Common entry standards and a compulsory 20-day period of protected learning are the features of the new Overseas Nurses Programme announced by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. From 1 September, all nurses trained outside the European Economic Area will be required to complete a programme to qualify for registration with the NMC. Chief executive and registrar of the NMC, Sarah Thewlis, said that the new programme will ensure that “overseas-trained nurses are competent, well-prepared and safe to work with patients and the public anywhere in the UK”.


General insurer Allianz Cornhill has partnered with the Chartered Management Institute to offer a change management programme to its managers. The programme targets four key areas including influencing culture and personal effectiveness. Allianz Cornhill HR director Philip Gennoy said that the programme means that “change management has an equal standing alongside the day-to-day business agenda.”


Manufacturing giant BAE Systems and national childcare group Kidsunlimited will share the National Employer of the Year award sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council’s National Employer Service. The award acknowledges work in training and educating staff for apprenticeships, and was presented by television personality Philippa Forester. Mike Turner, CEO of BAE Systems, joined Kidsunlimited’s head of learning and development Julie McGee and Kidsunlimited finance director, Steve Chalmers-Morris.


More than a third of HR staff have still not been trained on Employment Equality Regulations, according to
e-learning solutions provider, Fuel. Its recent survey found that since the 2003 legislation relating to sexual orientation and religion or belief came into force, 38% still have not been trained in it. The survey also found that only 19% of the respondents had received any training on age discrimination.

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