first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. NewsOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Companiesspend more on trainingOrganisationsare spending more on training. Accordingto the September edition of the Industrial Society’s Training Trends,organisations are spending an average of 1.22 per cent of their annual turnoveron training, as opposed to 1.11 per cent in 1999.Thehighest investment in training is from the public and voluntary sectors, butthe highest increase in spending comes from the manufacturing sector, whichspends 1.39 per cent of turnover, as opposed to 0.91 per cent in 1999. Lowerspending is seen in the financial sector which reported a spend of 1.06 percent of turnover this year, a figure which is down from 1.10 per cent in 1999.However,the poorest spender is the service sector, which reports a figure of 0.87 percent of turnover. Languagegap outs UK behindThecontroversial Nuffield Language Inquiry is about to raise its head again. Publishedin May this year after a two-year period spent gathering evidence, the inquiryestimated that British firms are missing out on millions of pounds of businessbecause of negligible language ability, resulting in faxes, telephone calls,e-mails and letters “failing to receive response”.Itpointed out that the workforce suffers from “a chronic shortage of people withusable language skills”, yet said that evidence from employers suggest that suchskills “are not highly rated”.Theinquiry will be tackled at the forthcoming London Language and Cultural Showwhen representatives from the Languages National Training Organisation willexplain the opportunities presented by the new training frameworks and updatedelegates on progress towards a quality standard for business languagetrainers. The show is held on 3-4 November in Hammersmith, London.Apublic campaign to celebrate and promote language learning kicks off in 2001,which has been designated European Year of Languages.Weblink  www.language-show.comAwardsfor year of learningEvidenceof improved business performance will be one of the criteria in deciding theLearning Resource Centre Manager of the Year at the new World Open LearningAwards, which are part of Wolce 2000 next month.Thejudges will also be taking into consideration “cost-effectiveness, and gains inemployees’ skills and motivation over the past 12 months”.Short-listedfor the title are Wendy Cliffe from Scottish Equitable, Helen de Broize of theAA and Hazel Elderkin from Elida Faberge.Otherawards acknowledge new learners, bespoke and generic products and outstandingcontributions to open learning.Theawards will be made on 4 October at a gala dinner in the National MotorcycleMuseum, Birmingham, and the main speaker is polar explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.Weblink  www.distancelearning.co.uk Related posts:No related photos.last_img