Blackbaud launches new nfp benchmarking survey

Tagged with: Research / statistics Blackbaud has launched its inaugural Blackbaud UK survey SONI – State of the Not-for-profit Industry, which will gather information and provide an overview that can help not-for-profits to benchmark their operations more clearly.The survey focuses on a series of issues critical to today’s nfps and is structured to capture data in three areas: general operations; use of the internet; and accountability and stewardship. Blackbaud has run a similar survey in the States for the last three years, which will allow it to benchmark with the US as well. Advertisement All information will be aggregated, and it can remain anonymous. The survey is running until 7 September and Blackbaud’s marketing manager Adrian Cutcliffe said he hoped to have the results online from 15 October. Comparisons with the US will probably be available a little later. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 8 August 2007 | News  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Blackbaud launches new nfp benchmarking survey read more

EPA Ruling Will Boost Corn and Soybean Demand

first_img Facebook Twitter EPA Ruling Will Boost Corn and Soybean Demand By Gary Truitt – Nov 25, 2016 EPA Ruling Will Boost Corn and Soybean DemandOn Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency increased the level of ethanol that can be blended into gasoline to the levels mandated by the Renewable Fuel Standard. Under the rule, total renewable fuel volumes grow 1.2 billion gallons from 2016 to 2017, a 6 percent increase. EPA has increased conventional renewable fuel volumes for 2017, to 15 billion-gallons. They also increased the level of cellulosic ethanol that can be blended.Bob DinneenRenewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen said this will send a strong signal about the future of the industry, “This will send a clear signal to investors that the administration will stand behind the RFS which will encourage investment in new technology and new infrastructure.”Brian Jennings, the executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), said, “For the last couple of years, EPA has unfortunately sided with oil companies and refiners instead of rural voters to ‘ride the brakes’ on RFS blending volumes, relying on excuses such as the make-believe E10 ‘blend wall’ and lower gasoline use to reduce renewable fuel use below statutory levels. But we are supportive of the move to increase volumes for 2017 without a ‘blend wall’ excuse.”In addition, the standard for biomass-based biodiesel has been increased by 100 million gallons to twice that of the minimum congressional target. The advanced biofuel standard increases 19 percent over the 2016 standard. Under the new RFS rule, Biomass-Based Diesel standards, of which includes biodiesel, will increase to 2.1 billion gallons in 2018. This is an increase from 2 billion gallons in 2017.On Wednesday, the soy oil market went limit up for a time. Tom Fritz, with EFG group in Chicago, said the demand for soy oil and for soybeans will increase as a result of the new limits. Previous articleUnder Trump Regulations on Ag Should EaseNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Home Indiana Agriculture News EPA Ruling Will Boost Corn and Soybean Demand SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Journalist summarily deported after residing in Northern Cyprus since 1991

first_img Follow the news on Cyprus January 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist summarily deported after residing in Northern Cyprus since 1991 Help by sharing this information RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU November 23, 2020 Find out more News to go further Reporters Without Borders deplores journalist Necmettin Çapa’s summary expulsion yesterday by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (a de facto state recognized only by Turkey). A Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who has lived in Northern Cyprus since 1991, Çapa was deported to Turkey together with his entire family.The Turkish Cypriot police began by raiding Çapa’s home yesterday morning and threatening to deport his wife and their two children on their own if he did not immediately report to the police, Reporters Without Borders has been told. When Çapa went home, he and his entire family were arrested and taken to Turkish Cypriot police headquarters in North Nicosia.They were then all put on a ship that reportedly left the port of Famagusta a few hours later bound for Turkey. The Turkish Cypriot authorities said he was deported because his work permit had expired a month ago.“We are outraged by Çapa’s arrest and the methods used by the Turkish Cypriot authorities to deport him in such a summary and suspicious manner, especially as the reason given was an administrative matter that could have been resolved by issuing him with a summons,” Reporters Without Borders said.Çapa, who has worked for years in Northern Cyprus for such publications as Afrika, Ortam and Yeniçağ, is being made to pay for the many articles he has written about the rights of the Kurdish population in Turkey and Cyprus. Receive email alerts CyprusEurope – Central Asia News News June 2, 2021 Find out more News CyprusEurope – Central Asia Organisation The Turkish Cypriot authorities previously tried to deport him in 2004 but were prevented by the appeals that were filed. The police appeared to have acted yesterday because Çapa would have been unable to lodge any appeal as a result of the strikes that have paralyzed the judicial system for the past few days.Reporters Without Borders calls on the Turkish Cypriot authorities to rescind Çapa’s deportation, which violated all established legal procedures. The Turkish Cypriot authorities should arrange and pay for him and his family to return if that is acceptable to him. December 2, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unionlast_img read more

