May 12

HR fears more red tape from council NTO plan

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Council HR professionals havecriticised the Local Government NTO’s new plan for developing the skills ofpublic sector employees, claiming that it has been released too late andrepresents more red tape.The plan, calledDeveloping a High Performance Culture, has four key recommendations for HRteams and 27 targets. Its aim is to improve the recruitment, retention anddevelopment of employees to lower council skill shortages. The four keyrecommendations include councils obtaining Investors in People status, adoptingNational Occupational Standards to develop employees’ skills, instigatingregularly reviewed individual development plans and enabling staff to obtainvocational qualifications.Many local governmentHR professionals argue that the key recommendations have been released toolate, with many already being in use.Dilys Wynn, head of HRat Worcestershire County Council, said, “It seems to be shutting thestable door after the horse has already bolted.”Others claim with BestValue and this month’s implementation of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act,the plan’s targets simply represent more red tape.Janvier Hyde, HRmanager at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, said, “We have targetscoming out of our ears and do not need any more. LGNTO has missed the boat withthe targets as councils are already using these measures.”Local governmentHRgroup Socpo, however, supports the plan. President Keith Handley said,”To combat the growing recruitment and retention difficulties we need tooffer staff more personal development. Reducing training budgets has often beenthe easy option for authorities facing cutbacks. The recommendations mean wewon’t just be paying lip service.”LGNTO’s chairman JohnStocks thinks the plan will tackle skills shortages. He said, “To create ahigh-performance culture we need to attract and keep people with ability andenthusiasm.”By Paul Nelson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR fears more red tape from council NTO planOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

April 20

Second outlet for Good & Proper Tea

first_imgGood & Proper Tea is to open a second outlet in Clerkenwell, London.The specialist tea and crumpet business had planned to unveil a second outlet in Soho this spring, but were unable to find a site, British Baker has learnt.Cakes including madeleines and lemon drizzle will be on the menu, alongside a bespoke sweet and savoury crumpet selection when the Leather Lane destination officially launches this week (7 April).Gluten-free brownies and a date & pecan loaf will also be served up alongside a selection of teas.The company opened its first dedicated teahouse in Shoreditch, east London last December, after securing £184,990 from 95 backers following a crowdfunding campaign.Prior to that, founder Emilie Holmes operated out of a 1974 Citroen-H van into a mobile brew bar.Good cup of teaHolmes said: “I’m not a coffee drinker, I’m a tea drinker, and although I can appreciate a good cup of coffee, I want a cup of tea on the way to work.”“London’s coffee culture is really exciting – there are amazing baristas out there all geared up to prepare your perfect cup of coffee, but I couldn’t understand why tea had missed a trick… Pastries, for example, are delicious, but go best with a coffee, whereas everyone knows the perfect match for a crumpet is a cup of tea.”last_img read more

September 20

Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade join Bournemouth

first_img They also terminated the contract of goalkeeper Lee Camp, who thereafter joined Championship Rotherham. The arrival of Murray, for an undisclosed fee from Crystal Palace, ended manager Eddie Howe’s long-term pursuit of a proven Premier League goalscorer and is likely to be their most important of the summer. Bournemouth have impressed in possession but without scoring the goals required to secure more than four points from their opening four Premier League fixtures. Press Association “It feels great to finally be here,” Murray told Bouremouth’s official club website. “I’ve come across the club a lot in my career and it’s been great to see it progress. “The way the boys play football is very exciting. It’s front-footed and it will be nice to try and get some goals from it.” Left-back Bennett, who is to remain at the Vitality Stadium until January in a loan move from parent club Aston Villa, where he has also signed a one-year contract extension, will add more depth to a squad with limited Premier League experience and without the injured Tyrone Mings. “I’m really excited about the prospect of playing for AFC Bournemouth and hopefully helping them perform well this season in the Premier League,” Bennett said. “They’ve already made a positive start to the new season and, like everyone else, I’ve been really impressed with the fantastic job Eddie Howe has performed. They have a really good side. “The move happened really quickly. I trained this morning and then things started to develop. “It’s a good opportunity for me to add to the Premier League experience I’ve already amassed from my time at Aston Villa.” Andrade will remain on loan from Argentina’s River Plate until the end of the season, but will immediately join Bournemouth’s Under-21 squad, making first-team football unlikely. center_img Bournemouth concluded a busy final day to the summer transfer window with the signings of Glenn Murray, Joe Bennett and Tomas Andrade.last_img read more