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  • Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon returns for fourth year

    first_img Advertisement Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon returns for fourth year  162 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Howard Lake | 19 November 2015 | News Cancer Research UK has begun encouraging people to take part in its annual January fundraising campaign Dryathlon®. Once again, participants, or ‘Dryathletes™’, are urged to go dry for 31 January by avoiding alcohol, and to raise sponsorship money as they do so.Dryathlon first ran in January 2013. This year the campaign is being promoted by a new advertising campaign created by Karmarama which will appear across TV, radio, digital and social media. The advert combines animation with a specially written song. It retains the fun and light-hearted tone of Dryathlon, so encourages Dryathletes to have a good time in January and to be proud of being sober.Anthony Newman, director of marketing at Cancer Research UK said:“Dryathlon is back and we want it to be our biggest and best yet. Dryathlon is the original campaign that challenges the nation to put down their pints. Since 2013, it has raised over £17 million for our work to beat cancer sooner – so the pressure is on for a brilliant fourth year in 2016.“To carry on this success it’s essential Dryathlon continues to innovate and appeal, and I believe the new campaign will achieve this. It feels fresh, fun and builds on what we’ve learnt from previous campaigns, highlighting our message that Dryathlon is not about staying in but getting out and enjoying yourself”.Dryathlon will run from 1-31 January 2016, and registration is now open. Participants can take part on their own or as part of a team.Since 2013, 170,000 Dryathletes have raised over £17 million for Cancer Research UK’s work. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3  161 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Events About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

  • White Paper: COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on Housing, Mortgage Industries

    first_img  Print This Post Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago A new white paper published by Altisource, “Navigating the Challenges of COVID-19, Now and in the Future,” discusses the future of the mortgage industry once the pandemic passes. “Mortgage companies began scrambling to operationalize in a rapidly evolving and unexpected environment that no one was fully prepared for,” Altisource said in the white paper. “As with the 2008 housing crisis, our industry was too tightly interconnected that it didn’t take long for a domino effect to ripple throughout the community and impact every corner of it.” In May, the housing and mortgage industries faced historic levels of unemployment claims—surpassing 30 million in June—falling home sales and interest rates, and forbearance plans that are impacting cash flow for mortgage servicers.  The analysis in this white paper stemmed from Altisource’s Mortgage Industry Pandemic Summit, in partnership with Five Star Global. Altisource’s CEO Bill Shepro said in the white paper that there was “no amount of preparation” that could have prepared the mortgage industry for COVID-19. Five Star Global’s President and CEO Ed Delgado said crises have always been present in the mortgage industry and will always have an influence on the industry manages operations, relate to clients, and protect homeownership.”We’ve learned a lot since the 2008 crisis, and we are already farther ahead now than we were then,” Delgado said.Experts within the session The Economist Magic 8 Ball: What to Expect in the Next Year, had a generally favorable view on the economy moving forward. “While we might not show positive growth for the calendar year, the experts anticipate a sizable rebound in Q4 or the first half of 2021 for many reasons,” the white paper said. “They expect to see a quick reversal of the recent massive rise in unemployment due to the fact that most of the jobs lost in the last few months were hourly workers, so many may return to work soon.” Of all attendees polled, 48% said the biggest challenge facing them was mortgage forbearance. This was followed by tightening credit standards (25%), operational challenges to closing loans (11%), utilizing and implementing new technology (11%), increased information security with remote working (5%). Additionally, 17% of attendees said the foreclosure rate will exceed the 4% rate of the Great Recession, while 50% said it would be between 2-3%.  Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Subscribe Previous: Future Home Price and Rent Issues “Unlikely” Next: Home Insurance Costs are Rising 2020-06-08 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 8, 2020 2,134 Views White Paper: COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on Housing, Mortgage Industries Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Home / Daily Dose / White Paper: COVID-19’s Long-Term Impact on Housing, Mortgage Industries Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

  • Further warnings over spiraling insurance costs

    first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ By News Highland – January 31, 2019 Twitter There’s further warnings to the Government that unless rising insurance costs are tackled, jobs could be lost.South Donegal Deputy Eamon Scanlon says despite the Cost of Insurance Working Group two years ago publishing a series of recommendations to deal with spiralling insurance premiums, many of the key proposals have yet to be implemented.Deputy Scanlon says businesses in the North West are already dealing with high insurance costs and face more of the unknown with the uncertainty of Brexit:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/scfghgfhgfhgfhanlon1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Wednesday January 30thNext articleCouncil to carry out audit of all housing stock News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterestcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Facebook Pinterest Further warnings over spiraling insurance costs DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

