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Welcome to our news and blog page.


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

By CAKE PD, Jul 29 2020 10:15AM

The business world feels like a very different place. These are unique and challenging times for all of us. By now, many of us are slowly adapting to the new normal and made the change to doing so many things from home; it's no surprise that learning is no exception.

With the added pressure due to Covid-19 restrictions getting your people the learning and development they need may seem daunting. We don't know how long the restrictions will last, but learning and development must continue, and we are here to help and support you.

At CAKE, we had already established a robust offering of digital learning. Our strategy was to incorporate face to face as well as online learning sessions to create a blend of development solutions. But, we have had to adapt and deliver our entire suite of development programmes digitally.

For us, though, it wasn't merely just a case of switching face to face to digital. We have all attended webinars that were simply the host talking over slide after slide for an hour, that's not facilitation. That's a presentation and wanted more for our learners.

We saw this as a golden opportunity to do things differently; to revisit everything. We wanted to make things more suited to the modern learner, allowing them access to their learning at the point of need.

One of the challenges we faced was ensuring we had the same engagement factor, those "ta-da" moments we often find our learners experiencing face to face.

We didn't want our experience to be dominated by our facilitators; we wanted our sessions to get learners active while managing the delicate balance of engagement, learning and facilitation.

The feedback so far has been positive and incredibly encouraging. Our sessions are split into multiple sessions which our learners say makes it easier to maintain focus and that they can do more in less time.

We wanted each delegate to have a personal experience, with content relevant to them. Our learners can pick and chose material, allowing greater flexibility to focus on the content that fits their individual needs.

This level of personalisation perfectly supports the individual learner journey, tailoring the content to the learner while still following the same core programme.

It is a fascinating time for CAKE and our learners as we move further forward to something truly transformative. It is more than a temporary shift due to current Covid situation; it's the beginning of a long term solution.

We will, of course, stay mindful of those who will still want to hold face to face sessions once it's safe to do so and we will always incorporate an aspect of that, with digital at the core and everything else working around that.

If you would like to learn about our new digital development programmes and how we can help you overcome your biggest L&D challenge to date, contact the team, we have the tools and expertise to help.

Call 01603 733006 or email

By CAKE PD, Mar 19 2020 12:39PM

We are all in the most challenging of times. The worsening situation surrounding Covid-19 is constantly changing, we would like to reassure our clients and delegates that we have plans in place and are planning more to ensure CAKE continues to provide of our expert service and support.

As always, our values here at CAKE are ‘putting people first’. That includes our CAKE team, our delegates, and our clients, plus all those within the CAKE community who we work and partner with.

No one knows how this will all end and we don’t have all the answers but we do have appropriate continuity plans in place to minimise the risk to our team, and those close to them, while still providing the ongoing support and expertise you would expect from the CAKE team.

We remain committed to the continued delivery of our high-quality Learning and Development Solutions. Our team have the technology and support in place to continue working remotely and are working hard to support clients and delegates on current programmes. They are also busy designing and developing new programmes to enable CAKE to continue to deliver quality Leadership & Management, Coaching & Mentoring and Learning & Development solutions.

The wellbeing of our team and the duty of care to our clients and delegates is of the utmost importance to us all here at CAKE. We pride ourselves on working across our CAKE community as one big team, sharing knowledge, resources and expertise for the benefit of our clients, this will not change. Our continuity plans go beyond ensuring our teams can work remotely. They also include strategies to keep our CAKE community engaged and supported, so they can continue to focus their energy on delivering great solutions and expert advice.

We have a business continuity plan in place and will continue to check and update our plans in accordance with Government advice and share any further updates via our website and social media channels. We will also use these digital platforms to share any advice and tips which we think are particularly helpful during these uncertain times.

And finally, on a personal level, we know first hand how an act of kindness can make a world of difference in very difficult situations, so if there is anything that we can do for you, then please don’t be afraid to ask, we are all in this together.

Stay safe and well,

All the very best from the CAKE team.

By CAKE PD, Mar 12 2020 03:25PM

Talk to us about our remote leadership & management, coaching & mentoring, and learning & development programmes and continue to upskill your employees!

