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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: 24 Mar 2017

The Changing Face of Apprenticeships

Published: 22/03/2017

UK apprenticeships are getting a major face lift this year with the introduction of new funding and standards. But how is the initiative changing perceptions of apprenticeships? Findcourses explores.

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The Apprenticeship Levy: What You Need to Know

Published: 01/03/2017

UK apprenticeships are undergoing a major reform. Quality standards and frameworks are being reformed to better meet employer and learner needs - and the way apprenticeships will be funded is changing. Find out how it will work and what you need to do to prepare and benefit from the initiative.

Changes to UK Qualifications 2017

Published: 12/01/2017

With a new year comes new changes to qualifications and certifications in the UK. Here at FindCourses, we’ve put together an overview of the most significant updates and ongoing reforms you need to be aware of to stay up to date in your field, including plans for accrediting bodies, changes to exams and frameworks, and major qualification reforms. Find out the essentials!

FCA Professional Development Guide

Published: 08/12/2016

Developing your career in financial services can seem like a daunting prospect – particularly when trying to understand Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) qualifications and requirements. Here at FindCourses, we’ve unpicked some of the complexity and put together a handy guide to understanding FCA requirements for professional development in finance.

Tags: FCA , Finance
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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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Want A Career In HR? Here’s What You Need

Published: 13/11/2015

If you are looking for a career in HR but are unsure as to what you need to get noticed, you’re in the right place. There are numerous different roles that fall underneath the broader umbrella of Human Resources, but there are a few things that will certainly help to push your CV to the top of the pile.

Bad attitudes and responsibility-shirking: the most irritating work behaviours revealed

Published: 13/11/2015

Findcourses.co.uk research investigates different sources of irritation in the workplace, finally shedding light on the behaviours that make managers and employees tick.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Internal Training

Published: 04/11/2015

Internal training enables professionals to receive training courses that tailors their expertise according to the unique necessities of their respective companies. Professionals do not have to leave their workplaces to receive this training. That saves both time and energy and the training is proven to be more efficient in that way as individuals receive hands-on experience relevant to their career profile. Before arranging internal or in-house training, companies should consider both positive and negative aspects in order to measure the extent of benefits one can receive through this type of training.

Profiting on a Healthy Work Environment

Published: 03/11/2015

From healthcare schemes to the treadmill desk, the workplace environment is becoming increasingly health conscious and it could be beneficial to business financial health, not just the employees wellbeing. Over the years organisations have noted high employee turnover rates, absentees due to illness in addition to time off through exhaustion or other health related issues. How can making the workplace environment help an organisation's profitability?

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Authoritarian leadership: Cases For and Against

Published: 28/10/2015

An authoritarian leadership style is used when a leader manages strategies and techniques, chooses what objectives are to be accomplished, and coordinates and controls all exercises with no significant cooperation by the subordinates. Read this article to discover the pro's and cons of this leadership style.

Tags: Management
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How to Manage a Project Schedule with a Gantt Chart

Published: 23/10/2015

A Gantt Chart is one of the many tools available to project managers and has been in use (in its present form) for decades. It is a simple way to display and monitor project tasks, their inter-dependencies, their deadlines, changes to tasks and important milestones. There are many more sophisticated tools available to a project manager but this basic tool is the perfect opportunity to get to grips with the techniques and skills required to manage a project schedule without getting bogged down in the functionality of a more complex software tool, which may add little to a project manager's fundamental skill set.

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