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Here will share what's new and happening in the world of CAKE People Develeopment and all things Learning and Development.

By Shelley Measures, Oct 21 2019 11:24AM

Organisations have been using employee satisfaction as a benchmark for employee engagement for many years. Often completing survey’s every year trying to improve their scores, looking to improve productivity, reduce turnover and attract new talent.


Employee engagement should always be a top priority, but organisations who want to stay at the forefront in the workplace of the future need to consider another step.


The modern-day employee requires more… they expect to be fulfilled; they expect to have a sense of belonging, where collectively they are working towards a common goal, an environment where they can grow and develop their role placing more emphasis on learning and development functions. The potential in the modern workforce is just waiting to be discovered.


Having a robust, sustainable employment development plan future-proofs your organisation and creates the workforce of tomorrow. By promoting a learning culture, helps your employees uncover what they are really good at and by giving them the opportunity to excel has a considerable impact on employee fulfilment, productivity and ultimately organisational success.


Contact us to discuss how we can help your organisation flourish, and we’ll help you achieve lasting results.


Slice@cakepd.co.uk Tel: 01603 733006



By Shelley Measures, Oct 14 2019 02:57PM

The way in which organisations develop people is forever changing; new trends are emerging all the time. The apprenticeship levy has meant that more businesses are focusing on upskilling their teams which can only be a good thing, but what about the leaders and managers who aren’t suited to an apprenticeship programme?


We have been delivering high-impact Leadership and Management Open Programmes for many years.


There are huge benefits and added value to be gained with this type of development that many organisations fail to see. For the right delegate, open programmes can offer even more than an in-house or apprenticeship development programme.


Some of the benefits are:


• Networking with peers from other organisations

• Peer to peer learning

• Safe environment away from the workplace

• Knowledge sharing with people from other companies

• Giving and receiving feedback from leaders and managers with similar seniority and experience

• Smaller groups allow opportunities for 1-2-1 coaching

• Learners gain valuable insights from different industry sectors

• Delegates learn and develop powerful techniques


Each programme is supported by our online learning community CAKEconnect, enriching the learning experience through sharing additional learning material, online discussions and work-based challenges. Our facilitators are experts Leadership and Management, a range of assessment methods and tutoring and expert in creating an environment for learners that is supportive yet challenging.


We are passionate and committed to making a difference, whether at an individual, team or organisational level and we pride ourselves on our reputation and business relationships.

For further information on our open programmes or to book your place, call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or contact us here.



By Shelley Measures, Sep 18 2019 12:00AM

Coaching Culture – It is proven that coaching delivers considerable impact on organisations, particularly when coaching skills are developed in managers and applied as part of their day to day role.


However, investing in coaching for the sake of it will never get results!


A coaching culture means supporting your employees so that they learn new skills and become a greater asset to the company. A management culture that emphasizes training, regular feedback and opportunities for growth creates a more engaged and energised workforce.


To develop a coaching style of management and to establish a coaching culture requires a focused, cohesive approach. For real culture change to happen, managers need to be taught coaching skills & receive support while they put it into practice.


CAKE creates tailored coaching programmes designed to fit your business perfectly. Many ‘off the shelf’ programmes can provide a few useful generic tips to improve members of your team, but the CAKE approach delves deeper - For more on how we can support your culture change, call 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk.


By Shelley Measures, Aug 5 2019 03:44PM

Did you know that organisations with spare apprenticeship levy funds can transfer them to your charity? Here we give some hints and tips to show charities how to make the most of this golden opportunity.


As a charity, you may not be paying the apprenticeship levy, but did you know that there is still a way in which you could benefit from it? From April this year, employers can transfer up to 25% of their annual apprenticeship service funds (an increase from 10%) to another organisation. These transferred funds can then be used to fund an apprenticeship. This is a golden opportunity for charities.


Organisations who aren’t spending all their levy are looking for ways to do so. and supporting charities in this way may also fit perfectly with their corporate social responsibility policy. Any employer can receive a transfer, so charities of all sizes can benefit from having an apprenticeship funded by another organisation.