The world is in the middle of a tremendous amount of uncertainty; your people may be feeling isolated. By making sure, they can continue to develop and learn during this time will support and maintain their motivation and wellbeing.

That's why we wanted to let you know that we offer remote options for our development programmes. These are just as effective as a face to face workshops, with a specialist facilitator, working with your people, regardless of where they are working from, online and using highly interactive tools and methods, allowing your people to collaborate remotely and making the best use of their time.

We definitely won't let the current situation get in the way of your learning and development plans.

Contact the team to discuss how remote development could work for your people.

Call 01603 733006 or email

By CAKE PD, Oct 21 2019 11:24AM

Organisations have been using employee satisfaction as a benchmark for employee engagement for many years. Often completing survey’s every year trying to improve their scores, looking to improve productivity, reduce turnover and attract new talent.

Employee engagement should always be a top priority, but organisations who want to stay at the forefront in the workplace of the future need to consider another step.

The modern-day employee requires more… they expect to be fulfilled; they expect to have a sense of belonging, where collectively they are working towards a common goal, an environment where they can grow and develop their role placing more emphasis on learning and development functions. The potential in the modern workforce is just waiting to be discovered.

Having a robust, sustainable employment development plan future-proofs your organisation and creates the workforce of tomorrow. By promoting a learning culture, helps your employees uncover what they are really good at and by giving them the opportunity to excel has a considerable impact on employee fulfilment, productivity and ultimately organisational success.

Contact us to discuss how we can help your organisation flourish, and we’ll help you achieve lasting results. Tel: 01603 733006

By CAKE PD, Jun 26 2019 09:51AM

We are a little late with your update as the team was away at the CIPD Festival of Work at Olympia. It was great spending two days connecting with people and talking all things L&D, it was also the 2nd of our L&D Apprenticeship field trips. We are so proud to be supporting the careers of the L&D Professionals of the future. If you want to review the all the action, go to Twitter and search #FestivalofWork

A couple of updates for you this month...

Apprenticeship Service for all

From summer 2019, all employers, levy-paying or not, will start to have access to ESFA’s Apprenticeship Service. This will give employers of every size more control over the apprenticeships they want to offer and how to make them work for their business. The transition will take a year but by the end, SMEs will enjoy all the benefits currently reserved for levy payers. Here’s the full ESFA blog:

Standards as Standard

In less than 18 months, apprenticeship frameworks will be withdrawn to be fully replaced by standards. The frameworks are qualification-led and have been criticised by employers for leaving apprentices with skills and behaviour gaps – gaps that employers have had to fill with extra training. Standards are employer-designed and tailored to job roles, giving stronger and more relevant, practical outcomes. The current 400 standards will be increased significantly by the August 2020 frameworks removal deadline. Read more here:

Coaching Apprenticeship is nearly here

Margaret Burnside, Director of CAKE People Development has been part of the trailblazer group working on the standards for the new Coaching Apprenticeship Programme. We are so excited to be able to offer this programme soon, watch this space!!!!!!

If you have any questions regarding the Apprenticeship Levy or our programmes, please call on 01603 733006 or email

By CAKE PD, May 28 2019 09:41AM

When asked, most HR professionals predict that what will matter most over the next few years isn’t employee engagement or necessarily investing heavily in recruiting the best talent; it is actually the role of learning and development to grow their own.

It’s increasingly hard for organisations to recruit and retain good people, which is why it’s more critical than ever to invest in the up skill the talent within.

There is a definite shift away from the ‘war on talent’ where the lion share of investment has been made in recruiting the right talent, to developing learning environments allowing people to grow.

People want to grow and develop in their roles, whether it is a promotion or just making more of a contribution and impact in their current role.

All of which puts more onus on the L&D team, which we predict will elevate the importance of learning and development functions as they are challenged to support the businesses to meet their business goals.

The pace of change is so rapid, to be able to adapt and change at pace is key, and your L&D team need to be ready for the accelerated change.

The introduction of learning and development apprenticeships is the best business opportunity for an organisation to develop the capabilities and future proof its functions and by extension, the development and performance of its employees.

