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15/10/2021
SkillBuilder Anti-Money Laundering in Practice (Republic or Ireland)
Money Laundering is a big, global problem with billions of pounds a year being laundered through national institutions.  This course provides a detailed introduction to money laundering activities and anti-money laundering legislation and procedures for anyone involved in financial transactions.  

15/10/2021
SkillBuilder Data Protection: Compliance Following GDPR (Republic or Ireland)
This introductory tutorial is designed to give you an overview of data regulations in the Republic of Ireland and the differences between Irish law and EU regulation. It will help you identify how the GDPR will impact your organisation and your own role within it. It will outline how to deal with access requests and data breaches.

15/10/2021
SkillBuilder Manual Handling for Office Workers
This tutorial will benefit individuals whose job involves an element of manual handling.

15/10/2021
SkillBuilder Understanding and Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour
Anti-social behaviour is behaviour that harasses, alarms or distresses or conduct that causes a nuisance or annoyance. It can seriously affect individuals, families and whole communities. 

08/10/2021
SkillBuilder Deskercises for Wellbeing
Working at the desk all day and staring at computer screens can cause or worsen shoulder, back and neck pain. This tutorial teaches you exercises to relieve those niggling back or wrist pain, sitting right at your desk! 

08/10/2021
SkillBuilder Reward Yourself with a Digital Detox
A good digital detox is great for your physical and mental wellbeing and rejuvenates you emotionally. This course contains ideas, tips and methods to do a successful digital detox.

04/10/2021
SkillBuilder Understanding PCI (Payment Card Industry) Compliance
The payment card industry encompasses all merchants and organisations that process, transmit or store cardholder data, for example, from debit cards and credit cards. The course will discuss the regulations, who they apply to and how they work.

01/10/2021
SkillBuilder Using Display Screen Equipment when Working from Home (Republic of Ireland)
This course applies to all users of display screen equipment while working from home. It includes information related to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007.

28/09/2021
SkillBuilder Cyber Awareness and Staying Safe Online (Republic of Ireland)
In today’s digital world, work and personal life involve being online regularly, and without appropriate care it is easy for criminals to get access to private information, banking and password details.

10/09/2021
SkillBuilder Understanding the Safeguarding of Adults at Risk for Housing Associations
This course is designed for individuals who are employed in a housing role or work in a voluntary capacity with vulnerable adults with support or care needs.

10/09/2021
SkillBuilder Understanding the Safeguarding of Children and Young People for Housing Associations
This course is designed for individuals who are employed in a housing role or work in a voluntary capacity at a non-managerial level with children and young people.

10/09/2021
SkillBuilder Safety for Lone Workers for Housing Associations
Although lone workers aren’t statistically at higher risk of harm than others, they face unique risks as they go about their work without immediate support. It’s important for all lone workers to understand these risks, know how to deal with them effectively and what to do in an emergency.

27/08/2021
SkillBuilder Learning Disability and Autism Awareness
This is an introductory course to learning disability or autism awareness. It is meant for anyone who is interested in learning the basics of these two conditions.

27/08/2021
SkillBuilder Introduction to Medical Devices
This course provides an introduction to what a medical device means along with examples. It is aimed at anyone working in healthcare who needs to use any medical device as part of their work.

27/08/2021
SkillBuilder Informed Consent
All patients have a fundamental right to be involved in decisions about their health. They need to decide what is good for them and agree to the treatment provided. Whose responsibility is it to make sure this happens? Is it the patient themselves? Is it the hospital or doctor treating them? What is the difference between just agreeing to have treatment and informed consent? This course will cover all of these points.

27/08/2021
SkillBuilder Allergy and Anaphylaxis
This course is meant for anyone who is interested in knowing about allergy, anaphylaxis and the current recommended anaphylaxis protocol.

27/08/2021
SkillBuilder Chaperone Policy
This course is suitable for anyone working in the healthcare environment and would like understand what is meant by a chaperone and what should be good practice in the use of chaperones.

28/07/2021
SkillBuilder FCA - Claims Handling
This tutorial provides an overview of the FCA’s Claims Handling regulations, requirements and standards and highlights key aspects of the claims handling journey. 

