• 20 Sep 2016

    Brexit and Beyond: Supporting the front line and developing a future of Fair Work

    This year in Scotland we're enabling two key networks around people leadership. The Knowledge into Practice group has been active for many years and was put through its paces with a great event in Glasgow on September the 13th with the Army Perso...
    • 24 May 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Steady as she slows is no answer for Scotland skilled future

    Scotland now has a very different political picture. For the first time in many years the Conservatives will provide distinctive and determined opposition. The previous opposition party Labour has been pushed into further decline and its period of do...
    • 29 Mar 2016

    CIPD Scotland the Blog: Framing Fair Work for Scotland

    Last week the Scottish Government’s long awaited Fair Work Convention (FWC) issued its Fair Work Framework. (FFF). This is the first substantial fruit of Scotland’s distinctive approach to the workplace. The FWC into which CIPD has had major input seeks to engage employers, unions and policy makers in a new conversation about the workplace. Its finding and conclusions though hardly novel are nonetheless credible...
    • 16 Mar 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Assembling on Productivity

    CIPD Scotland has been strengthening the connection with members and markets in Scotland. The centrepiece is our Scotland Conference run as CIPD's Scottish showcase since the late 90s. In the first decade we hosted our conference in stunning rural and remote locations such as Peebles and Dunblane. As demand for the conference grew in the last five years it moved to cities starting with Glasgow the first of which won...
    • 23 Feb 2016

    Northern Ireland: Bombarded by the business cycle - how Belfast can bounce back

    Known as Shorts to many, maker of flying boats which majestically swooped down Belfast Lough, Short brothers made some iconic but largely unprofitable aircraft such as the Belfast and the Skyvan, a boxy aerial utility vehicle. As the aviation industry grew into the jet age, its position was less certain. Boeing and Airbus are the perpetual duopoly who define the airplane market. So when Shorts ran out of time the lifeline...
    • 27 Jan 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Steel Strength, Icing Sugar and building Productivity through People

    There has been some good news for Scotland recently with the promise of some saved jobs at Dalzell in Lanarkshire. Politicians and union leaders have welcomed this and so do CIPD Scotland however the picture of Steelmaking in the UK generally which i...
    • 2 Dec 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Working with our Friends in The North to Build the CIPD Network

    Some of my blog posts are like War and Peace, so this one is going to be a bit like Animal Farm! The relentless wind and driving rain of our “driech” (Scottish word for wet, miserable and overcast), November weather can’t spoil...
    • 16 Nov 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Rough seas but skills will help us surf the waves of opportunity

    Scotland's economy has outperformed for about the last five years but now it faces some harrowing headwinds. The labour market is showing signs of real pain. Our unemployment rate has risen to 6% and a gap is opening up between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Much of this rise in joblessness is down to the problems of oil and gas. The Saudi decision to pump more oil for the foreseeable future has made marginal fields...
    • 21 Oct 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Getting in too deep whilst flogging Fish

    Its autumn two years into CIPD Scotland and time for reflection and resolve. Since what is effectively a start up business got going to deliver CIPD's offer in Scotland, we have achieved much but we have much to do. We have sought to work with our branch networks to deliver a better service to our Scottish members. That has meant working with centres and connecting with students to deliver. It also means delivering...
    • 16 Sep 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Sizzling September and the heat continues

    No not the weather, though we have had some nice bright days, if you truly want to sizzle you want to join Scotland’s ageing snowbirds who are cashing in their pensions to escape our climate! The sizzle I speak of pace of change and activity in Scotland. It’s almost a year since the Scottish referendum and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. It would take a city like Perth with its many...
    • 1 Jul 2015

    Transforming the Humber: How our CIPD Network Built Renewable Engagement on People and Development.

    Last week I participated in a brilliant event run by our colleagues in CIPD Humberside. About a year ago chair Chris Brown an apprentice trained fitter and later head of L&D at Hull City Council, had the idea that the CIPD Networks should get involved in some way with the regions new opportunity as the North of England’s Wind Energy powerhouse. The renewables energy is focusing on Humberside as its epicentre...
    • 23 Jun 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Collaboration for Capable People in the Shadow of the Castle

    Scotland Business Partnering Conference Edinburgh June 17 On Wednesday in Scotland's breathtaking Capital City at the lovely Roxburghe hotel overlooked by the castle, we held our first CIPD Scotland Business Partnering conference. It was a great demonstration of the capability that HR working on the right issues, and managing critical relationships, brings to business and public services. A great tour of the complex...
    • 1 Jun 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Politics, Powerhouses and Productivity - why people and development is all that matters

    The Proclaimers had a great song on their “This is the Story” album called “ The part that Really Matters ”. This week with the launch of our Interim Scotland’s Skilled Future project we focus on the part of the economy that really matters: people and development - because it’s the key to productivity. The Scottish government wants to take the high road, building skills, business...
    • 13 Mar 2015

    Scotland the Blog: March - Scotland on Show with brilliance and resilience

    Photo credit: David D'Souza This is the first of two update bogs on our Scottish Conference. Our CIPD Scotland 2015 conference took place on 6th and 7th March. It was a great showcase of the insight and impact our HR and learning community can provide to Scotland as we seek to move forward after both the referendum and a potentially divisive impending general election. CIPD Scotland is interested in solutions...
    • 23 Jan 2015

