Julia Bena

The latest stories from this author on the City & Guilds Foundation website.

Co-op Levy Share: working together to fund thousands of apprenticeships

On Tuesday 5 April, City & Guilds Foundation held an event in partnership with The Co-op discussing how large organisations with unspent apprenticeship levy can share funds with smaller businesses in need as part of their Levy Share initiative. Aimed at businesses who may have a large enough levy pot to share, but also businesses who may not have enough levy for their own apprenticeship ambitions, the event provided advice on how to access levy funds and use them to realise apprenticeship...

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Event: Leading Through Values

Event: Leading Through Values

Let’s talk about values in leadership In October 2021, ILM published Leading through Values, a report researching the importance of values.  The report features case studies from a number of businesses, exploring what values mean for them, how values are being brought to life in everyday operations and how they've withstood the challenges faced during the pandemic. Read the Executive Summary. We discovered that company values are an integral part of their leadership models and ultimately...

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[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. In this event we explored gender diversity and women inclusion in male-dominated industries. Women have made substantial progress in business and leadership positions. But many STEM-related fields are still resistant to gender diversity. How can...

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Leading through Black Lives Matter

Leading through Black Lives Matter

This Black History Month, we invited diversity and inclusion experts from our network to discuss the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement in our organisations. Listen to the conversation for powerful insights on: Leading in a seismic shiftSustaining the impact of Black Lives MatterDealing with narratives of wokenessCritical leadership styles and qualitiesBlind spots to watch out Event speakers Nelarine Cornelius CCIPD, FRSA, AFBPsS, CPsychol, FBAM, FCIM, PFHEA, FAcSSProfessor of...

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[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Marginalised Groups – Prison Leavers

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Marginalised Groups – Prison Leavers

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. In this episode we explored excluded groups and giving fair chances for people with lived experience of prison to gain employment. Most prison leavers want the opportunity to turn their life around. Having a job helps them stay out of prison and getting back on...

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[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Race inclusion – supporting black talent

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Race inclusion – supporting black talent

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. this episode explores the importance of role models and allies in breaking down barriers at work for all ethnic groups. Having visible role models at all levels of a company and across different roles provides concrete evidence and inspiration for ethnically...

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[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Empowering LGBTQ+ people to succeed

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Empowering LGBTQ+ people to succeed

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. In this podcast we discussed LGBTQ+ experiences such as inclusion challenges and career progression. What does being LGBTQ+ in the workplace look like today and what type of training do organisations need to ensure their retention and career progression? We...

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The impact of investing in learning and development

The impact of investing in learning and development

The Princess Royal Training Awards are one of the flagship Awards and Recognition programme of the City & Guilds Foundation. They are all about celebrating best practice. We are delighted that we received 97 applications in 2021. Of those 97 applications, 49 have progressed to the second stage of assessment, the Application Review Process (virtual visits with an Assessor and a City & Guilds Ambassador). We recently asked our Princess Royal Training Award alumni what they thought the...

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Breaking leadership barriers for women

Breaking leadership barriers for women

Sharing best practice Members of the Princess Royal Training Awards Alumni network have access to a wide range of benefits including opportunities to network with over 200 forward thinking UK-based organisations and the chance to attend many diverse events and development opportunities. One such virtual event took place on the 3 December when Sue Gammons, former Coaching Director at GSK, presented to 25 Alumni members on how creating a systemic approach to address gender balance led GSK to...

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