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03/07/2019
SkillBuilder Encouraging Creativity at Work

This course aims to;

  • demonstrate how creative thinking/creativity can be used to engage, innovate and analyse 
  • provide everyone with different tools and techniques to help them think and work creatively
  • outline ways to foster a creative working environment.
     

27/06/2019
SkillBuilder Care Library Legislation Updates

We have completed the latest legislation updates for our Care Library. Please find details of updated courses below:

  • Communication in The NHS Certificate
  • Update based on NHS England - better communication for patient safety

  • Essential Health and Safety for Care Workers
  • Allergy information (ebrief - Basic Food Safety and Hygiene)

  • Awareness of Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disabilities (Scotland)
  • Update based on mental health awareness courses in regulatory library

  • Communicating with People with Dementia
  • Updated 'This Is Me' form from Alzheimers society

  • Infection Control
  • Removed from Care library - new course available in Generic Regulatory Library

  • Understanding Duty of Care
  • Workbook: update to conflicts with employer instructions


    25/06/2019
    SkillBuilder Achieving a Healthy Work/Life Balance

    Work life balance is not about dividing up hours in your day between work and personal life, but the feeling of happiness and fulfilment you get when it is well balanced.  This course will help examine the balance and enable you to the best fit between your work and life.


    12/06/2019
    SkillBuilder Housing Associations Library: Regulatory Course Updates

    We have just completed our bi-annual review of legislation included in courses in the SkillGate Housing Associations regulatory library.

    The following amends have been made:

  • Arm's Length Management Organisations (ALMOs)
  • Current number of ALMOs and houses managed updated in the introduction. Social Housing green paper information and possible scrutiny by regulators of ALMOs updated in WorkBook.

  • Counter Fraud (for Housing)
  • Updated - plugin statistics in Session 4.

  • Dealing with Rent Arrears
  • Updated link to rent arrears protocol.

  • Dealing with Rent Arrears in Scotland
  • Updated links for money advisory service in WorkBook.

  • Governance: The Role of the Board Member
  • Updated links to latest statistics in WorkBook on the National Housing Federation.

  • Housing Association - Applying for a House
  • Updated information on types of tenancy.

  • Housing Association: Swapping Your Home
  • Updated information on rent arrears requiring to be cleared before mutual exchange.

  • Introducing Tenancy Management
  • Updated GDPR 2018 information. Added information that tenancy 2019 legislation does not apply to housing association tenants.

  • Introduction to Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  • Updated statistics on ASBO - way of recording ASBO has now changed.

  • Introduction to Leasehold
  • Added new link to leasehold advisory service.

  • Introduction to Social and Sheltered Housing
  • Updated Session 2 for Homes England and RSH.

  • New Governance and Financial Viability Changes (Standard)
  • Updated Session 3 with new outcomes.

  • Tackling Antisocial Behaviour in Scotland
  • Updated name of ASBO Children's Hearing Panel.

  • Understanding How Tenants Get Into Rent Arrears
  • Added new links to MAS, shelter and citizens advice.


    10/06/2019
    SkillBuilder Get Rid of Stress - Tutorial

    Stress is a flight or fight response, which when prolonged can be harmful to the mind and body. This course will teach you the 4 'A's of stress management that can help you manage and minimise stressful factors in your personal or work life.


    10/06/2019
    SkillBuilder Build Your Self-Confidence - Tutorial

    Confidence is about feeling good about yourself and in your ability to tackle challenges.  An easy way to gain confidence is to know your own strengths. This tutorial will teach you to identify and play to your strengths.  You will also learn to use reframing of negative thoughts that can erode your self-confidence.


    04/06/2019
    SkillBuilder Emotional Intelligence - Tutorial

    We all agree that there is more to success than a high IQ ( intelligence quotient).  This additional characteristic that determines success has been found to be emotional intelligence (EI or EQ).  This tutorial will introduce you to the concept of emotional intelligence and why it makes good sense to develop this type of intelligence.


    24/05/2019
    SkillBuilder Learning at Work Week Competition Winners

    We were delighted with the level of entries we had into our Learning at Work Week competition last week. Thank you to everyone who got involved - we hope you enjoyed searching for our 'clues'!

    The hidden phrase was of course 'Shaping the Future' - the theme associated with this year's Learning at Work Week campaign.

