Thursday, 30 September 2010

Getting British Business Online

Here's a great opportunity from the folks at Google to get a business website up-and-running for free. This joint initiative by Google, Enterprise UK, BT, e-skills UK and many other partners is designed to help small businesses create their first website and help them understand the opportunities offered by the Internet. You'll find more details here Getting British Business Online.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Let's Get That Job!

A 2-day motivational training programme to develop employability skills

Does your organisation work with learners who are currently unemployed and looking for work?

Let’s Get That Job! is an innovative two-day training intervention that compliments your existing delivery and is tailored to meet the demands of clients on government-funded training programmes such as Get Ready for Work, Entry to Employment, Training for Work, Skill Seekers and DWP initiatives.

Getting people back into work is no easy task and Let’s Get That Job! focuses on the needs of employers as well as the learners, developing employability skills and motivation while helping candidates to capitalise on their existing strengths.

The objectives of Let’s Get That Job! are to:
  • increase candidates’ employability
  • identify occupational skills and develop attributes such as motivation, timekeeping, communication and teamwork
  • to fine-tune skills such as interview techniques, CV-writing and speculative letter writing.
Let’s Get That Job! is very much focused on the candidates and what they have to offer. It is driven by them learning to recognise and take ownership of the skills and strengths they can offer potential employers. Some of the themes included in Let’s Get That Job! are:

  • Where Am I Now?
  • Barriers to Work
  • Winning the Job Search Game
  • Job Search Kit
  • Owning My Own Skills and Strengths
  • Skills of Successful People
  • CVs that WorkSpeculative Letters that Work
  • Application Forms
  • Interview Tips and Techniques
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
Furthermore, Let's Get That Job! comes with unlimited aftercare, where learners can contact us via email or phone for help with CVs, application forms, etc.

Learners who are further removed from the job market can also benefit from the motivational aspects of Let’s Get That Job! with a specifically designed one-day version.
Let’s Get That Job! is delivered at your premises by one of our highly experienced trainer and costs £250 per group (maximum group size of 10).

(All our courses are priced for delivery within a 50 mile radius of Glasgow. Courses can be delivered anywhere in the UK but will incur an additional travel cost which will be kept to a minimum. Please contact Gary Bedingfield Training Services for details).

Let’s Get That Job! is being delivered to clients on programmes with training providers and local authorities in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire, Ayrshire and Falkirk. Here’s what people are saying about Let's Get That Job!:

"I found this course very beneficial and think what I have learned will definitely aid me in finding a job."

"The course helped to set my mind on how to do it, not how hard it is."
"I enjoyed finding out about my own skills and strengths."

"The course was really interesting and I enjoyed learning about interview skills."

"Well organized and presented, gave a lot of new information."

"I liked the clear and articulate way it was presented. The advice given and the help to create my CV."

"The instructor was clear, helpful and communicative."

"I liked getting help improving my CV and learning how to write a spec letter and how to go about finding and applying for jobs."

"Very helpful and covered all the topics I was seeking help with."

"Was fun as well as advantageous, improved my CV."

"It taught me about aspects of CVs and interviews I didn't fully understand before and gave great advice to find work that is suitable for me."

If you would like more information on Let’s Get That Job! please visit our website at Alternatively, you can email us at or call us on 07847 517161.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Helping Learners Take Ownership of Their Skills

Many of the trainers I work with deal with clients who are looking for employment. These learners may have just left school or perhaps been recently made redundant or have been out of work for some time, and something I always encourage trainers to do is to help them to identify and take ownership of the skills they have to offer potential employers. Indeed, this is a fundamental part of my Let’s Get That Job! employability skills course.

Most of us are not very good at identifying the skills we have to offer. If I asked you to name your top five skills right now, could you do it? Probably not, at least not without some time and thought. But when a potential employer asks you what skills and qualities you are going to bring to their organisation you had better be ready with an answer.

Furthermore, encouraging learners to identify their skills and qualities goes beyond being a useful response to an interview question. It can form the basis of a personal profile for their CV, it can be worked into a speculative letter and, perhaps, most importantly, it can make them feel a whole lot better about themselves.

Getting back to the root of the problem, if you simply ask your learners to identify their skills and qualities they will firstly struggle, then come up with the same old “good communication skills”, “team player”, “good time keeper” type of responses. You’ve got to get your learners to think about other skills and qualities that they’ve not considered before. The sort of things that make them different from others and stand out in a crowd.

The best way to do this is to provide them with a list of words and short phrases to choose from. I actually use two lists. A list of skills and strengths like “paying attention to detail” and “taking responsibility”, and a list of personal qualities like “empathetic”, “ambitious” and “creative”. Put the words in a format that will allow your learners to tick the ones that are appropriate to them. Before you know it they have a list as long as their arm!

The next step is to narrow that list down to five. I like to call it their Top Five. Get your learners to go through all the skills, strengths and personal qualities they have ticked and pick out the five that are the most important to them. Then encourage them, one by one, to read out to the rest of the group the five they have chosen. Encourage them to say them in a clear and confident voice. Now you’re really getting them to take ownership of their skills.

But it doesn’t end there. Get your learners to use their newly identified skills on a regular basis. Get them to write a personal profile with the five words included. Get them to compose a speculative letter that emphasises what they can offer, and keep coming back to the five skills, strengths and qualities throughout future training sessions. In no time at all, each of your learners Top Five skills will be well and truly embedded!

If you would like more information about our 2-day Let's Get That Job! course then visit Gary Bedingfield Training Services website at

Friday, 3 September 2010

New funding for in-house training in Scotland with Flexibile Training Opportunities

Flexible Training Opportunities gives businesses in Scotland with under 50 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.

Launched by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) and supported by the European Social Fund, it aims to help small businesses become more resilient and to boost productivity and success.

Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there's no need to pay it back.

SDS will refund up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of £500 per employee.

Visit the Skills Development Scotland website for more details.

Visit Gary Bedingfield Training Services website at for details on all our staff training courses.