In brief

This month’s news in brief

Branson is best coach

Training Magazine readers want Richard Branson and Charles Handy to be their
personal development coaches. Last month, readers were invited to nominate the
famous people they would like as a coach as part of a survey carried out for
Learning at Work Day. Nearly two in five nominated Virgin boss Richard Branson,
while nearly one in five opted for management thinker Charles Handy.

Land rover opens doors

Car manufacturer Land Rover has announced funding for non-vocational
training. The scheme, to be known as the Associate Development Scheme, allows
employees to take courses both on and off site, learning anything from Japanese
to juggling. Land Rover is applauding the scheme as a collaborative venture
between itself and the trade unions.

Workplace violence

National charity Victim Support has launched a new service to help employers
deal with the negative impact of violent crime in the workplace. It is offering
a consultancy and training service to help organisations ensure staff receive
support and assistance after crimes. There is particular focus on training
managers to deal sensitively with victims of crimes.  www.victimsupport.org

Sector switches on

Three distinct and separate energy industries have come together to bid for
Sector Skill Council status. Representing the electricity, nuclear and energy
renewables and sustainable development industries, the Electricity Association
and the British Nuclear Industry Forum are aiming to set up a Primary Energy
SSC. www.electricity.org.uk  www.bnif.co.uk

Warwick scores

Football stars are to train to be future football managers at Warwick
Business School, part of the University of Warwick. The WBS has been
commissioned by a variety of bodies, including the FA Premier League, to
provide a training programme to develop the management skills of footballers
who want to move into club management. Successful completion of the programme
will lead to the University of Warwick Certificate in Applied Management.

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