  • New campaigne launched to attract woman into construction industry

    first_imgA campaign has been launched to combat the construction industry’s skillsshortages by encouraging more women to become builders. ‘Women Building London’, run by Women’s Education in Building (WEB), hopesto recruit 1,400 women to help make up the 8,000 new recruits a year, which theConstruction Industry Training Board (CITB) says will be needed until 2006 toavoid a shortfall. At present, less than 1 per cent of building workers in the UK are female. The scheme will advise women about the construction industry and choosing atrade, and will offer information on training and support, as well as guidanceon finding work placements and jobs. It will also offer help to women settingup a building or construction trade business. Sue Rossiter, Greater London area manager of the CITB, said she hopes thescheme will, literally, change the face of the construction industry inBritain. “We need a construction industry that looks like Britain, and Britainis not all male and white,” she said. New campaigne launched to attract woman into construction industryOn 30 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

  • Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press speak out after ending US Soccer salary mediation

    first_imgAugust 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press speak out after ending US Soccer salary mediation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Two stars of the U.S. women’s soccer team say the ball is in the court of the U.S. Soccer Federation after the reigning World Cup champions walked out of mediation talks being held Wednesday in their fight for equal pay.“They’re the only employer that we could have playing for the national team, we’re the only employees that they could have, so for better or for worse we’re tethered together,” Megan Rapinoe, co-captain of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) said Thursday on Good Morning America. “I think that if and when and ever they are willing to have a conversation about equal pay that starts there and goes forward, we’re always open to that.”“We won’t accept anything less than equal pay,” she added. “We show up for a game, if we win the game if we lose the game if we tie the game, we want to be paid equally, period.”The USWNT filed an equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation earlier this year. The two sides had agreed to go to mediation just before the World Cup kicked off in France in June.The lawsuit cites the discrimination in pay, but also the denial of “at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment.”“I think we’re very confident in our case in what’s transpired,” USWNT player Christen Press said on GMA alongside Rapinoe. “I think for us it’s more than about this moment or this team … It’s actually about women everywhere being treated equally and respectfully in the workplace so if that means that we’re going to go to trial then we’re going to do that, and we’re going to do it very confidently.”The U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) fired back at the athletes in a Wednesday statement, calling their actions “aggressive” and saying they had presented “misleading information” for months.“We have said numerous times that our goal is to find a resolution, and during mediation we had hoped we would be able to address the issues in a respectful manner and reach an agreement,” the USSF said in the statement. “Unfortunately, instead of allowing mediation to proceed in a considerate manner, plaintiffs’ counsel took an aggressive and ultimately unproductive approach that follows months of presenting misleading information to the public in an effort to perpetuate confusion.”“We always know there is more we can do,” the statement continued. “We value our players, and have continually shown that, by providing them with compensation and support that exceeds any other women’s team in the world. Despite inflammatory statements from their spokesperson, which are intended to paint our actions inaccurately and unfairly, we are undaunted in our efforts to continue discussions in good faith.”Press argued Thursday that equality is “not just a word you can say.”“I think it’s quite simple from our perspective,” she said. “We want to be paid equally and that just means that when we show up to a game that we get compensated the same way that a man would for showing up for the same game.”“And I think that U.S. Soccer and Carlos and the board just showed us that they weren’t willing to start there with equality,” Press continued. “And it’s not just a word you can say, it’s something you have to stand behind because on this issue there is no social equality for women without financial equality.”The U.S. women ran undefeated through the 2019 World Cup in June and July, including a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the final. It was the second consecutive World Cup victory for the women, who have also won three of the last four Olympic gold medals.The U.S. men’s team did not qualify for the most-recent World Cup, and their best World Cup result, third place, came 89 years ago.When it comes to the actual legal issues at play, the suit points to two federal laws: the Equal Pay Act, which prohibits paying employees unequally based on sex, and Title VII, which prohibits employers discriminating on the basis of sex.“The U.S. women’s soccer team does not need to be the best in the world in order to earn equal pay. The point of non-discrimination law is that employees doing similar work should be paid equally,” Suzanne B. Goldberg, director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law at the Columbia Law School, told ABC News earlier this year.Women earn guaranteed yearly contracts and benefits, while men are paid for individual match appearances.In a statement released Wednesday, a USWNT spokesperson said the team wants women to know “we are undaunted” in the fight for equal pay.“We entered this week’s mediation with representatives of USSF full of hope,” said Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the U.S. women’s national team. “Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the Federation’s determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior. It is clear that USSF, including its Board of Directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men. They will not succeed. We want all of our fans, sponsors, peers around the world, and women everywhere to know we are undaunted and will eagerly look forward to a jury trial.”When asked about a plan should they lose in their fight, Press responded, “I think you’re asking the wrong people what if we lose. It’s not generally how we approach things.”Regardless of the trial results, fans spoke out loudly in support of the team both during and after the World Cup. Attendees in France chanted “equal pay” after the women won, while similar chants echoed in the Canyon of Heroes days later when the team paraded through lower Manhattan.“In 2019 I don’t think equal pay is necessarily a novel idea,” said Rapinoe. “I think people see how successful we’ve been and I think that they think we should be compensated for that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

