Training news: call for longer training periods for social workers

TOPSS England, the training organisation for the personal social services, wants social workers to train for an extra year. It says the current three-year DipSW qualification should have more emphasis on practice teaching, and that social work training funds should be channelled through its own structures in the English regions. The call forms part of its response to the Government’s Green Paper, “A Quality Strategy for Social Care”.


Web site for automotive industry training needs

A web site catering for the training needs of the automotive industry has been launched. The Automotive Business College has set up the web site as an information tool for companies. It carries details of workshops, people development programmes and NVQs. There are also updated news pages on topical issues relating to the automotive industry.ŒŒ


Marconi takes part in team development event

More than 700 employees of Marconi from 14 countries took part in a corporate team development event held at Camp Hill, an outdoor activities centre in North Yorkshire. Participants were involved in a number of activities, including raft building, four-by-four driving and mental challenges. A team from Liverpool were the winners.


Open Learning Conference and Exhibition winners

Professor Stephen Molyneux, director of the Delta Institute at Wolverhampton University, won the award for outstanding contribution to the open learning industry at the World Open Learning Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham earlier this month. Wendy Cliffe, of Scottish Equitable, won the learning resource centre manager of the year award for dramatically increasing use of the company’s learning centre in 1999 to more than 16,000 hours – 75 per cent utilisation of the centre – saving £150,000 compared with costs of comparable training by traditional means. The new learner award went to Janet Henry of Stockton-on-Tees, a learning assistant.

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