Training news in brief: scheme gives graduates a new beginning

Pensions company Gissings has set up a training scheme for second jobbers in a bid to attract graduates who have become disillusioned with their initial career choice. The first five candidates have just come to the end of their eight-month training programme. The first few months were spent entirely off the job, but the rest of their training was spent working alongside experienced pensions managers. Twelve more second jobbers have now been recruited to the scheme.

Track down last-minute IT on the Net

Firms that are looking for last-minute deals on IT training can visit the web site for help. Users can search by course title, location, date, price or keyword. Each listing offers a detailed description of the course and a checklist to ensure it is suitable for the user. Travel to the course can also be arranged through the site.

International skills to boost IBM employees

Staff at computer giant IBM are being encouraged to gain an international qualification in personal computing skills. The European Computer Driving Licence – promoted by the British Computer Society – covers key computing concepts and common applications in the workplace. Resourcing services managers at IBM Greenock Less Williamson said it would ensure workers gained a similar standard of expertise.

Managers to learn to speak the right language

Training managers will be finding out what language skills could do for their businesses at the London Language and Cultural Learning Show. The Languages National Training Organisation, which promotes the skills for business purposes, will be organising a panel discussion that will look at the possible impact of the European Year of Languages. This is a European Union initiative for 2001.

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