EU may miss out on e-commerce

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article EU may miss out on e-commerceOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Companies in the UK and across the EU risk missing the e-commerce boatbecause of the serious shortage of people with IT skills, Microsoft told askills conference in Brussels last week.E-commerce is predicted to boost the EU’s total revenue by 1.5 per cent inthe next two years, it said. But this will only happen if an extra 1.7 millionIT professionals are brought on stream, research by Microsoft and IDCfound. TheUK alone will need 330,000 more people.Microsoft is calling for a number of urgent measures to close the growinggap between supply and demand. It wants employers to do more to tap intoalternative labour pools such as mid-life career changers and the unemployed.More collaboration between employers and colleges is needed to ensuretraining is matched to market needs.Governments should provide tax breaks for IT training and fund morescholarships, chairman of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa BernardVergnes told the Technology and Training Summit on 7 March.Skills manager at Microsoft UK Claire Curtis told Personnel Today thatpreoccupation with the millennium bug meant IT staff were not trained inadvance in e-commerce skills. “Now the millennium period is over, thee-commerce boom has arrived. Employers want to get their businesses on the webbut cannot find the people to do it,” she said.She added that there are pockets of activity around Europe but a”concerted effort” by government, academia and industry is needed tostop the problem spiralling out of control.www.idc.comlast_img read more

Demise of the claim?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Employers have exaggerated the threats of the growth in employment tribunalapplications.  And in any case, they areset to fall, writes Stephen OverellWe live in bland times. Tony Benn’s diary of December 1978 recalls an erawhen employment had some zip about it. With oil tanker drivers at Esso,Texaco,BP, Mobil and Shell holding the country to ransom, the Cabinet was preparing tocall a state of emergency and deploy the Army. “The instructors would begin training drivers on Boxing Day; on 29December we would go to Sandringham for the Privy Council to declare a state ofemergency; the next two days we would requisition 4,000 tankers; on 3 Januarythe strike would begin and we would recall Parliament; on 5 January Parliamentwould be asked to approve the state of emergency and by then we would haveabout 15 per cent of our normal petrol supplies.”1 Apparently, theatmosphere in Cabinet was “very jolly”. From the alien perspective of the present day, all softly-softly consensusand social partnership, it does sound strangely relaxed. The high water mark ofconflict in British workplaces was reached in 1979 with some 29.4 million dayslost to industrial disputes – no mean achievement considering there were only23 million workers. Not that anyone would like to go back to all that – give or take the oddanarcho-syndicalist or two. But the late 1970s forms an ageless reminder of howsleepy and contented employment relations now are, and how cowed and amenableworkers and their representatives now seem. No wonder there are no industrialcorrespondents any more – no strikes, no story. Of course, employers would not see it this way. The 1990s witnessed plentyof conflict. Thanks to a cocktail of policy initiatives, legal amendments,changes in social attitudes and structural alterations in the labour market,collective industrial action may have been virtually anathematised, butindividual rights has become the new battleground. The number of applicationsto employment tribunals rose threefold during the 1990s. In 2001, just 479,000 days were lost to strikes, while the highest evernumber of complaints about violations of individual rights reached theoverworked desks of tribunal chairmen – some 130,408 in total (on EmploymentTribunal Service figures). Braziers and block votes are no more, yet the gentler weapon of employmentlaw is more popular than ever. The US model of employment relations has manyadvantages for employers – weak unions, easy hire and fire, managerialflexibility. The downside is increased litigation. By the crazy standards of previous eras, getting taken to a tribunalrepresents something of a bargain – even at £5,000 a go, which some claim isthe typical cost. But we live in consensual times, so the rise in tribunals hasbrought howls of complaint from employers. CBI director general Digby Jones claimed last year that tribunals were”out of control and damaging UK employment relations”, while a”punt-for-cash culture” was taking hold2. In evidence, he claimedthat out of the full 130,408 applications, only 30,000 get as far as a hearing– most are withdrawn or settled. Meanwhile, 64 per cent come from people whohad not followed in-house grievance procedures. In total, the CBI believedemployment tribunals cost employers £633m a year. The protests and calculations succeeded in getting the Government’sattention. On 20 July last year, it unveiled a package of reforms aimed atreducing the volume of complaints, including the use of in-house grievanceprocedures, raising the costs that could be awarded for pursuing ‘misguided’claims up to £10,000, and, most controversially, introducing charges forbringing a claim3. The latter was quietly dropped later in the year. But here comes some news that will delight all enemies of conflict and allfans of harmony. Next month, when the conciliation service Acas publishes itsannual report4, it will show that complaints to employment tribunals havefallen slightly. It will say there were 100,878 applications, 52,000 of whichwere about unfair dismissal (always the single biggest claim). Complaints about equal pay are down, as are complaints about sexdiscrimination, race discrimination and the national minimum wage; complaintsabout disability discrimination are up marginally. “We always said theincrease in applications might level out,” says an Acas spokesman. The figures could be a blip – but a highly significant one all the same. Itmeans that irrespective of the Government’s efforts, the ‘compensation culture’is not rising on an infinite curve. We have got very used to reciting thefactors which caused tribunal applications to grow: a more litigious culture;the increasing volume of employment law under which employees could bringclaims (164 different jurisdictions); weak penalties against ‘trying it on’;the pathologising of stress; the desire to blame someone for life’s littlemishaps; rapacious solicitors offering no-win, no-fee arrangements. So what factors have caused applications to fall? With the clarity ofhindsight, it appears that employers and their organisations may have beenmaking a meal of the growth in employment litigation during the last few years.While there is no denying tribunal applications trebled during the 1990s andthat the rise sounds shocking when expressed in this way, there are other, lesshysterical, ways of looking at the figures. In 1979, 43,406 applications were made to industrial tribunals – 39,000 ofthem concerning unfair dismissal5. In the year to March 2002, there were100,878 applications, 52,000 of which were about unfair dismissal. Therefore,despite all the momentous changes that have transformed working life andemployment law, just 13,000 more people now sue their employers per year forunfair dismissal than 23 years ago. In a workforce of 28 million, it doesn’tsound like the punt-for-cash ethic is terribly out of control. Ratherrestrained, more like. Here is another way of looking at conflict in British workplaces. The numberof days lost to industrial action has declined by 98.4 per cent since 1979,while the use of tribunals has grown by about 57 per cent. Maybe this trade-offshould be incorporated into the analysis of the costs of compensation culture. The fact remains that by historical standards, employment relations issplendidly, even unctuously, consensual. Once in a while it might well behoveemployers to reflect on the contemporary relevance of Harold MacMillan’sphrase: ‘You’ve never had it so good.’ 1 Conflicts of Interest, Diaries 1977-80, by Tony Benn, Arrow Books, 1991 2 Press release, 22 August, 2001 3 For detailed discussion of reforms IRS Employment Review, no 749,15.4.2002; on 4 Acas Annual report due 24 July 2002 5 Figures from Acas Join the Xperts take a free trialBy calling 01483 257775 or e-mail: [email protected] is a new web-based information service bringing together leadinginformation providers: IRS, Butterworths Tolley and Personnel Today. It featuresa new Butterworths Tolley employment law reference manual, a research databaseand guidance from 13 specialist IRS journals, including IRS Employment Review. Research Viewpoint plusRead related articles on this topic from XpertHR’s extensivedatabase free. Go to Previous Article Next Article Demise of the claim?On 18 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Metal Fabrication