23/07/2021
SkillBuilder Managing Absence for Managers
This tutorial is aimed at managers and provides handy hints on conducting effective return to work interviews. It also explains the more formal absence management process.

23/07/2021
SkillBuilder Introduction to Absence Management
This course is suitable for all employees whether new or experienced. It helps them understand key features of an absence management policy and terms used in such policies. 

16/07/2021
SkillBuilder FCA – Complaints Handling
This course provides an overview of claims handling regulations and the claims handling process. 

09/07/2021
SkillBuilder Management in a Housing Association
This course will introduce you to the management of a housing association including issues such as complaints handling, repairs and maintenance.

25/06/2021
SkillBuilder Introduction to Housing Associations
This course will introduce candidates to the basics of what a housing association is, the way it functions and who is eligible to get a housing association home.

25/06/2021
SkillBuilder Tenancy in a housing association home
This course will cover important terminology such as assured tenancy, choice based lettings and mutual exchange. It will also outline ways in which housing associations can help tenants in a mutual exchange scheme.

25/06/2021
SkillBuilder Regulating Housing Associations
This course will cover a Regulator's role in regulation, reason why it is done. Candidates will also learn about Regulatory standards and the process of conducting an in-depth assessment.

25/06/2021
SkillBuilder Managing Tenant Issues
The work of staff in a housing association may require dealing with various issues. Some are routine such as rent arrears or repairs. Other matters may be more complex and require special procedures to be put in place. This course is suitable for anyone interested in issues that can occur in a housing association.

25/06/2021
SkillBuilder Meeting Diverse Needs in Housing
Housing associations increasingly deal with diverse and distinct needs of their population.  The spectrum is quite large. In this tutorial we will look at the different types of needs catered for, the measures adopted by housing associations and the legal compliance.

18/06/2021
SkillBuilder Sanctions in General Insurance
This tutorial on Sanctions in General Insurance is designed to give an overview of UK and international sanctions regimes and how they affect the insurance market. 

09/06/2021
SkillBuilder FCA - Conflicts of Interest
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) places clear expectations on financial firms to minimise, if not remove, the material risk of damage to clients through conflicts of interest. 

04/06/2021
SkillBuilder The Changing Landscape of Housing Associations
There are rapid changes to the way housing associations function. This include economic, functional and legislative changes. All housing association staff need to be aware of this change landscape on the horizon. This course will suit all levels of employees who work in a housing association.

26/05/2021
SkillBuilder A Guide to the FCA Handbook and Regulations
This tutorial provides an overview of the FCA handbook and the regulations within it. 

24/05/2021
SkillBuilder An Overview of the FCA
This course introduces the work of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

17/05/2021
SkillBuilder The Power of Networking in a Changing World
Being able to network successfully can really boost your business and help you to make useful connections with other professionals.

17/05/2021
SkillBuilder Advanced Data Protection and the Role of the Data Protection Officer
This course builds on previous information from our introductory course, Data Protection: Compliance Following GDPR.

07/05/2021
SkillBuilder Using Social Media Responsibly
This course will benefit everyone who uses social media for work purposes or in their personal life.

06/05/2021
SkillBuilder Introduction to Whistleblowing
Whistleblowing is the term used when a worker passes on information concerning wrongdoing, usually at work. This is known as ‘making a disclosure’ or ‘blowing the whistle’.

05/05/2021
SkillBuilder Understanding Gifts and Hospitality Regulations
This tutorial provides an overview of the key elements involved in dealing with Gifts and Hospitality. The course is suitable for all employees.

03/05/2021
SkillBuilder Learning at Work Week Competition - 17th-23rd May

This May we will be running a competition to promote Learning at Work Week, with £100 of Amazon vouchers up for grabs!

Starting on Monday 17th May, we will be sending out three training courses - one on Monday, one on Wednesday and one on Friday - from the SkillGate Infinity Library for users to complete over the course of the week. Hidden within each course will be a 'clue'. The three clues within the courses will collectively provide the winning answer.

Once users have identified the answer from the clues sent out throughout the week, they must send it to us to be in with a chance of winning.