    Due to the number of entries that we had, we have decided that, in addition to the £100 voucher star prize, we are giving away 4 additional £20 voucher prizes for runners up. The winners are as follows:

  • Star prize: Eyman Niroomand, Cardiff & Vale College
  • Runner Up: Kellie Mogan, Plus Dane
  • Runner Up: Michael McConnell, NHS Lanarkshire
  • Runner Up: Annabel Ellis, Grand Union Housing
  • Runner Up: Claire Rigby, National Portrait Gallery
  • Congratulations to all our winners!


    20/05/2019
    SkillBuilder Regulatory Course Library Updates
    In line with government and HSE commencement dates, we have just completed our bi-annual review of legislation included in courses in the SkillGate generic regulatory library.

    All courses have been reviewed and the courses below have been updated:

    Environment Sustainability

  • Updated: Workbook session 3 - current trends on environmental pollution and global warming
  • Abrasive Wheels Training

  • Updated: Statistics
  • Confined Space Awareness

  • Updated: New links added
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

  • Updated: New link to document on sentencing guidelines
  • Dust in the workplace - general principles or protection

  • Updated: Session 5 workbook page 2 - WEL limits updated document from HSE added as a link
  • Getting to Grips with COSHH

  • Updated: Session 2 workbook pages 4 & 5 with new information on safety data sheets and safety signs
  • Portable Appliance Testing

  • Updated: New links added
  • Recording and Reporting Accidents and Incidents at Work (RIDDOR)

  • Updated: Link to oil and gas reporting session 3 & workbook page 1
  • Safe Driving

  • Updated: Statistics
  • Storage, Safe Handling & Transportation of LPG & Other Dangerous Goods

  • Updated: Latest copy of ADR in workbook as a pdf
  • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015

  • Updated: Minor text amendment
  • Advanced Data Protection (Including EU-GDPR) 2018 in library

  • Updated: Replaced with updated url
  • Introduction to Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

  • Updated: Statistics on ASB - recording ASB has now changed.
  • Introduction to Personal Safety While Working

  • Updated: Statistics in session 4 of workbook (statistics obtained from HSE website)
  • Managing Equality and Diversity for Senior Managers

  • Updated: Current maximum for unfair dismissal in session
  • New and Expectant Mothers

  • Updated: Links on session 9

  • 17/05/2019
    SkillBuilder Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental health is an important part of overall health and wellbeing and can be affected by different factors.
    This course will explain what mental health is, factors that can affect mental health, and reasonable adjustments and steps that can be taken to support mental health.

    There is also a list of support options available at the end of the course.

    The course covers:

    • What is Mental Health?
    • Factors Influencing Mental Health
    • Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Phobias
    • Stigma
    • Reasonable Adjustments
    • Five Steps to Good Mental Health
    • Sources of Support
       

    16/05/2019
    SkillBuilder The importance of equality, diversity and inclusion - Regulatory programme

    This tutorial will help you understand why equality, diversity and inclusion are so important in the workplace. It will cover:

    • the meaning and importance of equality, diversity and inclusion
    • how organisations should value equality, diversity and talent
    • how to develop a diverse workforce 
    • challenging negative behaviours such as discrimination and harassment
    • the six types of discrimination and how to prevent it
    • the nine protected characteristics
    • how organisations can promote equality, diversity and inclusion 
       

    01/05/2019
    SkillBuilder Persuasion & Influence - SkillBuilder blended programme

    This course aims to;

    • outline the essential knowledge and skills needed to develop the ability to influence others
    • provide strategies to help improve their performance
    • highlight key ways that individuals can improve their influencing.

    12/04/2019
    SkillBuilder Becoming the Leader you want to be - SkillBuilder blended programme
    The latest SkillBuilder blended programme available focuses on leadership. It includes the following new tutorials, which are also available as standalone courses:
  • What is Leadership?
  • What type of Leader are you?
  • Are you using the right leadership style?
  • Do you want to transform your leadership capability?
  • Successful leadership in difficult times
  • Winning Hearts and Minds - Motivational Leadership

  • 01/04/2019
    SkillBuilder Anti-Money Laundering 2019 - Regulatory programme

    Money Laundering is a big, global problem with billions of pounds a year being laundered through UK institutions. 

    This course provides a detailed introduction to money laundering activities and anti-money laundering legislation and procedures for anyone involved in financial transactions.  

    Once you have completed the tutorial you will be able to explain:
    •    What money laundering is
    •    The implications of money laundering
    •    The penalties and cost to companies
    •    What employees should do to protect themselves
    •    When to report suspicions of money laundering and who to report to
    •    Key aspects of anti-money laundering legislation. 
     


