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Traineeships; a great recruitment tool and more…

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

The problem of high youth unemployment is something that all of us should be concerned about. Employers are often surveyed and the key point that they raise is that young people just don’t have the experience they are looking for. Here is the age old Catch 22 – you have to have experience to get the job, but you can’t get experience unless you develop the skills on the job. So how can this be solved? Traineeships is one answer. They are funded by the government with the aim of helping young people get valuable and real work experience, as well as developing other skills that employers are looking for like communication and teamwork. A Traineeship is tailored to the needs of the individual and employers. Here’s how they work:


Will your business pay an Apprenticeship levy?

Written by // Vega Sims Categories // HR and Training

The Government is introducing a new Apprenticeship Levy starting from April 2017. The levy will affect employers with a payroll of more than £ 3 million a year and will be put in place to encourage organisations to invest in skills through Apprenticeships. How will Apprenticeships work for non-payers?


Budget for Business?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Finance

George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered his eighth budget. He has revised the UK growth figures down to 2% which he states will still means that we have the fastest growth from a western economy. He has also announced that the UK will have a million new jobs by 2020. With changes to corporation tax and small business relief what are the key points from the budget that may impact on your business?



Millions Lost to Bogus Boss Fraud

Everyone it seems is under attack from fraudsters who want your money. Email Phishing is one of the most common ways to relieve individuals and businesses of their cash.  There are many ways they can do this, but there is a new kid on the block ‘confidential transaction fraud’ or CEO Fraud, that has seen businesses across Europe (particularly France) and now here in the UK lose vast sums of money to these fraudsters. In France one company lost €32 million and it is estimated that in total since 2010 French firms have lost €465 million. Businesses of all sizes have been targeted. If you haven’t heard about it, now is the time to find out more on how it’s done.


Traineeships Support your Business

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In England in 2014 (the latest figures on the government website) local authorities estimated that 82,320 16-18 year olds were not in employment, education or training. The government introduced the Traineeship programme to help support young people like this. It is aimed at 16-24 year olds and allows them to gain essential skills and experience to enable them to secure an Apprenticeship or employment, but how does this support your business? 


How Important are Appraisals?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

Appraisals bring a mixed reaction from staff. Some love them, others dread them and some it seems never have them at all! According to recent research by Enterprise Study a fifth of new employees did not receive an appraisal in their first year. It also found that of those people who had had one, 43 per cent had to request one, of which 27 per cent had to wait 6 months for it. 

These figures would suggest that organisations do not feel the value of an appraisal, so do they really bring value to your business? Are they worth the effort?



Chancellor Extends Shared Parental Leave to Working Grandparents

Categories // HR and Training

An announcement by the Chancellor George Osborne has opened up an interesting dilemma to businesses. His new policy for supporting working parents is to extend the shared parental leave to grandparents. This may send a few shivers down the backbone of some bosses but what will be the actual impact?


Signs, Causes and Impact of Stress at Work

Categories // HR and Training

As we prepare for fireworks and bonfires give a thought to the 4 November which is National Stress Awareness Day. We all say we are ‘stressed’ from time to time, but in 2014-15 the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) report on stress stated that 45% of all working days lost to ill-health and that’s 9.9 million work days, were lost to stress.  So what is stress, how do we spot people with it and what can we do to help?


Hire or Fire ‘Yes People’?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

If you are looking for an easy life as a manager you might think that surrounding yourself with ‘Yes People’ is the answer. But as a manager or owner of a business do you want to surround yourself with people that only agree with you? Will this allow you to make the best business decisions and get the most out of your staff?


Holiday pay, avoid expensive back dating

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In a recent case, Lock v British Gas Trading, a tribunal awarded back dated holiday pay based on additional criteria other than standard hours of pay, in this case taking into account the employees commission. There have been a number of cases at tribunal about holiday pay. The main areas that are up for debate other than commission based pay are those on variable pay, shift premiums, overtime and discretionary bonuses.

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