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Helmsley Fraser Commits to TAP
Learning provider Hemsley Fraser Group has announced a policy commitment to the TAP (Trainer Assessment Programme) Learning System, the training skills certification programme administered by The Training Foundation.

Under the requirements of the TAP Partners Programme, Hemsley Fraser’s learning professionals will achieve TAP certification following participation in a skills refresher and assessment programme with The Training Foundation.

Iain Lovett, Hemsley Fraser’s chief executive, said: "Being a TAP Partner will now add external accreditation and cross-sector recognition to our internal processes and it was of course uniquely recognised by a Queen’s Award for Innovation. We particularly appreciate the ongoing quality assurance capability provided by our own in-house TAP assessors, which will enable us to ensure that all our clients can be assured of consistent, high-quality service provision."

Audit Commission Takes Dramatic Approach to Promote Diversity
Drama-based learning specialist Steps Drama is helping the Audit Commission to embed a culture of respect amongst its 2,100 employees by co-delivering a training workshop which aims to raise awareness of diversity and encourage individuals to challenge discriminatory behaviour.

Called Managing Change for Diversity & Equality, the workshop combines presentations from senior managers at the Audit Commission with drama scenarios, delivered and facilitated by Steps, that bring the issues to life.

A senior manager from the Audit Commission introduces the workshop and outlines the importance of the training and how diversity and respect fit into the context of the organisation.

Three actor-facilitators from Steps run an initial drama scenario, portraying employees in a parallel workplace who have narrow views and negative attitudes to issues such as work-life-balance, sexual orientation and disability. The delegates, as a group, question each character and give advice on how they might change their behaviour in the future.

Trainer1 Moves Into Russian Market
Trainer1 will be supplying expertise in designing and developing e-learning materials to Business Training Russia (BTR) while BTR supplies the subject matter knowledge and localisation needed to produce market-leading e-learning materials for BTR clients in the Russian market.

"BTR has an excellent reputation with its clients, which include Audi, Bacardi, Sony, Volvo, L'Oreal, IKEA and Diageo. Partnership with Trainer1 will add the experience and expertise to develop the e-learning materials that the Russian corporate sector is beginning to demand," Neil Lasher of Trainer1 said.

Under the terms of the partnership deal, Trainer1 will be working with BTR to help it build a new market position, as well as transfer the knowledge and skills required to recruit and train suitable staff, including instructional designers and training development staff.

Video Arts Library On Demand
Video Arts has a new digital video library that allows users to create and tailor programmes of their choice and access them via a computer, where and when they need it.

Martin Addison, MD of Video Arts, said of the launch: "This initiative delivers content that is dynamic and interactive, making it more accessible and easier to use. We believe this approach could change the way in which companies train their staff in the future, saving HR teams significant time and budget.”

Computeach Partners McAfee
Computeach is to partner with the global network security specialists McAfee for the delivery and administration of reseller product training.

Computeach and McAfee will run a series of training events across the UK, providing technical knowledge and skills for resellers of McAfee’s ‘Total Protection for Small Business’. The ultimate aim of the programme is to enable resellers to maximise sales opportunities for the small business IT security product.

In addition to these events Computeach will provide training to over 100 resellers as well as bespoke materials specifically designed for the new McAfee product. Computeach is providing a managed service, allowing McAfee to focus on core product issues, rather than taking time up with administration.

Duo to Tackle Employee Fraud
BackgroundChecking.com and Training For Success have joined forces to develop new solutions and services to help organisations fight off the threat of employee-instigated fraud.

Training For Success provides training courses and consultancy for the corporate and public sectors to help minimise business threats and increase productivity. Part of Experian, BackgroundChecking.com provides pre- and post-employment screening services, including verification of employment details, Criminal Records Bureau checks, screening of educational, technical and professional qualifications, through to complete financial and fraud checks.

Leeds Invests in Internet Filtering System
Synetrix, a leading UK provider of integrated applications and managed services for the public sector, has delivered a BECTA-approved internet filtering system for the Leeds Learning Network. The system is based on the Netsweeper Internet Filtering system, which holds the education sector’s largest database of approved web sites. Synetrix has integrated the Netsweeper Filtering Systems into its single sign-on capability, which ensures users are into the filtering system as soon as they log on.

The Leeds Learning Network was created by Leeds City Council to fulfil the requirements set out in the Education Development Plan of the Local Authority (LA), as part of the National Grid for Learning. It is a city-wide network that links schools, the LA, libraries and other places for learning in the city of Leeds. Internet and security management.

Ken Blanchard Companies Wins Award for E-Learning Leadership Programmes
The Ken Blanchard Companies provides the ‘Best Leadership Content’ on the e-learning market, according to the readership of US-based ELearning! magazine. E-learning executives and professionals worldwide nominated Blanchard’s blended learning leadership programmes in the magazine’s annual ‘Reader’s Choice Awards.’

"The success of SLII® lies in communication,” said Jamie Grettum, who heads up Blanchard’s e-learning division. “It’s about encouraging organisations to speak a common language. When entire groups of managers and supervisors use the same leadership approach and the same language with employees, and employees get what they need to be successful, you see an improved level of productivity from everyone.”

PTP Train FTSE 100 Companies
PTP Training & Marketing Ltd has increased its volume of business among FTSE 100 companies and is now working with 40% of companies in the listing.

The company which offers in-house and public training courses throughout the UK within the fields of management, customer care, sales and marketing and finance has recently won business from Astrazeneca, BAE Systems, Barclays, BHP Bilton, BOC Group, Capita Group, HSBC, Legal & General, Next and Tesco.

It has also been awarded approved trainer status with 3M and Daimler Chrysler and recognised as a provider of CPD (Continual Professional Development) by The Law Society.

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