Training holds key to boosting productivity in manufacturing

first_img Comments are closed. The Government must encourage manufacturers to increase investment in staffdevelopment if productivity in the UK is to be improved, according to theEngineering Employers’ Federation. The EEF report Unlocking Our Potential – the Case for Supporting SkillsDevelopment, concludes that there is a proven link between lower levels ofspending on skills and training and UK productivity performance. The report calls for workers aged over 25 to be offered modernapprenticeships to help close the manufacturing skills gap. It also urges the Government to align the funding rate for modernapprenticeships for 19- to 24-year-olds with that for 16- to 18-year-olds toencourage employers to develop employees who might have slipped through thetraining net. The report advocates replacing the Individual Learning Accounts programme,which was suspended earlier this month after it was revealed some trainingproviders had abused it. The report highlights the fact that ILAs have surpassed the Government’soriginal target of 1 million accounts into which it deposited £150 if theindividual contributed £25. Stephen Radley, the EEF’s chief economist, said, “I think somethingsimilar to the ILAs, giving people an incentive to take up training when theymight not have done so, does have merit. “Companies are investing more in training and development than they dida decade ago but, at the same time, the competition is more intense and soemployers need to accentuate their emphasis on this.” Radley stressed that the problem is particularly acute at craft andtechnician level, with the proportion of employees in the UK with intermediateskills currently half the level in Germany. The EEF study follows a joint CBI and TUC report which revealed the UK isfalling further behind its major European rivals in terms of productivity. The EEF director general Martin Temple said, “These proposals are avital piece of the productivity jigsaw.” Ben Willmott Related posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…center_img Previous Article Next Article Training holds key to boosting productivity in manufacturingOn 27 Nov 2001 in Manufacturing, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

UVU Baseball Hosts Air Force At Miller Park In Provo

first_img Tags: Air Force Baseball/UVU Baseball Written by March 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local UVU Baseball Hosts Air Force At Miller Park In Provo FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Because doTERRA Field at UCCU Ballpark in Orem is in its final stages of completion, Utah Valley baseball (5-12) is hosting Air Force (5-12) at Miller Park on the BYU campus in Provo Tuesday and Wednesday.Because of this change in venue, both the Tuesday evening game (6:00 pm) and the Wednesday matinee (11:00 am) will be free of charge.Under head coach Eric Madsen (302-330, .478), in his 12th season at the helm, the Wolverines are seeking to turn their season around against the visiting Falcons.Among Wolverines with at least 20 at-bats, junior infielder Mitch Moralez leads the squad in batting average (.357), hits (25) and RBI (7).Senior outfielder Jake Berry remains the only Wolverine with a home run on the season, with one.Senior right-handed pitcher Jesse Schmit is the ace of the staff for the Wolverines. He is presently 2-0 on the season and leads the squad with 27 strikeouts.Air Force is led by 10th-year head coach Mike Kazlausky (184-262, .413) who most recently led the Falcons to a series win against South Dakota State March 6-8. Air Force took two of three games from the Jackrabbits of the Summit League in that series.The Falcons are led in batting average by junior infielder/outfielder Cole Blatchford (.339).Blatchford also leads Air Force in runs scored (12), hits (20) and home runs (3).Blatchford’s 11 RBI tie him for the team lead with senior infielder/outfielder Tommy Gillman.Senior right-handed pitcher Josh Leaser is the only Falcons hurler with a winning record as he is 2-0 on the mound this season.Leaser’s 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings of work also leads Air Force.The Falcons lead the Wolverines 10-8 all-time and 6-4 on the road against UVU. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Rooster Walk Announces Late-Night Schedule With Marcus King & Billy Strings’ New Project, TAUK, More

first_imgRooster Walk Music & Arts Festival will take place May 24-27, 2018 at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, VA. Headlining the tenth annual event are The Wood Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Marcus King Band (x2), and Billy Strings. In addition to the rest of the stacked lineup which features The Jerry Douglas Band, TAUK, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Zach Deputy, and more, the festival has announced the official Late Night Schedule.On Thursday night, The Commonheart will perform a late-night set from 10pm-12am. As the festival kicks into full gear for the weekend on Friday, JJ Grey & Mofro will close down the main stage. Then, later that evening, TAUK will perform the Lake Stage while the debut performance of “King & Strings”–a collaboration between two dynamic young musicians, Marcus King and Billy Strings band, and drummer Jeff Sipe–close down Pine Grove. On Saturday night, The Wood Brothers will close down the Main Stage, while The Marcus King Band and The Mantras party through 2am on the two other stages. Sunday night will close with The Last Yaltz, a tribute to The Band‘s The Last Waltz featuring Yarn with special guests.In addition to the above late-night shows, Rooster Walk 10 will see full performances from Colter Wall, The Dustbowl Revival, Town Mountain, Yarn, Dangermuffin, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, The Southern Belles, Cris Jacobs, Jeff Sipe, Ron Holloway, Josh Shilling, Front Country, Victor Wainwright & The Train, The Trongone Band, Kat Wright, Wild Ponies, The Commonheart, Fireside Collective, Erin and the Wildfire, Porch 40, Kendall Street Company, Songs From The Road Band, Sanctum Sully, Jay Starling, Wallace Mullinax, Violet Bell, Half Moon, After Jack, Jason Springs Band, PHCC Jazz Band, Prosperity’s Folly, Gunchux, Juliana MacDowell, Fernandez Sisters, The Wildmans, and Aaron Crowe.To buy your tickets or learn more information about Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival’s 10th year, visit the festival website.last_img read more

