… in brief

This
month’s news in brief

Comet’s
personality push

Electrical
retailer Comet has introduced a new training strategy, shifting the emphasis on
to staff personalities and communication skills rather than building on their
past work experiences.

Comet
has committed an average training spend of £1,000 to each of the recruited and
existing staff at its new Destination Stores, and introduced a two-tier career
development system, offering incentives to improve staff retention and job
satisfaction.

HR
controller at Comet Ewan McCulloch said, "By employing people with massive
potential and personality, rather than focusing simply on people with
electrical retail experience, we feel we dramatically improve our customers’
retail experience."

Fab
to work together

Generic
and sector-specific awarding bodies have joined together to launch the
Federation of Awarding Bodies, to be known as FAB. The body brings together 37
NVQ awarding bodies including Edexcel, the Hospitality Awarding Body and the
CITB to champion vocational training issues working with the NTO national
council and lobbying government. City & Guilds which originally invited all
parties to form a united front, will be the secretariat.

Macey
motivates ‘athletes’

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World Championship silver medallist 
decathlete Dean Macey has been chosen as the team patron for the British
"skills athletes" in the forthcoming World Skills competition. Macey
will meet and motivate the 31 team members, all aged under 22, and offer
personal coaching. The competition will be held in Seoul in September, when 600
competitors from 36 countries will showcase their technical skills in their
respective trades.  www.ukskills.org.uk

Guides
on development

Preliminary
recommendations on management and leadership development are due to be
published this month by the government-backed Council for Excellence in
Management and Leadership. The consultation paper will look at how companies
can be more effective in monitoring management development and best practice.

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