How can employers plug the skills gap?On 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Recruitmentand retention are the buzzwords as the war for talent continues. So what aremanagers and trainers doing about it, asks Karen HigginbottomYetagain research has highlighted the acute challenges facing UK employers when itcomes to recruiting skilled staff. Thistime, more than 2,500 organisations took part in two major surveys publishedlast week which reveal the depth of the continuing crisis.Thelatest Lloyds TSB Commercial Business in Britain survey of more than 2,000organisations found that over 50 per cent of UK’s employers are experiencingdifficulties in finding skilled workers (News, 23 January 2001). TheReed Skills Index (RSI) survey of 550 organisations commissioned by the Reedrecruitment agency claimed a higher figure, with 68 per cent of employersstruggling to find suitably qualified staff. Theskills crisis is not new, but the question is, what are HR managers and UKtraining bodies doing to fight back?Thefigures are savage. Both surveys show that the Thames Valley is the worst hitregion for skills shortages in the UK. Theproblem is getting so acute that many desperate IT companies are sharing marketintelligence with competitors as a way of tackling recruitment problems.KarenPrice, chief executive of e-skills NTO, confirmed that this is common practiceamong IT companies in the Thames Valley. “There is a desire to shareinformation. This is one of the ways that employers try to address the skillsissue,” she said.TheRSI survey also shows that 20 per cent of employers found technical andengineering posts particularly difficult to fill.MikeTaylor, group divisional director of HR and development for building servicesengineering company Lorne Stewart, says, “We’re suffering from atremendous skills shortage. During the recession most employers stoppedtraining, which led to a huge shortage in skilled workers.”Hiscompany targets school-leavers by offering apprenticeships for mechanical andelectrical engineers but he admits recruitment is an uphill struggle.LorneStewart relies on the training initiatives of the Electrical tradingAssociation to plug the skills gap by advertising apprenticeships in colleges.Anotherissue that goes hand-in-hand with skills shortage is the retention of skilledstaff.Tayloradmits good apprentices may be poached by competitors. “We have particularshortages in the service and maintenance side of the business,” he said.”We offer employees salaried jobs rather than hourly contracts in thisarea. In addition, they are entitled to sick pay and benefits. This provides anadded incentive to recruit and retain staff.”Theconstruction industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors, with 61 per centof companies reporting a skills shortfall, according to the Lloyds TSB study.DonWard, chief executive of the Construction Industry Board, said, “Therecruitment situation in construction has been difficult for the past 15months. A major plank of our policy is to plug this skills shortage and makethe industry more attractive to young people. Over the past 10 years, we’ve put£10m into our recruitment and training campaigns.”TheConstruction in Training Body (CITB) has predicted that 370,000 newconstruction industry recruits will be required over the next five years. Butthere is more bad news in the financing/accounting sectors according to theRecruitment Confidence Index, produced in partnership with the Cranfield Schoolof Management and the Daily Telegraph, published last week. This shows thatmore than 40 per cent of organisations anticipate difficulties fillingmanagerial/professional vacancies in the next six months.CarmenBurton, HR executive manager for Reading-based firm of chartered accountantsNorton Practice, acknowledges that this is a problem. “For more qualifiedand experienced managers, we have considered the option of recruiting abroad,for example in Australia or South Africa. This method is alright if you need anumber of people, but isn’t cost-effective for one or two recruits.”Burtonadds that her firm used to rely on word of mouth. “We’ve broadened ourrecruitment by advertising in the Evening Standard. We have also put in place amore stringent recruitment method to ensure that we can get bums on seats.”Sheconcedes that this is only a short-term measure. “I think that businessesneed to be more forward-thinking, plan for the future, look at the staff theyhave and come up with a strategy for marrying the two together.”Figuresfrom the RSI survey show the situation in the Thames Valley is worsening. TheGovernment and training bodies need to behave responsibly and takeurgent action to tackle this crisis. www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/rci www.reed.co.ukTheUK’s recruitment black spotTheThames Valley is a black spot for recruiting skilled staff, according toresearch by Reed Skills Index. Theregion, dubbed the UK’s Silicon Valley, reports 82 per cent of employersexperiencing problems recruiting skilled staff. Thisis compounded by the high cluster of IT companies combined withunder-employment in the region, says e-skills NTO, the IT training organisation.CarmenBurton, HR executive manager for chartered accountants the Norton Practice,said, “The accountancy market is very competitive in the Thames Valley.Unemployment is low and we are all trying to attract the limited source of goodpeople out there.”Sowhat are HR managers on the ground doing to tackle the problem?DeirdreMurphy, employment policy manager for software company ICL, says it tailors itsbenefits packages to the individual needs of its employees. “They can varythe level of contribution to their pension scheme or buy more holiday. We alsooffer additional voluntary benefits such as retail vouchers or pet insurance.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