  • Assistant Professor- Public Health

    first_imgletter of interest,curriculum vitae,statement of teaching interest/philosophy that describes whatrole faculty play in student success,research plan that addresses the relationship of researchactivities to the classroom and teaching,diversity statement that discusses best strategies forsupporting students historically marginalized in the field ofPublic Health, andthree references with contact information. Preferred Qualifications Department SummaryThe Department of Public Health and Recreation at San José StateUniversity seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-trackAssistant Professor position in Public Health. The Department of Public Health andRecreation is a multidisciplinary department that awards B.S.degrees in Public Health and Recreation, and a Master of PublicHealth (MPH) degree with a concentration in community healtheducation. Our undergraduate programs offer concentrations inpopulation data science, community health education, recreationmanagement, and recreation therapy. A Master of Recreation will belaunched in the fall of 2021. The PHR Department is one of thelargest and fastest-growing units within the College of Health and HumanSciences . With the slogan of AchievingHealth and Wellbeing for All, our PHR mission is “to cultivate alearning community, advance scholarship, and act as an agent ofsocial change within the domains of public health and recreationthrough serving our diverse SJSU PHR students and alumni andpartnering communities to facilitate personal and communitytransformation.” As highlighted within our current strategic plan,our vision is that: “We aspire to be innovators and leaders inlearning and teaching, scholarship, and professional practice toignite social change towards a more vibrant, prosperous, and justworld where the optimal health and wellbeing of individuals andcommunities are achieved and sustained.”Based on a Teacher-Scholar-Practitioner model, we are a thrivingdiverse academic, scholarly, and professional community thatintegrates public health, recreation, and personal wellness throughhigh-impact experiential learning, scientific inquiry, criticalthinking, play, and lifelong learning to promote social change andjustice using collaborative engaged actions. Central to thisprocess involves student, alumni, faculty, and community engagementto advance practices in public health and recreation fields. We areall committed to the sustainable growth and meaningfultransformation of our department in order to respectfully meet boththe needs of our students and the needs of professional fieldswithin public health and recreation service areas not only here inSan Jose and Northern California, but also nationally and globally.As leaders in higher education, our programs integrate innovative,social justice, and therapeutic approaches to advancing personaland community health through engaged scholarship, applied research,and direct service-learning opportunities.Required Qualifications Responsibilities Teach courses in undergraduate and graduate Public Healthprograms (classroom, online/hybrid formats), such as health policy,health justice, multicultural health, quantitative and qualitativemethods, and/or health communication ( Department Overview and Curricula );Leadership in the Public Health programs, including oversightfor ongoing assessment of student learning objectives and programoutcomes, student advising, alignment of online and campus courses,continuous improvement of teaching and learning, and adherence toall CEPH accreditation requirements;Conduct research, develop successful grants, presentacademic/professional papers, regularly publish inacademic/professional journals, and contribute to the scholarshipof public health;Work with colleagues to co-develop the department’s strategicdirections, particularly regarding the linkages between publichealth, recreation, community engagement, and environmental/policystrategies for building healthy communities;Reflect and continuously improve upon one’s instructional,relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage andsupport historically underserved students;Engage in community and university outreach to develop andmaintain practicum/internship sites, curriculum resources,service-learning opportunities, alumni engagement, anddevelopment/advancement opportunities;Participate in analysis of and planning for the changingecology of higher education and the public health workforce,including the development and implementation of a strategic planand purposeful activities for continuing education/lifelonglearning, professional development, individual certification, andprogram accreditation;Participate in shared governance, usually in department,college, and university committee and other serviceassignments.Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs ofa student population of great diversity – in age, culturalbackground, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation –through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies andadvisement. Knowledge of disciplinary trends regarding issues that centerrace, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and underservedcommunities;Experience working with racially diverse students in theclassroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns ofexclusion of groups within higher education, and the profession,shape patterns of participation and outcomes;An active and well-articulated research agenda, coupled withinterest and ability to secure external grant funding;Demonstrated ability or potential to conduct both undergraduateand graduate advising and mentoring;Ability to effectively design, teach, and evaluate graduate andundergraduate courses, in traditional, online, and hybrid formats;andAbility to work collegially on the accreditation of theundergraduate public health program and maintain the accreditationof the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, as well as contributeto the department’s strategic “journey” planning and action. Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See BenefitsSummary for details.Starting Date – August 2021Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents: Doctoral degree in public health or closely related field;Scholarship in public health including but not limited totransdisciplinary, engaged, or applied research;Demonstrated experience or potential for teaching excellence,including in areas such as (but not limited to) health policy,health justice, multicultural health, health communication, orquantitative and qualitative methods;Active public health research agenda with substantial potentialfor publications and funded research; andApplicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivityto the educational goals of a multicultural population as mighthave been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching andother comparable experience. For full consideration, please apply by January 15, 2021Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair – Dr. YoshitakaIwasaki, Email: [email protected] Phone: (408)924-1318.The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: November 21, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close:last_img read more

