Training briefs

This week’s training news in brief

Post-grad via council

Middlesex University is providing a post-graduate management development
programme for staff at Islington Council. A cross-section of around 90 middle
managers will undergo the training, which incorporates change management,
project management, people skills, finance and accounting. The customised
programme is based on previous training and staff development needs.

Pub delivers training

Managed pub chain Laurel has rolled out a new mobile learning programme to
more than 600 sites, using specially adapted buses. The coaches, provided
through PC Coaching, take learning rooms directly to the company’s pubs so
staff can train in retail management.

Virgin drives ECDL

Virgin Mobile has introduced the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) IT
qualification for staff using PCs at its call centre in Trowbridge.  The skills-based qualification, managed by
the British Computer Society (BCS),will give staff a higher level of IT
competency. Some 1,400 staff will be offered a place on the course and the
company has become an ECDL test centre in anticipation of the launch.

Gala bets on learning

Bingo and casino operator Gala has announced the launch of four learning
centres across the UK. The centres will enable the firm’s 10,000 staff to
receive management, IT, customer service, health and safety and beverage
training. They will be based in Coventry, Chatham, Sunderland and Tamworth.

BMW tracks progress

BMW Great Britain has replaced its registrar training administration system
with a learning management system capable of tracking the progress of 14,000
users. It will allow dealers at the company to book staff on courses via the
internet and receive individual e-mailed reports on employees’ progress.
Managers at BMW hope it will give an indication of the skills and competencies
within the business.

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