Deirdre O’Connell & More to Star in Little Children Dream of God Off-Broadway

first_imgDeirdre O’Connell (By The Water, TV’s Nurse Jackie) and more will star in the previously announced world premiere of Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, the play, which launches Roundabout Underground’s eighth season, will begin previews off-Broadway on January 24, 2015 and run through April 5. Opening night is set for February 17 at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 The production will feature sets by Andrew Boyce, costumes by Jennifer Caprio, lighting by Gina Scherr and sound by M.L. Dogg. Joining O’Connell as Carolyn will be Gilbert Cruz (TV’s Girls) as Manuel, Dashiell Eaves (Coram Boy) as Trevor, Maurice Jones (Romeo and Juliet) as Joel, Chris Myers as Vishal, Carra Patterson as Sula, Crystal Lucas-Perry as Madison and Carl Hendrick Louis as Toussaint and Man.center_img On a balmy night in Miami, a soon-to-be mother, Sula, floats ashore on a car tire. Having braved a perilous journey to escape her native Haiti, Sula is determined to forge a better life in America for her unborn son. She soon finds safety in an apartment building that shelters refugees in need, joining a diverse community of immigrants, each with their own unique dreams and dilemmas. But even though the life she has hoped for seems within reach, Sula knows she can’t outrun her demons forever. View Comments Little Children Dream of Godlast_img read more

A to Z of Mac Parts

first_imgThe Mac OS:Mac OS runs smoothly. That’s what I noticed first off. There’s very little waiting, very little fussing, very little Ctrl+Alt+Del/End Task for behavior control.For Macintosh Computer Users, Mac OS 9 is the last stop a famous train. It’s the last version of the operating system that changed the world that put the Mac on the map and inspired such imitators as Microsoft Windows. After Mac OS 9, Apple Computer plans to introduce Mac OS X, a radically new operating system that looks and works nothing like the Mac we’ve come to know.Mac OS 9 is better designed and more conductive to productivity than Mac OS X. Mac OS 9 still offers such familiar and useful features as the launcher, menu, application menu control strip, pop-up windows, collapsible windows, and so on.The dynamic animation present in the OS at each step is immediately noticeable; the system updates icon began “dancing” to notify me that there were updates available for download. The update function works like Windows Update and Red Hat Network; it simply goes out and installs the updates with your approval.Special features:Think of this scenario. You’re sitting at your Mac, working away. If you’re like most of us, you’ve got a few things going on. Word processor, spreadsheet, email, iChat, browser, even iTunes music.For Mac users, there’s a stack of DJ software available to help you in your quest for stardom as a DJ. The latest dream came to light with a nifty Mac Part called Cue Phase. Finally, DJ software that non-DJs could use.In other words, you cue up music in a stack, click and the stack starts playing on your Mac. In other words, you cue up music in a stack, click and the stack starts playing on your Mac.There’s also the high end user– the Mac user with the latest and greatest of everything. Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Final Cut Express or Logic Express, and some of the great utility applications such as Photo to Movie and JA lbum. They may have a PowerMac, but probably not a new one. They may use applications in every category– graphics, audio, video, etc.If you tell them what model of Mac you have, what memory you already have in your Mac, and how much you want to add, and any types of question and what a new features added in Mac just go to is external) You should able to know what you exactly need.Author: Harry JonshonI am computer part supplier. According to me is external) is (Best Online Computer Store).Just login to is external) for all kinds of Buy Mac Part You can also vist our other site for is external) for Buy Computer Partslast_img read more

