Accreditation for Army
All 9,000 Army recruits who successfully complete their basic training will now automatically gain a nationally recognised Personal Skills Certificate qualification. The certificate is issued by the Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations awarding body, and recognises the Army’s training in meeting three Level 2 Key Skills stages: Improving Own Learning and Performance; Problem Solving; and Working With Others. www.army.mod.uk
Public sector first
The first group from the Employers’ Organisation for Local Government’s purpose-designed national graduate development programme has graduated from Warwick Business School. The Warwick Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government Management forms a significant part of the programme and provides the links between management theory and practice in the public sector.
CIPD award for school
HR teaching and research at the University of Westminster’s Business School has become the first centre to receive CIPD excellence status under new criteria. Its centre of excellence status was renewed following a recent assessment visit. Employment-related research at the school was found to have a clear and consistent strategy that followed CIPD objectives, and HR teaching quality was endorsed, the assessors said.
Drive for specialists
The first six apprentices on the Ferrari-Maserati Apprenticeship Programme have started their training at the Retail Motor Industry Federation’s Centre for Technical Excellence in Croydon, Surrey. The scheme, which takes on 14 candidates a year, has been created to produce qualified technicians with specialist product knowledge for the Ferrari-Maserati dealer network.