Related posts:No related photos. UK second worst on age discriminationOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article UK employers are the second worst in Europe when it comes to agediscrimination, according to a Europe-wide poll by recruitment website Monster.The UK was second only to France in terms of the number of employees whofelt that a person’s age was an issue during the recruitment process. The poll found that age discrimination was one of the most prevalent formsof workplace bias. Approximately 67 per cent of the 830 British workersquestioned felt ageism was happening in their workplace. A further 20 per cent believed their firm preferred a certain age profile,while 13 per cent said people of all ages were considered for employment. France was the worst offender, on 71 per cent, followed by the UK and thenthe Netherlands on 66 per cent. According to the Cabinet Office, the cost of ageism is £16bn, despite avoluntary code of practice on age diversity as well as high-profile campaignsfrom groups like the EFA and Age Positive. However, the EU Employment Directive on Equal Treatment has issued a 2006deadline for all member states to implement age discrimination legislation. Comments are closed.
Research carried out by Future First found that 40% of 16 to 19 year olds who attended UK state schools, and 45% of those on Free School Meals, didn’t know anyone in a career they would like to work in.The Back to School campaign, run by educational charity Future First in partnership with The Independent’s ‘i’ newspaper, aims to solve this problem by allowing former students to reconnect with their former schools and act as much-needed role models, supporting the aspirations of young people by offering help and advice.Students from universities up and down the country were asked to sign up for the scheme during this year’s Back to School week, which ran from the 12 – 19October, but between OUSU’s stall at the fresher’s fair, and the postcard sent to staff and parents by the Widening Participation team, Oxford had by far the highest number of sign-ups, a total of 124. As Rachel Pickering, Vice-President for Access and Academic Affairs at OUSU, points out, “This is 88 more than signed up from Oxford in 2012 and accounts for nearly 5% of all national sign ups from 12-19th October! We’ve signed up three times as many people to this excellent scheme than any other student union; an amazing feat which really proves just how engaged our students, staff and alumni are in outreach and access work.”Schools in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Swindon also benefitted from the University’s enthusiasm for the scheme through a donation of 1000 books by Oxford Unversity Press, again facilitated by Widening Participation.Tara Prayag, the University’s Head of Widening Participation, said: ‘Our staff make countless visits to schools throughout the year to encourage students to think about higher education, but there is no substitute for schoolchildren being able to hear directly from students who were in their position only a few years ago.’Flora Sheldon, publicity co-ordinator for the Oxford hub and co-ordinator of Music for the ‘Schools plus’ tutoring programme, was also delighted by the scale of Oxford’s participation in the scheme, saying “It’s great to see so many students, staff and alumni have signed up to Back to School week. There’s often such a strong view that Oxford is stuck in its own exclusive and elitist bubble, but the success of this initiative shows that Oxford is full of motivated people who want to share their experience and knowledge with others.“There are many programmes running in Oxford, Schools Plus being one of them, which are trying to break down these stereotypes and reach school children to raise aspirations and expectations. I congratulate those involved with Back to School week and hope that people continue to volunteer their time and effort to this worthwhile project.”Matthew Gompels, Keble Academic Affairs and Access officer, and President of student-run outreach programme ‘Keble at Large’, commented “It’s great to see Back to School Week getting such comprehensive endorsement from Oxford students, especially as it is only one of a number of schemes designed to put students at the heart of Outreach work.“With all the bad press that seems to stick to the University and it’s students, events like this along with school visits, tours and UCAS advice, are a good reminder that Oxford students are passionate about Outreach and Access.” read more
The governments of the UK and Argentina will lead on the exercise to test G20 world leaders on how they would tackle the spread of an infection that is resistant to antibiotics.The crisis simulation will put ministers in a fictional scenario where an E. Coli outbreak that is resistant to antibiotics spreads across borders, putting public health, livestock, trade and travel at risk. The exercise takes place today (Thursday 4 October) at the G20 Health Ministerial Meeting in Mar del Plata Argentina.The simulation will test leaders’ and countries’ ability to act quickly if antibiotic resistant bugs cross borders and lead to a pandemic affecting global public health, placing pressure on health systems and the economies of the fictional countries involved. It will be led by Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies and Argentine journalist Dr Nelson Castro.The exercise will raise awareness and understanding of the key challenges of AMR, and encourage G20 ministers to ensure countries are doing everything they can in the global fight against superbugs.The aim is to help governments across the world confront difficult issues around reducing antibiotic resistant bugs, including how to reduce the overuse of antimicrobial drugs, while making sure patients who need them have access to them.Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a natural phenomenon where microbes evolve to be able to resist the actions of drugs, making them ineffective.The process is being accelerated by humans through the inappropriate use and misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals. The biggest threat posed by the spread of AMR is losing modern medicine and an increase in deaths worldwide. It is therefore vital governments work together to minimise the impact of AMR around the world.A 2016 independent antimicrobial resistance review led by Lord O’Neill predicted that without urgent international action, AMR will cause the deaths of at least 10 million people a year by 2050.Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Dame Sally Davies said: The UK is at the forefront of global action on AMR and while some progress has been made both at home and internationally, we cannot afford to lose ground. Superbugs do not recognise borders and our response must not be constrained by them either. Tackling antibiotic resistance is a priority – we are committed to working with our neighbours overseas, including those at the G20 today, to coordinate a united response. We strongly support the Argentineans in bringing this crucial issue to the table under their G20 presidency, along with important discussions on malnutrition, strengthening health systems and crisis response. Steve Brine, Public Health Minister said: Antimicrobial resistance is an escalating global threat that demands action from all countries – world leaders must co-ordinate efforts to address this ‘one health’ challenge. I am delighted to be co-facilitating this exercise with Dr Nelson Castro today, which will strengthen understanding of the risk of drug-resistant infections and allow world leaders to consider their response to this threat. read more
almost 8 in 10 staff said that their work gave them a sense of personal accomplishment almost 7 in 10 said they were proud to tell others they worked at the Charity Commission 94% of staff said they were interested in their work at the Charity Commission However despite these positive and improved results we are not complacent and will continue to look at ensuring staff are satisfied, motivated and happy in what they do.Helen Stephenson, Chief Executive at the Charity Commission said: We have published our results from the 2018 Civil Service people survey. This is the tenth annual cross Civil Service survey of employees’ attitudes and experiences of working in the Civil Service, with 102 government departments and agencies participating.Our 2018 engagement index reached 65%, an increase of 11% compared with 2017, reaching the highest level in ten years and in the top one third across the Civil Service. Other highlights include: I am delighted to see such positive results about our staff engagement – this year they are at the highest level in ten years and take us into the top third across the Civil Service. Our staff play such an integral part in our ability to regulate effectively and in pursuit of our purpose to ensure that charities can thrive and inspire trust to improve lives and strengthen society. It is absolutely vital that we value their contribution and treat them with respect. These results show that our staff feel proud to work at the Commission, are driven by our purpose, and feel inspired and motivated in what they do – in turn, they motivate me and my senior team. I am truly grateful to have a team that is such a credit to the Commission, and the Civil Service more broadly. These are positive results but we will continue to listen and learn in order to improve the experience of our staff. Our workforce are at the heart of what we do and the ambitious new purpose and strategy that we have set – ensuring that they are able to develop, grow and take pride in what they do will remain a key focus of mine. read more
WinterWonderGrass will add a third festival to its roster when it launches a new East Coast edition at the end of this year. Jambands.com reports that the new event is slated for December 14th through 16th, and will take place in Stratton, VT. As of now, no lineup, venue, or ticketing information has been revealed.WinterWonderGrass put on two festivals in 2018—one in Steamboat Springs, CO and another in Tahoe, CA. The former featured string band staples like Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Leftover Salmon, among others, while the latter featured Railroad Earth, The Infamous Strindusters, and Elephant Revival (who recently announced an indefinite hiatus).Earlier this year, we sent a reporter to WinterWonderGrass’ Colorado edition for a game of “interview tag” with Billy Strings and members of Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and The Lil’ Smokies. You can check out the fascinating series of interviews here.WinterWonderGrass will return to Steamboat Springs from February 22nd to 24th, 2019. The Tahoe festival will take place March 29th to 31st, 2019. Tickets for those festivals are now on sale. read more
