In brief

This week’s news in brief

The full monte

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All guns blazing

Military virtual reality training has become a corporate team-building tool.
Two University of Warwick MBA graduates have partnered up with a US comp-any
that makes virtual reality simulators for the US military. The new company,
known as Cajes, believes the system offers advantages over the usual outdoor
experiences because it facilitates diagnostic data, allowing the performance of
each participant as an individual and team player to be scrutinised.

Stonebow aims true

The training and management development division of the hospitality training
foundation Stonebow has launched two modular trainer training programmes. Known
as the Practical Training Certificate and the Group Training Certificate, the
programmes replace the craft trainer and group training techniques programmes.
The new certificates are based around a set of core and flexible modules.

E-learning merger

Major names in the e-learning market, SmartForce and SkillSoft, have
announced plans to merge. The combined company will be structured as a merger
of SkillSoft into a newly formed subsidiary of SmartForce. The combined firm
says it will be the largest corporate e-learning company in the world, offering
more than 3,000 courses.

Building the future

The construction industry is putting renewed effort into training according
to first indications from the levels of entries into the National Training
Awards. Organisers say 13 per cent of this year’s entries are from the sector,
compared to just 2 per cent in 2001. Local awards ceremonies will lead up to a
national event in London in November.

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