Training news in brief: Nottingham highlighted as top training region

Nottingham is one of the best areas in the country for training, according to a Training Standards Council report. Orient Gold from Ilkeston and Nottingham City Council Vocational Training were picked out as being among the best training providers in the country during inspections.

Scheme claimed to slow staff turnover at BP

National Vocational Qualification schemes can greatly reduce turnover, according to BP. The petrol giant claims around 60 per cent of people left the organisation before an NVQ scheme was introduced because of poor training and limited career opportunities. Since the introduction of the Developing People programme in 1997, staff turnover has decreased by 42 per cent among NVQ achievers.

Framework devised to store systems knowledge

Parity Training consultants have developed a sophisticated knowledge management system for securities firm Credit Suisse First Boston. CSFB was concerned that expert knowledge would be lost when individuals with expert knowledge left the company. Parity Training identified 100 internal systems reliant on knowledge and developed a three-level knowledge framework to provide CSFB with access to the information on the systems.

£85,000 deal sees Navy automate appraisals

The Royal Navy is to replace its manual paper-based appraisal system for its 7,500 officers with an automated system. Logsys Solutions of Wokingham will design the system in a contract worth £85,000. The system will enable appraisal forms to be completed at Navy bases worldwide, returning them to a central database and reporting application at the promotions section in Portsmouth. The need for automation of appraisal, promotion and transfer systems has developed as officer promotion numbers have risen.

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