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The Chartered Institute of Marketing has appointed Sir Paul Judge as its president. Sir Paul is a well know advocate of professional standards within the marketing profession and has extensive experience of senior business leadership in both the private and public sector.

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The first piece of UK-wide research that will highlight the business benefits of training in the food and drink manufacturing industry has been commissioned by sector skills council Improve. The four-month study will involve a comprehensive survey of more than 200 food and drink manufacturers and will pull together relevant findings from existing research dedicated to the value of skills.Results from the research are expected in May

Food and drink is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing 500,000 people in more than 11,000 workplaces, with a turnover of £74 billion per year. However more than half the workforce is not qualified above Level Two - the equivalent of five GCSEs - and 28 per cent lack any basic skills

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TrainerBase; the Association for Learning Practitioners is launching a local strategy that will engage with the needs of members at a local level.
Greater support for local chapters includes sourcing venues, regionalised email marketing, sourcing of sponsors and a dedicated web presence for each group showing future dates and topics.
A representative of TrainerBase will also be attending each event to help with queries and to bring members up to date with developments.


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