Mashonaland Holdings Limited ( HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgMashonaland Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mashonaland Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mashonaland Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mashonaland Holdings Limited (  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMashonaland Holdings Limited is a property investment and development company in Zimbabwe, providing solutions to the retail, commercial and industrial sector. The Office/Retail division acquires, develops and leases warehouse and factories and the Pure Retail acquires, develops and leases retail outlets; with other divisions involved in acquiring, letting and managing residential and specialised property aswell as undeveloped land. Mashonaland Holdings Limited owns an in-house management division responsible for letting and maintaining privately-owned properties; and a property research and development division which identifies potential property investments and development opportunities. A financial division maintains company accounts according to regulatory accounting standards, invests funds in approved instruments and acquires properties for shareholder investments. Mashonaland Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Diocesan leadership changes in the Dominican Republic

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Posted Nov 6, 2017 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Diocesan leadership changes in the Dominican Republic Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Latin America Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Bishop Elections, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls The Rt. Rev. Julio César Holguín Khoury retired from the Diocese of the Dominican Republic Nov. 1, and the Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota was installed as the next diocesan bishop. Photo: Diocese of the Dominican Republic[Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic] The Rt. Rev. Julio César Holguín Khoury retired Nov. 1, after 26 years as diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Dominican Republic. Retired bishops, active and retired priests, deacons, parishioners from around the country, members of Holguín’s family, members of the board of directors of the Dominican Development Group, and other international visitors celebrated Holguín’s extraordinary ministry at a Holy Eucharist at La Catedral de la Epifanía in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at 3 p.m. Nov 1. A reception followed the service in the adjacent parish hall.The Rt. Rev. William J. Skilton, assistant bishop of the Dominican Republic (retired), preached the sermon giving tribute to Holguín’s remarkable accomplishments and spiritual leadership and remembering several amusing incidents during their many years of work together. Holguín, Skilton and the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac celebrated the Eucharist at the altar decorated with arrangements of white roses, gladioli and daisies.Dominican diocesan leadership changes hands, and both leaders are celebrated for their service. Photo: Diocese of the Dominican RepublicThe Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota was installed as the diocesan bishop at a ceremony in La Catedral de la Epifanía at 10 a.m. Nov. 4. Quezada was elected during a special convention of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic July 25, 2015, and consecrated on Feb. 13, 2016. He has served as bishop coadjutor since that date. At the installation ceremony, the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Los Angeles, was the celebrant of the installation. The Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, bishop of the Diocese of Honduras, was the preacher. A reception and luncheon on the grounds of the cathedral followed the installation.Quezada is the third Dominican to serve as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic following the Rt. Rev. Telésforo Isaac (1972-1991) and Holguín (1991-2017). Quezada was ordained to the diaconate on August 15, 1982, and to the priesthood on May 22, 1983. He has served in many churches throughout the Dominican Republic since his ordination to the priesthood and has represented the diocese in meetings of Province IX of The Episcopal Church. Quezada is married to Mary Jeannette Pringle Quezada, and they have two adult children and a grandchild. Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

Clicks that make you feel good

Howard Lake | 29 December 1999 | News US technology news service ZDNet is encouraging readers to give to charity via the Internet. Editorial Director Jesse Birst has written an editorial which features how to find a charity online, how to donate computers to a charity, how to shop and give online, and how to give creatively. The feature is entirely US-focused, but demonstrates that there are a wide range of methods of giving online. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Clicks that make you feel good read more

Journalist murdered in troubled southwestern province

first_img News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder to go further Help by sharing this information October 1, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist murdered in troubled southwestern province Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Follow the news on Pakistan April 21, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific January 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders appeals again to the Pakistani authorities to protect journalists after Abdul Haq Baluch, a reporter for ARY News TV and two newspapers, the Daily Awan and Tawar, was gunned down on 29 September in Khuzdar, in the southwestern province of Balochistan.Offering its heartfelt condolences to Baluch’s family, friends and colleagues, Reporters Without Borders said: “We call for an investigation to shed light on the motives of this murder and to ensure that those responsible do not go unpunished. The possibility that it was linked to the victim’s work must be considered.” The press freedom organization added: “The Pakistani authorities must guarantee security throughout the country and in Balochistan in particular, so that journalists can work without putting their lives in danger.”Baluch was shot by two unidentified gunmen as he was going to the Khuzdar Press Club and died soon afterwards from the injuries he sustained in the attack.“Abdul Haq Baluch is another victim of overall situation prevailing in Balochistan,” former Khuzdar Press Club president Riaz Mengal told Reporters Without Borders, adding that Baluch had not reported getting any threats.Pakistan is ranked 151st out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Near-blind mum wants safe haven for her children

