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IT Training In Spalding - New Training Centre
IT Training In Spalding - New Training Centre
Have you ever searched for IT training in the Spalding area, for training courses covering Microsoft Office Excel or Word for senior staff, management or the senior leadership team? If so, you’ll be aware that it’s next to impossible to find a course that is hosted in an executive suite alongside people in similar roles. This is because a lot of local training centres are open to everyone, and with incentives for people who are job seeking or young school leavers making IT training popular with everyone, finding executive IT training that caters for senior staff, supervisors or managers alone is not easy.IT Training for ManagementHere at PSP Training in Spalding, Lincolnshire, we have created a training centre focused on the needs of supervisors, management and the senior leadership teams. IT Training is on offer. We currently have training available for Microsoft Excel, from beginner to expert level, including training in Excel Automation.CEO Joe Verde, said “Like many local businesses in the Spalding area, we were frustrated by the lack of good executive training facilities locally. Training either involved getting someone in-house to train staff, which is expensive, or sending staff further afield which can be even more expensive in terms of time and resource. Therefore, we brought in some of the best trainers in their field and set up PSP Training for local businesses.”“We’ve a full range of training from IT training to emotional intelligence and we’re open to suggestions for other courses as well. We want to take the luxury and quality of city-based executive training centres to Spalding, South Lincolnshire, to serve the local professional community.”Easy to find with great facilitiesPSP Training is located right next to the A16 on the Northern edge of Spalding so the transport links are great – we’re easy to get to. All of our IT training courses are at least one day in length and include lunch from Pacey’s Bakery, locally considered the best bakers in town! Free on-site parking is available and the impressive suite of rooms has air conditioning, temperature controlled heating, break out areas, coffee machine, fridge with refreshments and a 65” touch screen.To book a place, please visit PSP IT SKills. 

25 June 2019

The business case for emotional intelligence
The business case for emotional intelligence
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is not ‘new’ – academics have been studying this subject for the greater part of the twentieth century. In recent times - perhaps since the mid 1990’s - it has become a popular topic as organisations began to appreciate the positive impact that it can have performance and productivity. Did you know for example that: EI is a better predicator of individual success than other relevant previous experience or high IQ 70% of customers are lost for emotional intelligence related reasons (e.g. they didn't like the human side of doing business with the provider of the product / service) Individuals high in EI are more profitable and productive than their counterparts? Further benefits are highlighted in the diagram above. What is emotional intelligence? Emotional Intelligence is how somebody manages their personality to be both personally and interpersonally effective. It is reflected by what a person does in the present moment and therefore is described as a verb; it is about being emotionally intelligent. Emotional intelligence is about: Our attitudes Our emotional awareness (this applies to one’s own feelings and those of others) Our ability to self-manage Our relationships (with ourselves and with others) Emotional intelligence in the workplace An organisational climate – ‘the way it feels to be in an organisation’ - is related to the leadership and management style of the leader(s). With a direct link to the leader’s emotional intelligence, an organisational climate significantly influences individual engagement, performance and well-being. Organisations with emotionally intelligent climates are more likely to have increased levels of employee morale and enthusiasm leading to increased levels of performance. But it is not just the leader’s / manager’s emotional intelligence that matters. There is clear evidence that Emotionally Intelligent teams are more likely to be: Open and attentive towards one another leading to strong and effective collaborative relationships and; United by a shared confidence, more motivated and engaged in whatever it is doing thus helping the team to perform well and achieve what it sets out to do. Leadership and EI Leaders are central to ongoing success, competitiveness and resilience of the organisation. Research has found that the primary causes of derailment in executives involve deficits in emotional intelligence. The three primary ones are difficulty in handling change, not being able to work well in a team, and poor interpersonal relations. Furthermore, recent polls 75% of employees consider their direct manager to be the “worst part of their job" and bad management is cited as the number one reason for leaving a job. The bottom line With its ability to create resilient, collaborative, motivated, empathetic, engaged and effective individuals and teams and to increase performance and productivity it is easy to understand why many organisations are looking to become more emotionally intelligent. Emotional Intelligence Leadership Development Like any skill, Emotional Intelligence can be developed and it takes practice. Noticing and managing our attitudes, emotions and behaviour in a changing social context is a continual process. Our own courses here at PSP Training Services are run by a highly qualified and very experienced facilitator. In 2017, she completed her Doctorate in Business Administration, specialising in understanding how people make sense of work within complex environments. As an accredited JCA Distribution Partner our course draw on a powerful combination of tools and techniques to enable transformational change. Our Leadership Development programmes help individuals to unlock their leadership potential and create sustainable leadership effectiveness. Working with input from questionnaires (including individual emotional intelligence and personality profiling) we provide a safe, challenging and collaborative space to enable leaders to gain personal insight. We support them in developing strategies and techniques to apply their skills and strengths to their unique workplace challenges and help them reach their leadership potential. Our Top Team Development Programmes. Top Teams have the power to make or break an organisation, the way in which the team works together sets the tone for how others behave and collaborate. We tailor our team solutions to suit your needs to enable transformational change starting for equipping individuals with the awareness and strategies to lead themselves before moving onto Team EI and Organisational Climate.

