e-business services company ICL and the Technology Colleges Trust held a week-long summer school for teenagers on careers in IT. Eighteen 16- to-19-year-olds from six schools across the country attended the workshops, which encouraged them to consider working for ICL on leaving school. The Magnet for Talent project was set up by the company to address the skills shortages in the sector.
BBC takes production training to outside firms
The BBC training and development department, which claims to be the world’s largest broadcast training organisation, is offering its production and engineering training courses to outside companies. Malcolm Nelson, manager of programme skills training at BBC Training said, “We have been successfully delivering broadcast training on-site to international broadcasters and production companies for the past six years. This latest move represents a natural extension to our existing offer.”
Psychology management subject of new course
A training course in psychology management is being launched by the CIPD and Heriot-Watt University this month in a bid to teach managers how to get the best out of their staff using psychology. Chris Brotherton, chair of psychology management at CIPD and professor of applied psychology at Heriot-Watt, said, “This draws on the psychological relationship between the manager and the employee – a relationship set to become more important as managers rely on informal consultation practices to get greater staff involvement.”
NHS shake-up sees careers workshops set up
NHS staff in the North East are being encouraged to take better control of their own career development to prepare them for the coming organisational change in the service. Trusts in Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland have come together to offer staff career development workshops run by Coutts Consulting Group. The two-day workshops help participants to review their careers by identifying their priorities and examining the “fit” between themselves and their employer.