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A Training Success Story – Michael Finley’s Post-Service Development

Not many people serving in the MoD will stay in their position for their entire life – the majority will eventually return to civilian life once their service is up, or if negative circumstances force a premature exit from a position within the armed forces. This means the transition could be planned or forced upon the individual. Either way, planning for the challenges that any subsequent phases of employment may bring couldn’t be more important; and it can all be hugely simplified if you have the right guidance, as proven by former British Army member Michael Finley.

ELC's - Give yourself some credit

Ex-military forces rejoice! Due to an improved employment rate for those who have left the military (8 out of 10, higher than current UK employment rates), the future looks brighter than it has ever been before for those seeking work post-service. Sadly, barriers will always remain between industries for anyone without recognised training qualifications. So, regardless of rank or title – are you making the most of your ELC’s?

1% For The Planet

This has been a record-breaking year for the planet – in all the worst ways. More extreme weather reports than ever before, rising sea levels affecting entire communities, the highest global temperatures ever recorded, and unparalleled rates of species extinction. Change needs to happen. Urgently. Join Quanta Training in action!

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Best practice is something that every company strives for. This may be to comply with legal or ethical requirements or to achieve superior results. Either way by having a clear best practice it ensures that everyone in the organisation is trying to accomplish the same goal.

Be more assertive – Learning from Richie McCaw

At the core of all communications there lies a precarious tightrope. Fall off said tightrope to one side, and plummet into a pit of passiveness. If you lose your balance and slip to the other side, you’ll be met by a red-hot stream of aggression. Maintaining a healthy balance will reward you with the achievement of assertiveness. It all sounds very much like every conversation we have takes place on a knife edge – but thankfully we’ve got a much nicer scenario to explain how you can be more assertive. The rugby world cup is still in full swing, and we’re continuing to make the most of the occasion...

Habitually Excellent – 3 Steps to becoming an effective person

Traditionally, when people aim to make positive changes in their lives they will throw themselves into guides such as “Become successful in 30 minutes!” Or “My secret to becoming an overnight millionaire!” But the long-term goals involved in such guides are perpetually vague and provide little in the way of short-term, moment to moment answers in your current role. That’s where being effective as a person can produce real results. At Quanta we wanted to write about this and saw a golden opportunity to make the following examples more relatable – the rugby world cup!

Taking a leaf from the All Blacks – Building a high performance team

A team is a team. It doesn’t matter much about what level said team is performing at – they all have the same needs that must be fulfilled to reach their purpose. A professional rugby team needs to put points on the opposition in the same way that any business needs to tear market share from its competitors. We bring up the rugby comparison not only due to the gloriously relevant timing of the rugby world cup, but also because of how intrinsically linked the two examples of high performing teams can be. However, there are (hopefully) less knocks to the head in your office than on the field. Here are some of our guidelines and other theories that can maximise team cohesion and overall performance!  

Best practice vs real life

So there I am teaching an MSP class when one of my delegates asks, “do I need to disregard real life when I do the exam?” And that’s a dangerous question for those of us teaching any best practice framework. While technically the answer is “yes” – because it is the book and how it is applied to a given scenario that is tested, this can be dangerous. It can lead to people saying, “oh OK; then it has nothing of value to add to the workplace”.

Upcoming Quanta Webinars

Do you work in a school, college or university? Do you use Microsoft Office 365? Are you using it to its full potential? Or… Are you looking to add IT certifications to your apprenticeship schemes? You may just be in luck! We are holding 2 webinars covering these subjects on 8th October delivered by one of our expert trainers!...

SOS – Save Our Security

Last year 58% of companies left over 100,000 folders open for the world – and any maliciously interested parties therein – to see. The sensitivity of these folders varies, but with cyber-criminals becoming increasingly savvy in their approach to data theft it is becoming increasingly harder to protect yourself. Read on to find out how to combat this threat.

The Pickle with Procurement

When I reach any section on procurement in one of my courses, I regularly ask the question “What is procurement?”. The answer I am often given is “buying stuff”! To programmes, we often need to procure something from an external company. The more complex the programme the more likely you will need external help or materials.

Quanta now offers Scrum Alliance® Certified ScrumMaster!

We’ve made a change here at Quanta with regards to our Agile portfolio and we wanted to be open with our clients as to what those changes mean and why we have made them. Since starting our Agile offering in 2011 our Scrum courses have always been set to our own learning objectives, with an eye on helping people prepare for Scrum.org’s Professional Scrum Master I and Professional Scrum Product Owner I exams. As of June this year one of our Agile coaches, myself, has been accepted into the fold of another accrediting body, Scrum Alliance® – you can read more about Scrum Alliance® here. This is going to have some limited impact on our clients – but we hope it will offer a host of benefits too.

What's happening with ITIL4?

ITIL 4  - We haven’t had a real update from AXELOS for a while….but we expect to hear BIG news shortly so in anticipation here is a reminder of things as we see them at Quanta.