How To Get Involved

  • You must have SkillGate Headlines emails switched on in order to receive the courses in which the clues are hidden. The competition will go out instead of the usual weekly Headlines email.
  • If you do not have Headlines emails switched on, get in touch and we can get this updated for you. If you do not want your organisation to receive Headlines emails after the competition, we can easily switch them off again once the competition is over.
  • Customers who already have Headlines emails switched on, will be automatically included in the competition so please let us know if you do NOT want to be involved.
  • Competition entries must be sent to enquiries@skillgate.com by midnight on Monday 24th May to be in with a chance of winning.
  • The winner and runners up will be selected at random on Tuesday 25th May, and the prize will be issued, via email, that week.
  • Let us know if you would like to get involved and we can switch Headlines emails on for you ahead of 17th May!


    14/04/2021
    SkillBuilder Environmental Sustainability in Business

    Human beings affect the environment in many ways and business activities play a key role. With increased awareness of environmental impact the way business is done is changing.  This course is aimed at middle level managers who know the basics of environmental issues such as pollution and climate change.

     By the end of this course candidates will know:

    • Examples of business activities that impact the environment
    • How business decision making can reduce the impact
    • The role of Corporate Social Responsibility and the Circular Economy in environmental sustainability
    • About carbon footprint and reducing an organisation's foot print through process changes. 

    Reviewed May 2021


    26/03/2021
    SkillBuilder The Importance of Environmental Sustainability

    This course introduces the definition of environmental sustainability.  It covers environmental issues that make sustainability so important and the consequences of not doing so.  

    At the end of this course candidates will know:

    • The definition of environmental sustainability
    • Factors that impact the environment 
    • The reality of pollution and climate change
    • Environment bill and other UK laws
    • What businesses do for environmental sustainability
    • Individuals helping environmental sustainability.
       

    Reviewed May 2021.


    02/02/2021
    SkillBuilder Boost Your Chances of Success at Interview

    Do you want to get the job you’re going for? Do you want to give yourself the best chance of success? 

    Get yourself ready for your next big step by taking this course and boost your chances of success at interview.

    This tutorial looks at:

    • Key steps you need to take to prepare properly for your interview
    • Strategies to help you control interview nerves and feel more relaxed and confident
    • How to make a great impression at interview 
    • Ways to build rapport with the interviewer and boost your impact
    • What to do at the end of the interview and how to follow up afterwards.
       

    29/01/2021
    SkillBuilder Delivering Great Virtual Learning Experiences

    For some, the term training ‘webinar’ strikes fear into their hearts. However, it is vital for organisations to able to provide great virtual training experiences to their remote employees to keep mandatory training up to date, as well as provide new training opportunities. 

    By completing this tutorial, you should feel more equipped and confident to be able to plan and deliver virtual learning experiences and activities.

    This tutorial will outline:

    • The advantages and disadvantages of conducting learning webinars
    • The range of delivery platforms and tools for learning 
    • How to identify the learning purpose, audience and objectives for your session
    • Key techniques to improve the planning of learning experiences 
    • How to prepare for and present a live lesson
    • How to engage and motivate delegates and maintain their attention 
    • Appropriate questioning and giving constructive feedback
    • Simple ways to evaluate and follow up your virtual learning.
       

    29/12/2020
    SkillBuilder The Pomodoro Technique

    Do you struggle to meet deadlines or stay on task?

    The Pomodoro Technique is an easy and effective way to organise your working time.

    It takes its name from the Italian word for tomato and the tomato shaped kitchen timer that its creator, Francesco Cirillo, used as a university student.

    This tutorial outlines:

    • How the technique works
    • The six core stages
    • The advantages of using the Pomodoro technique
    • Different ways to access and record your pomodoros.

     


    05/10/2020
    SkillBuilder Kickstart Training Programme Now Available!

    For customers applying to the government's Kickstart scheme, we have launched our Kickstart Training Programme to support your organisation’s application.

    Participants have the option to work towards their Kickstart Certificate, with subjects covered including time-management, teamwork, CV writing, interview preparation and much more, in line with the Government scheme conditions.

    Designed to help young workers develop their skills and experience, as well as offering careers’ support, the package has been carefully crafted to ensure it covers the training requirements laid out by the Kickstart scheme.

    For further details on what subjects the programme covers and how it works, click here.


    17/09/2020
    SkillBuilder An Introduction to Agile Working

    ‘Work is an activity we do, rather than a place we go to.’

