways to Make it Social & Informal

Yes, compliance is a serious topic and it should be taken seriously, but that doesn't mean you can't engage your employees in fun, social and informal ways.

Since we released our Learning Insights Report last year we've recognised time and time again that there’s so much value in social and informal learning. And yet, there’s also a great deal of hesitation when it comes to including it …

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Onboarding For Sales Teams: Five Ways to Make It Better

Of all your new joiners, people coming into your sales team are the ones you need to get up to speed the fastest.

They’ll make the biggest difference to your top line performance. So you don’t want it to take an age before they’re skilled up and ready to bring in business for you. But it takes time. Too much time. The Harvard Business Review surveyed over 150 sales organisations and …

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Onboarding For Results Webinar [SLIDES & RECORDING]

Onboarding.

Induction. New hire integration. Whatever you call yours, is it as good as it could be? Following the release of our Onboarding for Results guide , we conducted a webinar discussing the importance of integrating empathy into onboarding, providing tips and advice on how you can meet both the new hire's and organisational needs. Newbies, Welcome Onboard Highlighting the …

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Onboarding: A Personal Experience

The recent launch of our new Onboarding For Results guide made me reflect on my own onboarding experiences.

They've ranged from extensive programmes, to completely non-existent. Here I share some of them with you, and also discuss what I think is an effective formula for good onboarding. I’ve worked for small (employee no. 4) and large (employee no. ~40,000) companies, which can best …

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New Qualifications for the Civil Service

Civil Service employees can now get their skills recognised with new City & Guilds Operational Delivery Profession qualifications , developed in partnership with City & Guilds Kineo.

These internationally recognised qualifications will help to improve future career opportunities by upskilling individuals and recognising their existing knowledge and experience with a formal qualification. …

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Trailblazer Apprenticeship for the Civil Service

For the past six months, City & Guilds Kineo have worked in partnership with the Civil Service to develop a range of qualifications , covering the six skills families for the Operational Delivery Profession .

The aim is to now engage fresh talent in the profession, offering a unique opportunity to develop the right competencies, skills and knowledge through continuous professional development, …

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5 Reasons for Open Source in Learning

Although there are still some who still won’t even entertain the thought of using Open Source technologies in a commercial context, in our experience the tide has now firmly turned from why should we? to why wouldn’t we? in business and government alike.

Take a look around you. It’s highly likely that you’re already using Open Source technologies in your office in one way or another: …

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City & Guilds Kineo Celebrate Turning 100 With Release of Interactive Adapt Timeline

It seems like yesterday that we first started Kineo.

But it wasn’t. 100 months is a long time in learning and technology, and there’s been plenty of change along the way – including our acquisition by City & Guilds and re-brand as City & Guilds Kineo. After what has been a fantastic year for CG Kineo ( winning the treble being one of the major highlights), we’ve put a timeline …

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Clive Shepherd Interviews Catherine Jones

Great elearning design doesn’t happen by itself.

It’s a process created by excellent learning designers (and it isn’t easy). Clive Shepherd has been digging deeper in the world of learning design, and discovering how to make engaging learning. As part of his work with e.learning age , Clive has sought to engage with the elearning industry’s most exciting and creative learning designers. …

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What Microsoft Ending Support For XP Means For Your Learning

Something is happening next month which forces those of us who have been ‘in’ elearning for a while feel a bit less young.

If you’re of a certain age, cast your mind back to late 2001… We’d survived the Millennium Bug and we were getting to a point where nearly all our client work was being delivered by a browser. That browser was Internet Explorer 6 and it came bundled with Windows XP. …

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7 Ways to Improve Your Compliance Culture

Companies spend more than $500 billion dollars a year on advertising and it's probably not for the reason you think.

The common belief is that the goal of advertising is to cause an immediate action-- see an ad for pizza -- go buy a pizza. But in fact, what advertisers know is that it takes repeated exposure to a message for it to have impact. Way back in 1885, Thomas Smith wrote the still …

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Elearning Predictions (and Hopes) for 2014

Predicting what will happen in elearning in 2014 is a mug's game, but someone has to do it.

So based on nothing more than my own experience, reflections, and hopes for the year, here are my predictions for elearning in 2014. We will continue to see changes in learning technologies but what matters most is how these are applied in the workplace. It is the creative application of technology …

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Making the most of LT14

It’s that time again.

Many of us organise our January around Learning Technologies, the star in the elearning show firmament. I’m looking forward to seeing clients and industry colleagues at the show. But I’m also mindful that many people are coming for the first time, trying to make sense of what’s new in this ever-changing space. You’re very welcome to the greatest show on earth (or maybe …

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Top Tasks For Learning Departments in 2014

The 2013 Learning Insights report identified a number of key trends and challenges for Learning & Development departments.

In the Slideshare below we set out what departments can do to respond positively to these challenges and highlight ten top tasks. The slides review the key challenges which are emerging as a consequence of a changing world including multi-devices, mobile workforces, …

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The Future of Apprenticeships: Our take on the reforms

On Monday 28th October 2013, Matthew Hancock MP, UK Minister for Skills & Enterprise announced the Government plans to implement an Apprenticeship reform in England which is in response to the Doug Richard’s independent Review of Apprenticeships .

The ‘Implementation Plan’ below sets out how Apprenticeships will be developed, undertaken and assessed in the future. Key recommendations …

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Young people in the workplace

I wanted to share this article that our CEO Chris Jones wrote recently for FE News following the interesting results of some new research by City & Guilds into young people in the workplace.

All too often, young people are labelled in a negative way. The media tends to portray them as self-obsessed and lazy. As a parent, this certainly hasn’t been my experience, and new research from …

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7 ways to keep millennials happy at work

New research from City & Guilds shows that young people are keen to work, and almost two thirds are happy in their job.

With 80% thinking their happiness affects how they perform at work, how do you keep the new workforce happy and productive? 1. Build good relationships Millennials say that getting on well with colleagues is the number one factor affecting their happiness. Create a …

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Careers happiness index

What makes young people happy in the workplace? How do they see themselves progressing in their roles in the future? And who or what inspired them about their careers? Our infographic based on new research by City & Guilds Group has the answers.

Whilst over three quarters of millennials seek vocational training, only half as many (39%) look to academic qualifications to progress …

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Richard Review of apprenticeships

On Friday 17 May, we welcomed a group of key employers to the sumptuous Goldsmiths centre in London for a round table event to discuss and debate Governments response to the Richard Review.

The aim of the event was to give employers the opportunity to contribute to City & Guilds response to the review. Background The Richard Review was originally published in November 2012, compiled …

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CIPD HRD 2013 Review

Last month, the new look City & Guilds team, including Kineo, took part in the CIPD’s annual HRD event in London.

HRD is the event in the CIPD's calendar that focuses specifically on the learning and development aspect of HR. It combines a conference and exhibition and also marks the release of their annual learning and talent development research report. 2013 was the …

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AITD 2013 National Conference Report

With over 400 delegates in attendance at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the 2013 AITD National Conference was a great chance for Learning & Development professionals from the Asia-Pacific region to come together and share valuable insights and hear from a terrific line-up of guest speakers.

While the conference quickly came and went, the Kineo Pacific team were ripe with some astute …

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Top 10 Learning Resolutions 2013

We know you love to-do lists.

Especially when they’re not yours. We put a 2013 Learning Technologies to-do list at the end of our recent Insights Report (missed it? It’s here ). Many of you suggested adding to it. No, we said (very unlike us) – why don’t you add to it and share your 2013 new learning resolution? We’ll make it worth your while and throw in a conference pass to Learning Technologies …

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