Archives for August 4th, 2005

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Book News, PublicNet: 4 August, 2005

By John Stredwick and Steve EllisThe book highlights the issues surrounding work-life balance and offers practical guidance on how employers can make flexible working work for both the organization and the staff. It warns that if organization and employee needs are not carefully aligned, or one group of employees feel that they are getting a worse deal than another, then there is a danger that the benefits will be outweighed by the costs.

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SCOTLAND PROMOTES COMPUTER SKILLS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 August, 2005

Every adult in Scotland will be offered up to 100 pounds to improve their computer skills. This offer from the Scottish Executive applies to everyone in Scotland over 18, regardless of income. The scheme results from a demand from employers for formal accreditation of ICT skills. Research by the Executive revealed that even where people might consider themselves to have basic ICT skills, relatively few have any formal qualifications as proof of their expertise.The ‘across the board’ offer is a supplement to the Individual Learning Account programme already in place. This offers low income learners up to 200 pounds a year to pay for courses to help them get back into work. How the learner uses these funds is up to them; they might want to use it for one single course or for several smaller courses throughout the year. A learner year runs for 12 months from when an individuals learning account is set up. Since the ILA Scotland scheme was launched last December, over 9,000 learners have signed up to the programme.

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SIGNPOSTS FOR THE ROAD TO GENDER EQUALITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 August, 2005

Women leaders in local government are crucially important in moving councils towards gender equality. This is a key finding from a study by Bristol Business School, commissioned by The Employers’ Organisation for local government and sponsored by the Improvement and Development Agency, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers and the Society of Chief Personnel Officers.The study, which provides an insight into how councils can ensure that equality is taken seriously and that women have an equal chance of reaching the top, revealed that where there is a woman leader and/or chief executive, women managers and front line staff take heart from seeing women succeed. As more women are represented in leadership positions throughout the organisation the momentum for change builds up. Currently 12% of Chief Executives and 24% of Chief Officers are women. The number of women councillors stands at 29%.

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