first_imgPosting Job TitleAdjunct Assistant Professor, Metal FabricationDepartmentAcademic AffairsPosition TypeAdjunct FacultyNumber of openings2Job SummaryThe JCCC Metal Fabrication Department is seeking an experiencedwelding educator to teach entry level courses in Oxyacetylenebrazing, cutting, and welding; Plasma Arc Cutting, Shielded MetalArc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding,Blueprint Reading, Metallurgy, and other welding classes.Required Qualifications• Associates degree with 5 years welding experience• Knowledge of safety in the metal fabrication industry• Ability to teach entry-level welding skills using lecture,demonstration and lab activities• Communicate with other instructors• Knowledge of the following:-Oxyacetylene cutting, braze welding, and welding-Plasma Arc cutting and gouging-Shielded Metal Arc Welding (plate, pipe) 5G, 6G-Gas Metal Arc Welding (plate, pipe) 5G, 6G-Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (plate, pipe) 5G, 6GPreferred Qualifications• Bachelor’s degree with 3 years welding experience• AWS CWI/CWE certificationsRequired application documentsPlease submit resume with the application.Hours per WeekVariesWork Hours/DaysHours and days will vary.Salary Grade LevelAJCRSalaryCompetitive rate of payLocationOverland Park Main CampusDisclosuresEvery employee of the college is expected to treat all members ofthe college community with dignity and respect demonstratingprofessional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage inconstructive conflict resolution, when needed.In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this positionwill be subject to criminal background investigations. Individualhiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employmenttests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of theapplicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require thoseselected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degreesobtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged toapply prior to the review date listed in posting.Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of anyqualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin,disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity,genetic information or other factors which cannot be lawfullyconsidered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and statelaws.If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonableaccommodation in the application process, please contact the Officeof Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected] a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA,EOE, etc.) refer to the links on our Career page.Advertised: 29 Jan 2021 Central Standard TimeApplications close: 17 May 2021 Central Daylight Timelast_img read more