FairPoint discussing restructuring plan with bank lenders, bankruptcy possible

first_imgFairPoint Communications, Inc (NYSE: FRP) announced today that it is in discussions with certain of the lenders under its bank credit facility regarding a permanent debt restructuring. The Company also announced that as part of those discussions, it has entered into a forbearance agreement with lenders that collectively hold more than 50 percent of the loans and commitments outstanding under the credit facility. The forbearance agreement contemplates that the Company may forgo principal and interest payments under its credit facility as well as payments under its interest rate swap agreements, totaling approximately $42.0 million, due on September 30, 2009, and is likely to fail to comply with the interest coverage ratio and leverage ratio covenants contained in the credit facility for the period ending September 30, 2009. Under the forbearance agreement, if these events of default or other specified events of default occur, the lenders have agreed to not accelerate the maturity of the loans outstanding under the credit facility or exercise any other remedies until October 30, 2009, subject to certain conditions.FairPoint’s discussions with its bank lenders are focused on developing a restructuring plan that would be generally designed to (i) reduce the Company’s indebtedness and interest expense and (ii) improve the Company’s liquidity and financial and operational flexibility in order to allow it to compete more effectively and maximize the value of the enterprise. Such a restructuring plan may require a filing under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.“Today’s action by our lenders demonstrates that our discussions are progressing in a positive manner and allows additional time for a permanent restructuring plan to be resolved,” said David Hauser, Chairman and CEO of FairPoint.There can be no assurance that any restructuring arrangement or plan that the Company pursues will be successful, or what the terms thereof would be or what, if anything, the Company’s existing debt or equity holders would receive in any restructuring.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP.BC. Learn more at is external).This press release may contain forward-looking statements by FairPoint that are not based on historical fact, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions and statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Such factors include those risks described from time to time in FairPoint’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including, without limitation, the risks described in FairPoint’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K on file with the SEC. These factors should be considered carefully and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. All information is current as of the date this press release is issued, and FairPoint undertakes no duty to update this information.Source: FairPoint Communications, Inc., is external). CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 28, 2009) –last_img read more

New study shows almost 7GW of battery storage in U.K. pipeline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BusinessGreen:The UK’s nascent energy storage sector is surpassing all expectations and is set to deliver close to 7GW of capacity in the next few years, over a decade earlier than previously thought. That is the conclusion of a new analysis by trade bodies RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association (STA) published ahead of the groups’ first energy storage conference in London today.It shows that planning applications for new battery storage projects have soared from just 2MW of capacity in 2012 to a cumulative total of 6,874MW today. Crucially, the bulk of the pipeline of proposed projects has a good likelihood of being built. Currently 92 per cent of storage projects secure planning permission from their first application, while investors are increasingly attracted to projects that promise to tap into a range of new revenue streams through the grid balancing services they can offer.The analysis forms part of a new database, which will allow RenewableUK members to access comprehensive information on nearly 400 UK energy storage projects. It will show where operational projects are located on an interactive map, and highlight those projects in planning or under construction, including those sited alongside solar, wind and tidal energy projects.The study also shows that improvements in battery technology mean the size of battery projects is increasing. The average capacity of applications for new battery storage projects has risen from 10MW in 2016 to 27MW today.RenewableUK said that there is already 3.3GW of storage capacity, including hydro projects, operational in the UK and a further 5.4GW has planning consent, including 4.8GW of battery storage.The data provides further evidence of the speed at which the UK power sector is transforming. Writing on Twitter, Green Alliance’s Chaitanya Kumar noted that 7GW of energy storage capacity would be higher than most National Grid projections for the sector in 2030.More: Powered up: New database reveals stellar growth of U.K. energy storage sector New study shows almost 7GW of battery storage in U.K. pipelinelast_img read more

Is PINless winless?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As retailers move to capitalize on PINless debit, CUs need to re-evaluate their fee and reward Joe WoodsSponsored by CU24Credit unions have seen a recent spike in PINless debit transactions as Walmart, Target, McDonalds and other large, national merchants have begun implementing PINless as part of their business strategies, reducing interchange that flows to issuing credit unions. (Also read, “Retailers Reduce CU Debit Income” on this blog.)What are “PINless” transactions? When a consumer uses her debit card for a purchase that is less than $50, a merchant may decide to route that transaction over one of the PIN debit networks, without capturing the PIN. Merchants may not even offer the consumer the choice of PIN, but routinely capture the transaction and forward it as “PINless.”PINless transactions aren’t new; however, they have been used infrequently, generally for transactions where both parties are known to each other with an established relationship, such as utility bill payments, rent payments, tuition and the like. The original intent was to provide a quick, low-risk transaction for cardholder and merchant. PINless was rarely used for routine POS debit activity. continue reading »last_img read more

FBI issues DDoS attack warning

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert regarding an increasing number of complaints from businesses hit by Distributed Denial of Service extortion campaigns via email. The FBI said it suspects multiple individuals are involved in these ransom plots.In a typical extortion campaign, the targeted business receives an email threatening a DDoS attack on the company’s website unless it pays a ransom. Ransoms, which are usually demanded in Bitcoin form, vary in price. continue reading »last_img

Members & Service: Building trust in a digital-first world

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Today, the quality of your service and support – more than any other factor – impacts how members feel about your credit union.Consider a global study on customer service by Microsoft, revealing that 96% of consumers say customer service is an important factor in their loyalty to a brand. At the same time, one-third of consumers surveyed by American Express said they would consider walking away after just one bad customer service experience.In today’s digital-first economy, providing good customer service is becoming increasingly challenging. According to a customer service study by Salesforce, the definition of good service continues to evolve, with consumer expectations ever increasing.As the study reveals, good service today is fast; consumers expect a response to an inquiry in real time.Good service is also personalized – with 72% of consumers expecting a customer service agent to “know who they are, what they have purchased and have insights into their previous engagements.” continue reading »last_img read more