• UK-based business partnership organisation Business Link Wiltshire and Swindon has carried out training for 18 business counsellors in Kenya to enable them to be NVQ level assessors. Charlotte Mannion, of Business Link Wiltshire and Swindon, and Caroline Millman, a freelance NVQ assessor, delivered a five-day programme in Nkuru, North West of Nairobi, for business counsellors from across Kenya. The trainees were keen to gain recognised qualifications of competency in business counselling and considered the British NVQ was the most appropriate. The project was supported by the British Council. Mannion has been invited to return to Kenya to observe and assess the trainees' new skills.
Council should aim for skills firms will pay for
• The incoming Learning and Skills Council should focus on skills employers are willing to pay for rather than just the ones firms say are important, according to a book by Peter Robinson, senior economist at the Institute of Public Policy Research. The New Learning Market examines the implications of the Learning and Skills Bill, and argues against planning. "For the learning market to work, the learner must have enough good quality information to make informed choices. This means the labour market must send out clear signals to individuals about the qualifications which are going to receive decent financial rewards." Robinson points to the example of frequent complaints about the lack of science graduates while employers are unwilling to pay a premium to people with the degrees. Contact 020-7840 5360.
Web exhibition to run parallel with real thing
• Training Solutions and the IT Training Show will be running an interactive virtual exhibition through June and July. The exhibition will take place from 14 June to 31 July and runs parallel to the actual Training Solutions and the IT Training show, from 4 to 6 July. Visitors to the on-line show will be able to communicate with company representatives, evaluate products, request information and book face-to-face appointments at the NEC, and buy on-line.