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first_imgTrainingOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Thisweek’s training newsAA’snew online driveTheAA is to provide e-learning to up to 5,000 employees. The AA’s insurance groupis offering 3,000 courses that staff can access at its five main offices acrossthe UK or through PCs at home. The courses are geared toward developing skillsfor working in call centres, with customer care, communication and IT skills onoffer.  www.theaa.comTreasurystudies skillsTheTreasury has announced a review of the skills base of scientists and engineersin the UK looking at why businesses struggle to recruit staff in these areas.It will also study the research and development skills needs of businesses, andthe skills gained by science and engineering graduates. A major focus will beto investigate how employers and universities collaborate to provide training.  www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/docs/2001/scientists_2006.htmlEmployerNTO voiceNTOnational council, the UK’s national training body has welcomed the Government’sproposal for a vocational and academic award, but warns that its successdepends on strong employer involvement. Garry Hawkes, chairman of the NTOnational council argues that employers must contribute to the design of the awardto ensure it has credibility.  www.nto-org.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Advanced Leadership Initiative takes deep look at climate change

first_img Read Full Story With speakers ranging from an environmental activist to a former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, the Advanced Leadership Initiative’s (ALI) Climate Change Deep Dive presented a multi-faceted look at the causes, consequences, and potential solutions for climate change.ALI Faculty Co-Chair Forest Reinhardt of Harvard Business School (HBS) led the 2018 Deep Dive, a two-day conference bringing together speakers from around Harvard University to share their collective knowledge with ALI Fellows.ALI’s Deep Dive Sessions highlight one major global or community challenge where its Fellows might fill a gap. Deep Dives include readings, outside experts, often faculty from relevant Harvard programs, and a focus on problem-solving and practical applications of research.ALI Fellows also contribute ideas based on their experience and knowledge to find immediate solutions for these challenges.About ALILaunched in 2009, ALI is a third stage in higher education designed to prepare experienced leaders to take on new challenges in the social sector.This year, ALI welcomed its 10th cohort of Fellows, bringing extensive experience in law, medicine, technology, finance, manufacturing, government, social enterprise, and other sectors to the program.The group includes 12 international Fellows, a former member of Congress, a former head of state, as well as former CEOs and C-suite executives from distinguished private sector and nonprofit organizations.The Climate Change Deep DiveThe first day of the 2018 Climate Change Deep Dive focused on scientific aspects of climate change and several options for mitigation. Speakers on the first day in­cluded Professor Peter Huybers of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Professor Robert Stavins of the Harvard Kennedy School, Joseph Goffman of the Harvard Law School, and Professors Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Joseph Lassiter, and Forest Reinhard of HBS.The second day of the Deep Dive presented options for climate change adaptation and mitigation and helped ALI Fellows synthesize the content of the previous sessions. Speakers on the second day of the Deep Dive were Secretary Ray Mabus of the US Navy, Professor John Macomber (HBS), Professor James Engell of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Amy Edmondson (HBS), and writer Terry Tempest Wil­liams of Harvard Divinity School.Overall, the Climate Change Deep Dive allowed Fellows to take an ana­lytical and ethical look at some of the world’s most pressing environmen­tal issues.Cross-Sector SolutionsAt the close of the Deep Dive, the Fellows had a chance to consolidate their thinking and developed some key takeaways. Among their potential solutions, Fellows suggested firms should reduce emissions, alter operations, and have transpar­ency toward sustainability goals.They also highlighted the role of government, which should develop clear standards, simplify and priori­tize regulation, and institute carbon pricing.Finally, they noted the role of the media and the press to raise awareness about the problems of climate change and communicate the stories of affected individuals.To learn more about the Deep Dive, read ALI’s complete 2018 Climate Change Deep Dive Report.last_img read more

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Jug Rocks

first_imgWhat is a Jug Rock?  It is a sandstone formation outside of Shoals, Indiana, that actually looks like a jug.  It is located on Highway 231, and it became the mascot name for the Shoals High School basketball team.Normally, Shoals makes little noise on the Indiana basketball scene.  This year, however, the Jug Rocks are having one of their better seasons.  At the time of this writing, they were 14-8.  In their previous 3 seasons, under their present coach, they had only won 21 games.On a personal note, Batesville resident, Barb Dunker, is quite familiar with this school system.  Her husband Willis (better known as Dunk) was their head basketball coach at one time.Except for their unusual rock formation, the town is better known for their gypsum productions.last_img read more

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