Junior Architect & Project Research Associate

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience seeks to fill aJunior Architect & Project Research Associate position tosupport the Global Forum team and the Big Sticky Projectsinitiative.Responsibilities to include management of architecturalconstruction sites & buildings, as well as co-leading thesupervision and execution of such projects altogether with theSenior Architect, from conception through completion using the mostadvance technologies and methods.In addition, to provide support in achieving successful projectoutcomes, ensuring design and construction optimizing universityprogram goals, conforming to the project established criteria forscope, cost, schedule and quality. To assist managing assignedprojects and coordinating with all participants in the design,value engineering, document review, construction, occupancy, closeout, warranty, and financial management processes.Required Qualifications• B.S degree in Architecture or relevant field from an accreditedcollege or university.• Demonstrated Management experience with Architecturalconstruction documents.• Working knowledge of site/building design and constructionprocesses.• Experience with project management software including Autodeskproducts, SharePoint, Rhino, Adobe, MS Office, etc.• Team building and organizational negotiation experience.• Project management and records management skills as well asproven customer service skills.• Ability to interpret design/construction documents.• Ability to read/interpret construction schedules and workingknowledge of building codes and construction means andmethods.• Demonstrated teaching experience.• Working knowledge of smart construction.• Exposure to cost control of the project.• Schedule implementation skills.Preferred Qualifications• M.S. in Architecture or in a relevant field of study.• Experience in Design/Build, and Construction Managerial Riskconstruction.• Demonstrated ability and experience in managing new constructionand major renovation projects of high complexity from conceptthrough completion.• Excellent communication skills including academic writing andediting skills.• Strong research skills with research interest in the area ofArchitecture and Design.Pay BandAppointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationReview DateJanuary 15, 2020Additional InformationInterested applicants are asked to submit a complete application,cover letter, resume and three professional references.The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Roslyn Garrison at [email protected] regular business hours at least 10 business days prior tothe event.Advertised: December 18, 2020Applications close:last_img read more

Leading donor ‘snubbed’ by Uni

first_imgOne of Oxford’s top donors is threatening to withdraw his support for the University after they did not accept his offer of a statue. Zvi Meitar has branded the University’s actions “ridiculous” and “foolish” in an interview with The Times newspaper. He also suggested that he would be reconsidering further donations to the institution. Meitar is an Israeli multi-millionaire who, along with his younger brother, is believed by Forbes to be worth around £250 million. In the interview the 74-year-old lawyer commented, “There was a big future…Now the whole thing is in question.” He added, “I don’t think anybody [at Oxford] really cares about this. It’s sad.” The statue he offered to the University was a four ton, 10ft monument of Tory MP Sir George Cooke and was carved in the eighteenth century by Sir Henry Cheere. It once belonged to Elton John, from whom Meitar is believed to have acquired it. The University has claimed that the statue was rejected not as a personal slight to Mr Meitar but simply because there was no space for it. They have said that several potential locations were examined in order to determine their suitability as a home for the statue. A spokesperson for Oxford University criticised The Times for misrepresenting the facts regarding Mr Meitar’s offer. They insisted that he is “a fast friend and supporter of Oxford” and will continue to work closely with University officials on matters of fundraising. The spokesperson also suggested that Meitar enjoys cordial relations with the Vice Chancellor John Hood. According to the University Press Office there were two barriers to accepting the statue. Given the piece’s high value, adequate security provisions had to be provided, while its heavy weight meant that structural assessments were necessary to ensure it did not damage University property. None of the proposed sites were deemed suitable on these grounds. This incident has thrown fresh light on the importance of Oxford University’s links with wealthy patrons who are willing to contribute massive sums towards the university’s upkeep and development. To meet rising costs and steep competition from American universities, a new fund-raising campaign ‘Oxford Thinking: The Campaign for the University of Oxford’ will be launched later this month. Oxford currently lags behind equivalent institutions in America such as Harvard, whose endowment is in excess of £65 billion. By contrast, Oxford’s endowment is valued at £3.6 billion. ‘Oxford Thinking’ will be launched next Wednesday by Chancellor Lord Patten and Vice-Chancellor John Hood with a star-studded event at the British Academy. The University will seek to raise over £1 billion which will be used to refurbish a number of University sites, including the Radcliffe Infirmary site. The money will also be used to fund a new £29 million book depository, support an overhaul of the University Science area and allow remodeling of the New Bodleian Library. In a continuing effort to attract students from poorer backgrounds, funds raised will also be used to support scholarships and grants. In addition to this there will be increased investment in teaching posts in an attempt to attract the best and brightest academics to Oxford. The campaign hopes to appeal to successful alumni, businesses and philanthropists in an attempt to raise the funds. It is expected that it will take many years to reach the £1 billion target.last_img read more