    Agile working is designed to find the most appropriate, responsive and effective ways of working. It’s about working smarter and more flexibly. 

    With workplace challenges such as stress, work-life balance, soaring costs and our impact on the environment, agile working practices could offer the solution. 

    This tutorial will help you to:

    • define what agile working is and how it differs from flexible and SMART working
    • recall the aims and principles of agile working
    • recognise the four dimensions to agile working 
    • recognise the challenges of creating an agile workplace
    • understand how to make agile working work for you
    • recognise the benefits of agile working.

    01/09/2020
    SkillBuilder Understanding Duty of Care

    Everyone who works in social care has a legal obligation to provide a duty of care.

    This means taking all steps, which are reasonably practicable, to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of those they care for.

    The course provides several scenario based exercises to explain and teach the learner the fundamentals of duty of care.
     

    Reviewed May 2021


    20/08/2020
    SkillBuilder Does Happiness Equal Productivity?

    "Happiness is a state of activity."
    Aristotle

    Performance directly correlates to happiness.

    Warwick University conducted research that found that happy employees were 12% more productive.

    Click on the link to find out three things that you can do to boost happiness (and productivity) in the workplace.

     


    14/08/2020
    SkillBuilder Are You the Entrepreneurial Type?

    Before you start a business you need to ask yourself if you are the right type of person.

    Research has shown that the main reason to become an entrepreneur is to avoid working for others!

    However being an entrepreneur is hard work - most will fail - find out if you have got what it takes by taking our quiz.

    Discover the traits that successful entrepreneurs have in common and setbacks some of the world's most famous and successful entrepreneurs have faced.


    03/08/2020
    SkillBuilder Basics of a Family Budget

    Money management skills are essential survival skills, but not something that any of us possess inherently. The good news is that it can be learnt.  A basic family budget is a must for successful money management. 

    On completing this course candidates will know:

    • Important budgeting terminology,
    • Reasons why everyone should have a budget plan
    • How to prepare before creating a plan
    • How to read the results of a simple budget and
    • Where to go for help if further help is needed with financial management 

    29/07/2020
    SkillBuilder How to Ace an Online Interview

    An online interview has become an increasingly popular part of the recruitment process. 

    They are conducted remotely through a video conferencing or audio platform either live or pre-recorded. 

    This tutorial will outline how to: 

    • recognise the different types of virtual interview that you could encounter
    • set up and test your technology prior to an interview
    • curate your interview space to make the best impression on the interviewer
    • understand the importance of practising your video conferencing skills beforehand
    • present yourself positively during a video interview
    • begin and end a video interview successfully
    • follow up your interview effectively
       

    23/06/2020
    SkillBuilder Noise Awareness

    Noise is one of the most common occupational health hazards. Exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing loss. 

    Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable if the risks are properly assessed and right control measures put in place. 

    Being aware of how excessive or prolonged exposure can damage hearing is essential for all employees working in noisy environments.

    This tutorial will outline: 

    • the effects of prolonged exposure to loud noise on hearing 
    • how to measure noise levels and what is acceptable
    • employer and employee responsibilities under noise regulations
    • how to assess noise risks 
    • how to reduce risks with suitable control measures and PPE, as a last resort 
    • how the human ear works and the impact of loud noise.

    Reviewed May 2021

     


    12/06/2020
    SkillBuilder Using Display Screen Equipment when Working from Home

    This course is Assured by RoSPA.

    This course applies to all users of display screen equipment while working from home. 

    On completing the course you will know:

    • Important definitions including what is a DSE, a DSE user and workstation
    • Health risks associated with improper use of DSE
    • Risks posed by use of non-standard working stations when working from home
    • Adjustments that can be made to reduce back, leg or eye problems when working with DSE from home.

    A Learner Support and Specialist Needs policy is available to the learner and the manager. It is available here. 

    You are required to work your way through each section of this course. At the end of the tutorial, there will a short test comprising a series of questions to test your understanding of the content. To pass the test you must achieve at least 80%.

    This e-learning tutorial only provides awareness education. Face to face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.

    Reviewed May 2021
     


    04/06/2020
    SkillBuilder Using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    This course is Assured by RoSPA.

    The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential if other control measures are unable to reduce risk to an acceptable level. 