    13/03/2019
    SkillBuilder Managing Time & Priorities - SkillBuilder blended programme

    Let’s get started with Time Management

    Not as organised as you’d like to be? Not achieving everything you want to do?

    Work smarter.

    Learn how to get more done, avoid the obstacles and distractions that get in the way of good time management, and regain control of your days.

    These four modules contain practical strategies plus a great range of effective techniques to help you achieve more, quicker;

    • Make the Most of Your Time – understand what you are currently spending your time doing and make a plan to boost your productivity
    • Stop Procrastinating... Now! – develop techniques for kicking the habit of ‘putting things off’
    • Use Your Time Wisely - The Urgent/Important Matrix - learn how to use four categories to divide tasks and achieve more
    • Achieve More With Less - The 80/20 Rule – discover the ‘Pareto Principle’ and the importance of focusing your efforts in areas that produce a disproportionate amount of output.

    01/03/2019
    SkillBuilder Infection Prevention and Control - Regulatory programme
    Infection prevention and control is a top priority for anyone working in health or social care. By understanding and applying your knowledge of infections you can protect yourself, your colleagues, patients, clients or the general public from the risk of healthcare associated infections.

    25/02/2019
    SkillBuilder Coaching for Performance - SkillBuilder blended programme

    This course aims to;

    • Outline key learning styles and how to match these to activities
    • Provide participants with information on coaching techniques to improve feedback meetings
    • Highlight the different ways people learn through the Learning Cycle

    10/01/2019
    SkillBuilder New Style Tutorials
    You may have noticed that various tutorials in your Infinity Libraries are looking a little different. This is because our production team has been redesigning and updating some of our courses to make them more dynamic and interactive.

    The new-look courses have been designed to incorporate different learning methods. They include the use of animation, video, voice-over and gamification to improve understanding, recall and knowledge retention.

    New format tutorials currently available include:

  • What is Negotiation?
  • Preparing for Negotiation
  • The Negotiating Toolkit
  • How to be an Influencing Star
  • What is your Conflict Management Style?
  • Effective Teamwork - Understanding Team Roles
  • How to Build a High Performing Team
  • Why are you so Angry? The 8 Causes of Conflict
  • The Positive Side of Conflict
  • Motivate for a Happy Workforce
  • Conduct an Effective Team Briefing
  • Great Team Building Exercises
  • Working With Difficult Colleagues
  • Barriers to Communication
  • Become a Better Communicator
  • Using the LAER Method
  • Ask Better Questions
  • The Importance of Empathy
  • The Rule of Three - The Secret of Successful Communication

  • 20/11/2018
    SkillBuilder Regulatory Courses Review - November 2018
    In line with government and HSE commencement dates, we have just completed our bi-annual review of legislation included in courses in the SkillGate generic regulatory library.

    All courses have been reviewed and the courses below have been updated:

