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GL Education CTO, Ian Tufts, discusses a new approach to learning with Tech Talks podcast

GL Education CTO, Ian Tufts, discusses a new approach to learning with Tech Talks podcast

Three months into his role as CTO of GL Education, Ian Tufts has been an incredibly busy individual, setting out a technology road map for a platform evolution to help further their impact on education. Ian found some time in his active schedule to sit down with Dave Savage of Harvey Nash’s Tech Talks, speaking candidly on why captaining this vital piece of work was too good an opportunity to turn down and why this industry in particular resonated him from the off. Tech Talks is a podcast produced by Harvey Nash, interviewing IT leaders and industry experts to provide invaluable and honest insights into technology and the challenges that face senior IT personnel. Ian Tufts is in very distinguished company, with guests who hold senior positions in Nandos, Wipro and eBay, to name a few. In the 3 years since they were established, Tech Talks has earned a formidable reputation in the industry, which has resulted in sought after tech leaders actively looking to get involved. Ian, who has had an illustrious career at the helm of various successful organisations, spoke to Dave on the importance of education and training in his own life and how this was a programme of work he was keen to take the wheel of. As part of his MSc in Computer Science in 1994, Ian developed an online assessment and training programme for his sister, a Physics teacher, and it was here where an interest developed in how computers could play a part in education. “Technology hasn’t changed in education as much as it has in other sectors and we haven’t seen it realised yet. It’s something that’s always interested me over the last 25 years,” Ian stated. “We’re looking at how we can help technology drive education, make teachers’ lives easier and give them more insight to help every pupil be the best they can be.” As Ian spoke passionately about the importance of education, he went into detail with Dave about how GL Education can realise his vision.  One of the company’s key USPs is how their assessment data is used; it’s paramount to everything their assessments provide.   “The value of it all is in the data we produce,” Ian told Tech Talks. “When we get all of our assessment data together into one place, we can compare and contrast it, so it shows us whether a pupil is achieving to their ability – and if they’re not, we can look at the reasons why and what’s holding them back. This is incredibly powerful information for teachers.” A pillar of their digital transformation is how they can implement highly sophisticated data analytics procedures and Ian is enthusiastic about how they can further enhance the learning experience once their data platforms have been fully evolved. “When we’re at that point, I’m keen to explore what we can do with machine learning, how can we use AI to help refine the statistical methods we’ve got?” Ian spoke ambitiously about the future of data analytics in helping teachers provide a truly personal and learning experience for their students.. “We’re already able to help teachers spot anomalies in an individual’s learning  that might not have been expected – but soon, we’ll be able to do this more effectively and with even more insights to help the teaching and learning process.” It is certain to be an exhilarating programme of work for anyone of a tech inclination or an interest in education and you can be certain that GL Education will have a team to match the drive and ambition of Ian’s targets. The Tech Talks podcast is available on iTunes or directly from the Tech Talks site. https://www.tech-talks.co.uk/podcasts You can also see how you can get involved in a career GL Education by viewing the roles we have an offer via our microsite https://microsites.harveynash.com/gleducation/

Harvey Nash launch GL campaign to help shape the future of education

Harvey Nash launch GL campaign to help shape the future of education

Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”It is often lost on us is that every child learns best at different times, by different methods and in different environments. The ‘one size fits all’ approach is not adequate to fully equip our children with knowledge and information, and most importantly, to prepare them for adult life.Our partner GL Education realises this and is investing in our children’s futures by offering assessments that improve teachers’ understanding of every student and help them achieve their full potential.. GL Education have put in place a strategy to transform both culture and technologyWith an established global reach and products that are present in over half of UK secondary schools, the company is embarking on a major transformation programme that will change education for the better.GL Education offers assessments that identify ability, measure attainment and pinpoint barriers to learning; their products include the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4), the New Group Reading Test, and the Progress Test Series in English, Maths and Science. Not only this, but schools who use these assessments are provided with data and analysis to allow them to tailor an approach to suit the needs of every child. Digital delivery means that schools receive this information immediately, meaning they can act immediately, too. Innovative ways of assessment GL Offer are empowering children who would otherwise be left behindSuch is the reputation of GL Education on an international scale, they recently secured a 10-year contract with Shanghai-based General Plan Menco Education Group, to play a pivotal role in fuelling teacher training and consultancy to Chinese state schools using a Mandarin edition of one of their leading digital assessments; a huge, complex and exciting digital project. To enable them to continue shaping the future of education, they are evolving their core business platform to adhere to four key pillars of their long-term digital strategy. These are: to future- proof the organisation, deliver new products, enhance their existing portfolio of products (thereby ensuring improved customer usability), and to utilise data analytics to its full potential.Recently appointed CTO, Ian Tufts, has developed a defined, robust plan from both a technology and cultural perspective, to allow the company to achieve their lofty ambitions and to grant children the greatest possible opportunity to gain real value from their education, the most powerful resource of all.To assure successful delivery of this strategy, we are seeking empowered and creative personnel, who want to make a real difference, to join up with the fantastic technology team as GL look to drive through an industry defining programme of work. To be part of the dynamic team  or to find out more about our GL Education campaign, visit The Harvey Nash/GL Education microsite today.

