What 1,000 CVs and job specs revealed about apprenticeship skills

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by Vinit Patel

Employers and candidates don’t see eye to eye when it comes to apprenticeship skills
The government plans to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. That’s nearly 1 in 10 of the current UK workforce of 32 million, studying to become - or qualified as - an apprentice. We looked at whether there is a ‘skills mismatch’ in the apprenticeship market. And if so, what can employers who train (or are about to train) apprentices do about it?
Here’s what we did:

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I'm 10% sure you'll like this. But I'm not AI.

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by James Wann

If you use Netflix, Spotify, Amazon or almost anything online, you give and take from recommender systems every day. But are they more useful for particular people? Is there anything to gain if you’re already an expert? And how does the future look?

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“Netflix for learning” - don’t be fooled!

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by Vinit Patel


Tl;dr - there is more to software than meets the eye. Don’t be fooled by marketing hype in the form of comparisons to popular consumer products. Those analogies only go so far.

Product elevator pitches are often filled with comparisons to already-successful products and businesses. Very often in the format:
“[Startup’s name] is [fast growth business] for [yet-to-be disrupted sector]”
E.g. Learnyflix is Netflix for workplace learning.

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Not AI

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by Marc Zao-Sanders


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Introducing magpie

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 by Chris Littlewood

magpie is the stack of algorithms that underpin our learning recommendation engine, globalfilter.

Why ‘magpie’?

Magpies are famous in folklore for seeking out glittering content for their nests. They are also intelligent birds, in fact by some measures one of the most intelligent of all animals. So it seemed to fit our intelligent algorithms, tasked with seeking out golden content for our learners.

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Analyse trends using Sparklines!

Posted on Dec 12, 2017 by Deborah Ashby

Excel is packed with tons of useful and powerful features, interesting charts, libraries of formulas and awesome data analysis tools! With such a vast array of functionality it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint features that are easy to use and quickly add value to your work. What I like to call, quick wins! Let’s explore one of these useful features, Sparklines!

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The productivity price of skills

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 by Chris Littlewood

Download the report we commissioned from London Economics to understand the likely impact of skills gaps in your business.

Leading economics consultancy London Economics has analysed the Employer Skills Survey to identify and quantify how shortfalls in skills are impacting UK firms through loss of business to competitors, delayed development and increased operating costs.

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Human Intelligence

Posted on Dec 07, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

As Donald Rumsfeld reminded us in 2002, human knowledge may be divided into known-knowns, known-unknowns, unknown-knowns and unknown-unknowns:

Learning can be thought of as the migration of items from the two quadrants on the right to that on the top-left.

All four quadrants are fascinating - the ingestion and assimilation of countless sensory data (Known-Knowns), its encoding and storage (Unknown-Knowns) and our insatiable, life-long thirst for knowledge (Known-Unknowns) - are all rich subject areas in their own right. They are also all limited in some way by the human brain. Unknown-Unknowns are not limited.

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10 Most Useful Microsoft Excel Tips

Posted on Dec 01, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

30 years since entering the market Microsoft Excel remains the most widely used software by businesses. Despite its wide use, the full capabilities of Excel are still poorly understood. Of 100,000 workers we tested over the past three years, less than half know what Conditional Formatting - an essential feature - even does.

So what are Excel's essentials? We reviewed articles written by Excel experts and combined this with aggregated data from thousands of our users to compile a list of the 100 most useful Excel functions and features including PivotTables, Absolute References, Conditional Formatting and more.

For all those in need of a quick dose of tips to improve their Excel proficiency check out the top 10 tips below. But do download the full 100 and make your way through it to get the most out of this wonderful guide.

So let's start!

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Topics: Microsoft Excel, Learning