• 13 Feb 2017

    Scotland the Blog: Why Diversity and Inclusion contribute to Working Well in Scotland

    On Tuesday February 7 CIPD Scotland delivered a business breakfast on Diversity and Inclusion in Scotland’s capital and financial hub Edinburgh. Working with City HR and Oracle Corporation we were guests of Standard Life. As one of Scotland lea...
    • 16 Jan 2017

    Blue Monday doesn’t equate but getting informed about mental health does

    Today is Blue Monday - a day which, somewhat controversially, has come to be associated in the media with understanding depression. Mental ill-health is one of the biggest threats to well-being and a source of real pain and suffering for many and it ...
    • 12 Jan 2017

    Apprentices need Sorcerers like Sandy: How the levy must work in Scotland.

    This week the Scottish government published its response to a consultation on the operation of the apprentice levy in Scotland. This is the Westminster government’s key skills agenda, and many employers and their organisations have raised conce...
    • 14 Dec 2016

    CIPDNI: Belfast blog - Brexit and well beyond

    It’s easy to think the times we live through are the most momentous ever and they certainly are not boring. A key element of thinking leadership in a topsy-turvy world is sense making and perspective taking. Whist working in an airline industry...
    • 12 Dec 2016

    Brexit, Barnett and Barrels. Three challenges for Scotland’s economy and HR’s role in meeting them

    If anyone has been sleeping in a blissful state of ignorance the Scottish economy and workplace are undergoing some testing times. The continued and drawn out pain around oil and gas the stringent planned cuts in public spending and the turmoil of Br...
    • 16 Nov 2016

    Scotland The Blog: Resilience is Human: Ramping up the Recovery in Oil and Gas for the Long Term

    This week as guest of The Engineering and Construction Training Board I attended the Oil and Gas industry awards in Aberdeen. These awards celebrate the contribution of individuals and companies to an industry which is at the fulcrum of The U.K. And Scotland’s economic future. We all know that the industry has faced tough times. Its fortunes impact the whole British economy so it's good that at this gathering...
    • 28 Oct 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Gig Economy or Skivvy Society?

    I went to a gig last week in Glasgow. The band are are an obscure punk outfit and they won't get a huge amount from the combination of devoted fans admission price and downloads from Spotify. That said they are “gigging”, and the natu...
    • 20 Sep 2016

    Brexit and Beyond: Supporting the front line and developing a future of Fair Work

    This year in Scotland we're enabling two key networks around people leadership. The Knowledge into Practice group has been active for many years and was put through its paces with a great event in Glasgow on September the 13th with the Army Perso...
    • 24 May 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Steady as she slows is no answer for Scotland skilled future

    Scotland now has a very different political picture. For the first time in many years the Conservatives will provide distinctive and determined opposition. The previous opposition party Labour has been pushed into further decline and its period of do...
    • 29 Mar 2016

    CIPD Scotland the Blog: Framing Fair Work for Scotland

    Last week the Scottish Government’s long awaited Fair Work Convention (FWC) issued its Fair Work Framework. (FFF). This is the first substantial fruit of Scotland’s distinctive approach to the workplace. The FWC into which CIPD has had major input seeks to engage employers, unions and policy makers in a new conversation about the workplace. Its finding and conclusions though hardly novel are nonetheless credible...
    • 16 Mar 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Assembling on Productivity

    CIPD Scotland has been strengthening the connection with members and markets in Scotland. The centrepiece is our Scotland Conference run as CIPD's Scottish showcase since the late 90s. In the first decade we hosted our conference in stunning rural and remote locations such as Peebles and Dunblane. As demand for the conference grew in the last five years it moved to cities starting with Glasgow the first of which won...
    • 23 Feb 2016

    Northern Ireland: Bombarded by the business cycle - how Belfast can bounce back

    Known as Shorts to many, maker of flying boats which majestically swooped down Belfast Lough, Short brothers made some iconic but largely unprofitable aircraft such as the Belfast and the Skyvan, a boxy aerial utility vehicle. As the aviation industry grew into the jet age, its position was less certain. Boeing and Airbus are the perpetual duopoly who define the airplane market. So when Shorts ran out of time the lifeline...
    • 27 Jan 2016

    Scotland the Blog: Steel Strength, Icing Sugar and building Productivity through People

    There has been some good news for Scotland recently with the promise of some saved jobs at Dalzell in Lanarkshire. Politicians and union leaders have welcomed this and so do CIPD Scotland however the picture of Steelmaking in the UK generally which i...
    • 2 Dec 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Working with our Friends in The North to Build the CIPD Network

    Some of my blog posts are like War and Peace, so this one is going to be a bit like Animal Farm! The relentless wind and driving rain of our “driech” (Scottish word for wet, miserable and overcast), November weather can’t spoil...
    • 16 Nov 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Rough seas but skills will help us surf the waves of opportunity