Nine EU countries want looser controls on spy software exports

first_img News June 13, 2018 – Updated on June 14, 2018 Nine EU countries want looser controls on spy software exports RSF_en Czech RepublicCyprusEstoniaFinlandIrelandItalyPolandSwedenUnited KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expression News Organisation If adopted, the position taken by the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom in a working paper leaked to the media last week would constitute a step backward for the fight to control surveillance technology. The nine countries want laxer controls on surveillance software exporters and claim that controlling the software on the list recommended by RSF and Others “could seriously undermine the competitiveness of EU-based industry.” “This is a step backward for press freedom and protection of journalists’ sources,” said Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology desk. “Today, journalists are being spied on or arrested with the help of European surveillance technologies, which discourages the exchange of information. EU member states have to enforce stronger, not weaker export control standards to protect journalists worldwide.” The nine countries circulated their working paper as part of the discussions about a proposal to tighten EU regulations on the export of dual-use technology, including surveillance software, to authoritarian regimes in order to prevent its use to violate human rights. After the European Commission issued the original proposal in 2016, a coalition of NGOs including RSF said it should be amended in order to take greater account of the need to protect human rights, including the protection of journalists’ sources. Many of the NGOs’ suggestions were incorporated into the version that the European Parliament approved at the end of 2017. It is this version that is now being discussed by member countries before its final approval. >>> Read the joint statement by the four NGOs <<< June 7, 2021 Find out more News to go further Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Czech RepublicCyprusEstoniaFinlandIrelandItalyPolandSwedenUnited KingdomEurope - Central Asia Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expression June 8, 2021 Find out more News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Access Now, Amnesty International, Privacy International and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have issued a joint statement condemning an attempt by nine European Union member countries to weaken an EU proposal to tighten controls on technology exports that can be used to spy on journalists and their sources. Follow the news on Europe - Central Asia Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Lawsuit by Kabila lawyer threatens two Congolese journalists

first_img News Bukavu, province du Sud-Kivu, RDC. © Photo MONUSCO / Abel Kavanagh Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian In response to a request by RSF, Sud-Kivu governor Théo Kasi said he would look into the arrests. News “There is absolutely no justification for arresting these journalists or, even less, placing them in pre-trial detention, for reporting sourced and easily verifiable facts in an article,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Covering human rights violations should not lead to imprisonment. These journalists were just doing their job and we call for their unconditional release.” News Joseph Kabila ceased to be president more than 18 months ago, but Congolese media are still being persecuted as they were during his 19 years in power and Kabila continues to pose a threat to them. The two journalists are being sued for defamation by Kabila family lawyer Jean Claude Zihalirwa over an article posted on the website on 24 August. It quoted sources as saying that Zihalirwa, accompanied by soldiers, visited people to dissuade them from testifying about their eviction from land claimed by Kabila in a locality known as Mbobero. Justin Murhu, a reporter for deboutRDC.net, a popular news website that covers human rights-related stories in the eastern DRC, is among the latest victims. He was arrested yesterday after being summoned by a court in Sud-Kivu’s capital, Bukavu. Patrick Babwine, the site’s editor, was summoned to appear before the same court today. to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest of a journalist yesterday in Sud-Kivu province, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is accused of defaming former President Joseph Kabila’s lawyer. His editor was due to be questioned today. RSF has contacted the province’s governor and calls for the journalists’ unconditional release. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index.center_img Organisation February 16, 2021 Find out more September 3, 2020 Lawsuit by Kabila lawyer threatens two Congolese journalists “The facts reported by the website are accurate,” a person familiar with the case told RSF. “This is part of a strategy to try to intimidate the victims of the evictions. The journalists who dare to talk about this case are as rare as they are courageous.” This is not the first time journalists have been harassed for covering the plight of those evicted from this vast area of land claimed by Kabila, who is now a senator. As RSF reported at the time, Gaël Mpoyo, the director of documentary entitled “Mbobero: might is always right,” and Franck Zongwe Lukawa, the film’s editor, had to flee their Bukavu homes after the film was released in 2018. Hundreds of homes were demolished from 2016 to 2018 in Mbobero, leaving thousands homeless, according to New Civil Society Dynamic in DRC (NDSCI), a local human rights NGO. Two complaints were filed against Kabila in July in connection with the evictions. February 18, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congolast_img read more

