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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.

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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Apprenticeships: no longer a second-class option

All the signs are that attitudes regarding education are shifting. Students are increasingly aware of the stark realities facing many graduates – no guarantees of higher paying jobs on graduation and inevitable student debt for those taking the university route. So it’s not surprising that many are beginning to think long and hard about a … Continued

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Turning the Levy into language we can all understand

In our previous blog Getting ready for Brexit: Food and Drinks Manufacturing we explored the challenges facing the sector as it prepares for Brexit. It’s not just the food and drink sector facing tough challenges of course. The CIPD’s Resourcing and Talent Planning 2017 survey shows that across all sectors, businesses are expecting one of the biggest … Continued

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Why businesses must take the BIT between their teeth

Any business providing customers with consistent, reliable, and low-cost products and services needs to continually improve its operational processes to stay ahead of the competition. The strategic and financial value of continuous business improvement is obvious: fail to compete effectively and your business will eventually fail. Businesses need to act, and act fast, to make … Continued

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