Training news in brief: degree tailored to keep up with technology

High-tech company ARM is sponsoring a four-year MEng degree in electronics and software engineering at Loughborough University to produce a new generation of designers for the fast-growing industry of microchips for mobile phones, hand-held computers and smartcards. HR director of ARM Bill Parsons said, “We have found that with the convergence of electronics and computer science and our need for skills that transcend both, we needed to develop a high-quality, customised degree programme to address the needs of ARM.”

www.arm.com


Industry prescribed course of training


First line managers and supervisors in the pharmaceutical industry will be able to take advantage of courses in management education targeted at their sector. The training will lead to a recognised award of the Institute for Supervision and Management. Managers may also be able to become members of the institute. Information from Ian Irving, 020-7930 3477.

www.abpi.org.uk


Making a drama out of working together


Property services group Trillium has held 20 regional workshops of drama-based training to encourage its 660 employees to work together and embrace change. Chief executive Manish Chandle went to all the workshops, run by Steps Role Play, and was interviewed on stage by the facilitator. “We were keen to run a series of innovative, interesting and memorable workshops to highlight behavioural issues on working together,” said training and development manager Jeanette Kail.

www.stepsroleplay.co.uk


£1m deal to develop university’s course material


A Dublin-based e-learning company has secured a deal worth £1m with the Government-funded University for Industry for developing information and communications technology course material. Ufi aims to put people in a better position to get jobs, improve prospects and boost business competitiveness. The e-learning company Electric Paper will roll out the course materials from the end of this month.

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