in brief

This month’s news in brief

Managers win charter

From 1 April the Institute of Management will be known as the Chartered
Management Institute. Current membership transfers automatically and this year the
first cohort of managers will be able to take steps towards becoming Chartered
Managers, based on qualifications, experience, professional practice and
evidence of on-going learning and skills development.

Director general of the new Chartered Management Institute, Mary Chapman,
said: "This is a significant moment for the institute, but more
importantly it recognises management as a valued profession in its own
right."  www.managers.org.uk

Success tastes sweet

UK confectionery giant Cadbury Trebor Bassett is making a further investment
in open learning by introducing new tailored learning materials to its open
learning centres in Sheffield and Bournville. The courses cover work-related
topics such as food hygiene and non-work material such as languages. According
to training and development co-ordinator at Sheffield Julie Mason, the centre
has been designed to encourage employees and contractors at all levels back
into learning.

Licensed to skill

Adult Skills Minister, John Healey, presents the first-ever trailblazer
Sector Skills Council licence to Skillset chair, Clive Jones. Healey also
signed a Government pledge to provide Skillset with £1 million a year to beef
up skills in the audiovisual industries. See SSC Pioneers feature on page 15.

Praise for hays

Hays Customer Solutions is has been ranked as one of the top 14 NVQ
providers in the country. The Training Standards Council has rated the call
centres ‘outstanding’ or ‘very good’ grades in all aspects of provision out of
the 492 organisations which it inspected between 2000 and 2001.

The award is unusual because the other 13 top ranked suppliers are all
dedicated training facilities.

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