Exchange Club of Ocean City – 2017 Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic

first_imgOcean City, NJ, 30-March-2017 – The Exchange Club of Ocean City will be hosting the 2017 Roger LaRosa Charity Golf Classic on Monday, May 1st at Linwood Country Club, 500 Shore Road, Linwood, NJ. The public is invited to participate in this event which raises thousands of dollars for local charities.Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 AM, with a 1 PM shotgun start for the 18 hole scramble tournament with dinner and awards following. Proceeds from the tournament will go to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of Cape & Atlantic counties and Ocean City American Legion Post 524’s Coffee Express program which provides care packages to servicemen and women serving throughout the world.  These recipients represent the Exchange Club Programs of service: Children, Community & Country.Golfers can register online at or by contacting John Van Stone via phone 609.412.9607 or email [email protected] For sponsorship opportunities, contact Mark Cassidy at 609.517.6035 or email [email protected] additional information, please visit Exchange Club of Ocean City website www.ocxc.orgABOUTThe Exchange Club of Ocean City, NJ was chartered on May 20th, 1947, and is a local chapter of National Exchange Club – the oldest service organization in the country. The Mission of the Exchange Club is to inspire communities to become better places to live.Download (PDF, 448KB)last_img read more

Press release: UK energy statistics: 2017 provisional data

first_img UK energy statistics: 2017 provisional data December 2017 energy statistics that allow a provisional assessment to be made of trends in energy production and consumption in 2017. A more detailed analysis will be available in Energy Trends, to be published on 29 March 2018. PDF, 128KB, 5 pageslast_img

Watch The Avett Brothers’ Spellbinding Performance Of “True Sadness” On Colbert

first_imgAmericana heroes The Avett Brothers returned to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night, in support of their recently released album True Sadness. The Avetts continue to make waves with their exciting sound, and their performance on Colbert was no exception. The band broke out into the title track from the new LP, and delighted fans with the emotional rendition. You can stream the performance in the embedded player below.last_img

Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly Serenade Each Other With “Reunited” On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ [Watch]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in support of their newest comedic collaboration, Holmes & Watson. The lovable duo’s latest project, a comedic reinterpretation of classic crime-solving characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, is set to hit movie theaters in the U.S. on Christmas Day. The new collaboration between the two funnymen is highly anticipated by fans of their previous films like Step Brothers (2008) and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006).After musing about the excitement people express when they see the two men together (“There’s a lot of ‘shake and bake’… a lot of ‘boats and hoes’”), the pair went on to talk about their natural comedic chemistry. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly continued to riff about their personal and professional relationship, Ferrell pretending to well up with emotion at the notion of them coming back together to work on their latest film.As Ferrell held back his tears, a melancholy keyboard line began to come through the sound mix. When Kimmel asked if they needed to take a moment to collect themselves, Reilly replied, “No, we’ll work through it… We’ll sing through it.” The comedians promptly produced two microphones and began to sing 1972 R&B classic “Reunited”, written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perren and popularized by vocal dup Peaches & Herb.In classic form, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly remained hilariously committed to the bit, inserting plugs for Holmes & Watson into the song as they went. Adorable.Watch the clip below:Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly Croon “Reunited”[Video: Jimmy Kimmel Live]last_img read more

