Graduatetrainers share their tips on winning the hearts and minds of this year’s pickof the cropIt’s that time of year: the leaves are turning and employers are gearing upto capitalise on one of their most expensive resources – graduate trainees. Recruitment costs and salaries for graduates have escalated over the pastfew years as employers compete to attract the best. This autumn’s intake canexpect to earn salaries of about £19,000 with one in 10 starting on £25,000 ormore. According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters, 28 per cent of firmshave also handed out a golden hello to graduates of anything from £500 to£10,000. But even with all that money thrown at them, there is no guarantee that yourprize graduates will stick with you. The AGR’s research shows that after fouryears most firms can expect to have lost between 30 and 40 per cent of theirgraduates. The problem is that over the past few years a real tension has grown upbetween the need to keep graduates and the harsh reality that no job is forlife and old-fashioned corporate careers don’t exist any more. As a result, although employers are still looking to grow their futureleaders, graduates are looking for jobs that will make them employableelsewhere. In addition there is a further tension between the needs of the companyas a whole and the requirements of individual business units. Graduate trainersare caught in the middle of this dilemma. Jonathan Wainwright a management development consultant with HBSO, formerlythe Halifax and the Bank of Scotland, is all too conscious of the need to keephold of high-fliers. HBSO’s graduate intake is still on the increase – it was 60 last year, 100this year and Wainwright expects it to go up to 140 or so next year. The bank has been refining its graduate training scheme over the past fewyears. One of the biggest changes has been in achieving a balance betweencentralised and decentralised development. Wainwright thinks HBSO has now gotit right. “Two or three years ago we were recruiting general business managementtrainees who spent time working in different areas before deciding where theywanted to be. Now we recruit graduates into specific business management areasuch as retail, finance, personnel and so on,” Wainwright says. As a result, each graduate has a two-tier programme. There is theprofessional training they receive in their business unit, for example trainingto become an actuary or retail sales manager. Then there is the coredevelopment programme that Wainwright runs centrally for all 100 graduates. “We have no control over what the business units do with theirgraduates, so what we are doing with our core programme is saying these peopleare high potential and we need to know who they are and where they are,”Wainwright says. The core programme lasts for about 18 months and consists of four modulesdesigned to deliver general leadership competencies. It’s also very much abouthelping future managers build up networks and learning communities within thebank that will last well beyond the 18 months. “When they come off the scheme, we will help them find a corporatementor from another part of the business to help them continue theirdevelopment, but they take control of it,” Wainwright says. By the time their first 18 months is up, HBSO presumes that most graduateswill be in a fairly substantive job within the organisation – but they areexpected to have contributed something of value to the organisation well beforethat. “We expect them to add value from day one. We can’t wait 18 months forgraduates to deliver benefit to the business,” Wainwright says. Other graduate recruiters echo his sentiments. There is much talk abouttoday’s graduates being more business aware than their counterparts a decadeago. Whether or not this is really so, employers expect a return on theirmassive investment and they want their graduates to hit the ground running. The best graduate training schemes are therefore now designed to instilbusiness savvy into graduates as quickly as possible. In the case of highstreet optician Dolland & Aitchison and car manufacturer Ford, this isabout providing graduates with an insight into customer needs. “Part of our European strategy is about being in touch with ourcustomers and that’s something we have been building into our trainingprogramme for graduates,” says Joanna Banfield, recruitment manager withFord of Britain. The induction programme is one tool to get this message across. Ford alsosends out a motivational message from chairman Jacques Nasser each week.”This always includes a reference to the need to be consumer driven,”Banfield says. A growing number of graduate employers have decided that the only way toensure graduates are work ready is by working more closely with them throughuniversity. This approach is in line with the government’s insistence thatstudents should be more employable when they finish their degrees and it goesfar beyond the sort of work placements that were being offered to students onsandwich courses 10 years ago. For example, supermarket chain Asda runs its Flying Start programme, whichgives students training as well as a part-time job. The aim is to encouragethese students, who now have a fair understanding of what Asda is about, to jointhe company as graduate trainees. Other employers such as Ford and PriceWaterhouseCoopers send staff on tocampuses to provide training in soft skills such as presentation andcommunication techniques. “This approach seems to be working – graduatesdo have more business awareness now,” says Jackie Alexander, recruitmentpartner with PwC. “It’s partly because they are working more during their universitydays, but it’s also because there is more input at university fromemployers.” Over the past couple of years, Ford has been providing this sort ofon-campus training through a consortium of four university careers services inthe Northeast, called Impact. In addition, the car giant is about to launch a mentoring scheme targetingethnic minority undergraduates in their penultimate