For example, we’re currently working with a local charity, The Feed in Norwich, which helps homeless and disadvantaged adults, training them in catering skills to increase their employability and self-confidence. The Operations Manager is about to enbark on our Leadership and Management Apprenticeship Programme funded by Kettle Foods.


Kettle Foods wants to really make a difference locally, and it already funds places on its catering training programmes, provides training sessions with its chef and helps raise awareness of The Feed’s valuable work. It made perfect sense to use its available levy pot to support its partner charity further. It’s definitely worth approaching and asking your supporters if they have any leftover levy that they’d be willing to transfer to you.


How to benefit from a transferred apprenticeship levy:


The transfer process itself is simple to do, but I’d recommend watching the Education & Skills Funding Agency videos.


Before a transfer can be made, both the sending and receiving organisations must be registered on the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). The levy-paying organisation initiates the process. The receiving charity confirms and then adds the details of the apprenticeship. More details can be found on the gov.uk website.


Practical tips & hints


If you’re going to receive a transfer, there are some things that you should bear in mind:


The transferred funds can only be used for apprenticeship training and assessment


The funds can only be used for apprenticeship standards


You will need to create an account on the DAS portal


An agreement must be signed with the Educations Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)


The transfer of funds occurs monthly from the sending employers to your apprenticeship account


If the apprenticeship stops for whatever reason, so will the funding


You WILL NOT be required to pay back the funds

If the sending employer runs out of funds, you’ll be required to make a 5% contribution towards the programme; the government will pay the remaining 95%. The is called co-investment. Further information is on the www.gov.uk website


The cost of any training should not go above the funding band for the apprenticeship programme. For example, the funding band for the Leadership and Management Apprenticeship is £7,000. In the unlikely event that training costs exceed this amount, your charity would be liable for the outstanding amount. This shouldn’t happen but is something to be aware of if suppliers suggest adding extras to their programmes that won’t be covered by the levy.


If you’re being funded by a training provider, that provider cannot then deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship



If you have any questions about the apprenticeship levy transfer process, or would like to talk to us about our apprenticeship programmes could support you, contact the team on 01603 733006, email slice@cakepd.co.uk or visit www.cakepd.co.uk



By Shelley Measures, Jul 31 2019 11:31AM

It's our team meeting at CAKE HQ today and it got us thinking about why we have them.... We came up with our 8 reasons why:


1. Team meetings give us a place to, build relationships, to help each other and offer support.


2. They’re essential in understanding our colleagues’ aims, concerns, hopes, challenges, etc. Sometimes face to face is the only time you can really share it.


3. Team meetings provide us offer a ‘safe’ environment – it’s a chance to discuss things we may not be happy sharing by email.


4. A team meeting is an open forum where we have equal opportunity to talk and listen. Everybody gets the same chance.


5. Conference call is useful but can’t fully to replace a physical meeting. Of course, if there are no other options, conference calls will have to do, but if you are able to get together in person, then it’s invariably it’s much more rewarding to do so.


6. Team meetings allow all of us to lift our head out of day-to-day operations; it’s so easy to stay focused, head down. Team meetings are a chance to head up and focus on something else and work on cross-functional projects together.


7. Team meetings are a learning, development and improvement opportunity. Meetings are a crucial part of business and organisations and are a good place to learn about the wider organisation, how to work together towards our objectives, and share, and discuss what improvements we can achieve together.


8. The team meeting is a great reminder that we are in fact, in a team – and not alone!


These are our thoughts, we'd love to hear yours.


By Shelley Measures, Jun 26 2019 09:51AM

We are a little late with your update as the team was away at the CIPD Festival of Work at Olympia. It was great spending two days connecting with people and talking all things L&D, it was also the 2nd of our L&D Apprenticeship field trips. We are so proud to be supporting the careers of the L&D Professionals of the future. If you want to review the all the action, go to Twitter and search #FestivalofWork


A couple of updates for you this month...



