This month’s training news in briefMerger completed As Training Magazine went to press, shareholders of SkillSoft and SmartForceapproved the merger of the two e-learning companies. SmartForce intends to dobusiness under the operating name of SkillSoft and is expected to pursuelegally changing its official name to SkillSoft in the near future. www.skillsoft.comNVQ for care managers A new NVQ for the managers of adult care services, launched by awarding bodyEdexcel, is expected to form part of the requirements for registrationfollowing the introduction of national registers for residential care managersin 2003. As many as 20,000 managers are expected to seek registration withbodies including the General Social Care Council by 2005. NorthamptonshireCounty Council has already incorporated the NVQ into its workforce developmentprogramme and has 40 managers waiting to sign up for it. www.edexcel.org.ukVodafone rings changes Vodafone has opted for a common approach and consistent message in welcomingnew employees by setting up a monthly induction event. The message throughoutthe day, designed by Jarvis Woodhouse, is about teamwork and Vodafone’sculture. An average 100 new starters attend the event each month fromthroughout the business and those who are unable to attend can use an onlineprogramme. Balvi Macleod, people development consultant at Vodafone, said thecourse is designed to give all new starters the same induction experienceregardless of which function they had joined. www.jarvis-woodhouse.comLexus links up Car manufacturer Lexus and Nottingham Trent University have opened apurpose-built national dealer training centre for Lexus franchises at theUniversity’s Clifton Campus in the city. At its peak the training centre willdeal with more than 10,000 delegates a year. www.lexus.co.ukE-learning via tills Lloyds Pharmacy has introduced a new bespoke e-learning system that can beaccessed from tills during quiet periods at the store. The programme, developedby BYG Systems, offers modules on till operation, back office systems, stockmanagement and personnel administration. Knowledge retention is reinforced bycustomer scenarios, summaries and assessments. www.bygsystems.com Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article In briefOn 3 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.