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BARBADOS and Cuba played to an amusing scoreless draw yesterday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility, on the second match-day of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifiers.It was not the result Cuba’s head coach Lazra Ruiz Alfonso wanted, especially after he watched the girls from the Land of the Flying Fish defeat Guyana 5-1 on Wednesday.Result meant that Cuba will now have to beat Guyana by five goals and, while for the ‘Lady Jags’ they will be playing for pride since technically the defeat against the Bajans, coupled with yesterday’s outcome, was enough to eliminate them from the competition.Meanwhile, the game between Cuba and Barbados was one where both teams came out looking hungry, but, the ‘Bajans’ stuck to their script – play deep in the defence and let Cuba attack.It was a plan that was evident from the opening whistle by referee Joanne Monestime, since Barbados didn’t attack much on the counter, but rather defended like their life was on the line. After all, the team would like to qualify for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup next year in Uruguay.Cuba came close on several occasions to scoring, but not as close as Elianne Valdes Sarmiento’s penalty midway through the second half.Sarmiento was tasked with giving Cuba a lead and possibly the win, but her effort came crashing off the crossbar; much to the dismay of the vociferous Cubans supporters in the stands.The game offered little after the missed penalty and when the referee signalled the end of the game, it was Barbados who celebrated as if they won, because of their superior goal difference in the group. …Cuba, Guyana in interesting final Group ‘D’ clash Sunday
Endurance, drive and dedication — those are the three words the women’s crew team uses to describe its sport. It takes physical endurance to propel the boat through the water, drive to be able to go on when every muscle in their bodies ache and dedication to push, day in and day out, through workouts and practices.All of it is so that the team can improve upon last season’s disappointing finish.”Obviously we did not qualify for the national championships last year, and it was a crew that was good enough to do it,” head coach Bebe Bryans said. “So it was disappointing for us, but it’s given us a good kick in the [right direction].”Bryan is not the only one who has high expectations for this team; the girls do as well.”I have really high goals for this team,” senior captain Shayla Dvorak said. “I think that just getting to that next level [is important]. We’ve been in the top boats or finishes as a team for centrals for all of the years that I have been on the team. So I think getting to that next level and winning centrals would be an awesome step for us.”We usually take second or third, so that’s one of the first goals, and then just making it to NCAAs and finishing better than we ever have is the next goal.”Much of last season’s team is returning, giving the Badgers a leg up compared to years past. “This is an exciting year for us because it’s the fourth year that have our staff together and have been working together,” Bryans said. “Were excited for the prospects this class has.” So far the season is going exactly as planned. Both the open weights and lightweights placed first overall at the Head of the Rock Regatta Oct. 7 in Rockford, Ill. With Novice Racing versus Minnesota and The Head of the Iowa two meets coming up –Novice Racing versus Minnesota Saturday in Madison and The Head of the Iowa Oct. 28 in Iowa City, Iowa — Bryans’ rowers will be given an opportunity to continue their early season success.The reason why this year has gotten off to such a good start — beyond the experience factor — is that each class has something to offer. According to Bryans, the senior leadership on the team is “awesome” and figures it will be key to whether this season is a success. “Our captains are both really strong athletes,” Bryans said. “Stephanie Koepp was in the varsity last year. She’s just a really cool, calm, extremely competitive person — a great influence in the boat. Shayla (Dvorak) has a lot of experience. She’s been to every national championship except for the one we didn’t qualify for last year.”The team also has a couple of really strong juniors. Two who jump out are Theresa Shields, who has been on varsity since she was a freshman, and Katie Helmrick.”[Katie] is our top rower on land right now, so we just have to get that to transfer to the water a little bit better,” Bryans said. But the real excitement, according to Bryans, lies in the sophomore class. Sarah Bootsma and Grace Latz have made the jump to varsity from the JV squad last year. “The sophomore class is just kicking, they’re awesome … athletic, fun, sort of limitless,” she said. “So they have really added a lot of fire and enthusiasm to the team.” On top of the talent is a committed group of individuals who practice six days a week, including double sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and a longer more strenuous practice on Saturday. Bryans described it as a “grueling endeavor” and junior Maggie Galloway couldn’t agree more. “[Rowing] is a sport people don’t know much about, but it would be nice if people understood the amount of work that goes into it every day,” Galloway said. Naturally, each hard-working class offers something different to the team, but together they will help to bring what Bryans and the rowers hope to be a season characterized by success. The staff and rowers alike are excited for what this season holds and hope they can show their talent Saturday and in meets to come.
