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ASTD 2011 Conference and Exposition Video

February 28, 2011 14:02 by Wei Wang

Join us when we use learning to lead! Check out this short video for the highlights of the ASTD 2011 Conference and Exposition and warm welcome from ASTD team!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdK-cq4u8Jc


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Ireland: Survey reveals workplace productivity can create 90,000 jobs

February 25, 2011 13:25 by jllorens

(From irishexaminer.com) A new study has shown that almost 90,000 new jobs could be created in a year, through improvements in workplace productivity and innovation.

Research by the Great Place to Work Institute revealed that some businesses in Ireland actually increased their workforce last year.

The Institute surveyed more than 34,000 employees in 120 business organisations and have found which companies have the best workplaces in Ireland.

Microsoft comes out on top as the best large workplace, while Euro Car Parks has been named the best SME workplace.

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Skills and productivity of Thai workers should be improved

December 13, 2010 19:00 by jllorens

(From Thailand Business News) Kasikorn Research Centre KRC advises in a new report that the Thai government should further develop the skills of the country’s workers and their productivity so that Thai products can compete more effectively in the global market.

The KRC recommendations were made after the National Wage Committee decision Thursday to increase the daily minimum wage by Bt8-17 countrywide effective Jan 1.It said the increase is slightly higher than the inflation rate and is considered “positive news” to workers throughout the country.

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South Africa: Locals are 'workaholics'

October 20, 2010 20:34 by jllorens

(From iAfrica.com) A survey conducted in five countries shows that South African professionals in a typical workday spend most hours at their job.

The 2010 LexisNexis International Workplace Productivity Survey released on Wednesday found that South African professionals spent on average 9.5 hours of their day in the office.

Their counterparts in the United States spent 8.8 hours at their job while in the United Kingdom professionals were in the office for 8.2 hours.

In China and Australia 8.1 hours and 8.6 hours of time spent in the office were recorded respectively.

The study was fielded from June 2010 to July 2010 in South Africa among 300 professionals, the knowledge and information provider said.

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Ghana's Danquah Institute Exec: Youth Need Education, Skills And Jobs, Not A National Youth Policy

October 4, 2010 12:47 by jllorens

(From GhanaWeb.com) The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, has criticized what he calls “a hopeless national obsession with a Youth Policy, which hitherto its absence for a long time served as a topic of agitation for youth groups and a convenient excuse for how we have failed in preparing the vast majority of Ghanaian youths for the future.”

According to him, “Sadly, Ghana remains hooked on form and not substance. Yet, everything a society does is about the youth. Even pension schemes are set up to provide for the youth in their old age. We should just stop wasting time and get on with the real task of building a society of opportunities, which means recognizing that the foundation of our nation is the education of its youth.”

Also, Mr Otchere-Darko expressed anxiety with the decision of Government to reduce the Senior High School back to three years instead of four years.

“The average kid may spend more than half of her waking hours up until the age of 18 outside of school. What they do with that time may have a far critical impact on what becomes of them in the future than the shorter period that they spend in school. It can be a very, very expensive leisure time for both parents and society,” he warned.

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For the love of profits: Australia's skills shortage

July 28, 2010 17:05 by jllorens

(From ABC.net.au) Wouldn't it be great if rising demand on the health system led to an automatic increase in the health budget? Wouldn't it be great if an increase in demand for peak-hour trains led directly to governments providing more of them? Wouldn't it be great if governments responded to citizens need for services in the same way they respond to employers demands for more immigration.

Australia has, we are told, a skills shortage. Presumably developing countries have much better education systems than ours as they, it seems, have a skills surplus. Does it seem a little bit weird that so many people from the rest of the world want to come to Australia for an education but, at the same time, so many Australian employers would prefer to employ people with skills obtained overseas?

Does it seem strange that developing countries are better able to train doctors than a country like Australia? This does not mean that doctors from other countries should not be free to come to Australia if they wish to, but the idea that we have a shortage of doctors and other countries have a surplus is just absurd. The reality is that Australian governments have decided it is cheaper to let other countries invest in training and for us to poach them.

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Japan Training Program Is Said to Exploit Workers

July 21, 2010 14:04 by jllorens

(From NYTimes.com) HIROSHIMA, Japan — Six young Chinese women arrived in this historic city three summers ago, among the tens of thousands of apprentices brought to Japan each year on the promise of job training, good pay and a chance at a better life back home.

Instead, the women say, they were subjected to 16-hour workdays assembling cellphones at below the minimum wage, with little training of any sort, all under the auspices of a government-approved “foreign trainee” program that critics call industrial Japan’s dirty secret.

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Canada: Gov't Invests in Skills Development and Workplace Safety

June 28, 2010 18:11 by jllorens

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2010) - Canadian manufacturing workers and businesses will benefit from a Government of Canada investment in a literacy and essential skills development project. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour, together with Mr. Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Erindale, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government believes that working with partners to improve literacy and essential skills is a great way to help Canadians build better futures," said Minister Raitt. "By identifying best practices and creating tools to help businesses incorporate these critical skills in their training programs, this project will ultimately help workers get the skills upgrading they need to stay safe and productive on the job."

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Advanced Rate Deadline Extended

April 1, 2010 13:34 by lforgacs

The Advanced Rate Deadline for the ASTD 2010 International Conference & Exposition has been extended to April 5! http://www.astdconference.org/


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ASTD 2010 to Feature Paperless Session Handouts

March 25, 2010 10:29 by aallen

Starting with the upcoming International Conference on May 16, ASTD will discontinue the use of printed handouts for conference sessions and will provide handouts only as a password-protected download from a dedicated web page at www.astd.org/paperless. Preconference Workshops will continue to have printed handouts.
 
ASTD introduced this new policy at our TechKnowledge Conference in January 2010 and, based on its success with both speakers and attendees, we’re continuing this with ASTD 2010. Many industry-leading and socially responsible organizations that have adopted similar policies for their conferences have found this change to be very positive, in terms of reducing waste and as a service to society.

We look forward to workingwith you on this important new initiative!


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