year. “We want to helpundergraduates identify their weaknesses and build their strengths in theirfinal year. We want them to feel prepared for work,” Banfield says. There will be 25 places available and mentors will be keen line managersdrawn from each of Ford’s seven business functions. Mentoring sessions will take place in a variety of ways – on site, oncampus, over the phone or via e-mail. In addition, Ford will offer undergraduates on the mentoring scheme fivedays in-house training covering skills such as team working and interviewingskills. Finally, each will be fast-tracked to the Ford graduate assessment centre,with a view to being offered a job when they graduate. It’s too early to say how the current downturn is going to affect thenumbers of graduates that firms take on. There have been a few high profileannouncements of employers such as the consultancy arm of PwC, deferring orcancelling some job offers. But even if the number of graduate vacancies falls, firms are unlikely tocut back on the levels of training they are offering students before and afterthey graduate. Graduates will still be an expensive resource and firms will still becompeting for the best. What is more, the increased mobility of the labour market has meant thattraining is now a core part of the package employers offer. They can’t affordto take their eyes off the ball. Case study: Life at latticeIf you want your expensive graduates to stick with you, then you have to givea good impression from day one. With this in mind, the Lattice Group, formed last year out ofBritish Gas, runs an energetic induction programme for its new graduates. “The programme provides an insight into the culture,strategy and structures of the business,” says Jim Borritt, graduaterecruitment and development manager with Transco, a member of the Latticegroup. The programme is now in its fourth year and more than 50graduates attended the most recent two-week course run earlier this month. Itis built on a range of experiential exercises and draws on the input of manysenior managers.Lattice has adopted the view that getting stuck in is probablythe best way to get on, and by day four graduates are making fantasy millions.Working in teams of seven or eight , they have to earn points to purchaseT-shirt designs. They “win” money according to how well they haveperformed and their winnings go with them into week two of the course.The aim of week two is to create a realistic work environment.Working in the same teams graduates are presented with a project to researchthroughout the week. These focus on key business issues for the group such asthe branding of the Lattice Group.The induction provides a dynamic introduction to the group andmarks the start of graduates’ two-year training programme. Thereafter theirtraining takes place at company level.Case study: Vision offutureHigh street optician Dollond & Aitchison is taking onaround 40 graduate optometrists this year. In addition to excellent clinical skills, D&A wants itsgraduate trainees to be able to build a rapport with patients. So it has justrun a five-day programme aimed at marrying clinical expertise and customer care.”Optometrists must be professional, friendly and caring.They have to able to explain all stages of the eye examination and to reassurethe patient by providing unbiased, professional advice,” says director ofprofessional services with D&A Rob Hogan.The firm argues that if patients come out of an eye examinationfeeling good about the care, attention and information they have just received,they are more likely to purchase glasses in the store and become a customer.Designed by training firm Interaction, the programme is gearedto developing graduates’ ability to listen to and empathise with theirpatients. Graduates kicked off with a mystery shopper exercise. Some were given a range of products from different stores toreturn. Others were also asked to buy the same products at different stores andthe rest took eye tests or asked for advice at competitor branches. Back at base, role play helped graduates further develop theirchair-side manner. Actors stood in as patients with graduates conducting eyeexaminations. Graduates were expected to cope and keep the examination going as”patients” became increasingly demanding.Hogan says feedback has been encouraging. “The programmehas provided a solid foundation for graduates from which to learn and aspire toexcellence in customer service,” he says. Comments are closed. Degrees of commitmentOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Climate change can have major effects on the distribution of species. In marine ecosystems, the cold waters of the Arctic have restricted warmer water species from crossing between Eurasia and North America. However, with Arctic waters becoming warmer, various marine species have expanded their distribution. Cuttlefish are fast-growing, voracious predators and are absent in American waters. The European cuttlefish Sepia officinalis is the most northerly distributed cuttlefish, with potential to expand its range and cross to the American continent, potentially causing changes in shelf food webs. Climate model predictions suggest that the S. officinalis could potentially reach American shores, by 2300 via the north Atlantic with medium mitigation of greenhouse gas concentrations; we predict that adult dispersal of cuttlefish across the Atlantic sector would require a migration distance of over 1400 km at depths below 200 m and temperatures above 7 °C (temperature below which cuttlefish can not maintain routine metabolic processes physiologically). For temperatures above 9.5 °C (temperature above which cuttlefish can grow), 2500 km would be required, and such conditions will possibly exist by the year 2300. If they reach American shores they could have large impacts on coastal marine ecosystems, due to their wide diet (e.g. diet covers many shallow-water crustacean and fish species) and its potential as prey, and due to their short life-history strategy of “live fast, die young”.
