UK staff feel stuck in rut – and blame employers

first_img Previous Article Next Article UK staff feel stuck in rut – and blame employersOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Nearly one-third of UK employees feel they are going nowhere in their jobs –costing their employers up to £200bn in wasted potential. The finding, by Foundation Degrees, finds almost half of the 571 employeessurveyed think they are undervalued, and four in 10 believe they are wastingvaluable skills and experience. Nearly 40 per cent of staff are frustrated at the lack of opportunity to trynew things and half want their jobs to be more challenging. Margaret Hodge, minister for lifelong learning and higher education, saidthe research shows the importance of continuing education and development.”Too much talent and ability is going to waste because employers arefailing to develop the potential of the people they have and appreciate thereal value of on-the-job learning and experience,” she said. “Foundation degrees can help people move out of career ruts and intobetter and more interesting jobs by equipping them with the technical know-how,academic knowledge and transferable skills that employers demand.” The research shows most employees believe employers are to blame for failingto fill skills gaps. Nine in 10 respondents believe employers are responsible for ensuring thereare enough skilled employees in the workplace. A similar proportion feel employers should give existing staff theopportunity to take on different skills and more responsibility beforerecruiting new people. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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News story: Bath tech firm secures £1.2 million worth of export deals

first_img When we first started exporting to Singapore, DIT’s team helped us to forge strong relationships with our new overseas customers from the get-go. They’ve taken a real interest in our business and guided us towards fantastic opportunities in new markets, also encouraging us to attend international trade shows. They also gave us the idea to bid for the Expo 2020 Live grant. For any company that’s thinking of exporting, my advice would be to go for it. It can be challenging at first because there are lots of things to consider, from paperwork to cultural differences with clients, but this can easily be overcome by working with DIT experts. The best advice I could give to a firm looking to export for the first time or increase their international sales would be to attend relevant trade shows as nothing beats meeting potential buyers face-to-face. If we can do it, so can many other local firms. ScienceScope, based at Downside School near Bath, develops technology to teach children about the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and connected devices.The deal with the National Institute for Education in Singapore will see the company build an IoT lab on-site and provide every school in Singapore with 300 micro:bits, one of ScienceScope’s flagship products, over the next 3 years.In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ScienceScope was awarded a grant from Expo 2020 Dubai to build an IoT school project at 2 schools. The schools will receive IoT weather stations and IoT development kits as part of a pilot scheme which could be rolled out to other schools in the Gulf region.The micro:bit is a pocket-sized codable computer that encourages young people to get creative with technology and code their own projects, including designing video games. A million were handed out to 11-years-olds across the UK in a partnership with the BBC 2 years ago.Both deals were enabled through support from the Department for International Trade (DIT). Most recently, DIT assisted the business to attend global education training and technology show, Bett Middle East in Abu Dhabi, with support from DIT as part of Exporting is GREAT campaign, which encourages SMEs to export their products.DIT also put the business in touch with an export manager on-the-ground in Dubai and thanks to this the business now sells 80% of its products overseas.David Crellin, Chief Executive and Founder of ScienceScope, said: Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of the South West, said: ScienceScope is a fantastic example of a pioneering British business setting the bar high in its sector. The company has been incredibly successful in finding markets ready for its innovative products that allow pupils and teachers to learn and teach to their full potential. We’re delighted to have supported the company by setting up introductions to potential new customers. The guidance we provide is all part of our focus to convert more of the region’s businesses into successful exporters, so companies don’t have to go through the exporting process alone. Firms looking for support should visit great.gov.uk which has information on live export opportunities and includes general information on exporting and events.last_img read more

