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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 …

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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 through …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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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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Queen's Speech Promises 2 Million Apprenticeships by 2015

This year's Queen's Speech made a number of promises around youth education and employment in the UK, focusing on GCSE's, A-levels and apprenticeships, and emphasised a commitment to 'continue to deliver the best schools and skills for young people'.

But in order to deliver on these promises for apprenticeships, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, believes that …

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CG Kineo to Discuss the Key Steps to Onboarding Success at LT Summer Forum

City & Guilds Kineo are to showcase some of their latest client work at the Learning Technologies Summer Forum, taking place at Olympia, London on 17th June.

They will also be delivering a free seminar that showcases effective onboarding techniques, and releasing a new guide at the show. The Summer Forum is the follow-up event to Europe’s biggest Learning Technologies & Skills …

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The Next Big Thing? 4 Learning Ideas for Generation C

I recently spent three days in Washington DC at the ASTD (which was re-branded mid-show to ATD ) discussing mobile, social and online learning.

When I wasn’t working the Kineo booth I was wandering the floor and attending sessions. Too often, tradeshow and conferences serve as a depressing reminder of how little changes in the training world. But actually, I came away energized and excited …

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A Recap of ASTD 2014 from Cammy Bean

At ASTD ICE this year in Washington, DC, the theme was change.

Change, that one constant in the universe and even solid organizations like the American Society for Training and Development are not immune. Nor should they be. The Big Thing from this year’s conference was the unveiling of ASTD’s new name and identity. Overnight, the overhead banners and kiosks and onsite branded all …

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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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