first_imgNewsLocal NewsNear-blind mum wants safe haven for her childrenBy admin – September 20, 2012 530 Twitter Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp A MOTHER who is going blind due to an incurable eye condition, has pleaded with Limerick City Council to find her a house where she and her two children can feel safe.The 36-year old, who is a lone parent, has the eyesight of a person 77 years of age due to a condition known as Macular Dystrophy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I don’t know the day that I will wake up blind but the doctors say it will come and when it does, I need to be able to feel secure and for my children to feel secure. I can’t do that where I live, I feel too vulnerable,’ she told the Limerick Post. The young woman has been on the housing list for 11 years, and was given a house in Hyde Villas.“The place was over run with rats and they couldn’t get rid of them. I left when I saw one climb into my daughter’s Moses basket,” she told the Limerick Post.Since then, she has been renting privately but the area where she lives is a haunt for gangs and street drinkers. “I was diagnosed with the condition in 2004 and it is getting worse, Anything two feet or more away is a blur. I have to use a special magnifying glass to read numbers on my phone or any print. But I can’t use a cane or get a guide dog because that would mark me out as vulnerable and I live on my own with my children. It’s a rough area and I’m afraid,” she said.Most nights, there are gangs hanging around outside her window and on several occasions, they have come into the driveway of her house and sat drinking on the doorstep. She wants to see her little family settled before darkness descends completely.“My daughter is going to the project school and my son is in Pallaskenry in secondary school. The council offered me a house in Ballinacurra  Weston but I don’t think I could cope with living there – I would be at risk because of my eyes”.She is hoping that the city council will house her in Greenfields, Edward Street, Rosbrien or O’Connell Avenue.“I just want somewhere that is quiet and where the children  will be safe and able to get to school,” she told the Limerick Post.A spokesperson for the City Council’s housing department said that while they do not discuss individual cases, they are aware of the lady’s circumstances.center_img Email Previous articleRichard goes undercover in Ballinacurra WestonNext articleLimerick students get living history lesson on Holocaust admin Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Maximum sentences for anyone assaults Gardai – FF Deputy Calleary

first_imgNews Twitter Maximum sentences for anyone assaults Gardai – FF Deputy Calleary Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest By News Highland – October 5, 2012 Previous articleWest Tyrone MLA describes Strabane Districts Chairs comments as offensiveNext articleCounty Board rejects speculation linking Jim McGuinness with Liverpool job News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Maximum sentences for anyone who assaults members of the Gardai – that’s what Fianna Fáil is calling on the government to introduce.They want individuals found guilty of assaulting gardaí, A-and-E staff and members of the fire staff to be jailed for five years.Dara Calleary is Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Enterprise, highlighted the death of Garda Robbie McCallion, who was killed while on duty in Letterkenny in April 2009And he says legislation would send out a message that this kind of behavior is unacceptable…[podcast][/podcast] Google+center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Facebook Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today last_img read more

ACCESS donates $14,000 to PCHS

first_img ACCESS donates $14,000 to PCHS Published 11:00 pm Thursday, August 16, 2012 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Latest Stories The ACCESS program donated $14,000 to Pike County High School for sharing Lydia Ellis with the ACCESS program. Ellis teaches VIC courses for ACCESS at PCHS. The check was presented to Willie Wright, school principal, on Thursday. From left, Casey Mack, ACCESS learning management system administrator, Wright, Ellis and Kay Sanders, ACCESS associate director of academics.The Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide program presented a check in the amount of $14,000 to Pike County High School on Thursday.The funds compensate PCHS for the sharing of Lydia Ellis, Spanish teacher, with the ACCESS program for the benefit of the children of Alabama. Ellis teaches the Video Conferencing Interactive courses for ACCESS at PCHS.Willie Wright, school principal, accepted the check on behalf of Ellis and PCHS and expressed appreciation to the representatives of the ACCESS program and pledged his school’s continued support of the program. You Might Like Cattlemen’s championship rodeo features top announcer Jim Poole, from Durant, Okla., grew up in a cowboy family and is now a highly sought after rodeo announcer… read more Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “Schools from around the state that are also outfitted with this technology can tune in to that teacher as he or she teaches a lesson,” Sanders said. “The experience is not unlike listening to a teacher face-to-face, except the teacher is appearing live via the television screen.”Students sitting in their own high-tech classrooms can interact with the VIC teacher, just as they would in a conventional classroom setting, Sanders said.At PCHS, Ellis teaches her regular classroom students and also teaches students from another school via VIC technology.The Troy University ACCESS Support System serves about 20,000 high school students across 27 Alabama counties from Montgomery south to Mobile. By Jaine Treadwell Sanders said ACCESS opens up the possibility for students in rural schools to take specialized and/or advanced courses that otherwise would be off-limits to them.“ACCESS strives to hire the best and the brightest educators in their respective subject areas,” she said. “The program mandates that prospective teachers be highly qualified as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.”Even then, teachers hired to teach for ACCESS attend mandatory three-day training sessions to ensure they are properly trained to teach online courses.The highest demand for ACCESS courses continues to be in the area of foreign languages. ACCESS offers six foreign language courses to the children of Alabama – Spanish, French, German, Latin, Mandarin Chinese and Korean. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Kay Sanders, associate director of academics for the ACCESS program, said the school could use the funds for any need.“We don’t tell the school how to use the money,” Sanders said. “It may be used for maintenance of the VIC equipment, to pay facilitators or for whatever purpose the school system prefers.”The VCI courses are taught by a teacher standing in a classroom specially equipped with a camera, television screen, sound equipment and an interactive “smart board,” along with various other technologies. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

