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Monthly Archives: February 2019

  • Contracting vs. Being Employed: The Pros and Cons

    Contracting vs. Being Employed: The Pros and Cons

    The UK's gig economy has boomed in recent years, with over 5 million being self-employed or freelancing. And we're seeing this in pretty much every sector including child care, construction and health and social care. Some employers provide the option to work with them on a freelance basis as we see in assessor professions.

    Plus, the thought of becoming your boss and having the flexibility to work when you want is very tempting. According to a blog post written by Caunce O'Hara, 63% of UK employees say they are willing to consider freelancing.

    But to go out on your own is a big thing! To help, we explore the pros and cons of contracting/freelancing and being employed....

  • What's The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

    What's The Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

    If you are not too sure what the difference is between Alzheimer's disease and dementia, then not to worry, you're in the right place. And you're not alone.

    In this article, we provide a simple explanation so you can understand the difference. 

    What is Dementia?

    Dementia is not classed as a disease in its own right. The term 'dementia' is referred to a group of symptoms which include problems in thinking, problem solving, memory, perception and language. 

    Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases which affect the brain, with Alzheimer's being one of them (and one of the most common). Dementia leads to a cause of loss of nerve cells. 

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  • The Importance of Health and Safety Training at Work

    The Importance of Health and Safety Training at Work
    This is a guest post from Croner. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), over 200 people are killed each year as a result of accidents in the workplace. They estimate that over two million employees also suffer illnesses caused by or made worse by work. The HSE suggests the costs to the UK economy of injuries and ill health as a result of working conditions was £15 billion for the yea All this is to say, investing in health and safety training for your staff should be a priority for your business. Preventing accidents and ill health at work can go a long way to setting you aside from your competition as an employer that values their employees'.... ...
  • Construction: What Does The £18 million Funding Boost Mean?

    Construction: What Does The £18 million Funding Boost Mean?

    At the end of January, the construction industry received some very good news! The sector has been awarded £18m as part of a new Government funding from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

    The financial boost will go on to fund four new research projects that aim to look at ways it will speed up assembly, save money, and, more importantly, improve the quality of UK construction projects. The news was announced by UK Research Innovation.

    But what does this funding boost really mean for the sector? This post takes a closer look.

    The Funding Places More Focus on Digital Technolgy

    Out of 18 million, £5m will be allocated to a Research Leaders programme where they will d....

  • Child Care: Is VR Safe For Children?

    Child Care: Is VR Safe For Children?


    As child care providers, you may have seen how quickly children become glued to a digital screen. First, there was the smartphone with its addictive gaming apps, then we saw tablets with its larger screen where children can play games or stream videos, and now, we see children becoming fully immersed inside a virtual world through VR headsets.

    I remember when I was young, and I might be showing my age here, we didn't have this kind of technology and we spent most of our childhood outdoors. But now, as we are seeing a growing number of VR headsets on children, and this looks set to continue with the VR market set to be worth $15.6 billion (approx £12 billion).

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  • 10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

    10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster


    Student life can be hard, and sometimes, when you have loads of assignments, it feels as if there are not enough hours in the day. 

    One way to solve this is to learn how to study faster. In this article, we share 10  proven ways to learn faster.

    1. Don't Multi-task

    Research by Stanford University has concluded that multitasking actually makes you less productive, less focused, and it hampers your overall grades. And several studies have shown that those who claim they are good at multitasking aren't actually as good at it as the average person.

    The modern-day student is plagued with loads of distraction. We're distracted b....