Articles from GPRS

COVID-19: A worrying time for furloughed employees and apprentices

As per our last article, 30% of candidates in the training sector who responded to our survey* conducted at the start of the month said that they have been furloughed.

Working From Home: The New Normal?

As you may have seen in our last article, the picture for the training sector is currently looking fairly positive. 25% of those surveyed who remain in full time employment reported business as usual with a further 50% stating they have had to make adjustments, but are now working as normal.

COVID-19: The impact on freelance trainers

The coronavirus pandemic is undoubtedly hitting all of us hard, but particularly affected are those who work freelance or are self-employed – 63% of freelance trainers who responded to our survey currently have no caseload.

Furloughed employees in the training sector have their say

We’ve all been unable to escape the word ‘furlough’ over the past few weeks – a term many of us were not even familiar with before this crisis. Simply put, the government’s furlough scheme guarantees employees who have stopped working during the coronavirus pandemic 80% of their wage (with exceptions).

COVID-19: It’s not all doom and gloom! New research reveals optimism amongst training professionals

Since the coronavirus pandemic really began to affect our working lives towards the end of March, we’ve been keen to understand how it has affected everyone in the training sector to learn how we can best support training providers and staff alike.

Now’s the time to consider freelancers

#GigEconomy - It was during the 1980’s recession that the term ‘flexible work force’ was really created  Companies still needed staff, but with times so uncertain, they needed people they could bring in simply to cover busy times. If the company had made recent redundancies, they were unable to replace that post for six months, yet the job still needed doing if the market improved. This is where freelancers came in.

#CPD - Are you getting a return on your investment?

Embracing ongoing opportunities for personal development can benefit both employees and their employers; external training workshops provide the opportunity to build on their existing skillsets, learn something new, evaluate their current working methods and can also help with fostering new friendships within the workplace or just simply bring a “team” together.

#COVID-19 Lockdown: What are we going to do about coronavirus next?

Establishing a robust action plan is the key to survival for every business and self-employed person in the UK  We are all fortunate to work in an industry which already facilitates remote working, so I’m pretty confident that pretty much everyone has already formulated a short-term tactical plan to support the UK government's objective to minimise and slow down the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Work-Based Learning Salary & Benefits Survey: It’s not all about the money!

GPRS Salary & Benefits Survey launch reveals: Good management and good prospects, are the main reasons for loyal employees. GPRS Recruitment has released the eleventh edition of their much anticipated Work-Based Learning Salary & Benefits Survey, which has highlighted significant changes within candidates’ expectations resulting from the major overhaul in 2017 within the sector, due to the introduction of the Levy and the New Standards.

Does the training industry need new talent?

In simple terms: yes! 

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