  • University faces swine flu threat

    first_imgSome colleges have also been working with the JCR and MCR student bodies to try to contain infection rates, with networks of student ‘flu buddies’ being set up in order to maintain communications with other students should they fall ill.“We have a ‘flu buddy’ system in place should anyone become sick with swine flu and need to be in isolation for a few days,” explained James Nation, JCR President for Merton College, who is confident in his college’s response to the flu pandemic.“Merton College has been in contact with its students regarding the swine flu virus….We have been given assurances that College are suitably prepared should any staff member become ill.”“Teaching might be disrupted if swine flu were to affect a significant proportion of students and staff this term,” said the representative from St. Peters, “In such an extreme case it may be necessary to vary term times and examination dates.”Balliol has already set up ‘business continuity plans’ to make sure “essential functions and communications within college” are maintained in the face of a significant number of staff shortages. The college said it would be looking to the University “to advise if and when teaching should be suspended.”According to its website, the University expects there to be a three to four month period during which it will need to continuously review the threat to its activities, and to adapt its operations and its plans accordingly.“In a worst case scenario, when closure of certain operations of the University is under consideration, decisions may need wider publicity,” read a statement in the University’s PPF. In such situations the University would consider using local media, such as BBC Oxford and Fox FM, to communicate information about the status of the University to the wider community.Many students are already voicing concern over the possible disruptions to their education that a second wave of swine flu might bring.“Would we all just be sent home?”, asked a student from Hertford College, “That would be the sensible thing, college wouldn’t be where you would want to be.” She added, “After all, they shut Oxbridge during the black death.”A representative from Balliol college said, “The one thing we will be stressing to all freshers next week is, should they feel ill they should not go to inductions, and to reassure them that they will not miss anything.”For now it’s business as usual for Oxford, “The University is continuing to operate as normal while, at the same time, remaining alert to any students or staff exhibiting flu-like symptoms.” Colleges and departments across the University are preparing for a second wave of the H1N1 virus predicted to hit the country in the autumn.Estimates suggest that during the peak period of infection anywhere between 15-35% of university staff could be away from work as a result of having contracted the virus, or in order to care for sick family members.The University is currently in ‘red 3 pandemic’, the highest alert stage possible. The move into phase 3 was made over the summer after the first cases of swine flu in the Oxfordshire area were confirmed. The first case of swine flu in the University itself happened in early June, when a postgraduate student contracted the H1N1 virus while on a visit to Arizona. Since then several other cases have been reported.The University is unwilling to give out exact figures for the number of Oxford students and staff that have been diagnosed with the illness. They commented, “We do not think it would be helpful to provide a running commentary on a situation which is constantly changing.” Colleges are also keen to avoid putting a number on how many of their students have or are predicted to catch swine flu. According to a statement from Balliol college “because there will be no way of telling whether any flu outbreak is swine flu, ‘freshers’ flu or a seasonal strain, it will be impossible to report back with any accuracy.”As part of its preparations for a second wave of infection, the University has released a Pandemic Planning Framework (PPF) document, outlining the establishment of a Pandemic Planning Team, headed by prominent members of the University.Many colleges have followed suit, setting up their own Flu Pandemic Committees. According to a representative at St. Peters College, “The college has a pandemic flu contingency planning committee – the committee has already met to ensure we are prepared for Michaelmas Term.” Other colleges have also confirmed that they are stocking up on face masks and gloves in preparation for the new term.last_img read more

