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TrainingZONE Newswire #326 – Winning the War for Talent


TrainingZONE Newswire - Issue 326
27 September 2004

1. Feature: Winning the War for Talent
2. Case Study: IIP Business Champions
3. The Way I See It... Identify and Nurture to Retain Talent
4. CIPD Says Train Ex-Offenders to Plug Skills Gap
5. New TrainingZONE Resources from Glasstap

Editor's note
With unemployment at a 20 year low, the UK skills gap has barely
been away from the headlines in the past week. The University of
Cambridge warned of an impending IT skills shortfall.
Billionaire businessman Philip Green announced his investment in
a retail academy and specialist business schools in a bid to
develop the entrepreneurial talent of tomorrow. While the CIPD
called on government to improve the vocational training of ex-
offenders to help businesses plug their skills shortages.

Elsewhere on TrainingZONE Prof Simon Roodhouse argues that
companies need to make their staff development schemes better
than their competition's in order to attract and retain the best
staff. And in this week's 'The Way I See It' Tim Bradley makes a
persuasive case for developing a talent management system that
identifies and develops the most able employees.

Click on the links below to read these stories and click on "add
your comments" to have your say on the skills debate.


Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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This week's highlights:

Feature: Winning the War for Talent
Prof Simon Roodhouse argues that getting serious about staff
development is the key to recruiting and retaining talent.

Case Study: IIP Business Champions Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel
Read why this hotel became one of 16 organisations selected as
beacons of good practice by the IIP and have your own staff
development questions answered by the Business Champion.

CIPD Says 'Train Ex-Offenders to Plug Skills Gap'
Government investment in training ex-offenders could help
employers tap into new talent and cut re-offending according to
the CIPD.

The Way I See It... Identify & Nurture to Retain Talent
Tim Bradley of Pecaso UK offers tips on how to identify, develop
and retain that talent.

Cambridge Research Warns of IT Skills Shortfall
Major report warns that the IT industry is failing to attract
enough young people and take advantage of the ageing workforce.

Billionaire's Academy to Boost Business Skills
Philip Green, owner of Arcadia Group, announces a 10m investment
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