Archives for February 4th, 2002

ADVANCING WOMEN’S CAREERS

Book News, PublicNet: 4 February, 2002

Edited by Ronald Burke and Debra NelsonThe perspectives brought together here provide a practical look at the impact and role of women in organizations. The volume explores the various initiatives that leading-edge organizations have implemented to support the career advancement of managerial and professional women, and analyses which measures worked, and which did not. The current directions in organisations that underpin changes in policies adopted for women managers are highlighted and linked to this discussion. The contributions to the book come from leading scholars and researchers as well as human resource professionals responsible for implementing specific organizational efforts.

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TASK FORCE FOR POST 16 E-LEARNING

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 February, 2002

A task force with members from the public and privates sectors and academia has been set up to devise a strategy to look at how e-learning can enhance and improve learning opportunities for young people in colleges and lifelong learning. They will bring togetherrepresentatives from industry and education to discuss ideas in an informal setting and consult with other educational advisory bodies. The benefits of e-learning are being recognized in schools and a strategy is needed to create opportunities to benefit young people in colleges and lifelong learning.The focus will be on post-compulsory education, and higher education will be excluded. Through the use of multi-media it is hoped that ways can be found to widen participation, support students and staff, and raise educational standards.

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REFORM WRECKERS MUST BE DEFEATED

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 February, 2002

Prime Minister Tony Blair called for the defeat in argument of those who resist reform of public services. Without naming trades unions he described the ‘wreckers’ as small c conservatives who believe the old ways will do. He said the Government is on the side of the pupil, the patient, the passenger, the victim of crime, and that means that things cannot be left as they are. The principles of reform include: “more choice for the consumer, being prepared to use alternative providers, including where it makes sense and gives value for money and with guarantees that staff are properly treated; using the voluntary and the private sector.”He argued that if the Government is to win the argument for collective provision and defeat the wreckers and secure the future of our public services, it must be prepared to use all available means to make the improvements that patients and pupils and passengers demand.

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