Training

Giving School Leavers the Skills to Succeed

Rachel Kay | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Kay

Providing essential training in these commonly used programs can give young people a head start, and ultimately enable them to be more productive a better asset to their team and the wider organisation...

Triathlon Race Day Advice

Jo Scott-Dalgleish | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Sport
Jo Scott-Dalgleish

Race day nutrition can unquestionably help you to perform better. If you want to go faster, you should make nutrition a focus... There are no universal rules. Though Usain Bolt is a special case and 100m is a very different discipline to triathlon, he found what suited him as a pre-race meal and stuck to it. Though I wouldn't recommend chicken nuggets to my clients!

Triathlon Training Advice

Jo Scott-Dalgleish | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Sport
Jo Scott-Dalgleish

It's important to emphasise carbs in the meal and snack before your training session. If you're training in the middle of the day, breakfast should be very substantial. If you're planning an evening training session, you should make lunch the big one.

The UK Skills Crisis Coverage Fails to See the Big Picture - A Changing World of Work

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

This is a perfect storm scenario. Countries such as the UK, with a history of dominance and empire and educational excellence, need to look beyond the obvious. The world is going to be a very different place in just a couple of decades. Economic and cultural hegemony is not a birthright and can easily shift to the east throughout this century.

Building the talent pool of the future

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

It was demoralising to see The Times' report that "almost a quarter of graduate employers have complained of being unable to fill vacancies despite record numbers of school leavers going to university." Once again, a 'mismatch' between what graduates can offer and the knowledge and skills asked for by employers has been blamed.

ADCAN - the Cannes-tidote to Commercials Awards

Brydon Gerus | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Brydon Gerus

So, once again the lions have returned home in their prides from this year's largest advertising awards festival in France, the Cannes Lions - an event which, in the advertising industry translates to: line your stomachs, update your LinkedIn profile pics and don't forget your sunscreen.

Indian Food, Can It Really Aid Weight Loss?

Bini Ludlow | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Bini Ludlow

Thanks to the flavourings used there isn't the need to overcomplicate dishes with rich creams and butters. Plus curries by their very nature provide a slow release of energy, perfect for anyone undergoing an intensive training regime.

The End of the Academic Year Is Upon Us - With Both Students and Business Facing the Same Choices About 'Investing' in Future Capabilities

Leo Quinn | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK
Leo Quinn

Across the country, tens of thousands of students are getting ready for the end of the academic year - and facing one of the most crucial decisions of...

You're Never Too Old to Learn a New Trick

Chris Jones | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Chris Jones

Everyone has a talent. You might just not know it yet. And as this week is Adult Learners' Week, surely now's the time to discover it? As we celebrate adult learners, and the opportunities learning can lead to, we should all think about how we can continue to develop skills, and try something new.

The Seven Days of Learning

Kevin Young | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK
Kevin Young

Staff training and skill development should always be seen as a valuable method to improve productivity, staff morale, business agility and ultimately drive increased sales and business growth.

Building the Future: Women in Construction

Meg Munn | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

It will not be a surprise to hear that the construction industry has some of the lowest numbers of women workers in any sector of the economy. With around 11% of the workforce, and as little as 1% of the manual trades, there is little concern in the industry and only modest attempts to change it. Do the low numbers of female workers in construction matter?

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen - New Recruits

Danny McCubbin | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Over 10 years ago now Jamie Oliver had an idea that he could take 15 young people who had no formal training in cooking and over the period of a year teach them all to be top class Chefs. Jamie believes that anyone can cook...

Onwards and Upwards - Add Incline Walking to Your Exercise Routine

David Kingsbury | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Kingsbury

For some reason the metabolic response in women is greater (perhaps because they have more body mass in their buttocks and thighs). But whatever your gender, acceleration of calorie consumption and burning of fat tissue are additional health benefits incline walking has to offer.

A Drop in Youth Unemployment and a Rise in Apprenticehships: Why Vocational Learning Is Driving the Green Shoots Emerging in Wales This Spring

Scott Waddington | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Scott Waddington

Spring has sprung here in Wales, and brought with it a number of green shoots in the process. According to recent labour market statistics, youth unemployment (16-24) is falling faster in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

Talent management and retaining our rising stars

Victoria Fox | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Victoria Fox

The advertising industry is in transition. In this, the most auspicious period and disruptive period in recent history, attracting, growing and retaining agency talent is critical. But in this unprecedented market, what does 'talent' even look like?

Ten Lessons Triathletes Can Learn To Improve Their Swimming

Rob Popper | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Popper

What works on dry land most definitely does not work in the water. Our leg muscles (especially the quads and the hamstrings) that have been so wonderful at propelling us land-based bipeds around for a million years or so are not very effective at moving us through the water when doing front crawl.

Eight Things That Happen When You Sign Up to a 10K Race

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy May Sitch

You pretend to know what phrases like: "par two hours", "anaerobic threshold" and "inclined gradient" mean. When all you're really familiar with is "hitting the wall".

The Art of Being Authentic

Adrian Kirk | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Adrian Kirk

When we experience someone being genuine we believe them. Be that a politician, someone asking for help at work, or the member of staff in a store who genuinely seems interested in helping us. We notice when people are being real, when they forget about trying to impress but come from a genuine desire to connect with us in that moment.

Top 10 Tips for Triathlon Training

Rob Popper | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Sport
Rob Popper

I have been a triathlon coach for 9 years. Here are a few things that I have learnt along the way. A few you may not have heard before, a few you probably have heard before but are worth repeating, but all of them will help you achieve your goals.

Training: Inbetweeners Shouldn't Suffer

Kevin Young | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Kevin Young

While on family duty over the recent half term holiday, I was forced to sit down and watch The Inbetweeners for the first time. When it comes to TV sitcoms, I'm more of an 'Allo! 'Allo! man, and must admit it had never crossed my mind to sit down and experience life through the eyes of Will, Jay, Simon and Neil.

Teaching Needs to Be a Career as Well as a Calling

Ben Nicholls | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Nicholls

"Oh, God, not another one!" shrieked my friend, draining her drink in what should probably have been two gulps. I'd just told her, very tentatively, that whilst I hadn't considered teaching seriously as a career when I was younger, I can now see its appeal...

Your Future, Your Ambition

Jenny Garrett | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

The iniative is the latest London-wide project receiving her focused attention. Yvonne is part of the event organising team under the leadership of Tunde Akintokin of Cisco Systems enlisting the support of at least 20 main corporate organisations to help shape the hearts and minds of society's future leaders...

London Marathon: Coping With Injury

Jack Wilson | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Wilson

I keeping seeing other runners, running with their precious perfectly functioning knees and I hate them all. Yes, I'm bitter. Can't even begin to imagine how gutted real athletes must be training for 4 years for one day/event only to be injured.

London Marathon - Finding Your Charity Fundraising Stress-Raising?

Jack Wilson | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jack Wilson

Even though I work for a charity, I am rubbish at asking for money. Sometimes I feel more apprehensive about the fundraising than the actual training. Like most Brits, I have a deeply ingrained irrational fear of 'bothering' anyone. Yes it is a challenge and yes it can be hard work but I have to keep reminding myself that it's so worth it in the end.

What Sports Psychologists Can Teach the Ad Industry

Luke Morris | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Luke Morris

Racing at 90mph, head-first, down an artificially frozen hill with more twists and turns than Silverstone... with no steering... on a tray. It takes a special kind of person to take up the Skeleton, with a unique set of skills: split-second decision making, nerves of carbon-fiber and razor-sharp clarity of mind...