News roundupOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today This month’s newsPrepare for the TD2001 Awards raceFollowing on from the success of the TD2000 awards, Training magazine is preparingto launch the TD2001 scheme. The awards will be sponsored by Raytheon Professional Services and builds onthe enthusiasm and commitment shown by readers to the TD200O event. “Eversince the TD2000 awards were announced, the magazine has been inundated withenquiries from readers about how to enter the TD2001 scheme,” said Editorof Training Stephanie Sparrow.”We are delighted to be running these awards again so that we can oncemore highlight the dedication of training professionals.”The TD2000 award was won by the Halifax-based Provident Insurance withjudges placing Barclay’s Bank Small Business Banking and restaurant chain TGIFriday’s as runners-up. Details of how to enter will appear in the January 2001 edition of Training.Nacett warns on low standardsAdvisory body Nacett has thrown down the gauntlet to the incoming Learningand Skills Council to set more ambitious National Learning Targets.Although England is on course to acheive the majority of the targets for2002, the Government and the LSC should aim higher thereafter to bring Englandto at least equalling the best nations by 2010, its says.”Although standards are rising, England has serious weaknesses in the levelof qualifications held by its workforce, and in a world economy built onknowledge-based industries these weaknesses are a major handicap,” saidNacett chairman Derek Wanless at the launch of its final published reportearlier this month. Nacett, which hands over its role to the new LSC from 2001, says that amonghighest achievers (NVQ level 4 and above) England’s educational and trainingperformance is one of the best in the world, but the under-performance at lowerattainment levels is dragging down the average.The root of this is problems with standards of literacy and numeracy whichmean many adults are unable to continue learning or to earn a living in aknowledge-based economy.Web links www.nacett.org.uk Teachers attend vocational classEdexcel is rolling out a massive in-service training programme to helpteachers improve the delivery of learning.During the current academic year the examining board will run 500 sessionsproviding training for 40,000 teachers. Over a third will be dedicated tovocational education to help educators get to grips with recent changes. “These sessions have been very well attended,” says aspokesperson. “They examine the new specifications and new-style units in detail andoffer delegates opportunities to look at different ways of structuring theircourses to meet the needs of students.”Teacher interest is encouraging for Edexcel chairman, Garry Hawkes, whostrongly advocates parity of esteem between academic and vocationalqualifications. “Calling GNVQs vocational A-levels is very positive as itsets the Government seal on the value that those qualifications have,” hesays. “Vocational qualifications should not be ghettoised – they ought to bepart of everyone’s achievements.”Contacts: tel 0870 240 9800, e-mail [email protected], web link www.edexcel.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.