Call for radical cut in number of vocational awards

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The national qualifications framework is set for a major shake-up if theviews of David Sherlock, chief inspector of the Adult Learning Inspectorate(ALI), are heeded. Sherlock is calling for a reduction in the number of vocational andoccupational qualifications from the current 2,000 to around 100 and a cut inthe number of awarding bodies. Such a rationalisation, he says, should make thevocational education and training world more intelligible to learners andemployers, cut costs, and ensure that fewer people drop out because they havechosen the wrong programme. Sherlock denies that axing qualifications would reduce learner choice andlimit flexibility. “Instead of having a basic structure which is absolutely rigid andbuilding flexibility within it, we’ve ended up with literally thousands ofqualifications and a plethora of awarding bodies,” he said. “We’vestarted in the wrong place by inventing specialist qualifications rather thanhaving equality of opportunity, flexibility and transferability as the keydesign principles. If you start on that basis you can easily decide you want alimited number of building blocks with approved combinations, but with awide-ranging choice of units so you can tailor an award.” Having more of arecognised common core would enable people to transfer between programmeswithout huge loss if they were to move, change jobs or find themselves in thewrong slot, he said. And all vocational and occupational awards would offerladders to higher education. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) would be the key playerand it has been asked to bring forward to March 2004 its development of acredit accumulation and transfer system in line with the Government’s SkillsStrategy. Awarding bodies would also need to co-operate. “We can’t be held back from producing an award system by the pattern ofawarding bodies that we have at the moment,” said Sherlock. Steve Gale, operations manager at Avon Vale Training, a centre of vocationalexcellence for engineering training, agrees that cutting the profusion ofqualifications could be helpful, but has concerns about limiting choice. “I would be concerned that if we made qualifications too generic theywould have less value in industry,” he said. “We could have just oneNVQ in engineering as long as there were pathways into maintenance, productionand other areas. But we must not lose breadth and scope for specialisationwithin a core qualification: there has to be enough choice to cater for jobroles in our industry. Provided that the employer and candidate can see what’scovered and as long as we’re not devaluing or watering down the technicalcontent, it wouldn’t matter too much.” Phil Round, manager education and training at Jaguar Cars, believes Sherlockis right about the complexity of the existing situation. But he wants to gofurther in developing progression routes and ensuring people get credit fortheir achievements. “The Government quotes the percentage of people whoare qualified to level 2 and that’s not very high. If there were a push toaccredit all company training programmes I think you’d find a completelydifferent picture emerging. A lot of companies do training that gets no creditat all and we’ve never put onto the agenda how much that actually is. If wecould get FE colleges, the large training organisations and awarding bodiesplaying a role in that, wouldn’t it be great if on every course we had peoplegoing towards some sort of qualification.” Companies are aware of the training required to build the competences neededto become best in class, Round claimed. He would like to see a nationaltemplate that locked into qualifications to give everyone recognition andcorrect figures on skills levels. “When I look back over the last coupleof years my big wish is that all the training we’ve done here in Jaguar couldhave been accredited to give people recognition. What we’re trying to do is getthe complete pathway so that people can move from level 1 to level 5,” hesaid. By Elaine Essery Related posts:No related photos. Call for radical cut in number of vocational awardsOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/22

first_imgNon-Region Hurricane dominated Kanab 77-0 in a non-region dual on Tuesday. The feature match was at 138 pounds, where Joshua Armstrong of Hurricane beat Cody Stubbs of Kanab 4-3. Region 18 ENTERPRISE, Utah-Rylee Miller amassed 16 points, including five 3-pointers as the Millard Eagles edged Enterprise 45-44 Tuesday in Region 18 girls basketball action. Ronnie Robinson’s game-high 17 points led the Wolves in defeat. MANTI, Utah-Alexa Lord led the way with 16 points as the Richfield Wildcats routed Manti 58-27 Tuesday in Region 15 girls basketball action. Megan Olson had 7 points for the Templars in the loss. Tags: Abbie Saccomanno/Alexa Lord/Bayli Heap/Duda Raimundo/Kacelyn Toomer/Linzy Flinders/Macady Goble/Preslee Barnson/Rylee Miller/Sidney McDonald Region 15 MONROE, Utah-Kacelyn Toomer netted 22 points and the Emery Spartans waxed South Sevier 62-49 in Region 15 girls basketball action Tuesday. Mattie Blackburn had 14 points in defeat for the Rams. Non-Region FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGirls Basketball Written by Region 21 MILFORD, Utah-Preslee Barnson stepped up with 17 points and 6 steals as the Milford Tigers pulverized West Ridge 77-10 Tuesday in Region 21 girls basketball action.center_img GUNNISON, Utah-Sidney McDonald posted 21 points as Kanab pounded Gunnison 66-28 in Region 18 girls basketball action Tuesday. Jaida King led the Bulldogs in the loss with 8 points. Brad James Wrestling SALINA, Utah-Macady Goble netted 15 points and the North Sevier Wolves edged Parowan 43-41 in Region 18 girls basketball action Tuesday. Danika Jones had 16 points for the Rams in the loss. NEPHI, Utah-Abbie Saccomanno posted 13 points and the Carbon Dinos routed Juab 47-31 Tuesday in Region 14 girls basketball action. Bayli Heap’s 11 points and 6 rebounds led the Wasps in the loss. Region 15 MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Duda Raimundo and Nataly Dunka had 10 points apiece and the Wasatch Academy Tigers outlasted North Sanpete 35-31 in this non-region crosstown game. Linzy Flinders’ 10 points led the Hawks in defeat. January 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/22 Emery beat Manti 54-21 in a Region 15 dual Tuesday. Three Manti wrestlers recorded pins in the loss: Jabin Taylor at 132 pounds, Seni Lino Latu at 195 pounds, and Jason Henningson at 285 pounds. South Sevier topped Carbon 54-26 in a non-region dual Tuesday. Several Rams recorded pins in the win: Taylor Hunt at 170 pounds, Wyatt Morrison at 182 pounds, Kemmer Jones at 220 pounds, Haden Sorensen at 113 pounds, Carson Moore at 132 pounds, Triston Fillmore at 138 pounds and Cannon Fuellenbach at 152 pounds. Region 14last_img read more

