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Here will share what's new and happening in the world of CAKE People Develeopment and all things Learning and Development.

By shelleymeasures, Jul 26 2017 10:00AM

CAKE are delighted to announce it's 3rd Annual East of England Coaching & Mentoring Conference...

The Coaching Conversation 2017


All organisations go through change which impacts the business at all levels.

Coaching & Mentoring are powerful business tools for developing your people, enhancing their performance and adding real value to your organisation.


At a time of relentless change, the need for sustainable organisation performance is crucial. Businesses need employees to take ownership of their performance, strive to meet business objectives and demonstrate resilience and confidence when managing change.


At CAKE, we believe that developing your people should be at the heart of all organisations and that coaching & mentoring should be accessible for all of the people, all of the time.


Our coaching for change conference ‘The Coaching Conversation 2017’ will provide you with a real understanding of how coaching & mentoring can be used as a driver for development & performance in the workplace.


With a combination of case studies, practical workshops and shared learning, you will come away with tools, techniques and innovative ideas for using coaching & mentoring successfully as a driver for performance in your own organisation.


DATE AND TIME


Wed 15 November 2017

09:00 – 16:30 GMT


LOCATION


Center Parcs

Elveden Forest

Brandon

Thetford

IP24 3TR



BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE






By shelleymeasures, Jul 12 2017 08:38AM

CAKE People Development opened its doors to clients and friends last Friday afternoon to mark the official opening of their new offices. They were invited for delicious afternoon tea, fizz and of course CAKE!


Margaret Burnside, Director, said “We’d like to thank everyone who came along to celebrate with us. After all the challenging work of the office refurbishment and the move itself, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to finally show off our new home.”


CAKE moved from its offices in Denmark Street to a new base at Diss Business Park in Hopper Way, following a successful period of growth since its launch in October 2016.


CAKE People Development are specialists in Leadership and Management Development, Coaching and Mentoring, and Organisational Development. They are approved and accredited by both the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) and CMI (Chartered Management Institute) to deliver qualifications to Level 7 in Leadership and Management and Coaching and Mentoring.


The new facilities have enabled the company to take on extra staff, while also allowing room for further growth.


Margaret added, “We were always committed to staying in Diss when we were looking for our new office space and the ongoing investment into regenerating the Diss Heritage Triangle mean it’s an exciting time for the town and we are proud to be a part of it. Our office looks great, it represents our values and culture, but more importantly it has provided us with the space and location needed for us to continue to support our clients in developing their people and really making a difference, not just for their staff but for the organisations themselves.”


For any enquiries regarding our new offices, training facilities or our services, please contact the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or email Slice@cakepd.co.uk or visit the website www.cakepd.co.uk



By shelleymeasures, Jul 11 2017 12:27PM

Whilst coaching has been a key part of sporting success for many years, more recently it has been highlighted as an essential business tool.


In today's fast moving and complex global world, coaching is increasingly the most effective way of achieving sustained learning and development of both individuals and teams. Top performance results from properly focused attention and investment.


Increasingly companies are turning to coaching to complement the overall development of the individual. After all, it's individuals that create excellence. This approach allows space for conventional technical skill based training as well as a focus on individual issues that enhance performance. And the results are staggering.


Coaching is about shifting the workplace culture from one where people receive direction from others to one where people commit to doing things they care passionately about. The process encourages the development of personal leadership and responsibility throughout the organisation.


Coaching assists individuals and teams to focus on possibilities and remove limitations. It helps people overcome obstacles to their success, including their attitudes, beliefs and behaviours. Perhaps even more importantly it provides a model for giving and receiving constructive feedback.


As a leadership style, coaching focuses on the future, on what is possible - encouraging multi-level decision-making and evolutionary learning. Leaders support, inform and influence, resulting in performance being measured against shared goals with strong personal commitment by team members.


CAKE creates tailored coaching programmes designed to fit your business perfectly. Many ‘off the shelf’ programmes can provide a few useful generic tips to improve members of your team, but the CAKE approach delves deeper - looking into your specific needs.


We get to know your business so we can help you can bring out the best in everyone.


CAKE has many years' of experience in going into businesses and quickly grasping how things work. Our passion is devising a programme to nurture the development of your talented team.


We are delighted to announce our 3rd annual coaching and mentoring conference 'The Coaching Conversation 2017' with guest speaker David Clutterbuck. BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE!



For more information on how we can help, call the CAKE Team on 01603 733006 or email slice@cakepd.co.uk





By shelleymeasures, Jul 4 2017 01:46PM

The TJ Awards are back and they are bigger than ever for 2017.


Widely recognised as the best awards in the sector, the TJ Awards recognise the ingenuity, creativity, passion and hard work of learning and development professionals from around the world.


