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The Skills You Want vs The Skills Employers Need in 2021
With 1 in 4 Brits potentially seeking out new roles this year, understanding the top skills that employers are looking for is arguably more important than ever - not to be confused with the skills you want, which research has found to be a big disparity in. Read More

Garden Leave 101: A Quick and Easy Guide
Alexander Boswell, Marketing MA, Business PhD and SaaS mastermind has got a pretty good grasp of business concepts – at least he thought he did until he decided to leave the corporate world and was given PILON, a term he misunderstood for garden leave. When he sought to clarify this misinterpretation, he found he wasn't the only one with a tonne of questions. Thus, he endeavours to answer every query and doubt surrounding the subject in this comprehensive guide. Read More
Investigation Skills: A Mindset Beyond Police Work
Whether you’re investigating a crime, accident, a person or an organisation, investigation skills are an essential part of our day-to-day lives. This article explores what investigation skills are, why they are relevant to professions outside the Police, and how to apply them daily. Read More

What is the CSTF? - The Acronym You Should Look Out For
Whether you work in a major hospital or a care home setting; are a generalist or a specialist; are newly-trained or experienced; or are working at the front-line or a support role – any new employer (permanent or agency work) needs to know that you have up-to-date training. Read More
The Ultimate Guide to Phlebotomy Training
Your role may involve ‘taking bloods’ from patients, residents or service users. The technical term for taking bloods is ‘phlebotomy.’ This guide explains why phlebotomy is so important. It will explain who can take blood samples, the importance of good training and what this training may involve. It's aimed at anyone working in health and social care. Even if you’re unlikely to take blood samples, you may need to support colleagues or patients, request blood tests or help patients respond to results. So, it's good practice for all staff to understand how and why phlebotomy is performed. Read More

Future You Ambassador Training
Cogent Skills, SEMTA and Skills for Health are running free training sessions for volunteers wishing to become ambassadors for young people interested in careers Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). The focus is on industries such as life sciences and healthcare. Read More