I used to think that physical challenges are mainly about testing your own stamina and never really gave them much consideration. But recently my colleague Rich made me reflect on a challenge he took on to support Redtray’s chosen charity – Mencap. This year he ran the Virgin London Marathon to help raise money to support those with a learning disability. When he crossed the finish line, my heart leaped for a second, because I suddenly understood that actually physical stamina is only one part of the challenge. There was so much more he had to put in for him to cross that line. After watching him prepare for this ‘monumental task’, and then reaching the finish line, I realised that there’s a lot to learn from a challenge like this, and especially from those who take part in them. Rich is one of these people. Continue reading »
business solutions for bad weather, cloud based training, live online learning, lost productivity, remote training, Severe weather warnings, travel in severe weather, uk businesses, UK economy, virtual classroom courses
Staff unable to travel to work due to difficult weather conditions are encouraged to train remotely and make up for lost productivity with their improved skills.
Lost productivity during severe weather conditions cost companies up to £1.2 million a day. In recent years 1 in 5 employees were unable to travel to work when snow trapped most of the country at home. Learning and development experts advise businesses to encourage their staff to train remotely from home to compensate for the time out of the office. Continue reading »
Recently I’ve been reading a little bit about CPD and observed that a growing number of companies are starting to recognise business benefits of supporting their employees in managing their professional development. I thought that this article might help you realise the same thing if you’re not convinced that sharing responsibility for continued professional development with your staff can be advantageous for your organisation.
The CPD dilemma
Continued Professional Development (CPD) is a regulatory requirement in some professions, such as law, so the smart company is the one that takes a vested interest in its staff’s CPD programmes. Continue reading »
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We’ve upgraded our new virtual classroom solution, CloudRooms, and added a social learning element to its features. Redtray’s training division managing director, Jon Shepstone, says the changes will make it easier for learners to communicate with each other, share their knowledge, opinions and also boost each other’s motivation to training.
”Social learning is a natural part of people’s daily lives and we want to make it even more accessible for our learners. By giving them tools to communicate and express their thoughts after attending their training, we want to encourage them to share their knowledge with others and spark their colleague’s interest in gaining new skills“, explains Jon Shepstone. Continue reading »
The task they undertook wasn’t easy. Our Challengers were not only testing their stamina and determination on those peaks; they also fought against the clock between the summits, and that proved to be a huge challenge on its own. But I’m not going to spoil you the pleasure of finding out how our 3 Peaks Challengers conquered the peaks and what obstacles they had to overcome to win the race. Read Andy’s journal and find out what it took him and his team to complete the challenge. Continue reading »
Last week we had a young apprentice in our Redtray office. He’s still not sure what he would like to do when he grows up, but he was keen to find out what it’s like to work in London and learn a few things about professional environment. To his surprise, after spending a week working for different divisions in our company, he discovered a few things about himself which now will help him choose his future career path. What Jack learned during this work experience is an important part of becoming an adult – after all, finding out want you don’t want to do for a living is as important as discovering what you would like to do in your life. Continue reading »