  • Absence Management - Best Practice and the Fit Note
  • 1) Removed reference to 2010 and 2014 as 'new' changes and updated workbook page 3 text from ACAS.org.uk
  • Absence Management - The Return to Work Interview
  • 1) Workbook (Managing Absence) - page 1 updated with new statistics 2018
  • Anti-Money Laundering (including Money Laundering regulations 2017)
  • 1) Added information on the sanctions and money laundering act of 2018 2) Session 2 text change in third image 3) Session 3 text change and workbook changes 4) Session 4 text change 5) Final test change to answer for question on freezing assets. One question removed in final test.
  • Conduct Rules
  • 1) Workbook updated in Session 2 to reflect changes taking place in 2019
  • Conducting a Risk Assessment
  • 1) Session 3 - page 4 of workbook updated with requirements for written risk assessment
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
  • 1) Session 1 updated with fatality stats 2017/18 2) Minor text changes to Session 2
  • Counter Fraud
  • 1) Action fraud online form updated in Session 6 2) Updated fraud statistics in Session 4
  • Disability Awareness
  • 1) Statistics and facts about disability updated in workbook in Session 6 2) Updated ACAS document in Session 8
  • First Aid Scenarios & Refresher
  • 1) Updated recommendations in calling 999 for asthma and choking
  • Fraud Awareness
  • 1) Session 3 and Session 9 updated with stats and links
  • Health and Safety Certificate for Managers
  • 1) RIDDOR tutorial - reporting requirement change for the oil and gas sector 2) Changes to workbook in Session 3 (workbook page 1 updated)
  • Introduction to Personal Safety While Working
  • 1) Session 2 stats updated 2) Session 4 workbook updated 3) Session 15 updated with case study news
  • Introduction to Whistleblowing
  • 1) Session 6 - link for FCA website and information on rules for regulated firms
  • Managing Equality and Diversity for Senior Managers
  • 1) Removed Session 6 - link to report from workbook page 1
  • Manual Handling
  • 1) Stats from 2017/18 updated in quiz session 1
  • Manual Handling of People
  • 1) Session 4 workbook, page 2, updated with stats from 2017/18
  • Modern Slavery Awareness
  • 1) Session 2 - stats updated
  • Modern Slavery Awareness for Housing Associations
  • 1) Session 2 - stats updated
  • PREVENT - Understanding the Government's Counter-Terrorism Strategy
  • 1) Updated with reference to 2017 attacks on London and Manchester. Statistics still current.
  • Recording and Reporting Accidents and Incidents at Work (RIDDOR)
  • 1) RIDDOR tutorial - reporting requirement change for the oil and gas sector 2) Changes to workbook in Session 3 (workbook page 1 updated)
  • Safe Driving
  • Re-released as re-worked course
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • 1) Session 2: True and False last question updated with new figures 2) Session 3: New policy and procedure text – removed link to sample 3) Session 9: figures updated
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk (2017)
  • 1) Session 2: True and False last question updated with new figures 2) Session 3: New policy and procedure text – removed link to sample 3) Session 8: figures updated
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk (for Scotland)
  • 1) Session 1: True and False last question updated with new figures 2) Session 6: Figures on non-sexual violent crimes updated
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk for Wales
  • 1) Session 1: True and False last question updated with new figures 2) Session 7: figures updated
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People in Scotland
  • 1) Session 6 stats updated

    Note: Consultation on potential changes to the criminal offences of cruelty to children and sexual abuse of trust of children began August 2018

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People in Wales
  • 1) Session 6 stats updated

    Note: All Wales Safeguarding Procedures Review Project began in February 2018 so anticipate big changes in 2019.

  • Safeguarding for Children and Young People - Designated Officers and Leads
  • 1) Add in to Working Together
  • Working at Height
  • 1) Session 2 prosecution stats updated
  • Working Safely - An Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety (for Employees)
  • 1) Session 3 stats updated
  • Working Safely with Steps and Ladders
  • 1) Session 3, workbook, ladder specifications updated

    15/11/2018
    SkillBuilder Advanced Data Protection post EU-GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
    This new course, designed to follow our 'Data Protection: Compliance Following GDPR Course,' builds on information from the introductory course and covers:
  • Different aspects of data
  • Ensuring compliance through Impact Assessments
  • Other relevant Acts to Data Protection
  • Key compliance issues following GDPR
  • Data Protection Act 2018 adaptations
  • Protecting employees' data
  • Anonymisation

  • 21/09/2018
    SkillBuilder Display Screen Equipment
    Incorrect use of DSE, or poorly designed workstations or work environments, can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious.

    This RoSPA accredited tutorial will benefit individuals who work with display screen equipment.

    Once you have completed this tutorial you will understand:

  • How to adjust your work station, so as to correctly utilise display equipment
  • How to sit properly so as to avoid injury
  • The precautions that you should take when working with display screen equipment.

  • 14/08/2018
    SkillBuilder Safe Driving
    This course is meant for all employees who drive a vehicle as part of their work. On completing the course, the candidate will understand the risks that are inherent to driving whether for work or for personal reasons. They can identify employer and employee responsibilities to reduce the risk and enable safe driving for work.

    14/08/2018
    SkillBuilder Asbestos Awareness
    This course is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of working with asbestos. It is not a substitute for formal, regulatory training. Participants should not attempt to work with asbestos following the completion of this course. At the end of this tutorial participants will be able to:
  • Define what Asbestos is and who is at risk
  • Recognise how exposure to asbestos can cause serious disease
  • Recall how you can protect yourself and minimise risk
  • Recall how and where to find further information and training

  • 14/08/2018
    SkillBuilder Safeguarding for Children and Young People - Designated Officers and Leads
    This tutorial provides supplementary information to our introductory safeguarding course. It is important to have already completed that course to ensure understanding the key types and signs of abuse and how to behave appropriately around children. This course will cover:
  • the role and responsibility of the Designated Safeguarding Lead/Officer
  • relevant aspects of key legislation and guidance that shape safeguarding procedures for children
  • safeguarding definitions and key principles and outcomes for effective safeguarding policy and procedures
  • changing role of the Local Authority and safeguarding partners
  • responding to safeguarding concerns and making referrals
  • barriers to intervention and referral and reporting
  • confidentiality, sharing of information and recording practices
  • awareness of the emotional impact of dealing with safeguarding issues and how to support others

  • 11/07/2018
    SkillBuilder Universal Credit for Housing Associations
    One of the key aims of Universal Credit is to help more people into work. It has been designed to reflect the technological world in which we live and societal changes that have become part of our everyday.

