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first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article John McNamara, chairman of the newly launched Federation of Awarding Bodies,sets out his reasons for shaking up the NVQ system and championing vocationaleducationThe first quarter of 2001 has seen NVQ registrations fall by around 10 percent. While an element of this must be attributed to nervousness about the newfunding arrangements under the Learning and Skills Councils, it has alsooccurred to many of us in the business of awarding NVQs that unwieldyregulation is having a damaging effect on our ability to deliver. This was the premise on which we founded the Federation of Awarding Bodies,an organisation launched in May to encourage improvements in the system. A year ago, City & Guilds invited NVQ awarding bodies sharing commoninterests to function as a united front to champion vocational training issues.The first meeting went well, with attendees agreeing that a collaborativeapproach to raising common issues related to NVQs could not fail to make animpact. City & Guilds, with OCR, Edexcel, LCCI and HAB (Hospitality AwardingBody), established the secretariat to bring the group to fruition. One of our first concerns was that with a number of other groupsrepresenting awarding bodies, we should not be covering already-trodden ground.I am confident that FAB is distinct in that it represents generic awardingbodies of any size, as well as a number of industry-specific bodies. We will tackle issues concerning all groups, establishing ourselves as theonly logical point of contact for those seeking the views and expertise of allawarding bodies. By taking an active, collaborative approach, we hope to work on manyimportant areas, but there are three fundamental issues to be addressed: – The problematic system of accrediting NVQs – Funding as a primary concern – Effectively contributing to the NTO Review and the National OccupationalStandards Review The accreditation of NVQs has at times become frustrating to say the least.Regulation can be slow, bureaucratic and inconsistent across the sectors. Wewill work with regulators to minimise the impact that highly necessary qualityprocedures have on getting new or revised qualifications on to the market. Meeting demands If NVQs are to continue to prove their worth to individuals and business, wemust demonstrate that the system is flexible and able to meet the demands oftoday. We will also encourage reviews of policy and service. Funding will always be of primary concern in the qualifications sector. But we need to focus on ensuring that the vocational sector continues to getits fair share, and this must then be distributed across all sectors. Furthermore, there is work to be done in ensuring that adults and youngpeople get access to funded qualifications, in order to upskill the population.We need well-funded, high-quality and relevant qualifications for all. With regard to the NTO Review and the National Occupational StandardsReview, we will be using the federation to contribute effectively to theseimportant projects. The importance of assessing occupational competence in the workplace cannotbe underestimated as a vital component in driving forward industry andovercoming our growing skills deficit. Positive shift But our aim is not simply to complain to the regulators. We intend to usethe federation to support a positive shift in the vocational education market –a single voice focused on work-based education. Our overriding aim must be to encourage a positive, two-way relationshipbetween awarding bodies and other key organisations, such as the QualificationsCurriculum Authority, NTO National Council and the Adult Learning Inspectorate– we all have the common aim of ensuring vocational qualifications and trainingworks. But we all recognise that individual representation and communicationremains important. The Federation of Awarding Bodies is all about finding common themes andcontributing to the debate. It won’t be just another talking shop. We are allhere to work for a more consistent, speedier and effective vocationalqualifications system. Related posts:No related photos. United frontOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Better conditions cannot halt call centre staff loss

first_imgBetter conditions cannot halt call centre staff lossOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Call centre managers continue to struggle to recruit and retain employees,despite measures to improve pay and conditions. The annual Incomes Data Services survey, which covers 139 organisations and100,000 staff, reports that despite greater efforts to invest in call centres,more managers are having difficulties with recruitment and retention. Nicola Allison, researcher at IDS, explained, “Call centres have anincreasing problem finding people with the relevant skills and experience, anddespite measures to reduce staff turnover, it’s still increasing. “The problems are about a much tighter labour market, but some managersare worried about the image of call centres.” The report showed that among the industry’s 400,000 workers the averagesalary was £11,900, which represented an increase of 6.5 per cent on last year.Despite this, staff turnover was 22 per cent – a 4 per cent rise on 1999. Managers who responded to the survey cited the intensity of the workingenvironment as the main reason for staff leaving. But the report also reveals a range of measures being introduced to helpimprove the tightening market. “Many firms are making moves to improve training and development withthings like flexible working hours, a better career structure and improvedsalaries,” added Allison. Cheryl Clifford, HR director at outsourcing specialist Merchant, said theindustry needs to move forward. “Employees in call centres need to be offered more permanent contractsor they will continue to move on,” she said. www.incomesdata.co.ukBy Ross Wighamlast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 1/13/20

first_imgJanuary 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/13/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events: NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONNew Orleans 117, Detroit 110 — OTIndiana 101, Philadelphia 95Boston 113, Chicago 101Oklahoma City 117, Minnesota 104Portland 115, Charlotte 112Orlando 114, Sacramento 112L.A. Lakers 128, Cleveland 99NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEMontreal 2, Calgary 0NY Rangers 6, NY Islanders 2Philadelphia 6, Boston 5 — SOWashington 2, Carolina 0St. Louis 4, Anaheim 1Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Coronavirus vaccine distribution challenges lie ahead