It is 20 minutes before midnight on a balmy September night. Thirty-seven Harvard varsity swimmers and divers stand in a circle on a shadowy brick patio outside Blodgett Pool. The upperclassmen have taught the freshmen the fight song “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard” and the team’s cheer. A few rehearsals are under their belts. The men are milling, joshing, and preparing mentally for the 12:01 a.m. arrival of the competitive swimming season in the Ivy League. Oct. 1 is upon them.Inside, Blodgett is dark. The stands, the water, the diving tank, all dark. Twelve-hundred empty seats. One light is burning — in the office of coach Tim Murphy. He has a dictionary open on his desk as he prepares to speak to his 2011-12 team. He and assistant coach Kevin Tyrrell have planned the moment, scripted it. They’ve done it before, and they will do it again. It is a tradition for the team to begin its season just after the stroke of midnight on Oct. 1, as soon as the Ivy League allows official swimming workouts to begin.Welcome to Midnight Practice, gentlemen. Get ready.To read the full story.— Paul Horvitz ’72 read more
If there’s a Dive Bar Hall of Fame, surely the venerable Charlie’s Kitchen belongs in it. With its tattered vinyl booths, a killer jukebox, and “cheeseburger specials,” Charlie’s is a still-thriving throwback to Harvard Square’s scruffier days. It’s also a refreshingly egalitarian watering hole that draws neighborhood cops and shopkeepers, tattooed punk rockers, and, as the unofficial canteen of Harvard Kennedy School, some U.S. presidents. For almost five decades, legendary waitress Helen Metros, 84, has been happy to welcome them all.
Some senior students spent the past two weeks in a blur of résumés, business suits and follow-up interviews after attending the Fall Career Fair at the Joyce Athletics and Convocation Center on Sept. 8. Director of the Career Center Lee Svete said the fair brought 138 potential employers to Notre Dame. “We found that more employers had more jobs and internships this year,” Svete said. “Also, more companies were willing to travel to the event.” Over 2,000 students ranging from freshmen to seniors attended the event. “What we’re really seeing in Notre Dame students is that they’re smart, and freshmen and sophomores are coming out,” Svete said. “They’re checking out the career fair, handing out resumes and picking up business cards.” The early start certainly paid off for senior Vince Montalbano, who attended career fairs both his sophomore and junior years. Montalbano said he received an internship last summer with IT consulting company Accenture after talking to their representative at the fair his junior year. The internship led to a recent job offer that Montalbano said he is strongly considering. Montalbano said he was most impressed by the quality of companies who attended Notre Dame’s career fairs in the past. “It’s great to know that top-notch firms are looking to recruit people from Notre Dame,” Montalbano said. Students secured 1,700 internship through the Career Center last year, and Svete said he hopes more of these internships will lead to job offers like in the case of Montalbano. “We are seeing, at least in the industries for business and engineering, between 80 and 90 percent of students who did summer internships are getting job offers,” Svete said. “That’s huge, since it means our Notre Dame students are performing at high levels.” Some students’ internships were so successful that the companies where they interned last summer asked the students to help out as recruiters at the fair earlier this month. “Employers are realizing that they can utilize students who have experienced the company culture,” Svete said. “It gives other students a feeling of comfort and connection because they see one of their peers.” According to Svete, 600 interviews took place the day after the career fair. “Our performance in interviews seemed to be very positive,” Svete said. “We have students who are having second round interviews as early as tomorrow in places such as Chicago and New York.” However, many companies don’t interview the next day or even within the next few weeks, he said. Job offers could potentially take a while to materialize. “In certain industries, such as publishing and public relations, that job offer won’t come until later,” Svete said. “Those decisions won’t be made until March.” Svete said he wants students to know that if they didn’t find success at the career fair that there are still many opportunities for students to make connections with companies. Two upcoming events are the Winter Career Fair and the Post-Graduate Service Fair, which takes place Sept. 29. Senior Liz Young attended the Fall Career Fair, but said she is more excited for the service fair coming up. “Considering my interests, I’m much more interested in the Post-Graduate Service Career Fair coming up,” Young said. “But it was definitely good to go and see what it’s like and get practice presenting your professional case to a business.” In addition to the events on campus, there will be five career fairs over winter break in various cities such as Boston and New York. Notre Dame shares these fairs with other top-tier schools, such as Vassar and Cornell. Svete said these have been highly effective. Eighty-two percent of the Class of 2010 graduated from Notre Dame with at least one job offer, Svete said. read more
