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    Degrees of ability

    Article from the Australian Human Resources Institute Some employers believe universities are providing students with a strong knowledge base, but without the ability to intelligently apply their knowledge in the work setting...

    Straight out of school

    Article from the Australian Human Resources Institute Taking the initiative with apprenticeships and school-based traineeships is a lot easier than many employers think, says Stephen Ollerenshaw, training coordinator...

    Skills training for OD specialists? That's a bright IDeA

    A new national programme for senior leaders in local government aims to tackle skill shortages in organisational development (OD). The first cohort of 50 leaders, including chief executives and HR practitioners, has...

    UK jubilant at Japan's worldskills event

    The UK has won four medals, including a gold for cabinetmaking, and nine runners-up medallions in the 2007 WorldSkills Competition, the world’s most prestigious skills event, held in Japan. Teams from 48 member countries...

    Let students experience retail's dynamic side

    In an industry where competing for top talent is like fighting over a bargain in the January sales, I was not surprised to read that employers in the retail sector are continuing to struggle to attract top graduate talent...

    Doing it for the kids

    It is encouraging that the government is wising up to the fact that young people need some kind of assistance with getting onto the first rung of the career ladder (Hot topic, letters, 15 November).   However, I fail...

    An age of education

    Should young people have to stay in education until they are 18 (Hot topic, 15 November)? No, but that’s not what the government is proposing. Its strategy document is clear that post-16 options will include apprenticeships...

    Case for the evidence

    Three cheers for Rob Briner’s advice that we should adopt a careful and systematic approach to problem solving (“Tried and attested”, 1 November). Here, the emphasis is placed on gathering and analysing data and understanding...

    'Posture isn't prescriptive'

    Sitting up straight may not be the ideal sitting position for office workers, Norwich Union Risk Services (NURS) has warned. Traditional health and safety advice about keeping the back straight in alignment with office...

    Hire standard

    Across the global business community, organisations are having to respond to demands from their customers and other stakeholders for greater accountability and transparency. Why should the situation be any different for search...