Training news: laid-off Dome employees given free training

Recruitment agency Manpower is offering free training to the 1,700 Millennium Dome hosts who will find themselves without a job when the Dome closes on 31 December. Manpower, which recruited the Dome hosts, is giving them access to eight communication skills courses from its internal on-line training system. Hosts will receive personal pin numbers which they will be able to use to access e-training during their lunch breaks or at home.

LSE link-up creates International MBA course

The London School of Economics is teaming up with top US and French business schools to offer an international MBA. The

£60,000 (US$87,500) programme is aimed at senior international executives who will complete six intensive modules. They will start in London next September before moving onto the New York University Stern School of Business and the HEC Paris Graduate Business School. The first intake will also spend time at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo.

Outsourcing firms push for better NVQ profile

Outsourcing firms including Initial, Granada and Compass have called on the Government to put more emphasis on National Vocational Qualifications. They want to see the current system simplified and given equal status with academic qualifications. Norman Rose, director-general of the Business Services Association, which represents the sector, said, "Outsourcing is a labour-intensive sector which relies on good vocational training."

Films the focus of Roffey leadership programme

If you ever thought Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi could do a lot for your organisation, now is the time to find out. Roffey Park Institute is launching a two-day programme – Images of Leadership – to encourage managers to look at the different leadership styles of real and fictional role models. Flip charts will be replaced with videos as participants analyse what Don Corleoni, Citizen Kane and Gordon Gekko brought to the art of leadership.

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