First Intuition Think Tank (FITT)

Our Employer Forums have become incredibly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic with many people tuning in regularly to hear the latest news from our industry.

As we move forward to start thinking about how we all embrace the ‘new normal’, our forums will shift their focus to become an opportunity to hear about and share thoughts on the changes we are all making in these unusual times. We’re calling these new sessions First Intuition Think Tank forums. We hope to see many regular and new faces joining us each week.

Think Tank Fridays

First Intuition Think Tank (FITT)

Our Employer Forums have become incredibly popular during the COVID-19 pandemic with many people tuning in regularly to hear the latest news from our industry.

As we move forward to start thinking about how we all embrace the ‘new normal’, our forums will shift their focus to become an opportunity to hear about and share thoughts on the changes we are all making in these unusual times. We’re calling these new sessions First Intuition Think Tank forums. We hope to see many regular and new faces joining us each week.

Starting Friday the 26th of June, our Employer webinar will be shifting their focus to become First Intuition Think Tank forums.

Out with – Friday employer forum qualification updates

Since the start of lockdown, we have been using these weekly forums to communicate the ongoing changes in the exam situation for each of the main accounting awarding bodies. So much has happened since March. We, therefore, have a ‘real-time’ blog. This contains a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of where the AAT, ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW qualifications each stand.

The pace of change with exams is thankfully slowing. However,  it is clear that in the current situation a number of issues have emerged that are affecting employers in a way that they haven’t in the past. We particularly see issues around the impact of increased levels of remote working.

 

In with – First Intuition Think Tank (FITT) Friday forums

In recent weeks we have talked to a number of employers and conducted surveys. These have highlighted 6 or 7 key issues that seem to be causing most concern. We’ll be addressing these in future 1 pm Friday forum sessions. In order to allow for in-depth consideration of each issue, we will be ‘pairing up’ two Fridays in a row to focus on the same topic. We are commissioning dedicated content such as Insight Reports and blog series. We have also arranged a series of expert speakers to join us to share their experiences and point us to real-world case studies.

As in the past, our new Think Tank forums will be recorded and sent out to those registered.

FITT Fortnight #4 – Delivering your Internal Training Remotely

With upcoming intakes of new students likely to be starting their accountancy careers in a largely (or entirely) remote environment, many employers are facing the prospect of delivering initial induction and skills training virtually, rather than in a conventional board room or office setting. Getting this right will be critical to ensuring engagement and productivity in those important first months in work.

As winner of PQ Magazine Online College of the Year 2020 and also of Best Distance Learning Provider in the 2020 AAT Awards we have a proven wealth of expertise in online training that we can pass on to you; platform selection, material creation and adaptation, learning activity management and maximising attendee engagement. We can help you to embrace this new approach to internal training confidently and effectively.

  • 1 pm on Friday 14th August – We’re delighted to be joined today by two of our very own resident experts Tanya Floringer and Carol Bowhill-Mann who will be talking about the measures that we have taken to maintain a high level of personal connection and engagement on our courses as they have been delivered virtually during lockdown.
  • 1 pm on Friday 21st August – we will be joined by Michelle Parish, Lead Facilitator and Online Learning Consultant at the Learning & Performance Institute.

Previous FITT Fortnights:

Remote Onboarding and Inducting of New Staff

During our first First Intuition Think Tank (FITT) fortnight, we discussed the topic of Remote Onboarding, a hot topic for many employers. We were delighted to be joined by Felix Mitchell, Founder and Director at Instant Impact and Will Dempsey, Global Talent Acquisition Lead at AstraZeneca. They shared their own experiences of remote onboarding and gave insights into best practice in this area. In our second session on this topic, we were also joined by representatives from the AAT, ACCA, CIMA and ICAEW who provided an industry-specific perspective on this subject. You can find out more about this topic, watch the recording of the sessions and find useful links in this article.

Remote Management of Junior staff

In our second topic of our First Intuition Think Tank Fridays, we moved on to talk about the remote management of junior staff. In our first session, we were delighted to be joined by C-J Green, Co-Founder and Executive Director of BraveGoose and we also launched our own insight report on this subject. In our follow up session, Dyfrig Jenkins, of YOU.DEVELOPMENT.co.uk talked about this topic in more detail and we also heard from the accountancy awarding bodies who shared their thoughts and the work they’ve been doing to tackle the challenges many employers are currently facing.  You can find out more about this topic, watch the recording of the sessions and find useful links in this article.

Returning to the Workplace

Our third topic in our ‘First Intuition Think Tank Friday’ session focused on returning to the workplace. With many firms now evaluating how they can provide a safe and welcoming environment for those employees who are planning to return to the office in some way, we examined this topic in more detail. Barnaby Clark and Lizzie Duckworth from COEL, a commercial and design fit-out company joined us for our first session to share their expertise in this area.  You can find out more about this topic, watch the recording of the sessions and find useful links in this article.

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