The upcoming Election is to blame for residential property sales drying up, but a general lack of housing stock coming onto the market could fuel another surge in home values after the election, according to the latest monthly market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).The research reveals that political uncertainty surrounding next month’s General Election is deterring many purchasers, with buyer enquiries and house sales falling.But despite the dip in demand from purchasers, a general housing shortage across many parts of the country led to 21 per cent more surveyors reporting an increase in home prices in March, up from 15 per cent in February. Furthermore, 15 per cent more surveyors expect prices to appreciate even further over the next three months compared with 10 per cent in February, fuelled by the existing supply-demand imbalance in the market.Nationally, the market in Northern Ireland continues to outperform the rest of the UK with the strongest home price growth last month and the highest price expectations over the next three months.However, across much of the rest of the UK, particularly in Wales and Scotland, price gains over the next three months are expected to be far more moderate.The volume of agreed sales in London fell for the 11th month in succession as enquiries from prospective purchasers continued to fall. But with 24 per cent more surveyors reporting a drop in number of new properties coming onto the market for sale in the capital, prices could rise once more in the city, if demand picks up after the election.Across the whole of the UK, just 13 per cent more surveyors saw prices fall in March, down from 42 per cent at the start of the year, with the average surveyor selling 19.5 properties, which remains significantly below activity levels recorded during the early part of last year.The boost that was given to the housing market by the Help to Buy scheme has begun to dissipate and activity levels have slipped back as a consequence, according to Simon Rubinsohn (left), RICS Chief Economist.He said, “Even more worrying are the tentative signs that price momentum could be set to pick-up once again as the supply of stock to the market continues to fall. Anecdotal evidence does suggest that election uncertainty may be having some impact on the market, but underlying the trends visible in the latest survey is a very real housing crisis which will urgently need to be addressed by the next Government.“It is significant that price expectations nationally are accelerating both at the three and twelve month time horizons and at the latter they are at their highest level since the spring of last year.”While aspirational homeownership remains at the core of the UK economy, more needs to be done to boost the supply of future housing stock across all tenures and particularly for those on lower incomes, according to Jeremy Blackburn (right), Head of Policy at RICS.He commented, “The Conservative Party’s proposal last week to extend Right-To-Buy will help relatively small numbers of tenants to move into home ownership, without doing anything to solve the shortage in overall housing supply.“The proposed brownfield fund is a welcome means to unlocking land supply for more houses to be built in the next Parliament however it still falls short of a comprehensive housing strategy.”Mark Riddick, Chairman of Search Acumen, a property search firm, believes that the continuation of a market cooling into spring is a sure indication of general hesitation that comes prior to elections.“A possible hung parliament in May could actually prolong the market flatline until a stable Government is established,” he said.Riddick continued, “With currently low supply of housing stock, price rises are expected in the next three months, which could have a detrimental impact on market growth in the second half of the year. Conveyancers remain optimistic that while growth may not parallel 2014 levels, there will be greater activity once we cross the election threshold.“In the meantime, the state of the housing market should serve as a signal to all parties that initiatives such as the Help to Buy ISA or the Tories’ proposed Right to Buy are no more than plugged-in policy measures which do not solve the housing market’s core problems: lack of affordability and a scarcity in housing stock.”home prices RICS residential_property_sales Right to Buy April 21, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Indiana Homeless Population Up 10% from 2010NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 MATT PEAK INDIANA The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates nearly 6,000 Hoosiers are homeless.Volunteers counted 5,798 homeless people during a single night in January of this year.That’s a 10 percent drop from 2010.HUD says more than 5,100 of the homeless population was located in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, and nearly 700 were living on the streets.The count does not include people who were living with friends and relatives.It says the volunteers counted 663 homeless military veterans and 365 unaccompanied homeless youth and children.