Michael Grant, Harvey Nash advisor and Associate Director, appointed BCS President

Michael Grant, Harvey Nash advisor and Associate Director, appointed BCS President

London - May 1st, 2019 Michael Grant FBCS, advisor and associate director at the global technology recruitment, IT outsourcing and leadership services organisation Harvey Nash Group, has become the new President of the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). Grant, who was inaugurated in late March 2019, will succeed Chris Rees in the role.He began his technology career more than 35 years ago in the flight simulation industry. Since then, he has held a variety of director and vice-president roles within six IT companies - Gateway, Lotus Development, Commodore, ICL, Prime Computer and Wang. Grant joined Harvey Nash nearly five years ago as an advisor and associate director, primarily working alongside the technology recruitment business in London. Andy Heyes, Managing Director of Harvey Nash Technology Recruitment South said:"Michael has been a great advisor to my business over the past five years, and it comes as no surprise that the BCS hold him in such high regard. We wish him all the best as he takes on the President role."You can find out more about BCS on their website - https://www.bcs.org/.About Harvey NashHarvey Nash has helped over half the world's leading companies recruit, source, manage and develop the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive, global and technology driven world.With over 2,500 employees in 36 locations, we have the reach and resources of a global organisation, whilst fostering a culture of innovation and agility that empowers our people across the world to respond to constantly changing client needs. We work with clients, both large and small, to deliver a portfolio of services: executive search, technology recruitment and IT outsourcing.To learn more, please visit www.harveynash.com Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/harveynashgroup

Harvey Nash HR Survey featured on Atlas Cloud blog

Harvey Nash HR Survey featured on Atlas Cloud blog

Atlas Cloud, the UK managed service provider, has posted a blog based on the findings of the 2019 Harvey Nash HR Survey.The blog, entitled 'How enabling flexible working can help HR teams satisfy the wishes of the board', not only shares some of the data points from the survey, but also offers their own perspective on the findings.Read their thoughts here.

Harvey Nash announces publication of eighth annual global HR Survey

Harvey Nash announces publication of eighth annual global HR Survey

April 9th 2019, London: Harvey Nash, the global technology recruitment and IT outsourcing company, publishes its 2019 Human Resources Survey.Now in its eighth year, the report reflects the views and insights of 1132 HR directors and HR professionals from more than thirty countries, and is recognised as one of the leading indicators of global trends in human resources, talent management and people development.To download the report, please visit www.harveynash.com/hrsurvey.Key highlights include• Boards are focused on growth. 27% of HR professionals say their board want them to focus on recruiting high performing talent – the most important aspect of the role for the second year running• How’s your brand? Building an employer brand is very important for nearly two thirds of recruitment teams as they aim to attract staff directly• The future of recruitment. A quarter of organisations rely heavily on social media when it comes to recruitment, but many HR teams are finding success in new areas such as video interviews, automated CV assessments and chatbots• The end of the annual appraisal? Only a third of HR departments carry out annual reviews of their staff, which is closely followed by those that assess performance on an ongoing basis – 23%• Diversity trailblazers and laggers. 22% of HR professionals believe their organisation is playing catch up when it comes to diversity – 6% of these are a long way behind• Help your staff to help themselves. Although internal leadership development programmes accounted for 68% of development opportunities for employees, e-learning came in second, with two thirds of organisations offering this as a way for staff to learn in their own timeFor more information about the survey and to request a full copy of the results, please visit www.harveynash.com/hrsurvey or email michelle.thomas@harveynash.com.About Harvey NashHarvey Nash has helped over half the world's leading companies recruit, source and manage the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive, global and technology driven world. With over 7,000 experts in more than 40 offices across Europe, Asia and the USA, we have the reach and resources of a global organisation, whilst fostering a culture of innovation and agility that empowers our people across the world to respond to constantly changing client needs. We work with clients, both large and small, to deliver a portfolio of services: executive search, professional recruitment and IT outsourcing.To learn more, please visit www.harveynash.com.Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/HarveyNashGroup.

