Archives for May 23rd, 2002

FE TAKES CENTRE STAGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 May, 2002

After bringing sweeping changes through the schools system, the
Department for Education and Skills is looking to bring the same demands
of performance improvement to further education (FE).

A new Director of Teaching and Learning is to be appointed to head a new
standards unit for FE. The director will work closely with Ministers and
the Learning and Skills Council to transform standards in post-16
learning by identifying and developing successful and innovative methods
of teaching and learning. The director will be supported by a team of
30, including staff seconded from the post-16 sector itself.

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FOUNDATIONS OF NEW NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 May, 2002

There’s been a mixed welcome to the announcement of the next stage in
the plan for self-managed – or foundation – hospitals (See PublicNet
Briefing January 16, 2002). Some in the health service see them as a
vital first step in decentralising; while others worry they will create
division and demoralisation.

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EMPLOYMENT SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 23 May, 2002

The latest employment survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
Development shows that 89 per cent of organizations in the public sector
are experiencing recruitment problems. Last year’s survey showed that 60
per cent of all public sector organisations experienced this problem in
2000. More than half of public sector organisations reported instances of
zero response to unfilled vacancies. Retention is growing in importance in
the public and private sectors due to recruitment difficulties, high labour
turnover and the need to motivate staff affected by reorganization. 50 per
cent of the respondents had retention problems; particularly with younger
employees being less loyal and more difficult to keep hold of.

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