Can learning change lives?

first_imgCan learning change lives?On 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Many major developments projects are under way to receive a major push.  But are we expecting too much?  Elaine Essery gathers the opinions of majorplayersThis year sees a number of further developments in the learning and skillsarena: the creation of Sector Skills Councils, the national roll-out ofJobCentre Plus, the advancement of the Government’s Workforce Developmentproject and the introduction of the Entry to Employment initiative. Last December learning providers and policy makers attended Changing LivesThrough Learning, a conference organised by the Centre for Economic and SocialInclusion, to survey recent and forthcoming reforms and discuss theirimplications. Training Magazine contacted some of the speakers to ask them: Inwhat ways can learning change lives? And should the impetus come fromGovernment, the employer or the individual? Peter Little OBEChief executive, Birmingham RathboneLearning absolutely can and should change lives and I’m very enthusiasticabout the potential of current reforms to learning and skills. Entry toEmployment could make a tremendous difference to people who have learningdifficulties, but it’s all down to the implementation. It’s essential we getthe right structures, funding and support mechanisms in place. It needs to beflexible enough to meet individual needs and, in order for the learning to workso that people can get employment skills, the period of entitlement must belong enough. I’d be concerned if the idea was to get a quick throughput ofpeople and we must make sure it doesn’t happen that way. Ian PalmerJobCentre Plus, secretariatJobCentre Plus will be bringing into the system a much wider range ofclients and we’re hoping to create many more opportunities for individuals toimprove their skills. Our advisers will assess the prospect each person has ofgetting back into work and identify what barriers exist. Our relationship withproviders will be about reviewing the training that is available to make surethe needs of this new group of people are being met. The key is to be able todevelop individuals so that they have the skill sets that employers are lookingfor, to bridge the gap between the vast pool of labour we have access to andthe skills shortages that exist. Andy WestwoodSenior policy advisor, The Industrial SocietyIf we really want to change lives through learning, we’ve also got to changethe way jobs are constructed. We have got to raise the skills people have atintermediate level and to raise the number of jobs where people can use thoseskills. Raising one without the other would create as many problems as we haveanyway – if you raise the quality of jobs on offer then we’ll have a problemwith skills shortages; if you raise skills, you’ll have people’s expectationsdashed as they go into jobs that don’t need them. Employers have to get theirheads around using higher skill strategies. It’s at least as much a challengefor employers as it is for individuals. Sarah FitzpatrickWorkforce Development Team, Performance and Innovation UnitWe consider it very important that those who don’t currently receive theopportunity for work-based development do so. Our role is to look at how toraise demand. A range of ideas and principles to get demand from individualsand among employers is set out in our report. Placing more purchasing power inthe hands of individuals and employers can be very powerful in raising demand,as well as changing the system so it is not supply-side driven. Governmentpriority for spending is on basic skills, but we want employers to takeresponsibility where their responsibility lies. We need to encourage employersto think about the skills they can develop in their workers that will help themsucceed in their business. If interventions come from that side they’re morelikely to be effective. Joan MunroHead of local Government NTOSector Skills Councils can offer a new direction for skills development bybeing higher profile organisations than most NTOs have managed to be. The ideais that they’re the voice for employers and ultimately employers need to driveeducation much more than they do at the moment. But it’s easy to say educationshould be employer led – you need an effective mechanism for knowing whatemployers want. At present, a lot of courses are out of date or don’t leadanywhere and people doing them are misled in thinking they’re going to leadthem to employment. Employers need to tell learning providers exactly what itis they need. That’s the challenge for Sector Skills Councils. Paul ConveryDirector, Centre for Economic and Social InclusionThere’s a fuzzy line somewhere around NVQ level 2, tending towards level 3.Those below that level earn less and have a worse work-life balance. The issueis how to help people climb a number of steps from the bottom of a deep pool sothat they can come up and breathe air. The Government has to be the agent thatdoes most, but employers have to see skills as an investment and something goodfor business. It’s a fallacy that you have to take people a long, long way – forexample, those with poor literacy and numeracy skills can have very good keyskills. We have to look at ways in which firms can raise their sights. last_img read more

Frightfully impressive: Agents join in the with the Halloween spirit!

