In brief

This month’s news in brief

Skills olympics flop

UK contestants failed to clinch a single medal at the 2001 World Skills
Competition in Seoul, North Korea, last month. It is the first time in the history
of the event that the UK has recorded a zero medal tally. But 17 out of the 29
young competitors reached the international standard to gain diplomas, making
it the UK’s best-ever all-round team effort.

Glittering prizes…

Readers who took part in recent Training Magazine surveys are reaping their
rewards. The name of Napp Pharmaceutical production operations training manager
Michael Mair was pulled out the hat after the closing date for Training
Magazine’s Career Survey with Conference Centres of Excellence.

He has opted to take his prize of dinner for two by an award-winning chef at
The Moller Centre for Continuing Education at Churchill College, Cambridge.

And celebrating their technological wizardry are three lucky participants in
the Corporate E-learning survey conducted by Training Magazine with Xebec
McGraw-Hill. Palm tops are on their way to Sian Lucas of Ahlstom Fibre
Composites; Geraldine Thomson of Rolls Royce and Ally McCallum of United
Norwest Co-op.

…for training winners

Management and development adviser Jenny Taylor has won a holiday in Toronto
and a trip to Niagara Falls in a competition run by and
totaljobs and featured in last month’s edition of Training Magazine.

Taylor, who works for financial services company Skandia was offered an
alternative to the planned prize of a trip to New York and has opted for a
holiday in Toronto instead.

Directors overboard

There has been a call for more training for board members after a recent
survey reveals that neither senior business leaders nor board members feel that
they are adding value to the business. And frighteningly, 60 per cent of board
members believe that the company’s employees don’t think that they add value

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