Council blueprint for homegrown talent

first_img Previous Article Next Article Through its Undergraduate Planning Placement scheme, thecouncil entices undergraduate students who are going into their final year ofstudy to choose council work placements over more traditional summer jobs. Portfolio holder for resources, Chris Oxley, said theplacements were preferable to ‘peripheral’ jobs, which students take to makeends meet, and that the scheme would persuade them of the benefits of furtheremployment in local government. “You have to remember life can be pretty difficult forstudents. They are short of money and they worry about getting a job after theyqualify.” Oxley said the scheme also gave a huge boost to the planningdepartment, as the ‘mountains of work’ were decreasing and bosses wereperceived as acting on staff concerns. Students spend three months in the council’s planningdepartment and earn £230 a week helping planners on site and in the preparationof reports about potential building development. Council blueprint for homegrown talentOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Todaycenter_img The scheme has proved a success, with two students on summerplacement opting to stay until February, before taking up full-time planningtraining. St Albans City and District Council HR has adopted a ‘growyour own’ policy to help meet skills shortages in the highly-skilled area ofplanning. “Councils don’t sell their fringe benefits well enoughwhen it comes to recruitment,” he said. “If we get students onto thescheme, they can see all the extras.” Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Group works to foster inclusive environment

first_imgAfter holding a diversity discussion two weeks ago, three experts on campus diversity, Emerald Woodberry, Dr. David Moss and Iris Outlaw, addressed Student Senate during Wednesday’s meeting. Woodberry, academic and university affairs commissioner for the Black Student Association, began the conversation by updating the group on what her organization has been working on. “We have spent our time trying to gather information from constituents of Call to Action, especially things that happened over the summer that we weren’t aware of,” Woodberry said.  “We have focused on putting committees together since a lot of Call to Action students from last year graduated. We’re actually still recruiting by contacting the multicultural commissioners from each dorm.” She also spoke about her work with Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) to enact initiatives conceived of during last spring’s Call to Action Town Hall. “NDSP went through an increase in cultural competency training,” Woodberry said.  “We made a pamphlet with information on reporting and tried to write it in a fair tone rather than one of authorities looking down on the students. Also, for increased accountability of officers they will start carrying business cards so students will know and be able to contact who they interacted with.” Moss, from the Office of Student Affairs, described his office’s current project – a one-stop website for reporting any type of issue. “Call to Action had a great deal of confusion on how to report, to whom, where to go … this way we’ll have one website called reportit.nd.edu to report different instances of issues that don’t fit into the Notre Dame environment,” Moss said.    He is also currently inspecting campus websites, working on amending course syllabi and continuing to encourage student involvement. “We commissioned an internal and external audit of Notre Dame websites, basically to see whether or not they are welcoming and inclusive,” Moss said.  “We are also working very hard to include on every course syllabus a phrase about valuing an inclusive environment.”nLater in the meeting, Student body vice president Katie Rose transitioned to a discussion about students’ opinions of the Career Center. “Our major concern is that for a lot of students the Career Center seems only for business jobs, so if you’re not interested in strictly business or graduate school you’re kind of lost on where to go,” Rose said. “We want to centralize all opportunities on campus because a lot of the students that fall into the gap I just mentioned are going to other institutions on campus. We would like better communication and referrals between all these places.” Chief of staff Katie Baker said the amount of resources available for students applying to graduate school is also very limited. Keenan Hall senator John Vernon works for the academic affairs committee and voiced other student concerns. “The days surrounding the career fair, students were really upset about Go Irish and the Career Center. They felt that it wasn’t helpful or that they didn’t know how to use it,” Vernon said. “There was also feedback from students in the College of Science that the Career Center is not really for them, that, like Katie said, it’s more geared towards business students.” McGlinn Hall senator Ali Wellmanmsaid girls in her dorm have an overall positive view of the Career Center. “The McGlinn girls really love the Career Center because of the mock interviews, especially the College of Science girls,” Wellman said. “However they said it was irksome to call in and make an appointment. Maybe they could make it online like the Writing Center and just have us fill out a timeslot. That would be really convenient.” Monica Daegele, Farley Hall senator, provided perspective from the College of Engineering. “There is a whole engineering career fair of its owe,” Daegele said. “However, it comes right at the beginning of the year, so a lot of students hastily put together resumes and didn’t really know what they were getting into.” Class of 2014 president Lizzie Helpling concluded the conversation on a positive note. “Speaking as someone who very recently decided on a major, the Career Center was an invaluable resource,” Helpling said. “I think they are a completely untapped resource for many people. They have job shadows for every single job available. I think what people don’t realize is what they could find out if they just went and talked to somebody there, you just have to go find them.”last_img read more

