May 2014

learndirect Inspiration Awards – regional ceremonies

  • 8 May 2014, Reading
  • 13 May 2014, Manchester
  • 15 May 2014, Coventry

The learndirect Inspiration Awards celebrate the incredible learners going that extra mile to develop their skills, as well as the businesses and learndirect centres supporting them. At the regional ceremonies we’ll be announcing the winners who will go forward to the national event in June. Categories range from people getting back into work and progressing in their careers, to the learndirect staff supporting them and businesses building their workforce.

You can see more information on the awards here.

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LondonlovesTalent Awards: Judges couldn’t separate two outstanding apprentices


Tim Campbell MBE and a prestigious judging panel couldn’t separate the outstanding achievements of two fantastic apprentices at the first LondonlovesTalent Awards held in April.

Apprentice of the Year joint winners were Tim Lord Hopkins, an Apprentice Coach with the Lawn Tennis Association and Louise Roberts, an Apprentice Chef with Lexington Catering.

Commenting on the joint winners, Tim Campbell said: “Both Tim and Louise’s achievements in their respective organisations were overwhelmingly brilliant. All the apprentices’ entries were fantastic, but Tim and Louise stood out for us.”

Roger Peace, CEO of learndirect said, “The line-up of winners at the first LondonlovesTalent awards was superb. The apprentices demonstrated the positive impact they make to the success of businesses. The short-listed employers showed their huge commitment to investing in talent and showed how the investment is helping their business succeed.

“I hope the achievement of apprentices and businesses alike inspire many others to invest in developing talent and by doing so, reap the rewards too.”

The full list of winners are:

Apprentice of the Year
Joint Winners: Tim Lord Hopkins, Lawn Tennis Association and Louise Roberts, Lexington Catering

Skills and Workforce Development Champion
Anthony Impey, Optimity/Tech City Stars
Highly Commended: Graham Schuhmacher MBE, Rolls-Royce

Talent Director of the Year
Matt Elliott, Virgin Money

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
Highly Commended: Taylor Bennett Foundation

Excellence in Flexible Working
Highly Commended: MVF

Excellence in Technology and Innovation
Branding Science UK; Food Alert; Grange Hotels

Excellence in Youth Engagement
Highly Commended: Bright Ideas Trust

Talent Champion:

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Learning at Work Week 2014: 19-25 May

Organised by Campaign for Learning, this annual event sees companies across the country delivering creative, fun and business-focused activities that enthuse and engage employees in learning.

Masterclasses by senior staff, knowledge exchanges between organisations, competitions, award ceremonies and ‘just for fun’ learning delivered by internal staff are just some of the activities that will be taking place.

You can run special learning activities and promotions at any time and on any scale during the week so there’s no pressure to do something every day.

Are you new to Learning at Work Week or wish to pick up new ideas and refresh your strategies for engaging employees? Campaign for Learning are running special workshops that’ll introduce you to planning a successful event. To find our more and to access planning advice, activity ideas and graphics and posters, visit >

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eLearning Africa, Uganda: 28-30 May

We’re exhibiting at eLearning Africa, the 9th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training in Kampala, Uganda. We’ll be showcasing our products and services in the market and expanding our Global Partner Network in Africa.

To register your interest, please visit >