O’Briens to establish 15 more units

first_imgSandwich bar and coffee chain O’Briens plans to open a further 15 franchise units by the end of this year, with a focus on north- east England and the Midlands.Franchise director Paul Stanton said that major cities such as Newcastle still had “massive potential” for further expansion. The move will bring O’Brien’s total number of outlets in the UK to 155.The chain operates various styles of franchise, including high street and shopping centre outlets, express-style bars and kiosks within businesses. Stanton said customers were becoming more interested in healthier choices such as low-fat and organic products.O’Briens has also noticed customers are more choosy about ingredients and relishes.last_img

Baked Churches

first_imgBakers across the UK have been busy baking their local churches- or rather busy baking cakes in the shape of their local churches!%%ImageNewsTicker_23952%%The cakes were all entries for The Great Church Bake Off organised by The Churches Conservation Trust and judged by Loyd Grossman, Lady Lucy French and Waitrose pastry consultant Will Torrent.The cakes were designed to replicate historic churches from around England.The winning cake was an intricate sponge cake replica of the Saxon St Mary the Virgin church in Westmill, Cambridgeshire made by Wendy Leaney, made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial.The competition took place throughout the month of June in celebration of over 30 themed midsummer tea parties hosted by The Churches Conservation Trusts (CCT) Friends and Volunteers, in some of England’s most beautiful historic churches. The parties are the CCT’s biggest annual fundraiser, designed to raise awareness of and funds for its ongoing work in protecting over 340 historic churches at risk in England.The judges assessed each cake on its structure, design and overall appearance. CCT Chairman Loyd Grossman said: ‘Wendy’s cake was such a brilliant entry and the attention to detail was remarkable. All of the cakes were great and we were all surprised at the huge variety in cake structures we saw. The stories we received about what these buildings mean to people and communities from around the UK were really special and reminded us just why the CCT’s work in keeping churches open and accessible is so important.’The runner up was Margita Dubnicka with an impressive replica of a church in Spreyton, Devon. Margita used skills she gained through her childhood in the Czech Republic to form the cake out of traditional gingerbread. The baker was also trained as a sculptor in her youth, which can be seen in her intricately designed and skilfully assembled creation.last_img read more

SBA disaster loans available in Vermont following Ag secretary’s declaration

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announces today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Addison, Bennington, Chittenden and Rutland counties in Vermont as a result of excessive rain, flooding and cooler than normal temperatures that occurred from March 1 through June 1, 2011.”These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in New York. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.”When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to assist eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Skaggs.Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquacultural enterprises, agricultural producers, farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply to SBA.Loan amounts can be up to $2 million, with interest rates of 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses.  Terms can be up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  The agency sets loan amounts and terms based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.Disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET or by sending an email [email protected](link sends e-mail).  Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website atwww.sba.gov(link is external).  Completed applications should be mailed to: US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).SOURCE US Small Business Administration ATLANTA, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