    However, as with many welfare changes there is a lot of information to be digested, a lot of detail to be considered and a lot of questions to be asked.

    Our new Universal Credit SkillBuilder course, tailored specifically for Housing Associations, will focus on the following:

  • How to give advice and support to residents who are applying for, or are currently claiming, Universal Credit
  • Understand how a Universal Credit claim is made, calculated and managed
  • Recall details of the four key impacts of Universal Credit for Housing Association residents
  • Understand how Universal Credit will impact Housing Associations and change how they receive rent payments and manage arrears
  • Outline the Universal Credit process, facts and figures and recognise potential advantages and disadvantages of the system
  • The in-depth modular course combines ebriefings, tutorials and assignments to deliver a blended learning experience which will cover all bases regarding the new Universal Credit reforms. A combination of self-study, webinars and tutor contact, will not only teach the facts, but will also make sure that users retain the information and consider its wider implications.


    20/06/2018
    SkillBuilder Business Ethics - Working Wisely
    We have created a new course that addresses business ethics.

    On completion of this tutorial candidates will be able to identify core values constituting ethics in business.

    They will be able to recognise key ethical issues that businesses face and apply standards of responsible ethical behaviour to work scenarios.


    18/06/2018
    SkillBuilder Selling Alcohol Responsibly
    We have created a new version of this course to advise individuals who need to know how to sell alcohol legally and responsibly.

    Once you have completed this tutorial you will know:

  • and recollect the main legislation that regulates selling of alcohol to the public
  • the key responsibilities associated with selling alcohol to the public in different settings
  • the forms of acceptable IDs for proof of age and when to request such an ID for selling alcohol.

  • 18/06/2018
    SkillBuilder Data Protection: Compliance Following GDPR
    This introductory tutorial is designed to give you an overview of data regulations in the UK and EU and help you identify how they will impact your organisation and your own role within it. It will outline how to deal with access requests and data breaches.

    By the end of the course you will;

  • understand the key principles of the GDPR and how these are implemented under UK law
  • know what they and their organisation must do to be compliant with new legislation
  • be able to identify personal data and their organisation’s obligations in respect of it
  • know what a SAR is and how to deal with individual data requests under new legislation
  • know what to do in the event of a data incident or breach.

  • 18/06/2018
    SkillBuilder Keeping Your Meeting On Track
    We have created this course to focus on running effective meetings. Meetings are only effective if they have a clear purpose, are well organised and engaging and achieve a meaningful result.

    Our course will help you learn how to:

  • recognise the key ingredients for a successful meeting
  • use a range of techniques to engage participants in your meeting
  • use a range of techniques to refocus an off-track meeting.

  • 18/06/2018
    SkillBuilder Preparing for Meetings
    We’ve created a new course which looks at how to prepare an engaging and focused meeting.

    This course will help you learn how to:

  • identify the purpose of a meeting
  • plan and prepare effectively for a meeting
  • create a clear agenda for a meeting.

  • 18/06/2018
    SkillBuilder Anti-bribery & Corruption
    This new version of our Anti-bribery & Corruption tutorial is designed for any individual who needs information and training on anti-bribery and corruption legislation and an understanding of the procedures to take to protect themselves and others within their organisation.

    This course covers various aspects, including:

  • What is Bribery and Corruption?
  • An outline of the Bribery Act 2010
  • The Six Principles for Prevention
  • How can employers and employees combat bribery?
  • Gifts and Hospitality under the Bribery Act
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • What happens if there is a breach?
  • Whistleblowing protections
  • Activities that could be an offence and their consequences
  • Potential bribery and corruption scenarios
  • A sample Anti-Bribery and Corruption policy

  • Note: Infinity Library, Regulatory and Professional content developments and updates. Details may vary from site to site. Full information for all these items is available from your SkillGate account manager.