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Needing a bit of inspiration in your quest for a better career through 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. Our professional development articles are a combination of staff research, the top tips from the UK's premier training providers, and contributions from our readers.

Last updated: 18 Jul 2017
Last updated: 23/02/2018

Which project management qualification? PRINCE2, APM or PMI

Many current and aspiring project managers wonder which project management qualification will give them the best chance of reaching their career goals: PRINCE2, APM or PMI?

The truth is that there is no one-size-fits all answer. Parallel Project Training explores the advantages of each qualification and explains the factors you need to consider in order to make the best choice.

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Last updated: 18/06/2018

CMI vs. ILM: which one should you go for?

There will be few managers out there who haven't heard of the ILM and CMI - they both enjoy reputations that have made them well-known and well-respected across the globe.

So which one has the qualification that's right for you and your career goals and dreams? Choosing won't be easy, but this article presents some key facts about both bodies that may help you decide.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Unlocking the Value in Your Training Budget with Training the Trainer

Internal training and knowledge-sharing are key to organisational success, but training doesn't come naturally to everyone - trainers need to develop a specific skillset in order to succeed.

And that's why Training the Trainer courses can help you unlock more value for your organisation than you ever thought possible. Melanie Windle, trainer for sales and business training company MLP, explains how.

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

3 Predictions for the Learning & Development Sector in 2015

In order to counter the UK's growing skills gap, Learning & Development departments will need to find new ways to encourage & engage staff in training that will allow them to stay competitive in their markets.

But how will they get there? Nick Fernando, Head of Content at Filtered.com, explains why adaptivity, simple complexity and bottom-up content curation will rule the roost in 2015.

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Last updated: 27/01/2015

Business Writing Skills - How to Improve 'Readability'

In order to be effective, a document doesn't just need to be well-written and contain useful information - it needs to be readable.

Readability is affected by a number of different factors including punctuation, paragraph structure and layout. Follow ProSeminar's top tips to make sure you find the right balance and get your documents read!

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Starting your own business: why do it?

If you've been doing the same thing for too long and feel like you need to make a clean break, why not consider a change to a career as an entrepreneur?

Starting your own business will require a lot of hard work, but there are some perks that can make the journey seriously worth your while.

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Last updated: 09/03/2018

7 worrying symptoms of a weak organisational culture

Is your culture ready for change? Do you innovate enough to be ahead of your competitors? Is your staff 100% committed to your business vision and mission?

Discover the worrying signals and make the changes that can strengthen your corporate culture and inspire your team to grow.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Health & Safety incentive schemes: the case for and against

It isn't just about compliance: promoting an effective health & safety culture in your organisation requires motivating employees to change their behaviours for the better.

Are incentive and reward schemes a good way to achieve this? In this article, we set out the case for and against, with views from leading industry professionals. 

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Last updated: 22/04/2016

4 reasons why taking a course is better than watching a YouTube video

Now that we have an instructional YouTube video for virtually any topic under the sun, we can just forget about training altogether, right?

Wrong. Though employees may think that they can learn everything they need to from a YouTube video (or Google search), we have at least 4 reasons why that's not the case.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Are you ready for new challenges?

Itching to do something new? Rest assured that you are not alone: according to recent research, up to 75% of UK employees applied for a new job in 2014.

It can be a daunting prospect, but as long as you are prepared for the leap, there is no reason why you shouldn't succeed.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Improving Business Skills - How to Write an Effective Report?

Though the pace of modern business continues to increase, sometimes you just need to stop and ask yourself: what is the purpose of this action or task?

Report writing is no exception. Business documents need to facilitate decision-making, and you can make sure you achieve this goal by following some simple but effective writing principles.

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

5 Networking Styles You'll Recognise Next Time You Take a Course

Networking is a key aspect of business, but approaches to networking (much like communication styles) can vary quite significantly depending on the person and the event.

Some are "Social Butterflies" that crave the spotlight, others are more detached "Business Card Collectors". Which are you?

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Presenting with Confidence – Handling Presentation Nerves

Delivering a good presentation requires excellent content, structure and technique, but also the ability to handle nerves and convey information with confidence.

It's not easy, but knowing a few tricks of the trade is a great place to start. In this article, Philip Moon of ProSeminar International emphasises the importance of good preparation and a positive 'inner-dialogue'.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Much aMOOC about nothing?

Everyone is talking about MOOCs these days. As completely open courses attracting hundreds of thousands of users from across the world, many are wondering just how big they can get.

But is the MOOC a rising star or just a one hit wonder? Here are some key facts to help you make up your mind.

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Last updated: 20/11/2014

The need for plain English in education & training

Skills are key to ensuring that individuals are able to reach their personal and professional goals, while helping businesses attract the talent they need. But what happens when jargon makes it nigh on impossible to understand what a person is able to do so? The Plain English Campaign tells Findcourses.co.uk about their quest to tackle 'qualification confusion'.

Topics: Qualifications
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Last updated: 18/07/2017

Giving Cass Art a taste of leadership training for LAWW

Each year, Findcourses.co.uk matches training providers with companies looking to organise some kind of taster session or learning activity as part of their Learning at Work Week celebrations.
After matching art supplies company Cass Art with training provider Leadership in Action, we caught up with trainer Graham Field for his views on the event.

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Last updated: 17/03/2016

10 email etiquette rules to remember

No one talks much about netiquette anymore. But with the pace of modern business steadily increasing, the temptation to "cut corners" or simply pay less attention to our digital behaviour can be pressing too.

Not to worry though: we've compiled our top 10 rules of email etiquette for anyone needing a little refresher.

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

Cross-cultural communication: what to expect

Business revolves to a large extent around relationships, and relationships require effective communication to be built.

But different countries and cultures have different values that will affect how they communicate, making misunderstandings hard to avoid. So what are the key traits to consider when interacting with different cultural groups?

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Last updated: 30/03/2016

9 tips to getting the salary you want

Maintain eye contact, get your numbers straight and play to win.

These are just some of the things that can contribute to a successful salary negotiation that helps you achieve the result you are after, without ruining your relationship with your boss.

Topics: Career Tips
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Last updated: 18/03/2016

7 ways to motivate your staff

Do you strive to work with staff who are driven and motivated to succeed? As a manager, you have the potential to make a big difference when it comes to influencing attitudes in the workplace.

Here we present the 7 top factors that will influence your ability to motivate your staff.

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U.K. L&D Report: 2018 - Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy

Are you curious about the L&D strategies of some of the U.K.'s top companies?

Find out what they're up to in findcourses.co.uk's first annual U.K. L&D Report!

UK L&D Report

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