HOME TO ROOST: Godwin moves iconic ‘giant rooster’ in effort to preserve brother’s art

first_imgThe 16-foot rooster made from chrome car bumpers is now at home at the Godwin’s metal fabrication shop in downtown Brundidge. The rooster is the creation of Brundidge artist Larry Godwin. His brother, Ronald, plans to restore the rooster to its crowing days. The Giant Rooster was originally mechanically attached to a 1964 Chevelle and had moving parts that gave it the appearance of strutting down the street as it motored in parades. The rooster advertised Bob’s Feed in Brundidge won top prize in a Peanut Festival Parade in Dothan.For years, maybe 10 or more, a giant rooster made from chrome car bumpers had been a show-stopper at Art Wurks on busy U.S. Highway about three miles south of Brundidge.Motorists from all across the country would brake quickly at the sight of the giant rooster that glistened in the sun. Motorists would turn their cars around or back up and pull off the roadway. Passengers would pile out of their vehicles to have their photographs taken in front of that amazing, funky rooster. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like TRADITION: Adams Glass preps for annual open house Adams Glass Studio on Highway 231 between Troy and Brundidge this weekend. His daughter, Macy, stops by often for a… read more Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Saturday, November 26, 2016 Book Nook to reopen “Larry also fabricated a huge horse, in fact two horses,” Godwin said. “He did a bear, a dog, a catfish and several pigs or hogs. He did a lot of work for other folks. One of the pigs – the one in Dothan – was painted red with an Alabama logo and, at Christmas, it had lights strung all over it. Somebody did the same thing with one of Larry’s pigs he sold to a barbecue house. Those pieces are works of art, Larry’s art and he’s one of the best metal artist anywhere around.”For that reason and because Brundidge is Larry Godwin’s hometown, his brother wanted the giant rooster to come to roost at home.“Larry sculpted the rooster out of chrome car bumpers he got at junkyards,” Godwin said. “Larry was a great sculptor with a mechanical mind. He had the idea for this rooster to strut and turn its head, this way and that way. So, he rigged up a 1964 Chevy Chevelle so, when the car was moving, so would the rooster’s head and feet. You can imagine how heads would turn when this big ol’ 16-foot rooster came strutting down the street.”Godwin said his brother’s rooster won the best of the parade at the National Peanut Festival in Dothan. Skip Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “I believe it was around 1970 but maybe not,” he said. “But I do know that the struttin’ rooster was the hit of the parade.” The giant rooster is not so shiny anymore and it’s been many rusty years since the rooster has done any strutting. It’s now in dry dock at Ronald Godwin’s metal fab shop in Brundidge. It’s loosely connected to the rusty, skeletal frame of the Chevelle that once gave it life.Although some might consider the rusty rooster a piece of junk, Ronald Godwin views it as a creation by a master artist.“It’s going to take a lot of time but I want to get the ol’ rooster back like Larry had it,” Godwin said. “I don’t have his mechanical mind but I can make the rooster look good again—make it shine.  “I want to do this for Larry. He deserves it. And, it’ll give him something to crow about.”X The giant rooster, the work of Brundidge sculptor Larry Godwin, has been featured in publications including “Roadside Wonder of Alabama” and television programs such as “Alabama Art Seen.” The rooster has not quite gone viral on the Internet but a lot people have posted their photos with the rooster and encouraged motorists to route their trips to include the unique photo op.But the giant Rooster is gone – gone home to roost, said Ronald Godwin, brother of the artist. “Since Larry is sick and in a health care facility and Art Wurks is closed, I thought it was time to bring the rooster home,” Godwin said. “This rooster has a lot of history behind him and he’s just one of many giant metal sculptures that Larry did to advertise Bob’s Feed, which was founded by our dad, Robert Godwin. By The Penny Hoarder Email the author By Jaine Treadwell HOME TO ROOST: Godwin moves iconic ‘giant rooster’ in effort to preserve brother’s art Latest Storieslast_img read more