Playboy magazine released their annual “Top Party School” list on Wednesday, ranking USC No. 4, a drop from the school’s No. 2 ranking on last year’s list.West Virginia University was ranked first, while University of Virginia, last year’s top school, failed to make the top 10 this year. University of Wisconsin and University of Colorado were ranked second and third respectively.According to Playboy editors, the schools were ranked based on data from the NCAA, the U.S. Economic Census, the National Center for Education Statistics and social media.Students had mixed reactions to the rankings.“I think it’s a good thing in the sense that USC caters to the students who like to party, but still go to a top academic university. It keeps the balance between how much tougher USC is becoming to get into, but it still draws kids that are interested in the party aspect and the social scene,” said Drew Eller, a junior majoring in business and cinematic arts. “’SC has a name and image to it that Playboy is probably playing into, being in L.A., and the idea of us being a party school. But I don’t think we’re necessarily top four or that it means anything, really.”Annie Passan, a sophomore majoring in international relations (global business), agreed with Eller that the rankings are not that significant.“It doesn’t really matter to me because I know the context of the statistics do not apply to the school as a whole. Not everyone at ’SC parties all the time.” Passan said.The credibility of this list in terms of its ranking criteria was also a concern for some students.“How legitimate is the Playboy rating? That’s an important question — who comes up with these ratings? And if it is legitimate, it speaks of that fact that we work hard and play hard.” said Kiersten Stanley, a sophomore majoring in writing for screen and television. “Plus, we have a really big Greek culture, and by parties do they mean ragers or house parties? There are no clear categories.”Like Eller, however, she thought that ’SC is a big name in the party school scene.“It’s definitely not hard to find parties here.” Stanley said. “We also have a very relaxed culture about partying — we aren’t super religious — and probably because it is so relaxed, you don’t hear of huge problems connected to the partying — other than the few hospital transports of people overdoing it.”Earlier this year, BroBible, a news website that describes itself as the “ultimate destination for Bros,” ranked USC No. 20 on its top party school list.Vidal Woods, a junior majoring in cinematic arts and international relations felt concerned about the academic implications this ranking would have for USC in the future.“If we continue to boast and promote this, there might be certain parents that would be hesitant to let their kids come here,” Woods said. “We’re trying to promote USC as a top academic institution, and if we want to attract the top kids, in terms of academics, their parents, who pay the tuition, are not going to want to send their kids to the No. 4 party school in the nation.”USC is also the only private school and the only Southern California school featured on the list.
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!LOS ANGELES – The phone call still bothers Andrew Bogut nearly 15 months later.Then, Bogut learned the Los Angeles Lakers would cut him four days before his contract would become guaranteed. Normally such an incident would be chalked up to the business of professional sports. To Bogut, …
Kangna RanautClick here to EnlargeThere were speculations galore about whether or not Kangna Ranaut will sport a two- piece for her upcoming film, Rascals. The actress, otherwise known for her uninhibited boldness, reportedly wasn’t in favour of wearing a bikini and gave director David Dhawan a tough time over this.The said scene in true sex bomb fantasy fashion required Kangna to come out of the sea in a bikini. The actress initially agreed to do it and had even started working out on her figure, but developed cold feet right before the scene was to be shot. Or so the story goes. Anyway, it all worked out in the end as Kangna finally did agree to shoot the sensuous scene.The first rushes of the movie show Kangna sporting a white bikini with a black bow, teamed with glares and dark brown high heels, looking uber sexy and flashing some enviable curves.
MEDIA ALERT: The Honorary Luke Hartsuyker (Member for Cowper), Mr Keith Rhodes (Coffs Harbour Mayor) and NRL stars Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers) and Joe Williams (South Sydney Rabbitohs), will be on hand to help the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Touch Association launch the AusTouch program. The launch will take place during the 18 Years Championships Opening Ceremony at 11:00am on Wednesday September 15. A $275,000 three year commitment from the Australian Government will facilitate the implementation of the AusTouch program. AusTouch is a nationwide after school hours program, aimed at promoting fun and fitness as well as providing children with a variety of touch skills. The program is aimed at children aged 8-18 years old and organisers are expecting that 10,000 children will undertake the AusTouch program in the first year of operation. “The AusTouch program not only provides for children of all abilities and age levels, but it is also simple for schools/children to become involved. AusTouch will provide a structured program for continual growth of the sport as well as providing a fun and easy after school activity,” says Mrs Maguire, National AusTouch Coordinator. Every child that participates in the AusTouch program not only receives up to eight weekly sessions with a qualified instructor but also receives a Touch ball, water bottle and certificate. Participants in the AusTouch program will also have the opportunity to participate in Junior Competitions following the participation program. Use the link below for the ASC’s media alert. ASC AUSTOUCH LAUNCH MEDIA ALERT By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe radarby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Marcos Rojo remains on Fenerbahçe’s radar.The Turkish club wants to secure the 29-year-old Argentinean to a loan deal in January.Rojo’s current contract with United expires in 2020 and there is no question of extending the agreement.Everton are expecting to try again midseason after an August deal fell through.The defender last season played eight matches for United in all competitions.