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ND continues renovations

first_imgThe Stadium renovations have been ongoing for the past four summers and will be completed next summer. Affleck-Graves said the University is currently in fundraising mode for several large projects and they are close to closing the funding on the Executive Education Center.“That will probably be the next big project we do,” he said. At this time the University has no plans to demolish any buildings on campus, including Stepan Center. “We will do the last phase of that next summer,” he said. The University is also planning on erecting a social sciences building, a multidisciplinary research building, two new dorms and a student activity center as part of the long-term strategic plan. “I think we will continue to use Stepan,” Affleck-Graves said. “Stepan is actually a quite well-used building on campus.” The University also did landscaping work after a storm in June felled several trees along Notre Dame Avenue. “Over the summer we completely renovated Stanford and Keenan — redid the bathrooms, changed some of the room layouts, repainted it,” Affleck-Graves said.Affleck-Graves said the University also completed a $15 million renovation of the old Law School building and continued working on updating Notre Dame Stadium.  Affleck-Graves said the University is also working on a cancer research center called Harper Hall that will be part of the Indiana University — South Bend Medical School.The University also worked on some smaller renovation projects over the summer including making changes to Stanford, Keenan and Lewis. “We take out all the seats we repair the concrete and we seal it,” he said. “So that project went ahead this summer and we will be ready for football season.” The University’s policy is not to begin construction on any project until 100 percent of the funds have been pledged by donors. The policy helped save the University from having a handful of half-completed projects during the economic downturn. “We lost some big trees in a storm in June, so we continue to plant trees,” Affleck-Graves said. “Everything is continuing that is funded,” he said.  “There would be some spaces for clubs to have meeting rooms but there would also be a big open space,” he said. Affleck-Graves said the student activity center would be “kind of a mix between Stepan and LaFortune.”  However, in the long-term, Stepan “will probably have to come down” because of problems the University has had with the roof and other structural issues, Affleck-Graves said. Construction on a number of buildings around campus — including a new ice hockey arena and the Institute for Educational Initiatives — went as planned this summer, and the University expects to complete the projects on time, Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves said.“Those are the two buildings that have gone really well,” he said.Affleck-Graves said he expected the hockey rink to be completed in October 2011, while the Institute for Educational Initiatives is “well underway” and will be finished in April 2010.last_img read more

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Andres Gimenez makes Mets opening day roster

first_imgQUEENS (WBNG) — Former Rumble Pony and Mets prospect Andres Gimenez has made the Mets opening day roster. Gimenez had a breakout Arizona Fall League season, winning the batting title hitting .371. The shortstop spent the entire 2019 season in Binghamton where he hit .250 with 28 stolen bases. Gimenez was joined by a number of 2019 Rumble Ponies in Mets summer camp, but he was the only player to make the Mets opening day roster. The Mets open their season Friday night against the Atlanta Braves at 4:10 p.m.last_img read more

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Donegal students celebrate graduation from NWRC in Derry – Pic Special

first_imgThe achievements of more than 800 graduates in a range of subject areas across all areas of the curriculum have been celebrated at North West Regional College’s graduation ceremony. Students from all around Donegal also celebrated their success and achievements at the Millennium Forum in Derry last week.Students graduates in the following subjects: Art & Design, Business, Computing, Construction, Engineering and Science, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Early Years, Health & Social Care, Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, Media, Music and Performing Arts, from courses undertaken at the College’s Strand Road, Limavady and Strabane Campuses. The MC for the event was BBC broadcaster Barra Best and guest speaker was the Manager of NWRC’s multi-award-winning Careers Academy, Finneen Bradley.Lorena Barron was awarded the Best Diploma Award on the OCR Level 4 Diploma in Administration (Business Professional) at North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. (Pic Martin McKeown)Gregory Doherty is chuffed with with his caricature at North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation ceremony at the Millennium Forum (Picture Martin McKeown)Cousins Gemma and Nadine Wylie pictured at North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation ceremony at the Millennium Forum (Picture Martin McKeown)Maeve Dunleavy from Letterkenny received the award for Best Foundation degree in Business and Enterprise at North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. (pic Martin McKeown).Ann Marie Monaghan from Letterkenny who received the award for Academic Excellence in the Foundation Degree in Counseilling at North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. (Pic Martin McKeown).The Hearty family celebrate Colm’s graduation from North West Regional College – from left are Sharon, Cara, Colm and Joseph. (Pic Martin McKeown).Ephrim McFadden from Letterkenny pictured at North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation Ceremony. (Pic Martin McKeown).Samantha Gallagher received the Award for Oustanding Commitment and Achievement in Early Years at North West Regional College’s Graduation ceremony from MC Barra Best and Special Guest Finneen Bradley. (Pic Martin McKeown).Final preparations for graduate Gemma Wylie as she gets gowned ready for North West Regional College’s Higher Education Graduation ceremony at the Millennium Forum (Picture Martin McKeown)Donegal students celebrate graduation from NWRC in Derry – Pic Special was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Soggy conditions are slowing planting progress around the state

