In brief

This month’s news in brief

Going the distance

Ros Morpeth, chief executive of the National Extension College is to leave
in March 2003. She has helped steer the NEC Since 1987 to become a major player
in tutor-supported home study courses and a major publisher of open and
distance learning materials. Her replacement will lead the NEC in its next
phase – implementation of e-learning.

Hostages event

Companies from across the UK are offered the chance to improve their team
methodology and performance and raise money for children’s charity NCH.

The event, Liberation, is a computer-based challenge from Liverpool-based
Evensis. It involves participants in negotiating the release of hostages. A
guaranteed 15 per cent of all revenue generated will go to NCH. Lunchtime
introductory meetings are being held in Manchester and London this December.

Brewing sucess

North East-based Federation Brewery has synchronised a customised training
programme with the implementation of two new production lines and machinery. As
a result, 26 employees have just completed NVQ level 2 in Performing
Manufacturing Operations with training provider Assa and a further 16 are

MetSkill sharpens up

The Metals Industry Skills & Performance (MetSkill) has obtained
£800,000 from the National Learning & Skills Council to develop a new
generation of team members and leaders. The funding means metals companies can
access industry-developed training for less than 25 per cent of the standard
cost. To find out more e-mail

Global e-learning event

The subject of e-learning will take centre stage in 2003 when Scottish
Enterprise hosts the global conference eLearn-international 2003.The event,
held from 9-12 February next year will line up worldwide experts from
government, commerce and academia.

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