26 February 2019

10 fascinating facts about Spalding
10 fascinating facts about Spalding
Spalding, Lincolnshire, Home of PSP Training Services We’re proud of our South Lincolnshire heritage. The flat land may not be everyone’s idea of beauty but we have amazing big skies with beautiful sunsets and we can certainly see a storm coming in plenty of time to get inside! It’s also ideal for walking and cycling without the effort of climbing hills.However, the area is predominantly rural and suffers from a lack of training facilities, particularly management and senior leadership training. Local businesses need to balance the inconvenience and cost of sending staff to larger cities for executive training with the benefits that the training will bring the business.This is why we set up PSP Training Services. We’re bringing the quality and luxury of city executive training right here, to your doorstep, in Spalding.As a Spalding-based business, situated just off the A16 in Spalding Office Park, with an interest and passion for our local area, we thought you might be interested in learning more about what many people think are just boring, flat fens. Here’s a list of the 10 most interesting, little-known things we could find out about Spalding. And it was fascinating research! 10 interesting facts you may not know about Spalding 1. Spalding was host to the country’s first true rock festival, Barbeque 67, in 1967 before Reading, Leeds or the Isle of Wight events. It was held in the Bulb Auction and headlined by Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd.2. Spalding War Memorial, located in the grounds of Ayscoughfee Hall, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who also designed the Cenotaph on Whitehall in London. It commemorates the 224 men from the town killed in the First World War.3. The name “Spalding” originates from the Anglian tribe the “Spaldingas” who settled here in the 6th century. It is thought that the name Spalding of Saxon derivation means “the tribe who live at the shoulder of marsh land”.4. Pinchbeck's Key Market store (where Morrisons now stands) was selected to host the historic moment when the country's first barcode - on a packet of Melrose teabags - was scanned back in October 1979. The technological advance featured on an episode of the science program Tomorrow's World.5. The White Hart Inn, in Spalding market place, was built in 1377 and Mary, Queen of Scots is believed to have stayed here in 1566.6. A large drain, known as the Westlode, once ran along the line of Westlode Street, New Road and Winsover Road. There is thought to have been a bridge over this drain somewhere near Red Lion Street. The Westlode is thought to have been one of the main lines of transport and communication with Bourne.7. Spalding had a castle! The nephew of William the Conqueror, Ivo Tailebois, built a wooden castle with a moat and drawbridge, in Spalding, according to a charter dated A.D.868. It was located in the Castle playing fields on Pinchbeck Road.8. The only road to and from Spalding in 1763 was called Horsegate Roft, shown on a map as the present line of the A16. All other transport was via water.9. Windsover was once a small hamlet before houses built from 1801 merged the hamlet into the town of Spalding.10. The Raceground, west of Little London, really was an area used for horse racing in the 18th century. There were stables for the races on the site of the old cinema on London Road, now Georgian Court, at the intersection of London Road and Haverfield Road. We haven’t listed any sources for this information but it is freely available on the internet and, as far as we can see, it’s all accurate. If anyone knows any other interesting Spalding facts, we’d be very interested to hear them. Photo taken by Stephen McKay

