Not enough training and development for women

Rising resignation rates among women are due to a lack of training and development opportunities, according to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

It said the percentage of working women resigning rose to 7.2% in 2006 compared to 5.5% in 2005. It added that one of the most common reasons for quitting was lack of training.

CMI spokesman Mike Petrook said: “Women are saying that unless they are given the training and development opportunities they want at work, they will move on elsewhere. Employers need to act to reverse the trend.

“A lot of employers are saying to us [the CMI] that they know they are not giving enough training and development.”

Seven million computer driving licences issued

The seven millionth skills card has been issued by the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Foundation.

The card recognises the holder is competent in seven core IT skills, including word processing, spreadsheet handling and file management. “Seven million candidates being registered with the ECDL certification programme is a significant achievement,” said ECDL Foundation chief executive Damien O’Sullivan. “It shows we set the global benchmark in end-user skills programmes.”

The ECDL is available in 146 countries through public and private providers, in both classroom-based and online formats. There are 1.5 million card holders in the UK, including Kilmarnock footballer Allan Johnston, who was the 10,000th person to get an ECDL skills card from Dumfries and Galloway College earlier this year.

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