This week’s training news

Nortel trains via Net

Nortel networks has launched virtual classrooms through its online learning
programme for 500 employees worldwide. Sales staff, engineers and maintenance
technicians from its enterprise solutions training division are involved in the
scheme, which enables staff to ask questions and receive immediate answers.

E-learning initiative

Eastman Kodak is introducing e-learning for its 80,000 employees. The
company plans to go live with the scheme in the autumn, but the courses will
not be available for all staff until 2002. The online initiative will include
training on leadership and communication skills as well as computer courses.

Staff face the music

Staff in the finance department of music retailer HMV have developed their
communication skills and teamwork by writing, performing and recording their
own CD. The one-day "Face the Music" course involved 50 staff working
in teams of 10 to write lyrics and record them. Additional challenges included
developing a marketable identity, managing a budget, and designing and
producing the CD cover.

Trainee shortlisted

A BAE Systems Avionics apprentice has been shortlisted for the World Skills
Competition in Seoul, Korea, this month. Gareth Willis, 20, who is undertaking
a four-year electronic technician apprenticeship, has been entered in the
industrial electronics skills category.

Future skills drive

The UK offshore oil and gas industry is planning to up investment in
training in a bid to boost skills in the sector over the next five to 10 years.
An initiative is being developed to increase the number of training places for
technicians by more than 30 per cent to 150 this year.

Training arms link-up

The NTO National Council and University for Industry – the Government’s
lifelong learning body – will join forces to develop information and advice
services on training and careers. The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by
both parties, outlines proposals for collaboration on the development of
learning materials and resources and in establishing ways to link national
qualifications to employers’ skills needs.

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