21 February 2019

Learn in Luxury, Microsoft Excel Training in Lincs
Learn in Luxury, Microsoft Excel Training in Lincs
There are various options for Microsoft Excel training courses in Lincolnshire. However, here at PSP Training Services, as Microsoft Silver Application Development Partners, we offer something very different. We offer Microsoft Excel Automation Beginner and Advanced courses, which very few other Lincolnshire training providers offer. In addition, when you attend one of our 5 Microsoft Excel training courses in Spalding, South Lincolnshire, it will feel very different to most other Lincolnshire options.Our courses are held in our executive suite of impressive board rooms or dedicated computer training centre, all recently decorated and furnished to a very high standard. The rooms feature:• leather seating• temperature controlled heating• air conditioning• relaxing break out areas• fridge for refreshments• high speed fibre-optic broadband connection • large interactive touch screens promoting engagementThere are regular refreshments to keep attendees “on the ball” plus lunch included from Pacey’s Bakery, locally considered the best in town! We have free, secure onsite parking for course attendees, rest rooms, a coffee machine and a small kitchen for making other drinks.All our courses are taught in small groups for maximum engagement and learning potential, taught by experienced and supportive trainers, some of the most qualified individuals in their area of expertise. Executive Management Facilities Microsoft Excel training courses at PSP Training Services feel more like an executive management training day, mainly because we also offer a range of senior leadership courses. When not being used for training courses, our rooms are available to hire for management meetings, senior leadership team meetings and other local company requirements.We aim to bring the quality and comfort of the larger city-based executive training centres to Spalding, South Lincolnshire, saving local companies the inconvenience and expense of sending staff members further afield. Microsoft Excel Courses Offered Our five Excel courses currently on offer are for different levels of ability:1. Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2016 2. Intermediate Microsoft Excel 20163. Advanced Microsoft Excel 20164. Microsoft Excel Automation Beginners5. Microsoft Automation AdvancedWe also plan to offer additional Microsoft Office training packages in the future. If there is any training that you particularly require that is not currently listed, please get in touch and we will do our best to organise it for you.For more information, please contact us.

16 January 2019

New Executive Training Service Now Taking Bookings
New Executive Training Service Now Taking Bookings
Are you frustrated by the lack of executive management training services and facilities in South Lincolnshire? Does the inconvenience and cost of travelling further afield for expensive city-priced training and accommodation mean that your business has to go without?Then you’ll be delighted to discover that there is now an unrivalled executive management training centre, specialising in Emotional Intelligence, in Spalding, right on your doorstep.PSP Training Services is unique. We are the only training provider in the area that offers:• Exceptional learning environment: stunning facilities • Uniquely equipped centre for professional training with free parking• One of the most qualified senior management trainers in the country, a specialist in Emotional Intelligence• Flexible learning in small groups with bespoke training available at PSP or at your premises Open For Bookings! Recognising the Lincolnshire skills gap and frustrated ourselves with the lack of adequate training in the Spalding area, we decided to address the issue. PSP Training Services is now open for bookings! As an independent training provider, we specialise in offering professional development training, including management and team leader development. Our executive facilities are unrivalled in the local area and all training is carried out in small groups with a focus on one to one support to ensure that attendees obtain the maximum value possible for their time away from the business.Joe Verde, CEO, commented: “We’re thrilled to be launching our Management Training Services, providing a much-needed service to South Lincolnshire and the wider local area. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLEEP) recently reported that 28% of professional and 23% of managerial/senior vacancies in the county are difficult to fill. Candidates lack skills in commercial awareness, managing teams and specific IT skills. We decided to address this issue to help our fellow local businesses. We offer the training required, using some of the best trainers, here in our impressive executive training suite, right on your doorstep in Spalding.” Emotional Intelligence Specialism Did you know that, according to studies, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the single biggest predictor of performance in the workplace? Our trainer has recently completed a doctorate in business studies and has vast working knowledge in the area of EI. She has worked with senior management teams on a wide range of projects including globally dispersed leadership teams, organisational change, process re-engineering and corporate management and governance. She will work with course attendees to learn how to more effectively manage teams through EI. Impressive Facilities Our training includes applicable case studies, group activities and group discussion that all help to solidify learning. It is carried out at our exceptionally well equipped executive training centre using the latest state of the art technology with disability access. The rooms all have leather seating, individual power points for laptops (or computers provided), a 65” touch screen with built in camera, a projector and 9 foot telescopic projector screen, break out areas and high speed fibre-optic broadband connection.There is free parking, catering, air conditioning and temperature controlled heating. Refreshments are also provided at regular intervals to ensure that attendees stay focused. Courses offered We currently provide training in the following fields:• Leadership Development • Excel – all levels, including advanced automation • Team Leading• Management training• Assertiveness training• Setting Appraisals and Managing Performance• Time Management In addition, using the fascinating insights afforded by personality profiling, we offer two courses that look at managing teams through personality profiling and emotional intelligence. These courses include the completion and analysis of each attendee’s own JCA Global Personality Profile. Need something else? If the training you need for your business isn’t listed at present or doesn’t meet your exact requirements, then get in touch. There is every chance that we’ll be able to supply exactly what you need either here at PSP Business Services or at your premises.

