Training ourselves out of the recession

It is a well-known fact that there is a high level of unemployment in the United Kingdom, triggered by the global financial crisis of which began in 2007.

Training ourselves out of the recession


The recession has taken a toll on the job prospects, skills and training of the working-age population in the country

The overall unemployment rate stands at 8.1% – the highest since 1996. And joblessness is even worse among the young: the rate of unemployment among 16-24 year olds, currently stands at 23% in Britain. This could spell catastrophe for coffers of UK government: recent reports suggest that the widespread long-term unemployment rate in the UK could result in huge economic and social costs.    

In the recent annual CIPD Learning and Talent Development survey, it was highlighted that in 2011, UK organisations became accustomed to reports constantly revising economic growth downwards and forecasting a bleak outlook for 2012.  The CIPD highlighted that only a minority (10%) report that their economic/ funding circumstances have improved over the past 12 months.

The CIPD report continues to paint a bleak picture of training budgets. Of the 601 organisations polled, 78% of managers said they had less money to spend on training in 2011 than the previous year – and the same percentage believed this budget would fall further in 2012. 

Matching learning with the way we work

Currently, the median annual training budget per employee was £276, less than last year (£350). The median number of training hours employees receive per year was 24, again a reduction on last year. 

For the first time in modern history, we have four generations of workers in the workplace, which we identified as:

  • Silent Generation – (born 1925 – 1945)
  • Baby Boomers – (born 1946 – 1964)
  • Gen X – (born 1965 – 1976)
  • Millennials – (born 1977 – 2000)

Four generations in the mix at the same time generates some interesting dynamics, meaning we have to identify and deal with varied technologies, modalities and delivery methods that address the preferences of these different generations. 

Added to which, technology has massively changed the way in which we live, work and play. 

So what does this all mean?  For starters, it means the way we work has changed; we are now moving from being an individual, to being a part of a network. We are moving from the physical world to the digital world.  Therefore it is also time to match the way we learn to the way we work. 

At Cetas Kinetic, we have developed a flexible solution that every business needs to know about.  As new technology is introduced and adopted, it immediately becomes integrated with training methods previously utilised. This is called blended learning delivery, demonstrated by the figure above.

Our open courses, are delivered series of bite-sized units and consist of:

  • One 2-hour instructor-led online training session  • One follow up refresh session with Q&A section  • Weekly rapid learning modules delivered to your inbox weekly  • Membership site with further resources and materials
  • Managed Facebook group for networking and discussion

Our pricing structure is as follows: 

  • 1 seat costs £97 + VAT
  • 3 seats cost £197 + VAT
  • 5 seats cost £297 + VAT 
  • 10 seats costs £597 + VAT 
  • 15 seats costs £897 + VAT 

For outstanding learning and business growth strategies, that will drive your business forward, contact us on 02083975556 or visit



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