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Needing a bit of inspiration in your search for the right course for your professional development? We know it can be tricky and that's why we started Findcourses.co.uk in the first place: to help you make the right training choices. We strive to make it easier for individuals and companies of all kinds to find the training options that suit them best.

Last updated: 16 Nov 2016

RQF replaces QCF: What you need to know

Published: 11/11/2016

Curious about the new Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and how it differs from the previous Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)? Find out all you need to know about the change and learn how it impacts both learners and awarding organisations.

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Increasing Demand for UK Professional Training in the UAE

Published: 28/10/2016

Amidst the typical emails we receive at our professional development search engine Findcourses.co.uk, we noticed a surprising new segment of users looking for training. Last year, we began receiving a rapidly growing number of users seeking professional qualifications from a country code I didn’t immediately recognise: +971, the United Arab Emirates.

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Professional Training in the UK - FAQs for International Visitors

Published: 03/10/2016

Business or pleasure? Traveling to the UK for professional training combines both: it gives you insight into the most popular training options, internationally-recognised qualifications and gives you the opportunity to learn in a diverse, global environment. Learn the steps for studying abroad as a professional in the UK including which visa you will need.

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Time to Train Government Initiative - Take Off Work to Train!

Published: 03/10/2016

You might be legally entitled to request time off work to gain new skills and knowledge. Time to Train is a Government initiative designed to empower employees to request time off from work for training, with the ultimate goal of enhancing skills across the UK workforce. Learn if you qualify and how to apply!

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Training Needs: Providers vs. Learners Survey

Published: 13/09/2016

Training providers and learners aren’t always on the same page. To bridge the knowledge gap, we asked training providers and buyers their opinions on hot topics in training. Read about our findings!

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HR and L&D: External Training Report

Published: 13/09/2016

We surveyed 395 Human Resources and Learning & Development users to learn more about their employee training practices. Read the report!

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Advertising Trends: Higher Education Vs. Continuing Professional Development

Published: 13/09/2016

While both operating in the education sector, universities and private training providers take rather different approaches when it comes to their marketing activities. In addition to collecting data from training providers, Findcourses recently surveyed a number of UK universities regarding their marketing budgets and the allocation of resources across different marketing channels. Read the results!

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Top 10 Training Areas in the UK

Published: 13/09/2016

The secret's out! Here is our list of the most popular training topics UK companies request external training providers to fill! We've broken down our most popular categories into in-house, public courses, and e-learning.

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Digital Marketing Trends Every Training Provider Should Know About

Published: 12/09/2016

We've taken a look at digital marketing trends in the UK and beyond that training providers should know about when formulating their digital marketing plan this year.

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Bespoke Professional Training Trends in the UK

Published: 12/09/2016

Curious about what's going on with bespoke training? We've got the numbers. Read about average group sizes, training categories, and which professionals are searching for company-specific training.

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The Cost of Professional Training in the UK

Published: 12/09/2016

When it comes to choosing a training provider or course, Findcourses’ data shows that price is an important consideration for both individuals and organisations. Although not necessarily a determining factor, the price of a course inevitably affects the decision making process for training buyers. Read our report on the average prices of the most popular training categories in the UK.

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State of the Industry: Training Provider Survey

Published: 12/09/2016

In December 2015, we surveyed 100+ UK and US training providers on the state of the industry, their business prospects and predictions for the future.Due to Findcourses’ established presence in the United Kingdom and our 2015 launch into the United States, we took a new approach to our annual State of the Training Industry Report. This year we are revealing the UK report set alongside the US data.

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How Internet Users Choose Training

Published: 09/09/2016

Throughout 2015, we asked 1,000+ users what they look for when selecting a training course. The results show the most influential factors when booking open, in-house and online training courses.

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Become a better baker for the Bake Off!

Published: 26/08/2016

It's that time of the year again when the summer has begun to wane, the days are getting shorter and the usual big sporting event is finished. Perfect for the Great British Bake-Off to start again! To help viewers who have caught the baking bug, we have picked out a few courses that could improve your skills.

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How to win bids and tenders

Published: 01/06/2016

Bidding, tendering, pitching are all important elements of winning work. Being able to write persuasively, really getting to the heart of customer's requirements and compelling them to decide in your favour is a real skill. Sarah Amery provides insight from 20 years of bidding for Big 4 firms, international engineering consultancies as well as smaller, private organisations.

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How to calculate and maximise ROI on training

Published: 05/05/2016

Training is seen as something hugely valuable to employees and can go a long way in helping to retain them. Research has shown, for example, that training and mentoring are of a high degree of importance to young managers. But what can you do to measure how this perceived value translates into ROI? Here’s some ideas.

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Jedi Knight Alternatives to Excel’s IF function

Published: 22/02/2016

The IF function is a an essential part of any professional's Excel survival kit, but is it always the shortest and cleanest way to do things?

Discover two key alternatives that will make your work quicker and more effective, courtesy of Financial Training Associates.

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The 3 Biggest Training Challenges

Published: 25/01/2016

A survey by Training Provider MBM of HR Managers, L&D Managers, and Training Officers, predominantly in the UK Grocery Industry, revealed that the top 3 biggest training challenges.

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Using Excel's Offset function to amalgamate data (beautifully)

Published: 07/12/2015

Learn how to 'jump' and amalgamate columns using Excel's Offset function with this practical how-to from Financial Training Associates.

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How To Reduce Project Risks

Published: 07/12/2015

Any discussion of project risks needs to mention that all projects have risks; the very nature of a project is not "business-as-usual" – it is something new and different – and that will always pose some measure of risk. What is important is to accept that there will be risks but recognise that they need to be managed in such a way that they are minimised. Projects where risks are actively managed and controlled are more likely to be a success.

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