    This tutorial is essential for anyone who requires to use PPE regularly. It will outline: 

    • The importance of the correct selection, use and maintenance of PPE to prevent injury
    • Employer and employee responsibilities under PPE regulations
    • Key PPE signs and the corresponding equipment  
    • Suitable PPE for particular parts of the body and work situations.

    A Learner Support and Specialist Needs policy is available to the learner and the manager. It is available here. 

    You are required to work your way through each section of this course. At the end of the tutorial, there will a short test comprising a series of questions to test your understanding of the content. To pass the test you must achieve at least 80%.

    This e-learning tutorial only provides awareness education. Face to face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.

    Reviewed May 2021


    27/05/2020
    SkillBuilder Your Safe Return to Work - Post Covid-19

    The Covid-19 pandemic has seen an unprecedented lockdown of families, education establishments, businesses and leisure facilities in the UK since mid-March.

    As restrictions are eased in a phased re-opening of businesses and schools, the government has outlined its guidance for the recovery plan.

    This tutorial outlines:  

    • The government’s new strategy for easing social distancing restrictions and alert levels
    • The need for proper risk assessment, involvement of staff in planning and adherence to government guidance
    • Common business and personal measures to be taken in the workplace and when travelling to and from work to minimise exposure and transmission of Covid-19
    • Personal and workplace hygiene precautions
    • Managing personal interactions
    • The need to recognise emotional/psychological impact of returning to the work 
    • Wellbeing support measures for the workplace. 
       

    21/05/2020
    SkillBuilder Create a Great CV

    Having a great CV is the starting point to getting a new job. 

    A CV is a personal marketing tool which should showcase you to a prospective employer. It should get you noticed and secure you an interview!

    Creating a super CV can be daunting. This tutorial will outline: 

    • What constitutes a good CV and its key purpose
    • The three different types of CV and the reasons why each are used
    • Appropriate CV formats and what information to include
    • How to identify what makes you stand out from the crowd and find your Unique Selling Point (USP)
    • How to identify your key skills and strengths and find examples of when you have shown these
    • How to create and layout a great CV
       

    25/04/2020
    SkillBuilder Introduction to Medication Awareness

    This course introduces basic concepts of how medicines should be handled and administered, the laws governing medicine handling in health and social care, principles behind safe medicine handling and protecting an individual's rights when medicine is being administered in a social care setting.

    This is an online course meant to raise awareness, and not meant to replace face to face workplace training.

    Reviewed May 2021


    20/04/2020
    SkillBuilder Coping with Isolation

    Anyone can feel isolated or lonely, at any time of their lives. It can be for a short period of time or last long term. 

    Isolation and loneliness can damage our physical and mental health, impact our wellbeing and shorten our life expectancy. 

    So how do we learn to cope with or combat isolation and loneliness, especially in times of crisis?

    This tutorial draws together some great guidance and tips from experts in dealing with isolation and loneliness. It also gives you an opportunity to reflect on your personal needs and create an action plan to help you combat isolation. 
     


    08/04/2020
    SkillBuilder Wellbeing - The Science of Happiness

    A healthy mind is just as important as a health body. We need to take care of our overall wellbeing. 

    Improving our wellbeing has major benefits for our physical and psychological health. It also helps us to cope in tough times. 

    In this tutorial, you will learn:

    • What wellbeing means
    • To measure your levels of happiness and wellbeing
    • To reframe negative thoughts and emotions
    • The five key areas of wellbeing and ways to improve each area
    • How to build resilience
    • About the terms prospection, savouring, gratitude and mindfulness and how each impacts a person’s wellbeing
    • Ways to improve wellbeing even in difficult times 
    • The physical and mental health benefits of improving wellbeing
       

    20/02/2020
    SkillBuilder Decoding Body Language

    When we talk to each other face to face, a lot of the information we exchange is not through the words we say but through our body language. 

    Body language is the set of nonverbal gestures, movements, postures and facial expressions we use to help communicate our feelings, thoughts and intentions to others.

    This can be vital in our everyday interactions at work or socially. If we can decode other people’s body language effectively, it may help us build rapport and trust with a new client, seal a lucrative deal or make useful connections at a networking event. 

