News in brief

Hospitality shortfall

One third of employers in the UK’s hospitality, leisure , travel and tourism industries are experiencing skills gaps in their current workforces, according to People 1st, the Sector Skills Council. Chief executive of People 1st, Brian Wisdom, said: “The challenge for People 1st now is to ensure employers make the necessary investment in skills and to ensure the qualifications and training on offer deserve their investment.”

Police rewards

Members of West Midlands Police have become the first of a UK force to achieve recognition for their management and leadership skills. Four senior officers and staff have been awarded the status of Chartered Manager from the Chartered Management Institute.

Drucker prize

Start your day with a dose of management guru Peter Drucker. We have five copies of newly-published The Daily Drucker to give away. The book distils his teachings into an easy-to-access daily calendar format. To win just answer this question: Under the entry for 29 January, Peter Drucker reminds us that: “The ultimate test of management is performance.” Let us know what you think is the ultimate test and e-mail your answer to by 30 January.

Apprenticeship boost

Britain’s largest private sector employer, Tesco, is developing an apprenticeship scheme for over-24-year-olds. The trials, which will run throughout 2005, will give apprentices experience of working across different areas of the store. It already offers a 16-24-year-old scheme which has led to Tesco becoming the first UK retailer to have its in-house training accredited by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority. “Keeping the scheme simple, making it relevant and getting it right for staff has taken hard work, but working closely with all our partners has made this happen,” said group HR director for Tesco, Clare Chapman.

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