    Scotland the Blog: a minimum or a living? How wage floors are changing for Scotland and beyond

    On 21 st January I attended a major event on the living wage at KPMG's HQ in Glasgow. A new research report Living Wage Employers: The Business Case by Dr Andrea Coulson James Bonner from Strathclyde Business School, was the centrepiece. Strathclyde is at the forefront of the progressive workplace agenda and this intervention on the finance and reward side is in addition to the work on employment relations and work...
    • 15 Jan 2015

    Scotland the Blog: That’s what it’s all about for a that - Resolution and Resilience for the future

    >The spirit of Scotland is about debating and conversing, innovating and problem solving At the end of a great year, I think it's appropriate for us all to reflect on what has occurred in Scotland. All of us (regardless of our city or nationality) came together to show that a sporting spectacle can be both special and sustainable. Too many have been tawdry festivals of flogging especially in my favourite sport...
    • 1 Dec 2014

    CIPD Scotland Blog by Angela Elliott, Vice Chair West of Scotland

    This week we invite CIPD West of Scotland Vice Chair and network rail Senior HRBP Angela Elliott to blog on the vital importance of getting more women into engineering. > Back to School in Scotland on Equality, Engineering Skills Gaps and Building Our Talent Pipeline Nearly 18% of companies in the engineering and manufacturing sectors report problems arising from skills gaps. The UK has the lowest numbers of...
    • 3 Nov 2014

    Scotland the Blog: How attention to Skills and STEAM can help us clean up and create.

    Scotland’s skilled future will be shaped by a whole range of industries and a mix of skills. This month we had a fantastic engagement with two critical aspects.. The month started with a speech to the Scottish Training Federation. A body which brings together Scottish training learning and skills. Outlining our Scotland’s skilled future approach at their conference in Crieff, also marked the anniversary of...
    • 19 Sep 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Scotland Decides its destiny but going forward we need to work better together

    Yesterday's vote has changed Scotland and Britain forever. I know many people who will be in despair and many who will be relieved. Going forward (an overused phrase but one in this case clearly appropriate), I want to map out some of the issues which need to be addressed both in Scotland and the wider UK. CIPD has a major role to play in this emerging new Britain. Let's look in this first blog at Scotland. ...
    • 12 Sep 2014

    Scotland the Blog: STEM in the City - Gingering up STEM education by taking out on the streets

    Last week I told you about Irene and her cake factory job requiring STEM skills. The skills Irene needed were in maths but they are lumped in with Science, Technology and Engineering to form STEM skills. For Scotland STEM is huge. Some estimate 60% of our GDP is accounted for by jobs requiring these core skills. When you look the weight of oil and gas, renewable, and healthcare/life sciences in Scotland's economy...
    • 5 Sep 2014

    Scotland the blog: How new knowledge of numbers help Irene take the biscuit and get a quality job

    > We should support people who are both anxious and curious to learn these skills... Anxiety and ambition are equally powerful drivers for learning Years ago, whilst at Glasgow University I was tutoring in an adult literacy and numeracy class in Govan. I was going through phonetics cards with Irene who was probably in her early forties, and was clearly bored and embarrassed. She made barely audible signs of acknowledging...
    • 29 Aug 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Why my fish finger sandwich tells you more about Scotland’s future than the Salmond and Darling dogfight

    > The real issue of course is that Scotland needs more trained, and productive people in work to pay for whatever kind of country we end up choosing on September 18th Recently in a fancy railway pub in Glasgow, I was shocked out of my iPod browsing stupor when the posh fish finger sandwich I ordered was brought to my table. The pub is famous for having lots of twenty something staff many of the men sporting luxuriant...
    • 11 Jul 2014

    Scotland the Blog: insight (can) lead to impact

    This week in Glasgow I was a guest of UKCES the body responsible for driving skills and productivity in the UK. It's an organisation which more employers should be familiar with. They've released their Scottish data. About 6000 employers responded to their telephone survey. Maybe you were one of them. The survey looks at skills shortages, gaps and underutilisation. It focuses on Skill-shortage vacancies whereby...
    • 17 Jun 2014

    Scotland’s Skilled Future: Why Scotland’s workplace needs a strong constitution

    I can’t say it doesn’t hurt watching the World Cup yet again without Scotland. But we have the commonwealth games were we will be hoping for a strong showing. After what we hope will be a momentous and ”well medalled” Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland will make its biggest decision ever. We will decide whether or not we want to remain part of the UK. The constitutional issues are of course crucial to our future...
    • 23 May 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Let's exploit those “hard to reach” talent fields

    >Aberdeen is also host to a thriving engineering sector and to many tourism and leisure businesses as well as food and drink manufacturing and local government Aberdeen, centre of the Oil and gas industry and of our vibrant North of Scotland and Islands branch is where I spent the tail end of last week. I was presenting on CIPD Scotland progress and strategy and witnessing the crew change in branch leadership from...