Apprenticeship Service for all

From summer 2019, all employers, levy-paying or not, will start to have access to ESFA’s Apprenticeship Service. This will give employers of every size more control over the apprenticeships they want to offer and how to make them work for their business. The transition will take a year but by the end, SMEs will enjoy all the benefits currently reserved for levy payers. Here’s the full ESFA blog:


Standards as Standard


In less than 18 months, apprenticeship frameworks will be withdrawn to be fully replaced by standards. The frameworks are qualification-led and have been criticised by employers for leaving apprentices with skills and behaviour gaps – gaps that employers have had to fill with extra training. Standards are employer-designed and tailored to job roles, giving stronger and more relevant, practical outcomes. The current 400 standards will be increased significantly by the August 2020 frameworks removal deadline. Read more here:


Coaching Apprenticeship is nearly here


Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development has been part of the trailblazer group working on the standards for the new Coaching Apprenticeship Programme. We are so excited to be able to offer this programme soon, watch this space!!!!!!



If you have any questions regarding the Apprenticeship Levy or our programmes, please call on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk.

By Shelley Measures, Dec 19 2018 12:08PM

On December the 4th, we celebrated the best of the best in Learning and Development at a glittering awards dinner held at the prestigious Tower of London Pavilion.


The TJ Awards are part of the Training Journal brand which for over 50 years has been supporting those in workplace learning and development.


The awards, now in their 13th year, recognise the originality, innovation, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world.


The evening was hosted by radio and TV celebrity Jenni Falconer and attended by over 500 guests from the L&D industry, coming together to celebrate their outstanding achievements in learning and development.


Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development, has been on the judging panel for the last six years, this year, judging the Best Coaching and Mentoring Programme, along with her chosen judging team.


The winners of the GOLD award went to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for their Coaching Peer Supervision Programme.


Margaret said “The drive and focus from Hannah Datema’s lead in providing the service for the Trust, and the partnership she developed is apparent. The feedback from stakeholders clearly illustrates the impact. The building of supervision and fitness to practice across the Trust along its focused and steady journey has resulted in the emergence of excellence in coaching. There is also a real commitment to developing standards further through the planned Phase 2 of the programme; a great example of commitment to continuous improvement. We, as judges, were very impressed by the development of a strong coaching culture in a large organisation and with a limited budget.”


CAKE was delighted to also sponsor, 'Best Leadership Development Programme' category this year. Margaret was thrilled to present the GOLD Award to Newton Europe.


Another organisation at the evert was GOLD Award winners of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Programme, BT plc, for their TechWomen programme.


CAKE has been supporting this amazing programme for the last four years. Candice Cross, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusive Culture said, “It would not have been possible without the support of CAKE”.


The TechWomen programme has supported over a thousand women and continues to go from strength to strength. The judges said, “This is a very impressive initiative which has been in place for several years and which has achieved tangible, measurable success; whilst it has gender as its focus, there is an intersectional approach; senior leaders have demonstrated their commitment; the reviewing process means that the programme leaders are improving it every year.”


View the full list of winners at http://www.trainingjournalawards.com


The Award categories allow a broad range of organisations and individuals to participate and reflect the increasing diversity and scope in the L&D landscape. and will be open for entries in March 2019 – for more information visit www.trainingjournalawards.com where entries are made online.

By Shelley Measures, Nov 1 2018 11:18AM

We are celebrating!


It’s our 2nd birthday…


To celebrate 2 years as CAKE People Development, we are gifting to you the offer of 2 for 1 tickets for our coaching and mentoring conference, The Coaching Conversation.


Our gift to you opens today and will run for 2 days!!!


To claim your gift, firstly book your ticket here, then simply email us at slice@cakepd.co.uk with the name and email address of your guest, and we will send them their free ticket.


We have an amazing line-up of carefully selected guest speakers and facilitators, and a wide range of workshops guaranteed to be thought-provoking and challenge your thinking.


Our great team will be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day, we look forward to seeing you there!


Don’t forget, this 2 for 1 offer runs for 48hrs only… who will you bring??


Regards

The CAKE team.


By Shelley Measures, Jul 4 2018 11:41AM

The organisations we work with which have created and sustained a coaching culture where managers use a coaching style as standard, report many benefits, from increased employee engagement and the ability to successfully resolve conflict, to increased productivity and performance.


