This week’s training news

Union reps study safety

More than 150 union safety reps have secured professional health and safety
status after undergoing TUC training. Some of those qualified will go on to
become work safety advisers who will visit non-union firms under a new HSC
scheme due to start in January. Workers on the course pass through three stages
of training and, if successful, receive the TUC certificate in occupational
safety and health.

Dublin firm on shortlist

An e-learning project to improve the IT skills of 3,000 staff in Australia
has been shortlisted for an international award. Dublin-based Electric Paper is
shortlisted by the Institute of IT Training Awards. The scheme, for the
Department of Families in Queensland, saw 100 per cent of those involved
returning higher IT skills scores.

Westland survival day

Staff at Westland Helicopters took part in a simulated air crash survival
course to improve leadership and teamwork. The 10 team members were placed
under water in a replica of a Puma helicopter cabin. They were forced to put
their lives in the hands of their colleagues and a team of specialist divers.
The one-day course also included an abandoned ship exercise and a feedback

People-skills course

Shepherd Construction has introduced a people-skills learning programme for
managers to help improve employee retention. The company hopes to put 98
managers through the course over the next two years. It covers 12 topics, each
including a one-day workshop and four hours of work-based assessment.

Making sense of jargon

Telewest Broadband has provided its HR department with training to help
understand jargon. It is essential that the HR team at Telewest understands technical
phrases and acronyms to ensure they interview and interpret CVs correctly. The
one-day course, Telecommunications for Beginners, is provided by Acterna and
gives an overview of the sector.

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