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Read the latest in L&D news for HR practitioners, managers, and Learning and Development specialists. You'll find research done by the findcourses.co.uk staff, tips from the UK's top training providers, and submissions by our readers who work in L&D.

Last updated: 18 Jul 2017

U.K. L&D Benchmarking Survey: 2018

Published: 16/03/2018

Employee learning is a key element in nurturing talent and driving organisations forward. That’s why we surveyed over 180 HR and L&D professionals from the U.K. to learn how their organisations are investing in talent, how they measure their impact, and what attitudes different levels in the organisation hold about learning.

Virtual Reality for Corporate Training is Here: Are You Ready?

Published: 16/03/2018

Virtual reality is not a futuristic possibility for corporate training. No longer being used exclusively to train in the military, aviation and heavy industries, VR training is being tested and deployed today by a diverse group of organisations from the Royal London Hospital and BT Openreach to McDonald’s and the National Academy for Rail. 

We interviewed professionals from companies who are trailblazing VR in corporate training and asked for their advice to help you get started!

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Learning at Work Week: Innovation in L&D

Published: 15/03/2018

Innovation is anything but business as usual. In May, approximately one million employees in the U.K. are impacted by Learning at Work Week, an annual celebration of learning where companies and organisations, large and small, shake up their routine and dedicate a week to developing their staff. We shared some of the most interesting ways U.K. L&D professionals used Learning at Work Week to innovate in their company.

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Making the Most of the Apprenticeship Levy

Published: 15/03/2018

How can L&D teams overcome resistance and challenges in order to truly leverage the levy?

To find out, we spoke to organisations who have been awarded for their apprenticeship strategy and asked them to share best practice in this emerging territory.

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Promoting a Learning Culture in Your Organisation

Published: 15/03/2018

Top-performing organisations are five times more likely to have learning cultures, suggesting a culture of learning is a key component of business success.“An organisation’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage,” according to Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric. But what does a learning culture look like in action?

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5 Reasons to Take Part in Learning at Work Week

Published: 13/03/2018

Learning at Work Week is a national event that can work as a catalyst to refresh your commitment to learning – why not grasp the opportunity of a fun-packed week of training, provided voluntarily, to normalize learning and acquaint employees with courses and workshops.

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How ZSL London Zoo Connects Learning With Business Impact

Published: 07/03/2018

Emma Brown, Head of Training and Organisational Development at ZSL, explains how she and her team align workplace learning with organisational goals and report their results with impact.

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How Learning Culture Makes Getty Images the Best Place You'll Ever Work

Published: 07/03/2018

Are you curious about what a healthy learning culture looks like? Read our interview with Kim Edwards, Talent and Leadership Development Manager at Getty Images who places learning culture at the heart of talent development.

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Proving the Business Impact of Training: Practical Strategies for Measuring and Presenting the ROI of Corporate Learning

Published: 13/02/2018

Learning professionals know that proving the value of L&D is essential to keeping and increasing the resources at their disposal. According to our survey of L&D departments in the U.K., one of the key differentiators of top performing departments, regardless of industry or size, is their close relationship with senior executives and their commitment to measuring the ROI of corporate learning.

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Proving the Value of L&D: An interview with Jo Rapley

Published: 31/01/2018

Are you interested in measuring the ROI of training but curious to know how other organisations are doing it? We spoke with Jo Rapley, the People & Culture Manager of BPS World which was a finalist in the HR Excellence Awards for Best L&D Strategy in 2017, to learn how she measures and communicates the business impact of L&D.

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How the Met Office uses VR to Train Staff

Published: 31/01/2018

If you're considering incorporating virtual reality into your training mix, read our interview with Helen Caughey, International Learning Consultant and Operational Meteorologist at the Met Office. She delves into why the Met Office began using virtual reality, how they're trying out the technology, and her advice for other learning professionals interested in VR.

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How Fidelity Investments is Using VR to Develop Empathy

Published: 31/01/2018

Fidelity Investments has developed a virtual reality training program to help foster empathy in their contact centers. We spoke with Adam Schouela who drove the project and leads the emerging technology group within the company’s research arm, Fidelity Labs. Learn about how Fidelity introduced VR to employee training and Schouela's advice for launching your first VR training programme.

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Developing a Culture of Learning at Essex County Council’s Essex Social Care Academy – Adult Social Care

Published: 31/01/2018

Are you in an L&D role and unsure of how to transition your staff from a culture of spoon-fed training opportunities to a culture where staff engage with learning opportunities and embrace new technologies? 

We spoke with Will Chaney, Workforce Capability Team Manager at Essex County Council’s Essex Social Care Academy – Adult Social Care, to learn more about how their team has worked to transform attitudes around learning in their organisation. 

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How Companies Can Train Teams with VR: Interview with Peter Halliday

Published: 30/01/2018

A common objection to training employees with virtual reality is that it's difficult to learn collaboratively and build skills together as a team. That's why we were keen to speak with Peter Halliday, Head of Communications at Igloo Vision, a 360 degree immersive projection company that offers a shared VR training platform.

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Are You Ready to Train With VR? Practical Advice from Jeff Bauhmohl

Published: 30/01/2018

Are you considering using virtual reality as part of your employee training programme? Unsure of why or how you could use VR to train or where to start? We spoke with Jeff Baumohl, Vice President of Product Marketing & Alliances at TalentQuest a talent management company offering VR solutions, to offer his insight and advice.

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How Johnson & Johnson Transformed Their Culture Through TEDx Events

Published: 30/01/2018

We spoke with Steve Garguilo whose work with Johnson & Johnson exemplified the big, daring ideas that we think can inspire talent professionals to lead a transformation in their learning culture. One of Steve's most impressive projects was implementing the first-ever corporate TEDx events. Learn about how he did it and his advice for L&D professionals looking to lead cultural change.

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How Farmers Insurance is Using Virtual Reality to Train Employees

Published: 30/01/2018

Farmers Insurance announced its deployment of a virtual reality training program to train claims representatives for home damage assessments on October 25th, 2017. We spoke with Jessica DeCanio, Head of the University of Farmers - Claims at Farmers Insurance who was part of the project team that developed the VR program. 

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Crafting a Business Case for Learning: Practical Advice from Jack Phillips, Ph.D.

Published: 30/01/2018

According to our survey of L&D departments in the U.S., one of the key differentiators of top performing departments, regardless of industry or size, is their close relationship with senior executives and their commitment to measuring the ROI of corporate learning. We’ve asked Jack Phillips, Ph.D. and Chairman of the ROI Institute who has helped thousands of global companies and public se ...

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How Pepper UK Built and Nurtured a Culture of Learning

Published: 30/01/2018

We spoke with Sian Musial at Pepper UK whose Learning at Work Week activities caught our attention. Musial helped engage every level of her organisation in silo-breaking networking events centred around learning, helped discover and develop subject-matter experts, all while introducing the company to new learning technologies. Learn about how she is working to further develop a learning culture in a company that has grown from 49 staff members to 320 in just six years.

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How Alzheimer's Research UK Used Virtual Reality to Spread Public Awareness

Published: 30/01/2018

Interview with Timothy Parry, Director of Communications & Brand at Alzheimer's Research UK. Learn about how Alzheimer’s Research UK developed an app to further public awareness about dementia and how organisations from around the UK seized on the opportunity to help their staff better understand dementia.

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