The virtual community has been listed as one of two finalists for the “best e-commerce site” of the year. The site, run by Sift Group, will take part in the Yell awards, run by the Yellow Pages on-line service The winner will be announced at a dinner on 11 July. is a virtual community for training, personnel and HR professionals with daily news bulletins, on-line training resources and a training and HR search engine.

‘Court’ appearance drives safety message home

• Managers from the electricity industry became the jury in a courtroom drama last month. Using vote-logging handsets and software, delegates heard a dummy case involving the death of a young boy. Around 230 delegates from the Electricity Association companies attended the two-day health and safety management conference to share best practice ideas and focus on the role of leadership in managing safety issues. Real barristers, with actors as defendants and witnesses, re-enacted a true-to-life court case involving the death of a boy who had tampered with a sub-station.

£6m stake in on-line learning firm for Barclays

• Barclays Private Equity (BPE) has made a £6m investment in on-line management training provider Academee. As part of the deal, BPE will take a minority stake in Academee and parent company Ellis Hayward, a training consultancy with clients including Glaxo-Wellcome, Nokia, Peugeot and ScottishPower. Academee was founded in 1998 by Simon Hayward and delivers Web-based training in management development and call centre training.


• The advertisement for the TD2000 conference “Training:an agenda for change” contains an error. Jeff Brooks of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning will not be appearing.

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