…in brief

This week’s news in brief

Look out next week for the latest issue of Training Magazine, which carries
an interview with the learning and development director of Vodafone UK Isabel
Bennett. Training is available free to readers with T&D responsibilities

IoD skills warning

The UK’s skills gap can only be closed by improving standards
in education, a new report claims. Research by the Institute of Directors (IoD)
warns that too many school-leavers are lacking in basic skills and qualifications.
The IoD said levels of achievement in school remain disappointing while the
Modern Apprentice scheme still contains weaknesses.  www.iod.com

Renewable optimism

The renewable energy industry is set to generate thousands of
jobs, especially in the ailing manufacturing industry, according to a new
report. The DTI’s Renewables Supply Chain Gap Analysis claims renewable energy
could reap significant economic and social benefits for the UK, with 8,000 jobs
already in the industry set to climb to 17,000-35,000 by 2020.

Company correction

In last week’s story, ‘Reforms will crack data monitor codes’,
we incorrectly identified BT as the organisation that claimed it could not pass
information onto social services because of the Data Protection Act. The copy
should have read British Gas. Personnel Today apologises for this mistake.

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