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Productivity and micro business

The Productivity Insights Network, funded by the Economic and Social research Council, have recently published a follow-up evaluation of a series of programmes designed to boost productivity (see _January19.pdf ). The initiatives under the microscope were all originally part of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Future Programme. Looking at the report from […]

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Can policy be inspired by practice?

At the beginning of this week (19 November 2018) I had the great good fortune to be invited to a workshop on ‘Driving improvements in business performance’ for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) personnel organised by the Work Foundation ( My challenge was to decide what to say in five minutes on […]

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Business productivity review

As part of their concern with the UK’s productivity performance, the Government has launched a consultation. You can have your say at . We’ve already posted some thoughts under the business support and advice services heading. Do you agree with our points about sole traders and micro businesses?

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Business startup comes to Chesterfield

Here’s a date for your diary: Saturday 24 February. The micro biz champion Tony Robinson OBE will be in Chesterfield to tell us what it’s really like to work for yourself. Marketers, bookkeepers, social media experts and lost of others will be on hand (along with folks who’ve recently started their own business) to offer […]

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Archive for January, 2011

Winter programme of workshops

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Help with unit and qualifications development

Following the success of workshops recently delivered by Stratagia, we have arranged a winter programme covering a wide range of as

pects of unit and qualifications development. Each workshop has a different focus, so you can select one or more to suit your needs.

There is a workshop to help those who:

  • are new to QCF development and want to get started
  • have experience but want to improve your practice in unit writing or qualifications development
  • ensure that your units and qualifications are compliant with the Regulators
  • want to compare your efforts with peers from other organisations involved in unit and qualifications development
  • would like to know how to design and tailor Rules of Combination (RoC) to suit your situation
  • are interested in understanding how grading may be applied to qualifications within the QCF
  • want to understand how different forms of assessment may be applied within the QCF to suit different learners

We recently ran a series of workshops and these are just some of the comments of people who took part:

“… very clear, concise and delivered at an appropriate pace.

“(I got) a much better understanding of unit writing issues and what areas to concentrate on when writing units. Also reconfirmation of where to find guidance/regs and how to interpret them.”

“A better detailed understanding of unit writing and interpretation.”

“Thanks to both facilitators for a very informative day.”

“I thought it was excellent and covered areas that were applicable to all.”

“Very good trainers, both were helpful and informative.”

The programme will begin in December and continues until February. After the workshop, we will provide you with free consultancy so that you get feedback on any aspect of QCF development, for example, we will review draft unit or Rules of Combination. The numbers for each workshop are limited so please book now to to avoid any disappointment. Click here for further details and how to book places on the Winter programme of workshops.