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp By Network Indiana – October 21, 2020 1 293 Coronavirus vaccine distribution challenges lie ahead Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) Even when there’s a coronavirus vaccine, it could be another six months before you’re able to take it:Different vaccines are produced in different ways, and factories are likely to be starting from scratch in ramping up production. Purdue virologist Suresh Mittal says how long that takes depends in part on how similar the eventual vaccine is to existing ones. For instance, many drug companies are exploring the use of adenoviruses as a gene therapy for cancer. Some of the COVID-19 vaccine trials underway use adenoviruses in a similar way. If that’s a vaccine that makes it to approval, Mittal says some of the manufacturing infrastructure would already be in place.There are additional hurdles. Many of the vaccine candidates are two-dose vaccines, given a few weeks apart. That would double the amount of vaccine needed. And along with testing vaccines’ safety and effectiveness, Mittal notes drug companies are testing how they would need to be stored — whether they would need to be refrigerated or frozen. The more precautions have to be taken to keep the vaccine usable, the more difficult distribution will be.Once a vaccine is approved, Mittal says frontline workers like doctors and nurses, nursing home staff, and police and firefighters are likely to get priority for the first few thousand doses. He estimates it’ll take three months to have enough vaccine for a majority of people, and another three months to have the millions of doses needed to cover everyone. Pinterest Previous articleBenson: “Return your absentee ballots in person.”Next articleAMBER Alert for 5-year-old girl missing from Huntington Indiana canceled Network Indianalast_img read more

CBS Picks Up Supergirl Pilot, Starring Laura Benanti & Jeremy Jordan

first_img Laura Benanti This could be good news for Broadway faves Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan—their previously reported Supergirl pilot has been picked up for series order by CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show could air on Sunday nights in the 8PM slot or be scheduled for the summer with other sci-fi shows.Glee star Melissa Benoist will take on the role of Kara Zor-El, AKA Supergirl, with Benanti playing her mom. Rumor has it that Jordan guest stars in the pilot as Winslow “Winn” Schott, who gets naughty as Schott’s alter ego Toyman.Benanti, who is currently treading the boards in the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular, has most recently been seen on screen in Nashville. She took home a Tony for her performance in Gypsy and was also nominated for Into the Woods and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Break Down.Jordan received a Tony nod for his performance as Jack Kelly in Newsies and has also appeared on stage in Bonnie and Clyde, Rock of Ages and West Side Story. His screen credits include Smash and The Last 5 Years. View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

America’s Toughest Road Marathon – April 18, 2020

first_imgFeatured in Runner’s World story on “World’s Most Brutal Races 2019” Choose your challenge- Notorious double marathon (sells out each year), the signature Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, the half marathon, Anthem 10k, 4-person relay and Family 1 Miler. Blue Ridge added the Sunday Slow-K in 2019 dubbed “America’s Slowest 5k” as a recovery and camaraderie event to socialize with race friends. The fun run features coffee, donuts, group stretches & a mimosa bar. center_img The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon has more elevation change than any road race in the US, offering tough terrain with breathtaking overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The full marathon tackles three mountains, while the double marathon tackles six.  If you’re not a masochist you can still test your grit on the half marathon, 10k or 4-person relay. Join this three-day running celebration with a free Friday welcome party, live music all weekend, and a coffee & donuts recovery “Slow-K”. REGISTER NOW Voted “Toughest Race”, “Best Marathon”, “Best Running Event” numerous times by Blue Ridge Outdoor Readers. Hear from a few… REGISTER NOWlast_img read more

80 million poppies destroyed in Guatemala

first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2012 GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan security forces have eradicated more than 80 million poppy plants near the border with Mexico this week in a blow to regional drug traffickers, authorities said May 23. Some 800 narcotics investigators and police took part in the operation, which also destroyed about 245 million poppy bulbs and thousands of marijuana plants, according to authorities. Deputy anti-drug minister Eunice Mendizábal said farmers were using drip irrigation on the sprawling plantation in order to improve the quality of the plants, with men, women and children helping with the farming. Mexico and much of Central America has been hit by a massive crime wave in recent years linked to the lucrative cross-border drug trade. [AFP (Guatemala), 24/05/2012; Terra.com (Guatemala), 23/05/2012]last_img read more