  • Call for submissions for Adams Street mural project

    first_imgHOBOKEN – The Hoboken Mural Arts Council is announcing a call for submissions for a mural project located at 1312 Adams St. with the theme “diversity, inclusion, and community.” The Arts Council, which includes Geri Fallo (Hoboken Cultural Affairs), Albert Barsky (Barsky Gallery), Elizabeth Ndoye (hob’art co-operative gallery), and Justine Uva (Urban Arts), was recently established by Mayor Zimmer to provide guidance and art expertise for a mural project approved by the Planning Board.The project, which is a requirement of a Planning Board approval for the property, includes a $25,000 honorarium to the selected artist or arts group as well as paint, supplies, and scaffolding.Three artists will be selected from all the submissions and awarded $500 each to develop a design based on the theme “diversity, inclusion, and community.” The Arts Council, with input from the project developer, will evaluate and select the winning design.The mural will be 155 feet wide by 35 feet tall, starting 20 feet from the ground. The surface of the wall will be made from Kingspan panels in the mural area and finished with a Weather XL modified polyester finish in Imperial white. The artist will be required to paint directly onto the wall from a suspended scaffold system hung from the roof of the building and should have experience painting murals on such a system. The developer will be responsible for prepping and priming the wall, paint, other needed materials, and scaffolding.Interested artists (or group of artists) should provide submissions by Sept 30. ×last_img read more

  • FDF apprentice targets on track

    first_imgThe Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has revealed that UK food and drink manufacturers are on target to meet their pledge to double the number of apprenticeships to 3,400 by the end of 2012.According to the latest statistics from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and Improve, the Sector Skills Council, 1,654 individuals have started an apprenticeship in the past six months – almost 50% of the overall target.Figures are currently unknown of bakery apprenticeship start-ups in England, however, Scotland has accumulated 455 modern apprenticeship starts between August 2011 and end of January 2012, 41 of which (9%) have been on bakery pathways.Angela Coleshill, director of competitiveness and the FDF, said: “We are delighted that we are well on track to meet our target to double the number of apprenticeships in food and drink manufacturing in England and Scotland. We strongly believe that apprenticeships are a fantastic way of attracting talent for the future and of bringing many benefits to our businesses including increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a motivated workforce.”“By recruiting new apprentices and upskilling our existing employees, we are ensuring that our sector has the right skills now and in the future.”The FDF launched its apprenticeship pledge earlier this year in line with its target to grow the industry 20% by 2020, in addition to running alongside its ‘Feed Your Ambition: Skills Action Plan’, which aims to create 50,000 apprenticeship training opportunities throughout the UK food supply chain.The Federation and its partners are running a series of roadshows across the country for food and drink businesses, with the next event taking place at the Preston Marriott Hotel on 5 July. For further information, visit www.fdf.org.uk/event.aspx?event=4388.last_img read more

  • Workforces to grow in next year

    first_imgThe Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed British firms in the private sector will be taking on more staff in the next 12 months.In collaboration with recruitment specialist Harvey Nash, the ’Seeking a Competitive Edge’ Employment Trends Survey of 300 firms discovered 35% of companies said they expected their workforces to increase during the period.Only 15% of firms surveyed, which currently employ more than 1.4 million people between them, said they felt employee numbers would decline.Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director, said: “The performance of our flexible labour market in generating jobs in a sluggish economy is a mini-miracle. Businesses look set to continue with the positive, but cautious approach to hiring that we’ve seen over the past couple of years, and this is echoed in expected pay restraint designed to protect employment.”The CBI also found that more than a third (36%) of business were planning wage increases either below inflation or on target for specific employees, and only 16% of employers were planning a pay freeze.Albert Ellis, chief executive of Harvey Nash, said: “The hiring picture presented in the report overall remains a positive one, as businesses look for the best people in tough times. To gain a competitive edge, businesses are investing in and nurturing talent.“Most encouragingly, more than a fifth of employers are looking to increase their graduate hiring in the next year and 23% are set to boost apprenticeship numbers, thereby investing in the skills of the next generation. This is also good news for those seeking out a first foothold on the career ladder, but the survey shows a lack of skills and experience is holding back some from fulfilling their potential.”The CBI/Harvey Nash survey was conducted during August and September 2012, with respondents based across the UK and representing a wide range of company sizes and sectors.last_img read more