Training news: workforce set to double at on-line learning firm

On-line learning company Epic Group has announced it is to double its workforce in the next nine months, creating 120 jobs. The Brighton-based company has seen staff numbers grow from 81 to 116 since April – a 40 per cent increase. This figure will be 240 staff by 2001.


Graduate training outsourced to partner


Cisco Systems has outsourced its graduate training programme delivery to EMEA-certified training partner Horizon MTS. Running in Cisco’s Brussels training facility, the 16-week course began at the end of July for 250 graduates in groups of 15, mainly recruited from European universities. Horizon will provide up to eight instructors per week and most of the course delivery.


Mentors will help IT leaders achieve potential


The personal development network for senior information and technology executives, Impact, has launched a mentoring service for chief information officers (CIOs) and IT directors. The service aims to release their potential by providing a sounding board on the critical challenges they face. It was developed after Impact research found CEOs expect IT leaders’ business and personal management ability to be as strong as their technical awareness.


Council is held up as an example to others


Thurrock Council in Essex is being used as a role model for other local authorities and organisations after it created a training programme to help frontline staff develop their careers. The Help Yourself scheme is aimed at the direct works services department and aims to provide staff with basic skills training.


Business studies included on OU timetable


The Open University is to offer an undergraduate degree in business studies for the first time. Business studies has previously only been available at postgraduate level through the OU, even though 12 per cent of students studying full time at universities take the subject. The first course will run from November.

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