Engineers join forces to fight skills shortage

first_img Previous Article Next Article Two major engineering bodies have joined forces to tackle the skills crisisin the industry. The Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE) and EMTA,formerly the NTO for engineering manufacture, last month signed a memorandum ofunderstanding, sealing their commitment to work in partnership to boost skillslevels. The main aim is to pave the way for advanced modern apprentices to obtainrecognition through the Engineering and Technology Board, the industry’sprofessional registration body. “We’re working with EMTA to ensure the right standards are in place incompany apprenticeship schemes so the people on them are eligible forregistration as engineering technicians or, perhaps through additional study orexperience at work, as incorporated engineers,” said John Beale, head ofpublications and promotions at the IIE. The partnership will help young people who achieve work-based qualificationsovercome barriers to gaining professional recognition, which was previouslyrestricted to those who followed the academic route. It is part of a bid toincrease the number of engineers professionally qualified at the intermediatelevels, relative to those attaining the highest status of chartered engineer. “In the past the emphasis has been on chartered engineers but we needto redress the balance,” said Beale. “More and more employers arecoming to realise that what they want are people with the right skills set andknowledge base who are able to add immediate value to their business. That’swhy we’re working with EMTA and employers to make sure that happens.” EMTA chief executive, Dr Michael Sanderson, explained: “The area ofskills where our companies need most help is at the intermediate level, and theIIE looks after that group. What we’re looking to do is treat NVQ level 3 aspart of the evidence towards membership of the institution. Obviously we’ll doother co-operative things too.” Joint initiatives will seek to build integrated frameworks for engineeringand technology qualifications, encourage employer-led development schemes andrespond effectively to emerging skills issues. Another area will be to develop and promote means for continuingprofessional development (CPD). EMTA, which is on course to become the SectorSkills Council for technology, engineering and science, runs a number oflearndirect open learning centres. It is now seeking to present trainingmaterial it produced for BBC Learning Zone programmes in a user-friendly formaton the web. “We’re working with Redbus, which has done a lot of work withdentists on CPD, to produce mini courses on-line where learners can be assessedand get a certificate,” said Sanderson. “I think that should be ofgreat interest to the IIE and I shall be presenting it to them to see if we canwork together in that area as well.” By Elaine Essery Comments are closed. Engineers join forces to fight skills shortageOn 1 May 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Istanbul: Šetkić in the Quarterfinals of the ITF Tournament

first_imgAldin Šetkić, the Bosnian tennis player, qualified to the quarterfinals of the ITF Futures tournament in Istanbul, valued at 10 000 Dollars. Šetkić, who is the first holder of the tournament in the second round defeated Stephen Kaldawij (Australia) with  6:2, 6:0. (Source: Fena)center_img In the match for qualifications in the semifinals,  Šetkić will play with the winner of the match played between Benjamin Lock (Zim) – Francis Raspudić (Hun).last_img

Why I Won’t Call You a Loser

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You are not defined by your current state. No matter where you are right now, no matter how poorly you are doing at this moment, it is not final. It is not a life sentence. Your past does not determine your future.You are not, nor can you ever be, a loser. Losing, like failure, is an event. It is something that you do, and because this is true, it is something that you can stop doing. Thankfully, it is not something that you are. You can fail before you learn to succeed. You can lose before you learn to win. You can make poor choices before you make better choices.If what you are doing is not creating the success that you want or need, then you are simply making poor or unhealthy choices. This does not make you a loser; it makes you a person who is not making good choices. Making poor choices is not a permanent state. It isn’t even a permanent trait, even if you have managed to persist at making poor choices for most of your life.Right now, you can make different choices. Healthier choices are available to you. Those healthier choices are available to you, and to everyone else who has made poor choices, discovered that those choices made their lives infinitely more difficult, and decided to step onto a different path, one that may not reveal itself very easily, and one that will not be easy.You can choose to eliminate negative belief systems that no longer serve you or that move you further from who you want to be. At any time, you can choose to make better decisions and take the actions that you have avoided up to this point. You can determine that the trajectory of your life needs to dramatically change, and you can take the first step towards your different future. You will not be the first person to have successfully done so.Right now, there are a good number of people who write and speak about success who describe people with certain beliefs and behaviors as losers. This is unfair. It is said with a conviction and that intimates a finality, and that makes it false.Today is day one. Who will you be?last_img read more

LOOK: James Harden flaunts ripped physique ahead of new season

first_imgAside from his deadly shooting stroke, Houston Rockets superstar James Harden is perhaps best known for his deceptive strength, often bullying his way to the paint and almost getting to the free throw line at will.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDespite already leading the NBA in total attempted and made free throws last season, the crafty left-hander continues to work on this aspect of his game, as he showed off his impressive gains inside the weight room.ADVERTISEMENT “Stay the course,” Harden captioned the post, which has received a lot of commendations from netizens.Yahoo Sports notes that the 27-year-old five-time All-Star gained about 15 pounds of muscle on his frame, to ease his transition back to the wings now that play-making savant Chris Paul has joined the team.Although it’s too soon to say, Harden’s bulkier build may further improve his spectacular durability, having only missed two games during the past three seasons.  /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES The 2017 NBA MVP runner-up posted a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram, highlighting a noticeably more chiseled physique during a workout session in Guangzhou, China. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:28Hurricane Dorian lashes South Carolina, Great Abaco Island00:59Pompeo rips into China, urges ASEAN to trust in US02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Baguio to NLEX in three-team shakeup View commentslast_img read more

In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

Holy Anger Preacher lambasts Government on Jobs Health

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2015 – Perhaps it can be categorized as a ‘holy anger’ but at the Opening of the House of Assembly yesterday, New Beginnings Harvest Ministry leader Apostle Ruth Ariza prayed and offered a word of encouragement to the members in parliament. But that is not all she did, fiery Apostle Ruth challenged the PNP Administration on its promises laid out in their election time manifesto and charged that the people of the country are not being inspired by their leadership. Apostle Ruth Ariza: “When I look in this child’s face, this child has already been on a scholarship and here it is, have, my God the credentials to be fulfilled as a countrymen and yet still up to this day, there is not a position in government to fulfill what she has already been educated for. So my question today is that passion! To me, I’m not even in government and when I step up, passion fills my heart because she is not supposed to be behind a ticket counter; that’s not what she went to university for. This young lady is supposed to be in the hospital somewhere, fulfilling what she was educated for.”Pastor Ruth, had a direct message for the leader of the country and of the Progressive National Party. Apostle Ruth Ariza: “We need to revisit these things Hon Premier, we need to get it right; 2015 we really need to get some things right. So as Esther, I encourage us today, let us revisit our passion and our purpose.” TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:holy anger, new beginning harvest ministry, pnp, ruth ariza Recommended for youlast_img read more

SDPD Officers raid unlicensed marijuana dispensary

first_imgSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — At around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, San Diego Police Department officers conducted a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary nestled between a liquor store and a smoke shop.The front of the business has no signage and customers entered through the back parking lot door.At least one male was detained by police. Several protesters showed up and were trying to inform whoever might be getting detained to not speak to police.Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. February 9, 2018 John Soderman, SDPD Officers raid unlicensed marijuana dispensary Updated: 3:56 PMcenter_img Posted: February 9, 2018 John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Marijuana FacebookTwitterlast_img read more