Download your copy of the brochure here, or to talk to a member of the team call 01603 733006.

By CAKE PD, May 2 2019 01:07PM

The path to becoming qualified hasn’t always been an easy one for the L&D Professional. The Learning landscape is shifting, a new era in being created in the development world; becoming qualified puts you in the best position to inspire employees, influence leaders, shape the organisational approach to boost innovation and growth.

The good news is with the apprenticeship levy, the route to becoming qualified has been made easier.

The bads news is that in May, businesses which are paying the levy, but who haven’t spent it, will start to lose it and the funds will gradually be returned to the Treasury. This means that organisations need to act or lose out.


Join us for a day of learning, collaboration and networking where we will cover:

Apprenticeships 2 Years on – Margaret Burnside – CAKE People Development

We’ll share the very latest updates and help you understand how to make the most of your levy pot. During the session we’ll be covering:

• The Levy, paying or non-paying - What does that mean to business?

• Funding explained and made simple

• The new rules on funding transfers

• Using the Levy to support your business strategy

• How does a Leadership Development or Learning and Development Apprenticeship work?

• 20% off the job learning - What does that mean and how is it covered?

• Optional qualifications explained

• EPA - Endpoint assessment - What's involved and how is it managed?

• Case studies

• Q&A

The Changing Role of L&D: What Do Modern Practitioners Need to Be? - Steve Finch - Thinqi

The learning landscape of the modern workforce is undergoing a radical transformation. Learners are becoming more independent, and skills requirements are evolving, bringing fresh challenges for organisations to face. There's no denying L&D is changing, so it’s time for us to rethink the role of the L&D practitioner.

So, what do modern L&D practitioners need to be? This session explores some of the key roles the modern practitioner must embrace to achieve success, including:

• Collaborator - breaking down silos and being the conduit between business departments

• Coach & Mentor - supporting the independent learner's journey

• Analyst - gaining insight from data to drive decision-making

• Curator - harvesting and categorising content from the web

Each role is contextualised in the modern L&D setting, with examples of the challenges they present the modern L&D practitioner and how to overcome them to achieve success.

We then offer you the choice of 2 streams; Choose your session, swap part way through if you want to …

Stream 1 - Modern Learning in Practice - Steve Finch

This workshop gets you hands-on with Thinqi, a next-generation learning platform, where we’ll be exploring some of the workflows expected from modern learners. We’ll take a blended learning journey through some of the engaging experiences that are transforming the way businesses are approaching L&D including:

• Personalisation

• Informal resource libraries

• Learner-lead journeys

• Bite-size and microlearning

• Curation and creation

• Reward and recognition

• Digital body language and analytics

This session will give you practical experience of what modern learning looks and feels like for both learners and practitioners, with practical guidance on how you can take this back and apply it to your organisation.

Stream 2 – Social Learning (Collaboration and Coaching) - Margaret Burnside

A collaborative discussion prompted by coaching questions to encourage you to share what’s happening in your organisation. In an informal format, you will share experience with other L&D professionals through facilitated discussion. Questions like:

• How do you work with your stakeholders to truly identify needs?

• How do you involve your stakeholders in any learning solutions?

• Who is responsible for learning and development in your organisation?

• How do you measure the effectiveness of any learning interventions?

• How well established is coaching in your organisation?

• Who coaches? External, internal, managers, HR?

• How do people access coaching in your organisation?

• Where does Mentoring fit in?


It’s all in – breakfast, snacks, tea and coffee, and a two-course lunch are included in the ticket price. NB – If you have a special dietary requirement? Just let us know, and we’ll make sure there’s something for you to enjoy.

We will be donating 50% of the tickets sales to

A wonderful charity, based in East London that offers a creative and inspiring programme for young women to access tools, networks, experiences and the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment. Their carefully crafted programme offers group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience and start-up support, along with 1-1 pastoral care and counselling to ensure that their participants thrive in every way possible. They are ensuring that all women, regardless of background, have access to the same opportunities to lead happy, independent and fulfilled lives.


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