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Family Business Initiative (VFBI), a program that has been assisting family and privately owned businesses in Vermont since 1998, announces its 2004-2005 forum series schedule as well as an addition to the Board of Advisors. The Vermont Family Business Initiative presents its own version of “Breakfast Theater.” This one-act play and ensuing discussion about a father and a son and the company they keep offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective about a business family facing many challenging issues. This event will take place on November 9 at the Inn at Essex in Essex, Vermont. A recent survey of family owned businesses by the Mass Mutual Financial Group discovered an unprecedented 39% of family owned businesses will experience leadership shifts in the next five years as CEOs retire. Of those businesses, only 37% of family businesses report having a strategic plan, while slightly more than half report knowing of the senior generations share-transfer intentions.The Vermont Family Business Initiative and Gravel and Shea are pleased to announce the addition of Margi Montgomery to the VFBI Board of Advisors, a seat previously occupied by Steve Magowan. Ms. Montgomerys areas of expertise include corporate and business law and planning, business entity formation, financing, leveraged buy-outs and mergers and acquisitions. Gravel and Shea is very excited about the forum series for the coming year. While all businesses are important to the local and national economy, family owned businesses represent a critical link to local control and economic development. The legal and financial challenges are daunting. The more we can foster healthy communication amongst the businesses and between generations, the greater our chances are of helping these businesses to succeed and remain locally owned, comments Ms. Montgomery. Family businesses account for 50% of gross domestic output and employ half of the U.S. workforce. As well, over one-third of Fortune 500 firms are controlled by families. However, many businesses do not endure as family businesses: 70% fail to make the transition to the second generation; 90% do not make it to the third. The goal of the Vermont Family Business Initiative is to give Vermont businesses the tools and support they need to compete in both the local and global arenas through a series of statewide forums and the free exchange of ideas.For more information, or to arrange for commentary on the challenges facing family businesses, please contact Daniel Van Der Vliet at 656-5897. read more
Spring Break!Riding bikes in other geographical areas is what vacation is all about, so I’m folding all sorts of fun into five days of bliss with my little boys. They will still be forced to eat peas and brush their teeth, but maybe they won’t notice because they’ll be having too much fun.We’ve got our eye on False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach for at least a couple of days playing on the beach and fishing. It’s a mile-long barrier spit that has no vehicular access. Lucky for us, bikes aren’t considered vehicles. Our first bike ride will be the road out to this beautiful island, crossing the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I keep trying to imagine camping there, but I’m afraid the 4-year-old will balk at having to ride with his gear for six miles. Stuffing him into the trailer will only tick him off now that he’s used to riding his own rig, whether it’s a tandem with me or his little 12-inch wheels. The 8-year-old will complain as much as usual, but that seems to be less of an issue when he’s pedaling. Maybe it’s because he’s too far away for me to hear?There’s lots to explore on this small bit of paradise with an old town developed in the 1800s by the survivors of a shipwreck, constructed from cypress washed ashore. The 4-year-old, who is obsessed with fishing and diving for sharks in all of his bedtime stories, is now terrified that he will see a shark. I assured him that seeing a shark is rare, that I’ve only seen one once in my whole life, and that I am certain the sharks aren’t in the area where we will be. With my luck, that will be the first thing we catch on a line once we’ve gotten there. I’d better plan for swimming before fishing. And more biking.Then there’s the environmental education center in case we get too hot or can’t find our own beach treasures, like shark teeth and horseshoe crabs.I guess I should throw a little boardwalk biking in there as well, visiting the popular beaches as long as it involves ice cream breaks for the kiddos and umbrella drinks for mommy. I am currently keeping a list of vacation items to pack. Suddenly I realize that I need a flask, so as not to be tempted to fill my hydration pack with tequila.Then there’s the military base. Of course this is one of the main reasons we are going to the Norfolk area. The big boy is obsessed with military crafts, especially ships. I know my way around the naval base after having been stationed there and look forward to showing him up close these impressive vessels. I’m hoping this can be done via bicycle as well, entirely avoiding parking problems.Now if only I could also bring the canoe… read more