This year the TJ Awards 2017 ceremony will take place at the Brewery on Tuesday 5th December.


Margaret Burnside has been on the judging panel for the last four years and this year CAKE are proud and delighted to be sponsoring the 'Best Leadership Development Programme' category.


Debbie Carter, TJ’s editor in chief says: “We're looking for the brightest learning and development teams and people to tell us why they deserve to be recognised.


The Awards categories allow a broad range of companies and individuals to participate and reflect the increasing diversity and scope in the L&D landscape”


For further information visit, http://www.trainingjournalawards.com/


By shelleymeasures, Jun 22 2017 11:16AM

Are you or a member of your team looking to development your leadership & management skills?


We have just announced the dates for our Autumn Open Programmes. Our accredited programmes have been designed to support your executives, managers, supervisors and team leaders through every stage of their career and professional development.


Our programmes are offered to award, certificate and diploma up to Level 7 and are accredited by the two-best known membership and accreditation bodies, The ILM and the CMI. CAKE is an approved centre with direct claim status from both bodies and as such, the quality of our programmes is guaranteed.


Our approach to people development is a practical one – with a strong emphasis on inspiration, implementation and application. Each programme has been designed to meet the needs of the executives, managers and leaders attending them.


We take a long-term view on working with you to build truly collaborative, trusted relationships founded on shared values, passion, and excellence. We believe in making a real difference to both individuals and organisations.


Whether you only have one or two people with a particular development need, or you have an individual that would really benefit from the variety of perspectives gained from learning with their peers from a wide range of different organisations; our open programmes are an ideal way for your managers and leaders to develop a wide array of skill and knowledge.


Our open programmes are also available in-house. If you are interested in running one of these programmes in-house, please let us know – we have a passionate team ready to help.


For further information on our Open Programmes, click here. or talk to Jo Tonnison, our Programme Manager on 01603 733006 for help in identifying the right path for you or a member of your team.



By shelleymeasures, May 30 2017 08:36AM

The apprenticeship levy?


On the 6th April 2017, the Government introduced the apprenticeship levy, with a view to creating millions of apprenticeships across the UK. The apprenticeship levy will be applied to all employers with an annual wage bill greater than £3 million however there will be a 0.5% tax on the total pay bill, which will be paid through Pay As You Earn.

The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.



What size of business will be subject to the levy?


The levy threshold is calculated by size of payroll. Businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million will be required to pay a levy. This payroll threshold only applies to 2% of employers, which means only larger SMEs fall into this bracket.


How much is the levy?


The levy amount is 0.5% of a company’s payroll, and every employer gets an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the amount they owe.

That’s why it only applies to businesses with a payroll over £3m. So to explain:

A business with a payroll of £3m:

£3,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £15,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £0 (levy payable)

A business with a payroll of £6m:

£6,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £30,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £15,000 (levy payable)


When will it be payable?


Businesses will be subject to the levy payment from April 2017 and it will be payable monthly.

For levy-paying employers (annual wage bill greater than £3 million)

In addition to the functions available to all employers, from May 2017 levy-paying employers will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through their digital account and:

• negotiate and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment

• manage their funding and apprentices, view their account balance and plan their spending

• stop or pause payments (for example, if their apprentice stops their training, takes a break from training or the employer hasn’t received the service agreed with the provider).

To access their funding, levy-paying employers will need to set up an account on the digital apprenticeship service from January 2017 using their Government Gateway ID, PAYE scheme details and Companies House number or equivalent, which company payroll teams should have.


For non-levy paying employers (annual wage bill less than £3 million)


By 2020, all employers will be able to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeships.

Until then, non-levy paying employers will continue to negotiate and agree their apprenticeship programme with their chosen training provider.

90% of non-levy paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government.

The government will ask these employers to make a 10% contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest. This cost will be spread over the lifetime of the apprenticeship.

The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees by paying 100% of training and assessment costs for their apprentices aged 16 to 18 and for those aged 19 to 24 formerly in care or with a local authority education, health and care plan.


Are all UK employers going to benefit?


Employers that do not pay the levy will still be able to access government support for apprenticeships.

Employers in England that pay the levy will be able to access the funds they have paid in via a new online portal called the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). They will also receive a 10% top-up from the Government to their total monthly contributions in England.

All employers in England have access to a new, easy-to-use digital apprenticeship service to help digital apprenticeship service to help them manage their apprenticeship programme.




By shelleymeasures, May 30 2017 12:00AM

We were delighted to team up with CDSM at the CIPD Learning & Development Show in May to show case our 'blended learning' approach.


We were joined by Rachel Mattia, learning and development manager for Anglian Home Improvements to talk about the journey she has taken with CAKE & CDSM in transforming the learning approach of her organisation.