How you can increase website conversions with repetition

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » According to consumer behavior studies, the average consumer needs to see an ad at least three times to remember the product or brand. When a consumer first reads your message, they might just skim over it. The second time they might pay a bit more attention. It’s only by the third time that it actually starts to stick.So the idea that you should have only one call to action (CTA) per page on your credit union website is a costly myth. Your CTA should be used liberally to maximize its impact. After all, the more CTAs present, the more chances a user has to convert.A test on GoodUI found an 84% increase in conversions simply by adding more calls to action to the page.The control page only had CTAs at the top of the page and converted at just 7%. The variation page added repeated CTAs to the bottom of the page and converted at 12.8%.last_img read more

World’s Largest LNG Bunker Supply Vessel Heads for the Baltic Sea

first_imgThe world’s largest LNG bunker supply vessel Kairos departed from the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in Ulsan, South Korea, on October 17, heading for the ship’s primary area of operation in Northwest Europe. The ship, with an LNG capacity of 7,500 m³ is the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessel, and it is expected to be ready for operations before the end of 2018. “The arrival of the Kairos in the Baltic Sea will set a milestone for LNG as a ship fuel. From then on, supply of LNG as a marine fuel in the Baltic Sea is secured on a large-scale basis. This is a great step for sustainable and responsible shipping with a large impact on air and water quality,” Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor, which holds 90 percent of the joint venture that charters the vessel, said.Mindaugas Jusius, CEO of Klaipėdos nafta (KN), which holds the remaining 10 percent of the joint venture, pointed out that the new ship will ensure an efficient LNG reloading station service in the Port of Klaipėda, Lithuania, and offer a full LNG logistics chain in the Baltic Sea Region to its customers.“The main advantage and ambition of the new vessel is to ensure more competitive pricing for the LNG reloading station users. It will not only reduce the cost of the LNG supply chain, but will also ensure the smooth and reliable service to distribution station users in Klaipėda,” Jusius added.The construction of the vessel started in 2016 when the joint venture signed a time-charter agreement with ship owner Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE). The vessel has several other unique features, including the ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapour return gas from vessels being bunkered.last_img read more

Regal SCC, Regal Sports on board Prime Minister’s T20 cup

first_imgWITH action in the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (GSCL INC)-organised Inaugural Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup set to bowl off on Friday at various venues in Georgetown, softball pioneer, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre and Regal Sports have thrown their support behind the three-day tournament.The sponsorship was confirmed on Saturday last when Bibi Samaroo presented a cheque to GSCL Inc secretary, Telesha Ousman, at the business entity located at 69 Seaforth Street, Campbellville.Samaroo in brief remarks said the company is always willing to support the development of softball cricket.On the other hand, Ousman indicated that the sponsorship will provide some form of assistance towards the three-day event.The tournament will be played in two categories: the Masters and All Stars.Everest Cricket Ground will host the finals on October 29, when $600 000 will be up for grabs in the Open category, while the Masters will vie for the winners’ purse of $500 000. Both categories will have a runners-up prize of $100 000 as well as trophies.The tournament, which is being played in collaboration with the National Sports Commission, will feature the Open and Masters Categories with teams from New York, Florida and Canada, as well as the three counties of Guyana.Lighted bails will be used in the competition and added entertainment will be provided by the Crossover band and cheerleaders during the finals.last_img read more

Minimum five-match ban for racism, FA announce

first_imgRacist or discriminatory abuse by players will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season, the Football Association has announced.The sanction will the “entry level” punishment for the “least serious” discriminatory offences with longer bans for higher level offences.Those found guilty of offences will also have to attend educational programmes.FA chairman David Bernstein said: “Importantly, today’s agreement encompasses all elements of discrimination, not just racial abuse.”last_img

Sumner County area received anywhere from 1.9 to 3.7 inches of rain overnight

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 220 weeks ago Sure looks like Woods Park to me?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Zak · 220 weeks ago That pic is from the park not oxford. Report Reply 0 replies · active 220 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Water in Wellington at Woods Park. (Photo by Samson Ledesma).Sumner Newscow report — Samson Ledesma of Wellington took these pictures with his drone at Woods Park in Wellington Thursday.“Water was everywhere,” Ledesma said.According to our Wellington rain source, the town received 1.9 inches of rain during the nightfall hours. This week alone so far there has been 3.7 inches. For the year, we have had 23.5 inches. According to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, the Belle Plaine-Mulvane area received anywhere from 2.85 to 3.o5 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more