Inter Milan owners not giving up on Messi; sponsors sought

first_img Loading… read also:UCL: Napoli good enough to stop Messi – Manolas Inter president Steven Zhang is also drumming up fresh sponsorship support to help bankroll a move for the Argentine superstar. Off contract next June, Messi can sign a pre-contract with Inter from January 1. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Of The Best Top Models From India6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Bettercenter_img Inter Milan’s owners are working behind-the-scenes on an attempt to prise Lionel Messi away from Barcelona. As his contract runs down, Messi continues to be linked with a shock move to the Nerazzurri. The midfielder’s father, Jorge, has recently relocated to Milan, which has further encouraged Inter in their pursuit, says Gazzetta dello Sport. The club’s Chinese owners Suning are now studying how Juventus managed to tempt Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid and aim to use the blueprint to do the same with Messi.Advertisementlast_img read more

Szczesny talks up Arsenal chances

first_img “Winning the first trophy is so important. We’ve been missing a trophy for quite a few years and that’s not good enough for such a big club. “But we enjoy the pressure because we believe that we can be the team that will deliver for the fans and for the club.” Arsenal take on West Ham at Upton Park on Boxing Day and they then face Newcastle, Aston Villa, Cardiff, Fulham and Southampton before the end of January. Szczesny reckons the coming days may well decide who tops the table come May. “This Christmas period is going to have a huge bearing on the season,” the Pole said. “The games are coming thick and fast. You know that teams will drop points. “We’ve had a very tough run recently and now we’ve got a lot of games coming up and we want to take advantage of the fact that the big teams are playing against each other. “Liverpool play Chelsea and Man City (on Boxing Day), so we want to collect our points and be right there at the top come the new year.” Lukas Podolski returned to the Arsenal bench against Chelsea following a four-month lay-off, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to start the Germany striker at Upton Park. Laurent Koscielny could return, though, after sitting out the Chelsea game because of a cut to his knee. Midfielder Mikel Arteta suffered swelling to his right ankle following two strong tackles against the Blues, but he is expected to be fit for the London derby. Szczesny joined Arsenal in 2006 – a year after the Gunners won their last trophy. He knows the last eight years have been hard for the club’s fans and he is determined to make sure this is the year the supporters’ agony ends. “I’m very positive,” said the Arsenal goalkeeper when asked to assess the team’s chances of winning their first league title since 2004. “We want to win trophies this time. “The mood around the club is much better than it was at the start of the season. People maybe didn’t believe in this team as much as they do now. “Our confidence is still quite high and we believe that we can go and do it this year. We’re looking forward to proving that. “I don’t think the belief within the group was ever missing. This year we’ve just been more consistent. “That’s made all the difference. We have to keep it going. Press Association Arsenal remain convinced they can win the Barclays Premier League this year, according to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal blew the chance to move back to the top of the table on Monday when they drew 0-0 against rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were five points clear at one point last month, but Liverpool are now top of the pile approaching the halfway point. last_img read more

Wilfried Bony claims he should have started for Manchester City against Arsenal

first_img With manager Manuel Pellegrini’s position already under increased speculation given Pep Guardiola’s announcement he will be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer, City have now failed to win away in the Premier League since mid-September. And Bony has heaped more pressure on his manager after claiming he should have been tasked with leading the line at Arsenal instead of coming on around the hour-mark as an ineffectual Aguero departed. When asked if he deserved to be playing, the former Swansea forward said: “I think so. “He (Aguero) is coming back from injury. He hasn’t played for a couple of weeks. I’m disappointed today that I didn’t start but I’m not the coach. “The coach does what he thinks is best for the team. I’m sure everyone on the bench wants to play. He just has to choose 11 players. “So when I come on I just try to do my best to try to score or to give an assist to the other players to score to help the team to win.” Bony, 27, arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Swansea in January for a fee of £28million but has only started 10 league games in that time. He also revealed he would talk to Pellegrini about his position amid speculation regarding his own future Wilfried Bony believes he should have started for Manchester City in their defeat at Barclays Premier League title rivals Arsenal on Monday. The Ivory Coast striker had scored three in four games while City’s talismanic forward Sergio Aguero was missing with a heel injury. But Aguero was declared fit ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium and came straight into a side that was then beaten 2-1 by the Gunners. Press Association “That’s my feeling today,” he said when asked if he would air his views to his manager. “We have lost the game so we just have to be ready for the next game. I will continue to work hard and think about the next game, prepare very well then it will depend on the coach who he is going to put in.” Bony was then asked if it summed up where he was in Pellegrini’s thinking if he was dropped as soon as Aguero was deemed fit enough to start. “That’s what I mean,” he said. “Everyone on the team wants to play but the coach has to choose 11 players. If its good for the team like this its okay. We go with that. Everyone must be ready to give 100 per cent.” Bony did refute claims talk of Guardiola taking charge at City in the summer was causing a distraction and does not feel the players are lacking belief. When asked if City were losing confidence, he replied: “I don’t think so. “We didn’t play well. I think they deserved to win. I think we will find our way in the next game so we just have to think about that. “I don’t know anything about that (Guardiola links) so its not in my mind. There are a lot of games to play so we will think about the next game.” last_img read more

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