Ernst & Young launches maternity coaching programme

Liz Hall Professional services firm Ernst & Young has launched a maternity coaching scheme to help it retain talented women and “unblock” any “blockages in the talent pipeline.” The scheme is open to all female staff and has already been taken up by more than 240 people across the UK and Ireland. As one of the UK’s leading recruiters, Ernst & Young says the scheme aims to ensure that at a major point of transition in employees’ lives, they are able to make informed decisions about how and when they return to work. Liz Bingham, partner sponsor of the programme […]

UK banks to mentor small businesses on HR issues

Liz Hall Some 1,000 staff from the UK’s five largest high street banks are to mentor small businesses (SMEs) on a voluntary basis. The scheme has been launched by the British Banking Association (BBA) to support SMEs on financial, marketing and HR issues. Already, more than 230 current and retired employees from Barclays, HSBC, RBS, Lloyds and Santander have been recruited. The target is to reach 1,000 over the next 12 months. The mentors will be trained by the independent UK Skills Sector Body for Enterprise and Business Support. From 4 July, businesses are also able to find assistance through […]

Learning sector ‘revisits’ NOS for coaching

The move by one of the UK’s standard setting bodies to revisit National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Coaching and Mentoring is receiving a mixed response from interested parties. The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the standard setting organisation for the lifelong learning sector, is reviewing the standards developed by the Employment National Training Organisation in 2006. It aims to ensure they reflect coaching and mentoring in lifelong learning, and meet the needs of those who deliver them. When the standards were first developed they attracted widespread criticism for their content and a lack of consultation in their development. Many […]

Conference roundup – ICF European Conference, Madrid, 16-18 June 2011

Talking ’bout a revolution ‘Reinventing ourselves’ was the theme of the ICF European Conference, and delegates were not disappointed. Liz Hall reports on a memorable event For two days, speakers had called for a revolution in ways of being and recognition of our interconnectedness. And that is exactly what happened as the conference closed. UK ICF member Jan Portillo spoke out for many when she expressed anger, frustration and a sense of exclusion and separateness. Speakers including Charles Eisenstein, philosopher and author of The Ascent of Humanity and Richard Tarnas, professor of philosophy and history of culture at the California […]