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The learning industry is constantly evolving, embracing new technology, new ideas and new operating challenges. So it's crucial we have our finger on the pulse. We bring you the latest, best practice and industry insights. Let Cidori be your resident expert.

Continuous Improvement & Your Business

What is Continuous Improvement? Continuous improvement (CI) is a culture – it keeps the focus on improving the way things are done – on a regular basis. This can happen through progressive improvements to processes or by focusing on achieving larger process improvements. It’s important however not to miss the smaller, incremental changes that when aggregated bring valuable and significant … Continued

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Shifting gear: time to grasp opportunities in electric automotive manufacturing

Governmental priorities, customer expectations, technological innovations, environmental targets. All are driving the growth in battery operated vehicle production in the UK. Propulsion systems represent up to 50% of the value of a vehicle, so there is a considerable economic gain if the UK can position itself at the forefront of developing this next generation technology. … Continued

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Constructing new careers by keeping it local

Political uncertainty and Brexit delays have seen a widely buoyant construction industry chart a more uncertain course according to recent IHS Market / CIPS UK Construction Total Activity Index reports. Yet despite the findings, there remains a steady increase in house building. Particularly in growth areas like Birmingham, where demand is greatly outstripping supply for … Continued

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Driving value through automotive apprenticeships

High value apprenticeships offer entry routes to employment, help people re-skill and change career, increase skill levels and workers’ wages, and enhance productivity which boosts economic growth. Get them right, and the positive outcomes are almost guaranteed. However, a new Social Market Foundation report, Making Apprenticeships Work, has highlighted a large variance in the effectiveness of … Continued

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It’s your Levy pot, make it count like Matalan

From 29 April any unspent Levy funds gradually start to get called in by the Government. It’s time to act if you’ve not started spending your Levy pot and don’t want to lose any of it. A new YouGov survey for Alliance Manchester Business School shows over a third of businesses still know nothing about the … Continued

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Construction training that builds solid careers

Filling 500 jobs in the next six months…that’s the exciting challenge we’re relishing in the Midlands. Whatever you might have heard, the UK construction industry is growing. And right now our construction partners are telling us they need at least 500 trained, willing people to start work on their construction projects. That’s 500 new jobs, … Continued

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What is 5s and how does it work in practice?

A high performing, fully functional workplace is critical for any manufacturing business to run successfully. Much is bandied around about the power of Lean manufacturing tools, but the reality is they’re truly effective and all based on sound, common sense. Once you understand them, and have refocused your entire team around them, the application of … Continued

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Use it or lose it, why the public sector needs to spend its apprenticeship levy

A recent press report has revealed that more than two-thirds of Whitehall’s apprenticeship levy pot remains untouched more than a year after the Apprenticeship Levy was first introduced. Some departments have not yet touched a penny of their levy pot, with the Department for Education – the government department responsible for introducing the apprenticeship levy – having only spent 4 per … Continued

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How ‘Lean’ is your Office?

Running a Lean office is all about delivering maximum customer value. About streamlining and improving business processes to make customer interactions faster and more efficient, and keep the workforce feeling productive and valued. A common misconception is that Lean only applies to manufacturing processes, yet every business involved with implementing continuous improvement should be Lean, … Continued

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Mind the Gap: functional skills matter

We’ve all seen and heard the reports. Official figures and various Government and other agency reports continue to reveal the struggle that thousands have with Maths and English in the UK. Government data (2012) showed only one in 15 (6.5%) pupils who start secondary school in England “behind” for their age will then go on … Continued

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