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Frightfully impressive: Agents join in the with the Halloween spirit! previous nextAgencies & PeopleFrightfully impressive: Agents join in the with the Halloween spirit!Both independents and big corporates alike have tapped into the spirit of ghoulish delight this year. Here’s some of their efforts.Nigel Lewis29th October 20200828 Views Halloween is just two days away and agents will be taking time out to trick or treat with their children this Saturday, hoping for some innocent but ghoulish fun knocking on doors.But many will have also joined the Halloween frenzy with a revamp of their branch windows to celebrate this now regular annual event, festooning their displays with creatively carved pumpkins, witches, spiders and in the case of one agency – Scrivins in Hinkley, Leicestershire, where staff dressed up in skeletons.Skeleton staffAnd one national chain to have enthusiastically jumped on this bandwagon is upmarket Countrywide branch John D Wood, which has launched a campaign of tastefully designed images now displayed across its 45 branches in London and the Home Counties.The branches will do a window display takeover of the spooky properties with addresses such as 13 Nevermore Place, HE11 or Grimrose Thrill, HE11  in place of real property details. “It’s a really eye catching campaign and a bit of light hearted fun for Halloween,” a company spokesperson said.“John D Wood & Co. can take the fear out of moving with more than 145 years’ experience and a thorough understanding of the property market in their local area, with a full service solution from sales and lettings, to staff relocation services and interior consultancy.”Batty approachAnd Philip James Wilson in Heaton Moor, Manchester asked children from Norris Bank Primary School and Tithe Barn Primary School to design the spookiest house they could.Drawn to be spooky halloween philip james wilson scrivins & co John D Wood October 29, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

FA investigates Zlatan over BetHard connection

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Dan Towse: Marathonbet – Trust fading as brands turn to influencers November 21, 2019 Bethard exits UK online gambling scene  June 17, 2020 SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack March 31, 2020 Share Manchester United star striker Zlatan Ibrahimović could face disciplinary action from the FA, relating to his involvement with Malta-based operator BetHard Group.This March, the online gambling group released a corporate statement detailing that it had secured Ibrahimović as the official Brand Ambassador of its flagship BetHard sportsbook.At present, BetHard primarily targets the Nordic betting markets, operating under a Malta MGA licence. However, a number of affiliate websites have reported that BetHard Group will likely launch a UK property within the coming months.Ibrahimović (36), who is widely considered Sweden’s greatest ever football player, has agreed to help launch and raise BetHard’s product and profile within target markets. Current FA rules prohibit active players and syndicated club personnel (coaches, managers, employees, etc) from promoting, consulting or being associated with betting enterprises.“An individual participant, when acting in a personal capacity, shall not be permitted to advertise or promote any betting activity that the participant is prohibited from engaging in by rule E8(1) or E8(2).”UK new sources report that if Ibrahimović is found to be in breach of the FA’s player conduct policy, the Manchester United striker could face serious sanctions including a potential ban.At present, neither Ibrahimović representatives or BetHard Group have commented on the FA’s investigation.last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Searching For Missing Woman

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a missing woman.31 year-old Dawn Michelle Pfahler was reported missing on June 14th. Earlier this week, Pfahler contacted her family in Ontario by phone, but has not been in touch since. Pfahler is described as Caucasian, 5’5” tall, weighing 120 lbs. with curly brown hair, and brown eyes. RCMP would like to locate and speak with Pfahler as soon as possible as there is a concern for her well being.Anyone who knows of Dawn Pfahler’s whereabouts, or has recently been in contact with her can call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5701 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement – PFAHLER-Missing PFAHLER1last_img

HAVE THE BOYS FROM EVOLVE LOST THE PLOT WITH LATEST SALE?

first_img When Evolve do sales, well they do sales!Probably only Donegal’s largest menswear store has the neck to knock up to a staggering 75% off selected stock in their summer sale.But this is no select bargain bin sale – the vast majority of stock has been slashed by 50%.The sale started last week and has the entire town of Letterkenny and surrounding regions talking.Selected suits are down to €99, trousers are €25, footwear is from €20 and two pairs of jeans are €45 on certain brands.The young McCloskey brothers, who opened the store, say they don’t do sales at the drop of a hat.Instead they concentrate on two main sales in the year – the January sale for winter bargains and the July sale for the sizzling summer sell-out.The store has now built up a reputation for looking after everyone from the young trend-setter wanting to wear the latest labels to the more mature gentleman and those in between!The bottom line is that Evolve have a cracking summer sale on right now, almost everything has been reduced and you’re sitting there reading this.What are you waiting for – nip around to Evolve and see it for yourself. HAVE THE BOYS FROM EVOLVE LOST THE PLOT WITH LATEST SALE? was last modified: July 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EvolveSALE Advertlast_img read more