• A specialist training centre for improving competitiveness in the glass industry has been opened in Sheffield. Set up by the Glass NTO with £400,000 backing from regional development organisation Yorkshire Forward, the centre will provide training in all aspects of the industry. Malcolm Beresford-Dutton, chairman of the glass NTO, said, “This provides a real opportunity for the glass industry to benefit from a central source of expertise.” The centre will also provide distance learning via the Internet.

University link-up for management skills

• GNER has formed partnerships with two universities to provide management development programmes for its 450 managers. They can take either a certificate or diploma in GNER Management Development at York University, or with the Open University if they are based outside the company’s York headquarters.

REC works with NTO on childcare issues

• The childcare division of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation is working with the NTO to raise professional standards in the industry, and to promote the value of training. Peter Cullimore, chairman of REC’s childcare division, said the bodies aim to clarify the roles of carers and develop new qualifications.

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