CFPB responds to NAFCU call on privacy notices

first_imgCFPB responded to NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger’s call to swiftly implement statutory changes to privacy notice requirements for credit unions, saying the bureau agrees and that the new law will be effective immediately to avoid confusion with superseded requirements.“We appreciate CFPB’s speed on this matter and its willingness to clarify an area of regulatory confusion for credit unions,” said Berger. “Now that CFPB has heeded NAFCU’s call to recognize the recent amendments as controlling law on privacy notices, credit unions will have a measure of regulatory relief and be able to avoid the unnecessary costs and labor of annual privacy notices. This is a big win for our members.”In his letter earlier this month, Berger wrote that the bureau should “act swiftly to implement these statutory changes and clarify the controlling law through a formal announcement or the promulgation of an interim final rule.”Responding to NAFCU, a CFPB spokesperson said, “The CFPB recognizes that the recent statutory change on annual privacy notice requirements became effective upon the transportation bill’s enactment. The Bureau has begun working with our fellow regulators to coordinate on a process to discuss further each agency’s plans for rulemaking in this area given the statutory changes. In the meantime, the Bureau is conveying to its supervision and enforcement staff that the law is effective immediately so that no financial institution is expected to comply with superseded regulatory requirements.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

7 skills tomorrow’s top leaders are developing today

first_imgThis week, I’ll be at a conference giving a talk on Culture and Storytelling, following which I’ll be part of a panel discussion about the Future of Work, and specifically about developing current, millennial talent into future leaders. It’s interesting to note the skills toward which organizations seem to be migrating as it relates to what they’re looking for in their future leaders. Want to get ahead of the curve? Here are the skills tomorrow’s top leaders are developing today.Being Others-OrientedIt’s funny, because in a prominent report released by the World Economic Forum, they called something similar to this idea “service orientation.” Of course, readers of this blog know that I’m a big advocate of servant leadership, so it’s interesting to see others tip-toe towards something like it.Persuasion, Logic, & NegotiationOr perhaps we could title this section “How to Effectively Persuade and Negotiate without Being a Manipulative, Coercive Jerk.”The old methods of “persuasion” are increasingly frowned upon by an increasingly aware workforce. In the past, if a boss, exec, or CEO wore a nice suit, brandished a smile, said all the right things to the right people (to their faces, anyway), and was dishonest, manipulative, and even Machiavellian in ways that he wouldn’t get caught for, all was well as long as the numbers looked good. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eurowings connects Rijeka with Cologne throughout the year

first_imgBased on the better results and the constant increase in the number of passengers at Rijeka Airport, the management of Eurowings has decided to introduce a regular winter line that will connect Rijeka with Cologne throughout the year.After the introduction of year-round regular domestic routes (Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek) from the winter of 2016/2017, the coming winter brings a new year-round international line, which is sensational news for Rijeka Airport and its entire environment as in recent history Rijeka Airport it has never provided customers with the possibility of international lines throughout the year, but mostly only during the summer months.The introduction of winter lines represents a significant positive step forward for the entire county, its economy, residents, and especially all entities related to tourism, and in addition to all this, all passengers create the habit of easier and faster transfer throughout the year. Air connections are extremely important throughout the year for the development of tourism, as well as health tourism for which Rijeka and its surroundings have great potential and all the prerequisites.The official sale of tickets for these flights starts on July 8.7.2017, 10.11.2017, and they can be purchased on the Eurowings website. The first flight from Cologne to Rijeka starts on November 12, 35. at 14:40, with return from Rijeka to Cologne the same day at 10.11.2017:21.3.2018. During the entire winter period (November 10.11.2017, 1.12.2017 – March 12.1.2018, 16.2.2018), this line will take place twice a week, on Sundays and Fridays (November 6.12.2017, 3.1.2018 – December 21.2.2018, 21.3.2018 and January XNUMX, XNUMX – February XNUMX, XNUMX) and on Wednesdays. (XNUMX.-XNUMX. And XNUMX.-XNUMX.)last_img read more

