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Unison offers expertise

Unison has launched a scheme offering its workplace learning expertise to the private sector. The UK’s largest union currently delivers tailored educational courses to the public sector in areas such as English as a second language, literacy and basic computer skills. It is now making its expertise available to private companies, citing the fact that many do not have the resources to train their staff.

Managers regain Xmas buzz

UK managers have regained the Christmas spirit in 2005, shaking off the Scrooge mentality many had last year, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The survey of 639 managers reveals that fewer than one in five believes that Christmas celebrations are ‘a chore’ – in sharp contrast to Christmas 2004, when only 16% suggested they enjoyed the office festivities.

Christmas conundrum

Personnel Today is running a special 12 days of Christmas competition. Hidden in this week’s issue are 12 images relating to the 12 days of Christmas. We’re giving away a hamper as a prize to the reader who spots them all and e-mails us the list of items and their page numbers ( To get you started, here’s ‘a partridge’ in a pear tree – 11 to go.


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