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Can Apprenticeships Close Skills Gaps in the U.S.?

Despite the need for more skilled employees, the number of apprenticeships in the U.S. have been declining. Evidence on the effectiveness and return on investment of apprenticeships is strong. There appears to be a real opportunity for apprenticeships in the U.S. Is your organization ready to leverage an apprenticeship model? Growing Skills Gap    According to Accenture 2013 …

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Coats plc, The Oxford Group and Kineo Win Brandon Hall Award

Coats plc, The Oxford Group and Kineo are pleased to announce they have been recognized with a Brandon Hall Bronze Award for Best Blended Program 2014. The prestigious industry award recognizes Coats' Management Capability Development Program (MCD) developed in partnership with Kineo and The Oxford Group.  The MCD is a two-year blended leadership program, which incorporates a smart use of …

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Learning Live 2014 - Key Themes and Presentation Slides

Last week, Learning Live 2014 brought together the collective thinking from the L&D sector, showcasing new ideas, latest trends and fresh insights. Over the two days, City & Guilds Kineo joined in the sharing with two business workshops, focusing on onboarding and multi-device design. Our two sessions were very well received, so we didn’t think it would be fair to keep them to ourselves. …

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Win a Ticket to LearnX with Kineo Pacific

As co-hosts of the annual LearnX Conference, Kineo Pacific is giving the L&D community the opportunity to win a free ticket to the event and awards ceremony, valued at $435 AUD. The winner will also have the opportunity to have an exclusive one-on-one with Steve Rayson, former MD of City & Guilds Kineo and keynote speaker at the event. This year, Kineo Pacific is bringing special guest, …

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City & Guilds Kineo Shortlisted For 3 Elearning Awards

The Elearning Awards are an annual event inviting clients and providers to present their latest work to a panel of independent judges. Comprising of 20 categories across platforms, elearning and blends, it’s extremely competitive to win the coveted Gold Awards. Whittling down over 250 entrants, the independent judging panel have created their diverse shortlist, which highlights the massive range …

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City & Guilds Kineo Launch Totara User Group Webinar Series

Taking place over 3 weeks in October, the Totara User Group webinar series will consist of weekly webinars focusing on a range of insights to ensure you are getting the most out of your LMS.  We know you’re busy, and sometimes a day out of the office (although nice) isn’t always easy to achieve. Which is why our Totara User Group is back with a twist. We wanted to ensure you could attend …

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Reflections From Director Matt Fox

With my time at City & Guilds Kineo coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting on the experience of the last nine years. From start up to a global business. From four people to over 200. From half a million turnover to over £20million. From humble beginnings offering consultancy advice, all the way to pioneering new ways of designing and building content that has turned the industry on its head. …

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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 …

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The Mobile Learning Revolution: Why Is It Happening?

Last year in our Learning Insights Report we identified the growing challenges faced by learning delivery, mainly stemming from a more fragmented, more mobile and more global workforce; and from the speed of change. Organisations now have to contend with multiple channels for delivery, multiple devices and time constraints. Like it or not, we’re now in the middle of a mobile learning revolution. …

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Market Update August 2014

Sadly this will be my last market update as I leave City & Guilds Kineo at the end of August. Since starting the company with my colleagues in 2005, I have written over 90 monthly market updates for Kineo (and CG Kineo) and thought I would take this opportunity to look back at the changes in the bespoke/custom elearning market and changes in the technology underpinning elearning content. …

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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 in a learning …

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City & Guilds Kineo to Deliver Workshops at Learning Live 2014

On September 10 & 11 2014, Learning Live 2014 will take place in London. Bringing together world-class speakers, a multitude of workshops & keynote speakers from thought leaders within the world of L&D, there’s ample scope to learn something new. We’re set to deliver two different workshops at the event, covering the key steps to getting onboarding right as well as highlighting …

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First "Adapt Hack" Bursary Announced

Adapt Learning are inviting technology enthusiasts to join the first ever 24-hour "Adapt Hack" taking place at Culture Tech , on September 17. To compliment this event Adapt Learning collaborators have created a bursary to fund one lucky winner’s attendance. Culture Tech is a week-long celebration of creative innovation set in the heart of Northern Ireland, Derry. Assembling a range of events, …

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City & Guilds Kineo To Host Workforce Development Conference

On September 3, City & Guilds Kineo will bring global clients together in Leicester to host their first Workforce Development Conference, showcasing real-life examples of the impact apprenticeships, qualifications and accreditation can have on a business. See How Global Brands Are Doing It Gathering top brands including British Gas, KFC, Countrywide and Barclays to share their experiences …

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Accidental Instructional Designer Webinar [SLIDES & RECORDING]

Whether your journey in instructional design is planned or accidental - how can you prepare yourself, or continue to develop your skills and knowledge for a thriving career in instructional design? Last week, we sat down with Cammy Bean in a special global webinar, where she shared insights, tips and her own experiences in the wild world of instructional design.  Newbie ID? Here's a Great …

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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 found …

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Market Update July 2014

It is a real challenge to precisely define an accurate market place or UK frame of reference for City & Guilds Kineo Qualifications and Learning. The best approach is probably measured as a combination of Private and Public funded education and skills programs using government and employer statistics for these areas – and there are many estimates depending on what is or isn’t included. Defining …

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City & Guilds Kineo Welcomes New Managing Director

The City & Guilds Group, the global leader in skills education, has appointed Matthew Johnson as the Managing Director of City & Guilds Kineo. Matthew will lead the Group’s global services for employers, helping more than 200 businesses develop skilled workforces across the world. Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group said: ‘Over the last 15 years, Matthew has …

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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 need …

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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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Adobe Captivate 8 Review

The latest version of Adobe's Captivate elearning authoring tool was released just over a month ago, but is this the best version yet? Or is it too similar to previous versions with just a few extra features added in for good measure? The last couple of versions of Captivate have had some good features such as HTML5 publishing, but there's also been some disappointments, such as Interactions, …

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Market Update June 2014: Adapt Open Source Elearning

The elearning authoring tools market has largely been populated with proprietary tools that the user or organisation licences on a per-user, per-year, or sometimes even per-publish basis. Tools from well-established providers including Articulate, Adobe with the Captivate Suite and Lectora have had significant uptake. They’re all great, and we’ve used them extensively at City & Guilds Kineo – …

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