To preserve entitlements, don’t cut taxes for middle class

first_imgThe political logic is not hard to understand.The middle class continues to struggle, and, with midterm elections just around the corner, both parties need the support of middle-class voters.But missing from the tax debate is an appreciation that lawmakers have already crafted a tax-friendly regime for middle-income taxpayers.The result is a more progressive tax system that raises less revenue.Unless Congress is willing to dramatically cut major entitlement programs and eschew new social programs to address poverty and declining economic mobility, we need more tax revenue from the middle class, not less.Middle-class tax burdens are at historic lows. The Congressional Budget Office reported in 2016 that the average federal income tax rate for the middle class — here meaning the middle 60 percent of the income distribution — declined from 7.8 percent in 1979 to 3.4 percent in 2013.Focusing on all federal taxes (not just income taxes), the average tax rate dropped from 19.2 to 13.8 percent over the same period. This approach appeals to both parties, since Republicans favor small government while Democrats favor tax progressivity. But it also undercuts the government’s ability to pay for its core responsibilities.The middle class faces significant economic challenges and increased vulnerability, such as income stagnation, declining wealth and decreased job security.It is also grappling with dramatic increases in housing costs, medical care and education.The Big Six tax-reform framework responds to these challenges by reducing the already low federal tax burden on the middle class even further.The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimates that the framework would result in an average tax cut of $660 per household for members of the middle 20 percent (as well as an $8,500 cut for households in the top 20 percent and $130,000 cut for the top 1 percent).While this modest increase in middle-class disposable income might be helpful, it would do little to fund government programs that alleviate economic insecurity.What the middle class needs is not meager tax cuts but a muscular commitment to robust public institutions designed to benefit middle-income individuals. With these lower tax rates, the share of taxes paid by the middle class has also declined.The middle class paid 35 percent of income taxes in 1979 but only 16 percent in 2013, while its share of all federal taxes fell from 43 to 30 percent.Tax burdens on the American middle class are low not only by historical standards, but also in comparison with other developed countries.Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reveal that American families with children face substantially lower average income-tax rates (in some cases, less than half) than similar families in other developed countries.And this is before factoring in consumption taxes, which represent a large share of middle-class tax burdens in most countries, but not in the United States.How did we get here?To be sure, some of the decline in middle-class tax burdens results from itsdeclining fortunes. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAmid the partisan rancor surrounding the framework for tax reform developed by GOP congressional leaders, there is one area of remarkable consensus: lower taxes for the middle class.center_img The middle 60 percent of households accounted for 49 percent of all pre-tax income in 1979 but only 43.4 percent in 2013. Meanwhile, the share of pre-tax income going to the top 1 percent increased from 8.9 to 15 percent.Even without changes in the tax code, such skewed income growth would have reduced the middle-class share of taxes paid.But the current tax structure is also the product of a host of pro-middle-class policies.This is not a well-thought-out, comprehensive strategy, but rather a series of uncoordinated changes in our tax laws.Some of the changes, such as expansions in the earned-income tax credit, were designed to help poor families but also benefitted many middle-class households.Others, such as the child tax credit, were expressly crafted to benefit the middle class.Still other cuts, such as the 2001 rate reductions, provided political grease for the “tax cuts for everyone” strategy that dominates U.S. politics. The higher taxes could come from our current income tax (from tax increases on the middle class and the wealthy) or a broad-based consumption tax (such as a VAT or carbon tax).How a country raises revenue strongly influences how the money is spent.Countries with more comprehensive social programs impose higher taxes on the middle class. Paradoxically, then, we may need less progressive taxes to fund more progressive spending programs.So enough of the middle-class tax cuts.It is time for a new fiscal strategy.Kirk J. Stark is the Barrall Family Professor of Tax Law and Policy at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Eric M. Zolt, the Michael H. Schill Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, served in the Office of Tax Policy at the Treasury Department from 1989 to 1992.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Create Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Public Safety Continuing his push for meaningful law enforcement reforms, today Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order creating the Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission. This further advances his actions to address law enforcement reform and accountability that he announced in June and the first two police reform bills he signed into law on Tuesday.“My administration is committed to bipartisan criminal justice reforms that are fair and inclusive and support public safety,” Gov. Wolf said. “My executive order moves us one more step forward to address the systemic failings that have created inequities and public mistrust of law enforcement. It is my hope that the commission improves law enforcement relationships with communities and strengthens the accountability of law enforcement personnel.”The creation of the commission came about from concerns raised by residents and in conversations Gov. Wolf held with members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus and leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody.The executive order advises that citizen engagement and participation is essential to help the state in fulfilling its commitment to identifying necessary system-level reforms to promote transparency, fairness and accountability involving the commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies.The new commission’s ultimate goal is to improve policing practices within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction by examining events and conducting reviews of policies, practices, and procedures. The commission, established in the Office of State Inspector General, will be comprised of 15 members appointed by the governor, including one representative from each of the Pennsylvania State Police current Troop geographic areas, and specifically from areas of the Pennsylvania State Police’s primary jurisdiction, and six additional citizen members chosen at large.The commission will be chaired by the Deputy Inspector General for Law Enforcement Oversight, a new position and office in the Office of State Inspector General that the commonwealth is conducting a nationwide search to fill. Interested applicants can find the job posting here.The deputy inspector general will oversee staff on investigations of alleged fraud, waste, misconduct, and abuse within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction and serve as chair of the new commission.The commission is authorized to perform reviews of the covered agencies’ internal investigative findings related to allegations and incidents surrounding the use of force and bias-based policing, including those involving police-involved shootings resulting in injury or death of civilians, and to prepare a report if warranted.“It is my hope that with input from this commission, the commonwealth’s law enforcement agencies can serve as a model of excellence for law enforcement throughout Pennsylvania and the country,” Gov. Wolf said.Read the executive order here.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order to Create Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commissioncenter_img July 17, 2020last_img read more