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Technological innovation, expansion of the use of frontline personnel such as community health workers, and rapid increases in health care financing are likely to be instrumental to achieving universal health care (UHC) in countries around the world, according to a new analysis led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.While the idea of UHC is garnering widespread support and is a central imperative for the World Health Organization and the United Nations, the researchers emphasized that countries must strike a balance between expanding health care coverage and ensuring the quality of care that is being delivered. Medical errors, health care-acquired infections, and poor retention of patients in care could undermine gains made under UHC, they said.“It’s difficult to think of an aspiration that both reflects and contributes to human progress more than UHC. The challenge is delivery, which will require sustained political and financial muscle in addition to innovative technologies and institutions. Most importantly, it requires that we avoid tunnel vision conceptions of UHC that focus predominantly on medical interventions. We must not give short shrift to primary health care or to interventions that promote disease prevention and early detection, social and economic equity, and international cooperation,” said David Bloom, co-author and Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at Harvard Chan School.The analysis was published online on Aug. 23, 2018 in Science.Forty years ago this September, world health leaders issued the Alma-Ata Declaration, which raised global awareness of “health for all” as a universal human right and emphasized the importance of primary health care. The benefits of UHC are plentiful and extend beyond improving health. UHC may lead to economic gains by increasing productivity, the researchers said, and it can improve social and political stability while reducing health disparities and economic and social inequalities. Additionally, countries in which the bulk of healthcare spending is prepaid by government financing have lower rates of the type of catastrophic health expenditures that can bankrupt families when compared with countries that rely on private insurance schemes.Since the Alma-Ata Declaration, high-income countries have made significant strides toward UHC. Today, according to the researchers, the U.S. is the only high-income country in the world that does not explicitly provide UHC to its citizens. Progress toward UHC in low- and middle-income countries has not been as swift, especially among countries located in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, according to the analysis. Among the biggest challenges is the need to rapidly increase health care financing in low- and middle-income countries, where populations are simultaneously growing in size and getting older.Achieving UHC in low-resource settings will likely require a radical transformation in the way health services are delivered. Shifting certain medical tasks from highly trained personnel to appropriately well-trained personnel – such as community health workers – could prove to be an important step. The researchers also said that adopting innovative technologies such as electronic medical records, telemedicine, and artificial intelligence for interpretation of x-rays and electrocardiograms, may also help.Research by D.E.B. reported in this manuscript was supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under award number P30AG024409. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. D.E.B.’s research on this manuscript was also made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. R.S. acknowledges support from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation via the Arcady Group (OPP1154665) and a Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award. Read Full Story
MOSCOW (AP) — In a note from jail, opposition leader Alexei Navalny is urging Russians to overcome their fear and “free” the country from a “bunch of thieves.” Meanwhile, the Kremlin on Thursday cast the arrests of thousands of protesters s as a due response to the unsanctioned rallies. Navalny, who was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison earlier this week, said in a statement posted on his Instagram that “iron doors slammed behind my back with a deafening sound, but I feel like a free man.” He said his imprisonment was “Putin’s personal revenge” for surviving and exposing the assassination plot.