    Scotland's economy has outperformed for about the last five years but now it faces some harrowing headwinds. The labour market is showing signs of real pain. Our unemployment rate has risen to 6% and a gap is opening up between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Much of this rise in joblessness is down to the problems of oil and gas. The Saudi decision to pump more oil for the foreseeable future has made marginal fields...
    • 21 Oct 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Getting in too deep whilst flogging Fish

    Its autumn two years into CIPD Scotland and time for reflection and resolve. Since what is effectively a start up business got going to deliver CIPD's offer in Scotland, we have achieved much but we have much to do. We have sought to work with our branch networks to deliver a better service to our Scottish members. That has meant working with centres and connecting with students to deliver. It also means delivering...
    • 16 Sep 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Sizzling September and the heat continues

    No not the weather, though we have had some nice bright days, if you truly want to sizzle you want to join Scotland’s ageing snowbirds who are cashing in their pensions to escape our climate! The sizzle I speak of pace of change and activity in Scotland. It’s almost a year since the Scottish referendum and a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. It would take a city like Perth with its many...
    • 1 Jul 2015

    Transforming the Humber: How our CIPD Network Built Renewable Engagement on People and Development.

    Last week I participated in a brilliant event run by our colleagues in CIPD Humberside. About a year ago chair Chris Brown an apprentice trained fitter and later head of L&D at Hull City Council, had the idea that the CIPD Networks should get involved in some way with the regions new opportunity as the North of England’s Wind Energy powerhouse. The renewables energy is focusing on Humberside as its epicentre...
    • 23 Jun 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Collaboration for Capable People in the Shadow of the Castle

    Scotland Business Partnering Conference Edinburgh June 17 On Wednesday in Scotland's breathtaking Capital City at the lovely Roxburghe hotel overlooked by the castle, we held our first CIPD Scotland Business Partnering conference. It was a great demonstration of the capability that HR working on the right issues, and managing critical relationships, brings to business and public services. A great tour of the complex...
    • 1 Jun 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Politics, Powerhouses and Productivity - why people and development is all that matters

    The Proclaimers had a great song on their “This is the Story” album called “ The part that Really Matters ”. This week with the launch of our Interim Scotland’s Skilled Future project we focus on the part of the economy that really matters: people and development - because it’s the key to productivity. The Scottish government wants to take the high road, building skills, business...
    • 13 Mar 2015

    Scotland the Blog: March - Scotland on Show with brilliance and resilience

    Photo credit: David D'Souza This is the first of two update bogs on our Scottish Conference. Our CIPD Scotland 2015 conference took place on 6th and 7th March. It was a great showcase of the insight and impact our HR and learning community can provide to Scotland as we seek to move forward after both the referendum and a potentially divisive impending general election. CIPD Scotland is interested in solutions...
    • 23 Jan 2015

    Scotland the Blog: a minimum or a living? How wage floors are changing for Scotland and beyond

    On 21 st January I attended a major event on the living wage at KPMG's HQ in Glasgow. A new research report Living Wage Employers: The Business Case by Dr Andrea Coulson James Bonner from Strathclyde Business School, was the centrepiece. Strathclyde is at the forefront of the progressive workplace agenda and this intervention on the finance and reward side is in addition to the work on employment relations and work...
    • 15 Jan 2015

    Scotland the Blog: That’s what it’s all about for a that - Resolution and Resilience for the future

    >The spirit of Scotland is about debating and conversing, innovating and problem solving At the end of a great year, I think it's appropriate for us all to reflect on what has occurred in Scotland. All of us (regardless of our city or nationality) came together to show that a sporting spectacle can be both special and sustainable. Too many have been tawdry festivals of flogging especially in my favourite sport...
    • 1 Dec 2014

    CIPD Scotland Blog by Angela Elliott, Vice Chair West of Scotland

    This week we invite CIPD West of Scotland Vice Chair and network rail Senior HRBP Angela Elliott to blog on the vital importance of getting more women into engineering. > Back to School in Scotland on Equality, Engineering Skills Gaps and Building Our Talent Pipeline Nearly 18% of companies in the engineering and manufacturing sectors report problems arising from skills gaps. The UK has the lowest numbers of...
    • 3 Nov 2014

    Scotland the Blog: How attention to Skills and STEAM can help us clean up and create.

    Scotland’s skilled future will be shaped by a whole range of industries and a mix of skills. This month we had a fantastic engagement with two critical aspects.. The month started with a speech to the Scottish Training Federation. A body which brings together Scottish training learning and skills. Outlining our Scotland’s skilled future approach at their conference in Crieff, also marked the anniversary of...