This weeks training news

Army signs up IT scheme

All new recruits at the headquarters of the British Army’s Land Command will
now have an online virtual tutor to teach them IT skills. The £250,000
e-learning project will allow users to interact with a civilian or military
instructor through the computer application. The scheme means Army personnel
will only need access to an Internet connection to receive training and it is
hoped it will be accessible to recruits in remote locations. This minimises the
need for classroom training and enables staff to get the IT training more

Disability service work

More than 4,000 employees at Hammersmith & Fulham Council are to take
part in a training programme to improve its service to disabled people. The six-week
course is available to staff in work-book, intranet or CD-Rom format. It is
primarily customer focused, so will be most appropriate to frontline staff, but
all employees will be taking part.

Women in transport plan

Humberside Learning and Skills Council and 18 national companies have joined
forces to encourage more women to apply for and retain jobs in the transport
industry. Sheffield-based training company NTP has won European funding to help
develop training and policy to address gender imbalance throughout the
industry. Companies including BMW, KwikFit and Arriva will work in partnership
with NTP to help get more women in rates up to senior management level. Only 2
per cent of HGV drivers are female.

Healthy start to training

A training scheme at Manchester Health Community has proved so successful
that 600 staff are on the waiting list to take part. The IT training programme,
called Learn ECDL, was initially tested on 200 candidates and 92 per cent
passed with higher than average results. The course was held over 20 weeks and
used a mix of classroom tuition and e-learning, run jointly by Happy Computers
and eCampas.

Coca-Cola staff course

Coca-Cola enterprises is to roll out an e-learning project to help encourage
staff to use the Internet and get more involved in the company intranet. The
project, which is due to go live early next year, covers a large geographical
area including the UK, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. It will be available
to all staff either via the desktop PC or, in the case of production line
workers, through a generally available PC. The training is to be provided by

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