So, it’s understandable that when polled, almost 70% of businesses said they use coaching. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a coaching culture is in place, as frequently coaching is used on a one to one basis and often only for senior members of the team.


There are some key factors to take into consideration when implementing a coaching culture. It’s an ongoing voyage, one that requires sound building blocks of internal coaching capability so that over time, it is sustained, and capability is scaled up, so the coaching culture becomes the broader organisation culture.


1. Top Team Buy-In


For any project to work, and especially when introducing a coaching culture, the top team need to be fully engaged and on board. It needs to start at the top and then flow through the rest of the business. This is key to establishing and approving the business benefits for introducing a coaching culture. They are your advocates and will set the example of the desired behaviours.


At CAKE, we will always suggest starting with an Executive Team Coaching Programme; it proves to be the best basis for buy-in for the project.


2. Who are your champions?


The buy-in has been established and the example set, but who will champion the project? Your line managers are your champions and essential to the success and longevity of the coaching culture. It’s your champions who you will depend upon to make sure the coaching programme is put into effect, so it is vital they have the tools and skills they need to build on the coaching programme. Although not essential, we will suggest that a core team of managers achieve a formal qualification, through either the ILM or CMI.


3. Embed the programme.


A culture change is not sustainable unless there is a clear purpose. Whatever your business objectives are, they need to be communicated, so it is clear to all stakeholders what their role is and what is expected of them. The core team is the key component to create an environment that allows the culture to embed, to establish its roots.


4. Bust the myths.


It is so important to open conversations around coaching, to help your managers and executives understand how to use coaching and mentoring effectively as part of everyday working life. Be transparent, collaborate across all business units and tackles the challenges and bust the myths along the way.


It can feel like a massive task with so much to consider but by working with you, CAKE can advise, recommend and design a combination of strategies to ensure your coaching culture becomes standard practice which will ensure the maturity, success and longevity of the project.


As the saying goes.. ‘No one said it was going to be easy, but it’ll be worth it.’


For further information on our coaching and mentoring programme and interventions or for information about the East of England Coaching and Mentoring Conference – The Coaching Conversation 2018 call The CAKE Team on 01603 733006












By Shelley Measures, May 25 2018 03:04PM

The L&D landscape has changed significantly in recent years, the standard model of classroom only sessions is becoming less common and has moved to a more modern, blended approach, combining different learning techniques.


We recognise that in today’s world the modern learner likes to take responsibility for their development, preferring an experience that is flexible and open with access to a wealth of resources, when they need it. Our CAKE approach fully supports modern learning and adopts the complementary use of social learning, eLearning and other techniques combined with the standard model.


CAKEconnect is our online learning community, it allows us to create a rich, self-paced learning experience, with space for monitoring and giving feedback.


It provides an enriched learning experience and has great benefits not only for the learners but also for our programme facilitators and the learning process itself.


Since we introduced CAKEconnect, we have found our learners are more engaged. By using a variety of approaches the programme content is easy to grasp, and it enables us to use a range of other supporting material. It is an ideal space where we have created an environment that suits individual learners and different learning styles.


We do our very best to account for everyone in our face to face facilitated workshops, but by diversifying our methods, we can ensure everyone has the best opportunity to learn.


CAKEconnect supports learning in many ways:


Time restrictions of the classroom environment are no longer an issue, which deepens the connections between our learners and our facilitators, creating an extremely supportive environment for questions or concerns to be raised and addressed as well as encouraging conversations and peer to peer learning.

It gives our facilitators a feel for the learner trends and enables them to adapt and act accordingly; it’s a huge benefit to be able to add further resources in an instant from discussions with our learners both in the sessions and online.


Another awesome feature is the reporting; it is always good to be able to have at a glance a quick overview of how well our learners are doing, how far they have progressed and how they are responding to the different methods, which leads onto feedback. CAKEconnect allows our facilitators to use the right tools and blended methods to prepare feedback, and deliver it most effectively.


Overall, it helps the learning become much more meaningful, it engages and encourages learners to take greater responsibility for their learning, and it makes it fun.


Call the CAKE Team today to discover how our CAKEconnect community can support your development solutions 01603 733006.



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