A bill introduced by French Secretary of State for Vocational Training Nicole Péry in March is set to establish "validating vocational experience". The principle is that every person in employment has the right to have their work experience validated and counted towards a vocational diploma or certificate. This principle has existed since 1992, but there has been a low level of take-up by employees (only 7,000 a year) and it requires taking at least one academic test. In France, continuing training mainly benefits the best qualified workers, while 26 per cent of employees still have a level of initial training below that of the certificate of vocational aptitude. A manager in a company with more than 500 staff is 10 times more likely to be given training than an unskilled worker in a small or medium-sized enterprise. Under the proposal, all experience of work must be taken into account.
Good reputation counts according to top staff
Eighty-one per cent of top-performing employees, identified by their employers, say maintaining a good personal reputation motivates them to achieve peak performance, according to a Watson Wyatt survey of 551 large employers and over 500 employees in the US. Only 15 per cent say expectation of financial reward is a very significant influence.
Compromise needed on US minimum wage
The US House of Representatives passed a minimum wage hike on 9 March. The $1/hour increase would be spread over two years. The Senate passed a $1/hour increase spread over three years. Pension portability was included in both bills. House and Senate leaders will need to work out a compromise bill to send to the President before the minimum wage will be increased.