Manchester Technology Event 2019

Manchester Technology Event 2019

March 27th - Federation House, 2 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF, UKFind out what’s bubbling in the Manchester/North West technology start up scene. Contact: Alex Castell-Howard

Q & A with Michael Bartley – Graduate Researcher

Q & A with Michael Bartley – Graduate Researcher

‘Find a company whose values match your own. If you do you’ll love your workplace.’ When did you first consider Recruitment as a possible career? When I was coming towards the end of my degree I had made the decision that I didn’t want to proceed down a legal route as a career. This was for a number of reasons including the ridiculously long process/applications they make graduates go through and the realisation that I had fallen out of love with all the reading that it would take to become a top solicitor.  All of the above was just telling me that it was not the route I wanted to pursue and so I had to find something else that fitted my skillset. I believed the pace and excitement offered by recruitment made it a perfect match.What about the Recruitment role appealed to you?The fast paced environment has always fitted well with the way I like to work, but the meritocratic nature of the job was what appealed to me most; this unharnessed ability to earn great money through doing a really good job. The harder we work the more we are rewarded and that is something that is really exciting to a graduate. As a driven individual I was always looking for an environment that rewards those who work hard and do well.What do you love about the job?Each day I get to speak to different people. I’m have the opportunity to speak to candidates and clients from all sorts of different industries and locations. I also love the people I work with. Our office is full of great, like-minded people and whilst we all work hard we have a good time doing it. I’ve made some good friends in my first 6 months and hope to carry on doing so in the future.What made you choose Harvey Nash?The culture of the business. The people really do make this job and what I’ve seen so far Harvey Nash look after their people very well. As soon as I started the recruitment process they were interested in me as a person, not just a graduate. They were interested in my likes and dislikes not just the usual education and work experience background. I had an interview within a couple of days of applying and it felt like a great place to work as soon as I walked in.6 months in what challenges are you currently facing?I’m still very much learning all the technology jargon that is not only used in the office but by clients and candidates alike. This is my first job in the technology space so I guess this will just take some time and a lot of learning.What advice would you give to a graduate considering a career in Recruitment?Go for it! It teaches you brilliant skills and offers you a great career path straight out of University. Find a company whose values match your own. If you do you’ll love your workplace.

The City Job Index

The City Job Index

Last count: 1880 Current count: 1880 Change: 0% How is the index calculated?Every week we count the number of City tech jobs that are advertised on leading IT recruitment websites, including eFinancial Careers, City Jobs, Jobserve, Jobsite, CW Jobs etc.We also include Harvey Nash's own recruitment website.We then compare the current reading for each website with the inaugural reading on 27th August 2014 and calculate a percentage difference. These percentages are averaged out then fed into an overall index. The Index was set to an arbitrary 1000 on 27th August.So, for example, if the Index goes to 1300, it means there are 30% more City IT jobs advertised in the market compared to 27th August 2014. To see a list of our current vacancies please visit: http://www.harveynash.com/uk/jobs-and-careers/Harvey Nash Finance & Banking are leading recruitment partners to finance professionals and financial services organisations.We provide access to talent from entry-level to Board-level on a permanent, contract and interim basis. Our consultants are true market experts who work across three key areas across Financial Services:Accounting and FinanceRisk, Audit and ComplianceTechnologyIf you would like to speak to someone in our Financial Services Practice please contact Ben Hayes on 020 7333 1523 Our previous City Job Index graph

Hired the wrong person for the job? Blame your brain

Hired the wrong person for the job? Blame your brain

Hiring a diverse pool of talent is a process of mind over matter, so said our diversity and inclusion roundtable event that took place in our offices in London on 6th February.Hosted by Akeesh Khokhar, a consultant within Harvey Nash's Banking and Finance practice, the event also included insights from our Business Psychologist, Paul Rein.To read more about this event, please click here for an overview and videos recorded at the meeting.

Harvey Nash Cyber Security Survey 2019

Harvey Nash Cyber Security Survey 2019

Please read our 2019 Cyber Security Survey, in association with Invinsec.With GDPR, industry regulations and high profile security breaches, you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone is under attack, but is that really the case?Find out what is on the minds of those that are on the front line of today's cyber war.Read the full report here.

Harvey Nash and Chairman's Network Roundtable Discussion

Harvey Nash and Chairman's Network Roundtable Discussion

February 7th - Harvey Nash Group, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY, UKThe G20’s Financial Stability Board set up a Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) specifically noting the severe risks to sectors such as energy, manufacturing, retail and finance services with recommendations on how the risk should be disclosed.Contact: Vicki Mordecai

Harvey Nash appear in Business Culture Awards brochure following win

Harvey Nash appear in Business Culture Awards brochure following win

Harvey Nash appeared in the Building Exceptional Business Culture: The 2019 Case Studies brochure, following our winning of the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award at the 2018 Business Culture AwardsClick here to read our diversity story on page 9 of this PDF.

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