This week’s training news

Electric skills plan

The Electricity Training Association, an industry skills body, has launched
a pilot e-learning scheme for staff in the sector. Designed by e-learning
specialist EBC, the Business of Power package will be used as an electronic
induction course for staff joining the industry. The course can be completed
on-line or via CD-Rom and takes students through some key areas including
transmission and safety.

Calling on e-learning

Call2Contact, a scheme launched by E-skills UK to address staffing, training
and skills in call centres has published the second consultation draft of the
Contact Centre Career and Skills Framework. It has been drawn up with input
from 50 employers in the sector and should be finalised by the end of July.

Vocational centre

South West Durham Training is set to receive £600,000 worth of government
money to become one of five new national centres of vocational excellence. As
the only pathfinder centre in the engineering sector it will focus on
developing skilled workers to meet the needs of prospective employers. The
centre will be funded by the Learning and Skills Council and the Department for
Education and Skills.

Focus on epilepsy

The National Society for Epilepsy has designed a new range of training
courses for healthcare professionals. Designed in conjunction with
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College it will cover the diagnosis,
assessment and treatment of epilepsy. The training is aimed at nurses, social
workers, commissioning managers, occupational therapists and other related

Tracking e-learning

International oil drilling company M-I LLC is introducing a new system to
track and manage online learning for more than 5,000 employees in seven
different countries. The firm, owned by Smith International and Schlumberger,
will use THINQ LMS to manage employee certifications as well as technical,
safety and training from a centralised system.

Streamlining training

Czech Telecom has implemented an e-learning system allowing its 15,000 staff
to train online. The initiative has enabled the telecoms provider to streamline
its current training and offer greater support to employee development. The
system was developed by Kontis and has cut training costs by 60 per cent. The
firm will use Click2learn software.

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