Tentative steps in the right direction

first_imgTentative steps in the right directionOn 31 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Britain’s manufacturing firms seem to be putting the days of redundancies behind them, with a new emphasis on the search for skills. Manufacturing industry is showing some signs of life. True, electronics firm Panasonic has announced 1,300 redundancies in Wales, blaming the move on the strong pound. And, yes, CBI research suggests that manufacturers’ confidence is still very fragile. But recent research from Cranfield University into the recruitment activity of 500 firms suggests that skills shortages, rather than redundancy schemes, now top the agenda of some personnel directors in the sector.The Recruitment Confidence Index, published last week by Cranfield University, TMP Worldwide and the Daily Telegraph, has swung upwards, with demand for products and for staff strengthening. Using an index where values over 100 represent increased recruitment activity, the RCI finds manufacturing recruitment rising from 113 last December to 122.”For the first time since the quarterly index was launched last year manufacturing organisations predict an increase in the number of employees,” said Jos van Ommeren of Cranfield University. “It signals that manufacturing organisations are hiring more to meet the demand for increased product and not simply increasing productivity.”The development has taken many by surprise, when it was assumed that the strength of the pound against the euro was killing off traditional businesses, especially if they relied heavily on exports. According to Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, many manufacturers are learning to live with the high value of the pound. One obvious strategy is to use the purchasing power of sterling to source from overseas. “You would not do that in an ideal world, but sometimes it is not possible to avoid,” said policy executive at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Annette Fitzgerald.AdaptingThe pattern is well established in the car industry. Bruce Warman, personnel director of GM subsidiary Vauxhall, says pressure on margins in the sector remains, but firms are adapting. “It is difficult for the car industry, and for the components makers it is even tougher. Many are opening facilities in non-UK countries, particularly eastern Europe.”Some car makers, including Peugeot and Vauxhall, are doing well, and while the industry has struggled in terms of volume production, the luxury market is booming. Jaguar and Rolls-Royce Bentley, for example, have been busy recruiting this year. Warman reports that Vauxhall is in fierce competition for skilled engineers in the Wirral, Merseyside, where Jaguar has a plant. “Jaguar is now recruiting and bringing in new people,” said Warman. “In the Wirral, we are finding that the job market is tighter for technical people, including engineers. We do not produce enough of them.”This highlights the real dangers posed by the shortage of skills. Next year the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce will adopt skills shortages as the theme of a year-long campaign.Literacy problemsLarge numbers of unemployed people have serious literacy and numeracy problems – the proportion on the Government’s New Deal with serious reading problems is about 40 per cent. This explains why the economy is starting to behave as if there were full employment even though more than one million show up on the register. “Employers do try to bring these people into the jobs market, but they cannot do it all themselves,” said Fitzgerald at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. “Firms are very tightly squeezed and the least they could expect is that someone showing up for interview would have the three Rs.”There is also a massive task in retraining, she added. “For example, there are problems where people have been in certain jobs for years and years. All of a sudden they get made redundant, and trying to transfer their skills is very difficult.”Both the Recruitment Confidence Index and the latest figures from the Engineering Employers’ Federation show pay awards edging upwards to about 3 per cent as the demand for talent hots up. InnovationThe challenges for HR in manufacturing are considerable, but fortunately they overlap. The continuing strength of the currency makes it harder to compete on grounds of cost, forcing companies to innovate. This means investing more in people and in training, which is also the solution to the more immediate problem of skills shortages.Smiths Industries has maintained its graduate training programme through lean times and it is proving priceless now. “You are not going to be able to fight for the talent if you have nothing to offer,” said HR director Anne Minto. “We find with graduates that when we are interviewing them they are doing likewise – interviewing the company. They are much more discerning than even 10 to 15 years ago.”Smiths is also a keen supporter of the Year in Industry initiative, which gives a year’s experience between school and university and overcomes the staid image of manufacturing. “There is nothing more exciting than building flight management controls for an aircraft or producing medical equipment that saves people’s lives,” said Minto. “Unless you allow people through the door, they associate manufacturing with being grubby and grimy.”Complete serviceDavid Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the EEF, said companies are learning to add