This week’s training news

Russians gain MBAs

Nearly 40 Russian students have graduated with an MBA under the Open
University’s Business School (OUBS) degree scheme. The students studied for an
MBA in English through the OUBS Russian partner, the International Institute of
Management LINK. The programme offers several qualifications through 90 study
centres covering eight time zones.

Traffic warden training

A team of traffic wardens at Birmingham Airport have received training to
build better customer services and improve their image with the general public.
The 20-week programme involved workshops, discussions, support and guidance
while working towards a level-three customer service NVQ. All wardens achieved
the qualification and one student even went on to become an accredited

Benchmark service

Awarding body Edexcel has launched a service which enables employers to
benchmark training programmes against a national standard. The benchmark means
that companies can check external training providers meet national standards.
Successful endorsement shows that a scheme meets specific needs and is
adequately resourced. It also confirms that it is evaluated and monitored

Remploy’s scheme

A group of 15 Brixton-based Remploy staff will receive basic skills training
through a scheme launched by the Learning and Skills Council and South Thames
College. The 26-week coaching programme is designed for those with learning
difficulties and will improve a range of skills, including communication and

Serco’s safety award

Serco Rail Maintenance has been named as training provider of the year at
the first ever National Track Safety Awards. The firm was given the award for
displaying creativity, innovation and investment in its training policy.
Wynnwith Rail, the recruitment and training provider, won best newcomer for its
contribution to the provision of trained staff to Railtrack.

Music training

A 20-strong group of young people who left education early have received
training to help launch careers in the music industry. A 20-week life skills
pilot project called Hands On Music helped the students develop the skills
required in the sector. The scheme was funded by the Learning and Skills
Council and was so successful that the LSC has announced cash for another 10
similar projects.

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