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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 CAKE PD, Mar 12 2020 03:25PM


Talk to us about our remote leadership & management, coaching & mentoring, and learning & development programmes and continue to upskill your employees!


The world is in the middle of a tremendous amount of uncertainty; your people may be feeling isolated. By making sure, they can continue to develop and learn during this time will support and maintain their motivation and wellbeing.


That's why we wanted to let you know that we offer remote options for our development programmes. These are just as effective as a face to face workshops, with a specialist facilitator, working with your people, regardless of where they are working from, online and using highly interactive tools and methods, allowing your people to collaborate remotely and making the best use of their time.


We definitely won't let the current situation get in the way of your learning and development plans.


Contact the team to discuss how remote development could work for your people.

Call 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk




By CAKE PD, Mar 9 2020 04:29PM

Establishing a culture of continuous learning within an organisation isn't the exclusive responsibility of leaders, managers or employees. It takes full commitment from the whole team. Each member of the team has their part to play.


By providing a blend of formal learning opportunities with a varied range of resources and experiences, organisations can appeal to different styles of learning.


Employees want to perform better and develop new skills. So, by committing to developing employees, organisations minimise the risk of losing top talent.


L&D must be made a priority. Building development discussions into manager-employee check-ins, employees get the support and feedback they need to ensure they're acquiring relevant skills and are continuously updating their knowledge. By putting employees in the driver's seat of their own development, organisations can ensure their engagement, active participation and it empowers them to take charge of their own career path.


We are excited to be partnering with several clients creating tailored, fully blended development programmes, delivering leaning in different ways, on different devices and at the point of need. Whether it’s facilitated workshop sessions, webinars, or curated content from TED talks, articles, journals or youtube videos, we are designing programmes that enables all employees to learn anywhere and at any time.


If you would like to know how we can support your organisation's culture of continuous learning and development, contact the team at slice@cakepd.co.uk or call 01603 733006.



By CAKE PD, Feb 18 2020 02:18PM

Last week, CAKE People Development presented at the launch of the Elena Baltacha Foundation – Sports Skills for Business Development Programme at Suffolk New College. By taking part in this pioneering initiative, aspiring athletes are being given the tools to prepare for life after sport.


We are proud partners of the programme, working to support the education and personal development of the athletes as well as developing the coaching and mentoring skills of the businesses involved.

Sport Skills 4 Business (SS4B), which aims to bring the two worlds of sport and business closer together, is the brainchild of Nino Severino – chairman of The Elena Baltacha Foundation and former British Number One and Olympic coach.


The charity was set up to continue the legacy of Elena Baltacha, who lost her battle with liver cancer in May 2014.


Continuing on the success of the Foundation’s work in giving children, from all backgrounds, the opportunity to learn to play tennis, Nino launched the SS4B initiative.


He said: “Many athletes, across all sports, often do not make it to levels where they earn a living, and so need a parallel career. “This is where Sports Skills 4 Business emerged as a concept.


“By creating a unique development programme of skills honing, mentoring and industry visits, to enable talented athletes to learn how their transferrable skills, will ultimately support them finding a career in or out of the sporting world.


“The tennis world governing body, the WTA supports the initiative, offering an Arena of Opportunity element to the programme, where all the SS4B athletes can identify job roles within the global operation. Whether that is physiotherapy, psychologist, media, finance or sports law, among others, they will also be offering remote mentoring from their base in Miami for the athletes.


“It is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to access a particularly motivated talent pool both through support and volunteer mentors.”


Around 40 athletes ranging from county through to world-class are already involved with the SS4B athlete development programme which will give them an understanding in team integration, the athlete switch from in and out of sport, mental strength and goal planning.


At Thursday’s launch, the first module of the programme, The Champion Blueprint, was unveiled along with the CAKE People Development platform CAKEconnect, in which athletes can access each module and communicate in a safe place with their fellow SS4B members.


Nino added: “These athletes will be supported and educated throughout with their business mentors.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the companies that have already come on board with SS4B including CAKE People Development, Prettys Solicitors LLP, Ashton Legal, Gallagher Insurance, Birketts LLP, Ensors and The Adecco Group.


“In the years to come, they will all help many of our athletes become business owners or chief executives of corporate companies.”


Any businesses interested in finding out more about SS4B, how to get involved and benefit from the programme should email Nino Severino nino@elenabaltachafoundation.org



By CAKE PD, 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 CAKE PD, 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 CAKE PD, 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 CAKE PD, 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 CAKE PD, May 28 2019 09:41AM

When asked, most HR professionals predict that what will matter most over the next few years isn’t employee engagement or necessarily investing heavily in recruiting the best talent; it is actually the role of learning and development to grow their own.


It’s increasingly hard for organisations to recruit and retain good people, which is why it’s more critical than ever to invest in the up skill the talent within.


There is a definite shift away from the ‘war on talent’ where the lion share of investment has been made in recruiting the right talent, to developing learning environments allowing people to grow.


People want to grow and develop in their roles, whether it is a promotion or just making more of a contribution and impact in their current role.


All of which puts more onus on the L&D team, which we predict will elevate the importance of learning and development functions as they are challenged to support the businesses to meet their business goals.


The pace of change is so rapid, to be able to adapt and change at pace is key, and your L&D team need to be ready for the accelerated change.


The introduction of learning and development apprenticeships is the best business opportunity for an organisation to develop the capabilities and future proof its functions and by extension, the development and performance of its employees.



Download your copy of the brochure here, or to talk to a member of the team call 01603 733006.



By CAKE PD, Jan 4 2019 01:00PM

“My coach was very good at identifying the key things I needed to work on and improve and as a result of the coaching I’ve developed relationships beyond my normal network of colleagues and I have since been promoted.”


Internal L&D Specialist at Natural England




You too will receive rave reviews like this after participating in our 1-day Masterclass. You’ve either started using 360-degree feedback internally and want even better results, or you’re considering using it for the first time. You may be an independent coach or leadership development specialist and you want to differentiate yourself by offering a more complete 360 feedback experience. We know what it takes to make the most out of 360 feedback. In conjunction with CAKE Pepole Development, we invite you to join us for an intensive one day Masterclass workshop in March 2019. You will learn how to:



Check if your organisation/your client is ready for 360


Create a bespoke 360 questionnaire that measures what you want leaders to focus on


Run Awareness Briefings to engage participants and get buy-in


Use the click-360 questionnaire platform and digital reports


Conduct a feedback coaching session ‘Explore Your click-360 Report’


‘Check-out’ feedback in the workplace, in readiness for the next step


Run the second feedback coaching session ‘Create Your click-360 Action Plan’


Use Organisational Insights (group-wide reporting)



The cost of the workshop includes x3 free credits on the click-360 SelfDrive platform. (worth £180) One of these credits is to enable you to undertake your own 360 so that your real data can be used in small-group working during the workshop, leaving two futher credits to be used with candidates of your choice. Attendance also includes a CAKE Certificate of Personal Development.



“The awareness briefings were extremely thorough. There was a real push to make sure everyone knew exactly what was expected of them.”


Ian McKetty, Chief Information Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


By CAKE PD, 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.

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