value by offering a complete service, rather than competing on price alone. “More and more engineering firms are looking not just at providing a product but a broader service including design, sale and follow-up.”This has the added advantage of making the company more attractive to work for. Sussex-based firm Image, for example, transformed itself from a struggling paper manufacturer to a thriving design company after pioneering the technique of printing adverts on the back of travel tickets. It now also has a sideline as an Internet service provider for other companies. A potential world-class company is, set up by Richard Noble, who built the car that broke the land speed record in 1997. His idea is for an airborne taxi scheme that would make use of the thousands of short runways in the world to offer convenient executive travel.There is plenty of inventiveness in Britain’s manufacturers. But a shortage of technical skills could hold it back.Manufacturing – is the recession over?Third quarter 2000 43 per cent of manufacturers expect an increase in employment levels in the next six months54 per cent of manufacturers anticipate increased demand for their main product19 per cent of manufacturers expect annual pay rises of more than 4 per centSource: Recruitment Confidence IndexBy Philip Whiteley Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. This week’s lettersOne set of rules for both sexes Women are better than men at many aspects of management, but do not get thesame opportunities as their male counterparts to demonstrate their skills atwork. This was the finding of a study we completed last year, which also supportsthe article ‘European businesswomen being hindered by gender stereotyping’(Yardstick, 6 August). Female managers particularly outscored their male counterparts onself-awareness. If you believe that more self-aware individuals make moreeffective leaders, it is surprising that women hold only 5 per cent ofdirectorships in the UK’s 200 largest companies. We also find that men are often judged on their potential, whereas women arejudged on their performance. However, even when women outperform men, thebalance tips against them. Figures from the London School of Economics reveal that all women graduates,even those with first-class degrees, are being paid, on average, about 10 perless than male graduates. What both of these studies have shown is that to achieve gender diversity insenior management, organisations may need to review their development processesin order to level the playing field. Research shows that women are often offered one-to-one support throughcoaching or mentoring. However, men are nearly twice as likely to be offeredturnaround or start-up projects which allow them to learn from personalexperience – and demonstrate their abilities. Organisations need to use the same rules for both sexes – then women willdemonstrate their ability and make it to the top. Dr Andrew Hill Managing consultant, OPP Fleeting remark was not very apt I always read your HR coverage with interest and find it helpful, but I wassurprised by the description of ITV Digital as a ‘bastard child’ (Features, 20August). It suggests that children born out of wedlock do not have a structuredenvironment for growth. Perhaps this was a fleeting comment and just not wellthought through. Maybe ‘wayward child’ would have been more apt. As HR professionals and leaders, we have to be very cautious in ourlanguage, as was highlighted by the resignation of Pat Bottrill, chair of thegoverning council of the RCN, for quoting Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Niggers.Your highlighting of this phrase seemed to imply a condoning of an out-datedand prejudiced attitude towards the ‘family’, when HR is campaigning forrespect and fairness to individuals, regardless of their background. Yasmin Shai, MCIPD, DipCouns Education training & development leader, NHS Lancashire Set example for work-life balance I found the extensive article on work-life balance to be verythought-provoking (Features, 6 August). When I wrote my Masters’ dissertation on the subject in 1994, I was dismayedto find research that showed some people chose to work long hours to avoidtheir families, and others who were doing it to make up for inadequacies intheir private lives. While I agree that age is an important determinant in work-life balance, Ihope we are encouraging managers of the future to be well-rounded individualswith a healthy disrespect for presenteeism. One of the ways to do this is tolead by example – this means taking all annual leave and quitting the office ata reasonable time each evening, having done a good day’s work. With that in mind, I am off to the Caribbean at 5 o’clock tonight. Tessa Honey Head of training and development, CMPInformation CSR frauds may cause it to fail All credit to Stephen Overell for highlighting the cynical exploitation ofHR’s latest flavour of the month – corporate social responsibility (Researchviewpoint, 6 August). Is CSR motivated by a desire to be good to people, or is it to merely makemoney? If it is the latter, then CSR will fail because employees and customers willsee it for what it really is. I don’t believe the early Christian benefactors’actions were initiated by the desire to just increase profits or preen onconference platforms. I originally went into HR as a Christian, to genuinely serve people – butthen I’m probably old-fashioned in today’s climate. John Telford St Albans LettersOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more