09 January 2019

Why does the World need professional development?
Why does the World need professional development?
Global Management Consultants McKinsey have uncovered some fascinating insights about the disparity between skills levels and skills needs that exist in 2018. In many countries, such as China, an ageing population reduces the growth rate of the labour supply, whilst in ‘young’ economies such as India and parts of Africa more adults entering the workforce are armed with professional level qualifications but without practical experience.  ‘Businesses will also need to significantly step up their activities in shaping public education and training systems in order to build pipelines of workers with the right skills for the 21st-century global economy.’ McKinsey In Western economies the skills gap also exists. The UK, for example, has an established government investment programme to upscale workers in key areas around the country – Lincolnshire’s CC Enterprise team hold the key to a number of programmes - and throughout the UK employers can still benefit from the European Structural Investment Funds with funds earmarked until 2020. What about nearer to home? Hot of the press is the latest SME confidence tracker from Bibby Financial with a focus on the Midlands and East Midlands. https://www.bibbyfinancialservices.com/about-us/news-and-insights/reports/2017/sme-confidence-tracker This fascinating report suggests that 45% of SME’s in the East Midlands plan to invest in staff training in Q2 2018. So maybe now is the time to talk about that training gap with your boss and this time round you’ll have the hard facts to back you up!  

03 October 2018

The Lincolnshire Skills Gap
The Lincolnshire Skills Gap
Recent Research from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership suggests a skills gap in Lincolnshire area which needs to be addressed to meet the growth forecast predicted over the next five years within the region. https://www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/priorities-and-plans/priorities/priority-skills/ Within the skills gap is a more specific gap in managerial and supervisory skills with GLEEP reporting 28% of professional and 23% of managerial/ director/ senior vacancies as hard to fill.  Current candidates lack skills in commercial awareness, supervising and managing teams and specific IT skills need to communicate business needs. GLEEP notes that whilst FE colleges exist in Greater Lincolnshire they are clustered in the West of the county and mainly fall outside of the 30-minute drive time criteria for those in eastern and coastal areas. In addition, they tend to open during term time only and so do not always fit in with the requirements of seasonal based businesses in the local area. Local evidence shows that many young adults seek to leave the area, in part because they perceive a lack of opportunities for career advancement – a perception that is not born out by figures for projected job opportunities. As an employer what can you do to fill this skills gap? Investing in training protects your investment, ensures the smooth running of your company and motivates your employees to stay within the company and within the region.

28 September 2018

Promoting your training on Social media
Promoting your training on Social media
So, you’ve identified your skills gap, done the training and now you want to tell the world about it. You need to update your online presence to show your new skills. Pick the most appropriate channel for your industry and decide how you want to position yourself – Expert, Advocate or Follower. The Role of an Advocate If you are new to the game, try the role of advocate. Show your passion for your learning and how this changes your company or your industry. For example; if you have just completed a management training course you could now become an advocate for companies investing in upskilling their employees. Is it important for your company to have new managers? Does this increase their capacity to service clients? Is there a skills gap in your region? Pick your Channel Each industry and job role has its own preferred social media channel. In the IT industry, for example, Linkedin is a popular way of updating peers and clients whilst the beverage industry tends to use more visual channels such as Instagram and Twitter. Travel companies use Facebook to get to the heart of consumers with a combination of text and images. Whichever channel is the most relevant to your industry, focus on this and don’t try and spread yourself too thinly. Linkedin Sounds obvious but you’ll need to add your training to Linkedin and get endorsements for your new skills. Try the following; Pick an interesting topic within your training and comment on your learning – Advocate position Link to your training provider Reference new research on your chosen topic – align yourself with this research to show your competency Ask for endorsements offline – get a friend who can start the ball rolling  Get the best ROI on the time and money spent on training by promoting it to your colleagues and the wider world using a voice that best represents your chosen industry sector.

25 September 2018