Improving education globally

first_imgWearing a bulletproof vest and surrounded by soldiers aboard a Black Hawk helicopter traversing a war-torn, mountainous region, Luis Garcia de Brigard was on his way to inspect a minefield planted in a schoolyard when he had a sudden realization.“Oh, my God, I didn’t study this in school,” said Garcia, Colombia’s deputy secretary of education. “The situation was extremely tense — and I’m a sky diver. But this was really scary.”A few minutes later, he remembered.“I did take a course on education in emergency situations and armed conflicts,” said Garcia, who earned his master’s degree in education from the International Education Policy Program (IEP) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in 2007.Garcia is among more than 900 graduates of the program founded in 1999 by Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education. In an intense year, students learn how to develop education policy recommendations and design educational programs, with the aim of expanding opportunities for students around the world.Garcia’s trajectory, and those of 62 graduates who responded to Reimers’ request, are featured in his book “One Student at a Time: Leading the Global Education Movement.” Recently, Garcia and six other students took part in a presentation about the book at Gutman Library.David Edwards, Ed.M. ’01 (left) deputy general secretary of Education International, and Myra Khan, Ed.M. ’15, International Education Policy Program consultant, talk with Reimers (not pictured) about his book. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.The book includes essays the graduates wrote about the challenges, the lessons, and the impact of their work. Some are working as educational consultants or running their own educational enterprises, some found jobs in ministries of education around the world, and others work in international development agencies such as UNICEF, USAID, and the World Bank.Reimers knows personally the impact educational opportunity can make. While growing up in Caracas, Venezuela, he traveled for hours by bus each day to go to a good school. Seeing his students work to make sure children around the world have access to a good education is one of his greatest joys.“I am humbled and in awe at seeing the good work these graduates of the program do, in many different roles, to advance educational opportunities to empower the most disadvantaged to become architects of their own lives and contributing members of their communities,” said Reimers. “These graduates truly are leaders of the global education movement.”Take Sandra Licón, Ed.M. ’03, a former elementary school teacher in South Central Los Angeles, who has worked for the past 11 years as a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Licón’s journey from a classroom to one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations was not what she envisioned after leaving Appian Way. She thought she would end up at the World Bank. But working at the Gates Foundation exceeded her expectations, and in a way allowed her to come full circle.“I spent all of my teaching career in mostly marginalized communities in California,” she said. “At the Gates Foundation, I have the privilege of working with the smartest folks in the field who are working on behalf of low-income brown and black kids across the country.”Over the last couple of years, Licón has been running a series of partnerships between educators at U.S. schools and their counterparts in Finland, Shanghai, Singapore, Brazil, and Australia, who learn from each other how to best reach disadvantaged children.Wilson Aiwuyor, Ed.M. ’12 (left), International Education Policy program; Edwards; Reimers; Austin Volz, Ed.M. ’13, Avenues: the World School; and Ana Gabriela Pessoa, Ed.M. ’07, Pearson Publishing, meet outside the Gutman Library before the evening event. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.Recent graduates share the program’s mission of expanding opportunities in education. Wilson Aiwuyor, Ed.M. ’12, worked in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration and now works for an organization that supports efforts to strengthen school systems in developing countries.“I wanted to go into international development, and contribute to eradicating poverty through education,” said Aiwuyor. “I’m not there yet, but I’m on track.”Myra Khan, Ed.M. ’15, works at the World Bank as a consultant on education in countries such as Guinea-Bissau, Kosovo, Serbia, Libya, and the Philippines, a job that she wanted but that has plenty of challenges. “The main thing I learned was to remember constantly that the reason we are all in this work is for children,” she wrote in her essay. “Working at big, bureaucratic organizations will sometimes make you forget that.”Some graduates, such as Ana Gabriela Pessoa, Ed.M. ’07, and Austin Volz, Ed.M. ’13, ended up at private educational organizations. Pessoa works at the San Francisco offices of the publishing company Pearson, where she’s in charge of products and innovation for emerging markets. And Volz works at Avenues: the World School, which has headquarters in New York City.David Edwards, Ed.M. ’01, credits the Ed School with helping him be part of a global education movement. After graduation, he worked as a specialist at the Organization of American States and traveled throughout Latin America, advising governments and ministries on educational policy. For the past five years he has been working in Brussels with an international teachers’ organization on education policy, employment, and research.Edwards said his time at the Ed School was transformative, not only because that’s where he learned that education is a right that transforms lives and how to become an effective leader, but also because of the personal connections he made.“My main lesson is that I didn’t do it alone,” Edwards said. “We studied together, we went to lectures, we argued, we fought, and we shared each other’s papers. I met three people who became my closest friends. And I met my wife there.”last_img read more