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.I am actually in a sprayer right now spraying a field we just got done planting. There is some drizzle moving in so I think we will be done for a little while anyway.We got about a third of the corn in prior to today. We hadn’t run for about a week and a half there until last night when we fired up at midnight. We got 120 acres of corn in last night. We are just shy of about a third of our beans in.We are feeling pretty good about our progress. I was getting nervous when it got down to 40 degrees at night two or three days after we got it in the ground. The crops are waiting for some warm weather to explode, but they are still growing. We need some nice 70-degree days to get everything to pop at the same time. Everything is treated. I am sleeping well at night knowing the seed is treated. We are just waiting on some sunshine now.We do not have anything you can row yet. We planted the first corn on April 26 and 27 and those cold nights have been holding it down. I would say with as many cold nights as we had, there could be some uniformity issues. They are calling for low 70s here and a half-inch to an inch of rain in the next few days. That should be good for the stuff that is in the ground.I would say if we got two or three good drying days we could get back in. Close to Paulding we are a little ahead of the game but over by the Indiana line we are about on par with most of the neighbors.The wheat looks beautiful. It seems to have taken the nitrogen really well. It is nice and green and growing strong. I am optimistic about the wheat.For the rest of this weeks reports, click here.last_img read more

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ITF Calls for Safe Release of Kidnapped BBC Caribbean Crew

first_imgzoom A number of seafarer unions are calling for a fast but reasoned response to the kidnapping of eight crew members from the 2008-built general cargo ship BBC Caribbean in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its member unions ver.di, the Seafarers’ Union of Russia (SUR) and Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine (MTWTU) have urged relevant authorities to secure the release of seven Russian and a Ukrainian seafarer, taken by pirates and believed to be held hostage in Nigeria.“This is an urgent and dangerous affair for these seafarers, and a deeply worrying time for their families. It requires a speedy response. We understand that the Russian Embassy is involved and if there is anything we can do to assist their diplomatic efforts to release the crew we will be pleased to do so,” David Heindel, ITF seafarers’ section chair, said.“The ship is owned by Briese Schiffahrts and managed by one of their subsidiaries in St Petersburg, and we call on the company to engage with all parties to ensure the safety and release of the crew members. Again, we are available to assist,” Heindel added.The seafarers were abducted on February 5, at about 10:00 am local time, from the 2008-built general cargo ship while it was some 120 nautical miles west-southwest of Bonny Island, Briese Schiffahrts earlier said.At the time of the incident, the 6,229 dwt ship was on its way without cargo from Duala, Cameroon to Tema, Ghana.last_img read more

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Better Rates Reduce Star Bulks Loss

first_imgzoom Improved charter rates helped the Greek dry bulk shipping company Star Bulk Carriers reduce its net loss by more than two thirds in the first quarter of 2017 as compared to the same period a year earlier.The company reported a net loss of USD 15.95 million, a 67.3% reduction as compared to a USD 48.79 net loss recorded in the first quarter of 2016.Voyage revenues in the quarter ended March 31, 2017 rose to USD 64.87 million as compared to USD 46.26 million in voyage revenues reported for the same period last year.The company’s average daily Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) rate increased from USD 4,331 in Q1 2016 to USD 8,176 in Q1 2017. The increase was partially offset by a lower average number of vessels in the company’s fleet during the first quarter of 2017 of 67.3 compared to 71.7 during the first quarter of 2016.”For the first quarter of 2017, our average TCE per vessel was $8,176/day, while our average utilization was 99.2%. We have also fixed approximately 81% of our available days in the 2nd quarter of 2017 at an average TCE of $10,150/day,” Star Bulk said.”Given our Q1 2017 average OPEX and net cash G&A expenses per vessel, adjusted for pre‐delivery expenses and one‐time restructuring costs of $3,949/day and $1,133/day respectively, we have an EBITDA of $18.1 million, compared to an EBITDA figure of  ‐$7.3 million in Q1 2016. ”On May 23, 2017, Star Bulk executed a binding term‐ sheet with ABN AMRO N.V., in order to partially finance the recently acquired Kamsarmax vessels Star Charis and Star Suzanna, up to an amount of USD 16 million in aggregate.The 2013-built Star Charis and Star Suzanna were delivered to Star Bulk on March 23 and May 15, respectively.last_img read more

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