Credit sandbergkessler.comJAMESTOWN – An asymptomatic teacher working at Bush Elementary School in Jamestown has tested positive for COVID-19.Officials with Jamestown Public Schools announced the news on Friday afternoon.The teacher was last in the building on Friday. The district says that a confirmed case does not mean that you or your child has been exposed to the individual who has tested positive.“We are working closely with the Chautauqua County Health Department to complete contact tracing,” said the District in a statement. “Any individuals who may have been in close contact, as defined by the Chautauqua County Department of Health, with a confirmed case will be contacted directly by the New York Department of Health contact tracers with pertinent information and next steps.” If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, significant diarrhea, sore throat or a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C, the district says contact your health care provider and notify your child’s school health office.Those with further questions are asked to contact their building nurse or email JPS Coordinator of Health Services, Jill Muntz at [email protected] or call her at 716-483-4376.This is the second COVID-19 case connected to Bush Elementary School. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
While most Georgia crops are suffering from the recent lack of rainfall across the state, tobacco farmers have some reason to celebrate. Three consecutive weeks of dry weather in May have curbed incidences of black shank disease, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension tobacco agronomist J. Michael Moore.Black shank disease is caused by a fungus that is spread in a field through water and equipment. It turns tobacco leaves yellow and causes the plant to wilt and eventually die.In 2018, two straight weeks of rainfall led to an outbreak of black shank disease in Georgia, with some tobacco producers experiencing up to 15 to 25 inches of rainfall during a 14-day stretch in May, when tobacco starts to grow. Increased moisture caused the tobacco roots to suffocate when the soil filled with water.“You’d expect it to be less in dry seasons because there’s less root damage to open the door to infections, so yes, the incidence of black shank disease so far this year has been less than most years,” Moore said. “If you have extensive rainfall and that rots the roots off, that’s the perfect storm situation for black shank and that was the case last year.”But just because black shank disease hasn’t been a concern so far doesn’t mean it won’t be, said Justin Shealey, UGA Extension county coordinator for Echols County.“Once the rain starts back, it’s going to flare up on us,” said Shealey, whose county produces approximately 450 acres of tobacco every year. “It lives in specific fields. Once it gets introduced to a field, it’s pretty much going to be there from here to eternity.”For five years, UGA Extension conducted research trials of chemical treatments that were effective against black shank disease. As a result, if black shank becomes problematic in the next couple of weeks, Shealey recommends growers make a layby application of either Ridomil Gold SL or Presidio. This method allows the chemical treatment to reach the base of the plant, which is more effective since the fungus is in the soil, he said.“This is the last chance you get to control it,” Shealey said. “We feel confident with the data about the placement of Orondis at transplanting, then Ridomil and Presidio during first and second plowing. We know where to place them and what time to place them for the best results.”Shealey stresses to farmers that if there’s no moisture in the field, there’s no need to apply successive treatments. Depending on the amount of rainfall a field receives, tobacco farmers can lose from 5-100% of their crop to black shank, he said.“It just depends on how much rainfall you get, what the flow of water looks like across the field and how saturated you stay,” Shealey said.This year, Georgia hasn’t experienced substantial rainfall since the weekend of May 11, about a month into the growing season.This year’s Georgia-Florida Tobacco Tour will be held June 10-12. The tour will focus on the latest trends in the tobacco industry and will include tours of producers’ farms in south Georgia. The UGA Tifton campus will host the tour on June 12 at the Bowen Farm, where tobacco research is being conducted.For more information about this year’s tour, visit https://t.uga.edu/50j.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Uniondale-based RXR Realty held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 9 commemorating the completion of the Ritz-Carlton Residences in North Hills.The development is comprised of 230 homes offering a one-of-a-kind lifestyle and living experience. At the event, officials announced RXR’s new partnership with Douglas Elliman Development Marketing as the Exclusive Marketing and Sales agents for the Ritz-Carlton Residences. The residences are located at 4000 Royal Court in North Hills.Related Story: Putting Up The Ritz: New North Hills Condos Start at $1.4ML. to R.: Ann Conroy, Howard M. Lorber, Maria Babaev, Mayor Marvin Natiss, Joanne Minieri, Joe Graziose,and Susan de França. (Photo by Tab Hauser)L. to R.: Douglas Elliman Real Estate Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Elyse Saltsberg, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Licensed Real Estate Sales Person Elizabeth Markovic, Douglas Elliman Real Estate Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Gail Holman, Ann Conroy Howard M. Lorber, Maria Babaev, Mayor Marvin Natiss, Joanne MinieriJoe Graziose, Susan de França, and Anthony (Tony) Piscopio, Executive Manager of Sales & Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Douglas Elliman Real Estate. (Photo by Tab Hauser)L. to R.: Joe Graziose and Mayor Marvin Natiss.Group photo in front of Clubhouse. (Photo by Tab Hauser)Photo by Tab Hauser