    This tutorial outlines:

    • How important body language is in our everyday interactions
    • How body language is best interpreted in 'clusters'
    • How to decode or interpret body language using the 5Cs of Nonverbal Communication.  
       

    26/11/2019
    SkillBuilder Business Cards Matter!

    Are your business cards effectively promoting you and your business?

    Do you get the most out of business cards you receive and build meaningful business relationships?

    This tutorial will outline:
    •    Why business cards are important
    •    Ideas for giving your business cards impact
    •    The pros and cons of traditional and digital business cards
    •    The essential details to include on your card
    •    How you can turn the exchange of business cards into productive business relationships.


    11/11/2019
    SkillBuilder Driving Safely for Work

    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. 

    Reviewed May 2021


    26/10/2019
    SkillBuilder Fire Safety

    This course is Assured by RoSPA.

    This tutorial will benefit all individuals who need fire safety training.

    Once you have completed this tutorial you will understand:

    • The different types of fire alarms.
    • The different types of fire extinguishers.
    • The fire action plan.
    • What you should do in the event of a fire.

    A Learner Support and Specialist Needs policy is available to the learner and the manager. It is available here .

    You are required to work your way through each section of this course. At the end of the tutorial there will a short test comprising a series of questions to test your understanding of the content. To pass the test you must achieve at least 80%.

    This e-learning tutorial only provides awareness education. Face to face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.

    Reviewed May 2021


    19/10/2019
    SkillBuilder The Power of Networking

    Being able to network successfully can really boost your business. 

    This tutorial will:

    • Outline why networking is important
    • Dispel myths surrounding networking activities
    • Detail the three stages of the networking process
    • Give some useful tips for your networking
    • Outline how business cards can help you make an impact.
       

    11/10/2019
    SkillBuilder Working Safely - An Introduction to Health & Safety for Employees

    This course is Assured by RoSPA.

    This tutorial will benefit employees who need a basic understanding of workplace health and safety.

    Once you have completed this tutorial you will understand:

    • The consequences of unsafe behaviour and neglecting to act.
    • The accident triangle.
    • How to ‘Think Safe’.
    • Health and safety policies and procedures.
    • Your responsibilities with regards to health and safety.
    • How to recognise hazards and control risks.

    The key message of this course is: Recognise a health and safety risk and do something about it!

    A Learner Support and Specialist Needs policy is available to the learner and the manager. It is available here .

    You are required to work your way through each section of this course. At the end of the tutorial there will a short test comprising a series of questions to test your understanding of the content. To pass the test you must achieve at least 80%.

    This e-learning tutorial only provides awareness education. Face to face training would be needed in addition in order to complete the all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation.


    06/10/2019
    SkillBuilder Drug & Alcohol Awareness

    Drugs and alcohol are a problem in the workplace.  This tutorial is designed to introduce employees to the basics of what is meant by drug and alcohol misuse, why it is an issue in the workplace and laws and policies that govern misuse.

    Reviewed May 2021


    27/09/2019
    SkillBuilder Advanced Brainstorming

    Brainstorming is the most commonly used tool for generating new ideas and solving problems.

    There are as many different brainstorming techniques as there are problems! However, often we get stuck in a rut and brainstorming becomes boring and unproductive!

    This tutorial explains the key ground rules for successful brainstorming.

    It outlines a variety of great brainstorming techniques and shows you how to use them.

    Depending on your situation you may want to try one or all of them!


    29/08/2019
    SkillBuilder Managing Your Emails Effectively

    More than 290 billion emails are sent every day and it feels, to some, as if they have received almost as many into their inboxes when they get to work in the morning. 

    How do you deal with an overloaded inbox?

    This tutorial outlines:

    • Some key facts and figures about emails
    • The principles of managing emails
    • The Five Folders model for organising emails
    • The 5Ds approach to processing and replying to emails
    • Some top tips for getting on top of your emails 

     


    22/07/2019
    SkillBuilder Introduction to Problem Solving

    “Best way to escape from problems is to solve them”
                                                                                                      Robert Newton Anthony


    This tutorial will introduce you to the key questions you need to ask before solving a problem and the IDEAL methodology of problem solving whether in the workplace or in your personal life.
     


    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.
       

    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!


    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
       

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.