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Germany – culture of welcome for international professionals well on the way

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) have presented a first evaluation of implementation of the current immigration law for foreign professionals Wirkungsanalyse des rechtlichen Rahmens für ausländische Fachkräfte (impact analysis of the legal framework for foreign professionals). ’Germany is well on its way…


Spain – skills investment in European textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors

  On 28 November 2014, social partners, skills council partners, European Commission representatives and TCLF sector stakeholders gathered in Brussels for presentation of the TCLF 2014 report. Spain joined the council this year through participation of Fundación Tripartita para la Formación en el Empleo (Tripartite Foundation for Training in Employment). At the conference, European social…


award for exemplary education and talent management

As part of the German education award 2014, TÜV SÜD Akademie and EuPD Research Sustainable Management have awarded the initiative’s quality seal to 15 businesses of excellence. The German education award honours those companies, organisations, institutions and agencies which have an excellent education and talent management system in place. The award not only awards winners…


Lufthansa Technical Training and APFT Maintenance Training sign five-year training agreement

Lufthansa Technical Training (LTT) and the APFT Maintenance Training (APFT) aviation school have just signed a contract for training aviation technicians in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The programme begins January 2015, and the companies estimate that in five years they will train 400 APFT students as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-qualified aircraft mechanics. Dato Faruk Othmann,…

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Validation of learning gained outside school is still a challenge

Despite progress since 2010, Member States still have a long way to go to ensure that knowledge, skills and competences that people acquire outside school are formally validated, according to a European Commission report compiled in partnership with Cedefop. The 2014 European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning, which covers 33 European countries (EU…

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Four Keys to a No-fail Needs Analysis

When working with new clients, custom training providers are tasked with learning about the client’s background, vision and goals, and then connecting that information to the right training solution. It is critical to establish credibility and build trusted relationships quickly with clients, and that starts with an effective needs analysis strategy. There are four fundamental…


Hiring for Attitude

A “hire for attitude, train for aptitude” strategy has merit and works for certain organizations. However, it requires changes (potentially significant ones) to a company’s infrastructure, process and organizational design, and, above all, an increase in a company’s training budget. Interestingly enough, it also requires a change in attitude on the part of the human…

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Replacing the Employee Performance Review via Gamification

Traditional employee performance reviews, full of hindsight assessments and assumptions, are often a waste of time. The secret to extracting productive performance metrics is to engage employees and conducting reviews constantly. Unfortunately, most employers aren’t willing to make employee engagement a priority. With 70 percent of U.S. workers reporting that they are unengaged at work,…