The whole show was busy and very well attended. It was great to catch up with our colleagues and peers from the L&D community and meet so many new people on our stand. We enjoyed every conversation we had. We were so impressed with the dedication to learning and development and the interest shown in the work we have done to change organisational learning.


About her programme Rachel said "I approached Margert at Cake People Development as they are truly unique in what they do. They not only get to know your business, your people and your culture as it is now but understand where you envisage it to be. They bridge the gap of “how can we achieve that” and support you through the implementation of everything and beyond the life of the programmes.


They put together for us an inspiring challenging development programme for our internal trainers, touching all the key areas and incorporating aspects of social learning with support from Andy Lancaster CIPD. Using learning technology has really helped them become part of the learning technology revolution alongside developing their skills as confident trainers and facilitators. Helping them become curators and well as creation of resources.


Their response was incredible, collaborative working, peer coaching, self-directed learning, sharing resources and move towards video based learning, live polling and blended learning."


Don't worry if yo missed the show this year, we will be baqck again next year with CDSM to bring you another great blend.


If you would like more information on our blended learning solutions, contact The CAKE Team slice@cakepd.co.uk or call Shelley Measures 01603 733006



By shelleymeasures, May 18 2017 11:00AM

A training and development firm has expressed ‘a vote of confidence’ in Diss, after opting to remain in the town as it expands into larger facilities. CAKE People Development moved from offices in Denmark Street to a new base at Diss Business Park in Hopper Way on Monday, following a successful period of growth since its launch in October 2016.



The new facilities will enable the company to take on extra staff, while also allowing room for further growth. In a statement, CAKE said new business opportunities and “the loyal support of its customers” meant that it had only taken six months to outgrow its previous office. Margaret Burnside, the director of CAKE People Development, said: “We’ve been searching for the ideal space for a while. “We were committed to staying in Diss when looking to find a new office space and are delighted to tell everyone that we’ve finally found it. “Our new redesigned and remodelled offices, with a range of new flexible training rooms, make our new location a more relaxed and attractive place to learn. “Our decision to stay and continue our growth in Diss is our vote of confidence in the town and the terrific location of the business park.”


CAKE, which took on the people development consultancy division of fellow Diss business Eras Ltd in November, stated it plans to extend the offerings of its open programme service, as well as launch a full suite of one and two-day management and HR workshops for businesses in the region. The firm also expressed optimism for the ongoing investment into regenerating the Diss Heritage Triangle, which it believes will boost the local economy.



Read more at: http://www.dissexpress.co.uk/news/training-company-gives-diss-vote-of-confidence-following-move-to-larger-offices-1-7967360



By shelleymeasures, Apr 18 2017 11:48AM

CAKE will be moving to new, larger offices and training facilities at Diss Business Park.


Picture taken on site of the new, larger offices in Diss Business Park, which are undergoing refurbishment ahead of a planned move in May.


CAKE People Development has been operating from offices in Denmark Street, since it launched in October 2016. New business and the loyal support of its customers is one of the main reasons they have grown so much over the last 6 months and have outgrown the current office space.


Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE said: “At our current location, the limited parking and tight working spaces were no longer acceptable. We’ve been searching for the ideal space for a while. We were committed to staying in Diss when looking to find a new office space and are delighted to tell everyone that we’ve finally found it. Our new redesigned and remodelled offices, with a range of new flexible training rooms, make our new location a more relaxed and attractive place to learn.


She continued, “Our decision to stay and continue our growth in Diss, is our vote of confidence in the town and the terrific location of the Business Park. Being so close to the station with rail links to Norwich and London means it’s an easy commute for our clients and delegates. It’s also close to the A140 with unlimited parking.


Diss has seen the biggest rise in property values in the country this year. The reason behind the significant growth is due to the huge investment through the Diss Heritage Triangle and the regeneration of the town centre which will boost the local economy.


If you have any questions concerning the new offices or our services, please contact shelleym@cakepd.co.uk



By shelleymeasures, Mar 14 2017 02:57PM

Making the most of your apprenticeship levy payments.


The way apprenticeships are funded and delivered in England will change from April 6 2017. If your organisations salary bill is over £3 million, you will pay 0.5% to a new government 'apprenticeship levy'.


What you may not know is that you can use your levy on apprenticeship training programmes that we can align to meet the development needs of your business.


We'll work with you to ensure you get the most from your levy payments. We help you develop an apprenticeship strategy that meets your key business objectives.


Using your levy payments, you can upskill your employees at all levels- from new starters to your managers, and regardless of thier age, position or experience.


Call us today and find out how you can maximise your levy payments: 01603 733006





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