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

Posted on Feb 16, 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 05, 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?

I’m an uncle to two babies. I live further away than I’d like from my family, so throwing presents in their general direction is the easiest way to my new tiny relatives’ hearts.

But what do you buy for someone that doesn’t know what an egg is? I don’t know if a 1-year-old would prefer Lego, a sticker book, a spice rack or a set o

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

Posted on Jan 28, 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.

It’s tempting to tread this path. It tells the audience in a snapshot what this business is most like without having to go into all the detail. But there’s a problem

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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

Bring AI

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 by Marc Zao-Sanders

Bring AI. Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to your company would be cool thing to do. It’s nowhere near as hard as it may seem.

First, two primers. Skip to section 3 if you know about AI and Machine Learning (ML) already.

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Topics: Artifical Intelligence, Learning

Hands-Free Learning

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by Sam Hennessy

Voice interface will power the next generation of learning apps.

We are entering a new era. An era where we can talk to our computers and they understand not only what we say but what we mean. Consumers are flocking to use these cutting-edge voice interfaces. They are also hungry for new apps that use them. Personal learning and self-development is a huge opportunity that is well placed to flourish in this new era.

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Topics: Technology, Learning

A Look at Online Training - What are the benefits?

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by Deborah Ashby


What has 10 years of IT Training taught me? Humans crave interaction! 

We work in an environment these days very different to when I started working in IT 22 years ago. Almost everything can be done virtually. Mail is sent without requiring a postman, calls no longer require a physical phone, we are not tied to our desks and can work remotely from wherever we please. Companies like Microsoft and Google provide tools such as Office 365 and Google Drive that enable us to access our documents and files anywhere, anytime.

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