Government has announced new funding arrangements for apprenticeships in connection with the introduction of the Training Levy in 2017. Many of the courses currently used by the motor industry to fill around 13,000 apprentice vacancies every year are now subject to cuts of up to 50% in Government funding. This sparks real fears that retail motor sector will suffer a trainee drought from next year, worsening an already critical skills shortage across the country.
Shining a spotlight on YoCo (Young Contractors ) around the UK, Parasol announced IT professional Lauren Farmer as the winner of its inaugural Young Contractor of the Year Awards on Wednesday 18th August. The award comes as GSCE results being released today, many students will be looking at apprenticeships as a way to enter their chosen career. Elaine Rowlands, head of HR at PCMS - a lead retail technology provider to Waitrose, M&S and John Lewis - is also calling for apprenticeships to receive more funding and support as a credible alternative to university.
Spectromax Solutions Ltd, IT project and software development specialist, involved in the set-up of a new IT system for EU farming subsidies in Scotland, has announced its membership of ScotlandIS which represents digital businesses in Scotland across IT, telecommunications and related sectors. As part of its membership, Spectromax will participate in ScotlandIS events and initiatives designed to develop and raise the profile of Scotland’s thriving digital technologies industry, which has become essential to the growth of the country’s economy.
Katharine Blodgett Gebbie, a visionary physicist and senior government research administrator who supervised and mentored four Nobel laureates in physics, died August 17, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. She was 84.
Scottish cloud and data centre, brightsolid, has received Preferred Partner certification in Dell’s PartnerDirect program, meeting the necessary technical and sales training requirements. As a Dell Preferred Partner with certifications in Cloud Services & Solutions, brightsolid has always maintained a close working relationship with Dell and excels in hardware, software and services knowledge that help eliminate IT complexity for customers and help create greater efficiencies.
Scottish informatics company Aridhia will be among a cohort of research organisations undertaking the world’s most in-depth study to better detect Alzheimer’s Dementia, aiming to identify early signs of the disease and improve our understanding of its progression.
The wide range of robotic work currently being undertaken makes it hard to keep up with developments that range from a smart mobile outdoor robotic trash bin to motivate students in cleanliness campaigns, to ensuring an assistive robot partner is both expressive and communicative so being likely to make it more satisfying to work with and leading users to trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes!
The Minister for International Development has chaired a meeting with a range of key stakeholders to highlight a commitment to the introduction of a post-study work visa and called on UK Government to include Scottish Universities in the student visa pilot programme.
From the June uproar over Scottish pupils sitting a computing science paper "riddled with errors" and including an unanswerable question, to the news now that numbers of Scotland's computing has dropped by 25 per cent in the past decade, raising fears that many specialists are moving south. Figures put active computer science teachers in Scotland at 598. In 2005 that figure was 802. Some 17 local authorities schools have schools with no computing teachers, while two thirds of Highland schools have no specialists.
A new study by Loughborough University has examined – for the first time – how receptionists interact with surgery patients over the telephone and has revealed how patients have to ‘push’ for effective service.
Global Justice claims to have found examples of rich landowners across Scotland involved in unregulated fracking, land grabs, privatisation of national parks in Africa, large scale trade union busting and job cuts in Mexico and Brazil, abuse of workers’ rights in the UK, and human rights abuses around the world.
The Design Council has boasted that together with its partner Arthritis Research UK it will be funding unique products and their creators to take creative ideas to market. But it looks as if the Design Council is now also badly needed to rescue Olympic “park” displacement of creatives.
Next month, having scoured hundreds of entries to its leading product innovation fund and accelerator programme, the Design Council will showcase more than a dozen of its Spark programme’s pioneering products on 20 September.
In early August, "The Herald" reported that the Brexit vote has hit Scotland's labour market, with the steepest drop in permanent job placements since 2009, according to a survey covering July. Now the recruitment consultancies, feeling the revenue pinch are teaming up.
Gaberlunzie is impressed by how some 900 South Korea protesters seeing THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defence) installed are against it and being angry at their government's deployment of it have taken have taken part in a protest, namely mass head shaving.
Kimera Systems have launched Nigel – claimed the world’s first commercial human-like intelligence technology for connected devices. Nigel was delivered at a birthday party held in downtown Portland by its creator, Kimera co-founder and CEO Mounir Shita. The Nigel AGI (Artificial General Intelligence technology began learning immediately in the same way humans do: by observing the behaviour of people with Nigel-enabled devices.
My1Login, a major European Identity and Access Management approach, has announced £1.3 million of new investment helping it to further penetrate the European enterprise sector with its range of methods to combat data breaches and cyber crime. This round of funding follows on from £680k raised in 2013.
A University of Dundee Masters student has stepped back through the mists of time to recreate the face of one of the most notorious figures from Scotland’s history, solving an ancient mystery in the process. Emma Price (23) has recreated the face of Henry Stuart, better known as Lord Darnley, as part of her MSc Forensic Art & Facial Identification course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University. Her work will be one of the exhibits at this year’s Masters Show, which opens at Duncan of Jordanstone this weekend.
Gaberlunzie reckons It’s not like it's easy to miss, but just-in-case check out GradHub Scotland, set up as a ScotlandIS initiative that joins up graduates looking for jobs and companies looking for graduates, an interesting hot spot to keep your eye on. At the same time as robotics and big data will continue to coexist and cross-fertilise each other, robotics are moving down on the farm
Plans to turn the historic old Royal High School into a new home for Scotland’s only independent music school have been recommended for approval. Officials said bringing the A-listed former Royal High School in Edinburgh back into “long-term, sustainable future use” would be a “significant conservation gain” – praising the sensitive approach by architects. But there's a contract fly in the ointment.
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