A history of learning that spans the generations

first_imgTwitter Professor Norelee Kennedy with her parents Pat and Phyllis at the UL graduation ceremony on Tuesday.Photo: Oisin McHughPARENTS are usually regarded as the ones who proudly witness their offspring leave the college nest, but on Tuesday it was Norelee Kennedy who saw her parents graduate at University of Limerick.And it turned out to be a real family affair as Norelee, who is the incoming Vice President for Research at UL, was also in the processing party to confer her parents Pat and Phyllis with Certificates in Local History.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Professor Kennedy, who is due to take up her position next January, said she was privileged to have been involved in her mother and father’s’ graduation ceremony.Pat and Phyllis Kennedy, from Toomevara, were among more than 3,400 students graduating this week from UL.Six days of conferring ceremonies are taking place on the university’s campus and are being live-streamed around the world.Speaking after receiving their parchments, Phyllis and Pat said it had been a “teamwork graduation”.“He was a great help to me and vice versa,” Phyllis said of her husband.Her proud daughter recalled how she was regularly called on by her studious parents and asked: “How do we log on and how do we do this?”“Naturally we would call you…sure that’s what you’re there for,” Phyllis responded.Both Pat and Phyllis were among 20 students who completed the Certificate in Local History, which was hosted off-campus at the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna.The group studied Irish folklore, the history of place names and periods of the 19th Century, examining the relationship between landlords and tenants associated with Portumna House.“It was quite interesting and relaxed and we made some great friends,” added Pat who added he considered himself “the elder Statesman” of his group of fellow history students.His wife said that she loved being a student and that she “can still get all my books from the (UL) Glucksman Library with my student card”.Many of the participants, who range in age from their 80s to those in their 30s, said that taking the course had set them on a path to follow further educational routes.The level 6 course runs as a precursor to the MA in Local History offered at UL or as course of interest to those looking to understand and know more about their area and its history.“It is designed for people with an interest in local history and for those who could be afraid of entering university life, but we have put it in to their own locality to make it more accessible,” explained course director Dr David Fleming.“It takes the intimidation out of it and indeed follows as a best example of anybody who could go to university, should go to university,”And, referring to the Kennedys, he added: “To have a husband and wife taking the same course is special, but then to know that there was a direct connection with the University and the new vice president for research makes it even more special.”“It is lovely for them, and the University when these things combine. It’s what we are all about,” he said. University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May NewsEducationLocal NewsA history of learning that spans the generationsBy David Raleigh – August 29, 2019 204 Advertisement Linkedin University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success TAGSeducationLimerick City and Countylocal newsNewsUniversity of Limerick center_img Previous articleNew phase for UL’s Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology CentreNext articleShocked Sinéad “amazed” to be crowned Rose of Tralee David Raleigh WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties Email Print Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineeringlast_img read more

“PIL May Have been Filed With Ulterior Motives”; Bombay HC Directs Petitioners To Deposit Rs.1 Cr As A Precondition For Hearing [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates”PIL May Have been Filed With Ulterior Motives”; Bombay HC Directs Petitioners To Deposit Rs.1 Cr As A Precondition For Hearing [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap27 May 2020 2:15 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the ‘Abhinav Bharat Congress’ and its founder Pankaj Phadnis to deposit Rs. 1 crore with the registry as a precondition for hearing the public interest litigation filed by them seeking directions to State and Municipal Corporation to take control of the management of two hospitals under the Wadia hospital trust in Mumbai during the current pandemic…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the ‘Abhinav Bharat Congress’ and its founder Pankaj Phadnis to deposit Rs. 1 crore with the registry as a precondition for hearing the public interest litigation filed by them seeking directions to State and Municipal Corporation to take control of the management of two hospitals under the Wadia hospital trust in Mumbai during the current pandemic of Covid -19. Division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice KK Tated observed that petitioners bona fide may be suspect. The PIL was filed by Abhinav Bharat, an unregistered body seeking for directions to the state government and the MCGM to take over Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children and Nowrosjee Wadia Maternity Hospital for accommodating Covid-19 and other patients. At the outset, the respondents raised the issue of maintainability of the PIL and submitted that an unregistered body has no locus standi to initiate a proceeding in the nature of a PIL in terms of the Bombay High Court Public Interest Litigation Rules, 2010. Court noted that the objection is, no doubt, sound. However, it is not a sufficient ground to dismiss the PIL at this stage since the petitioner no.2 (Phadnis), who claims himself to be a public spirited person, may have the locus standi in his individual capacity to carry on with this proceeding, the bench said. Senior Advocate Mohan Parasaran appeared on behalf of the petitioners, Senior Advocate AY Sakhare for MCGM, Government Pleader PP Kakade for the State and Senior Advocate Rafique Dada for both the child care and maternity hospitals under Wadia. Affidavit in reply was submitted on behalf of the two hospitals stating that petitioner Pankaj Phadnis was in the employment of one Mr. Wadia, who heads the Boards of Management of both the hospitals and that this PIL has been filed for furthering the petitioner’s personal venomous agenda. Moreover, the affidavit contends that Phadnis unsuccessfully initiated proceedings against the said Mr. Wadia in a court in the United States and that this proceeding is nothing but an abuse of the process of the court. Thereafter, the bench noted that the fact that the petitioner was in the employment of Mr. Wadia at some point of time, has not been disclosed in the PIL petition- “Such an allegation has also not been rebutted in the rejoinder affidavit. This, coupled with omission of the Petitioner no.2 to specifically deal with the contents of paragraphs 4 to 10 of the affidavit in reply of the Respondent nos.5 and 6, prima facie, gives us reason to believe that this PIL Petition may not have been filed in public interest but for ulterior and oblique motives, and that the bona fide of the petitioner no.2 is suspect. In that view of the matter, we consider it fit and proper to exercise the power conferred by Rule 7A of the PIL Rules and require the Petitioner no.2 to make a deposit of Rs.1 crore towards security by Thursday next if he wishes to have this PIL Petition to be further considered by us. In the event of failure of the petitioner no.2 to make the deposit as aforesaid, this PIL petition shall stand dismissed without reference to the Bench.” In case the deposit is made, Court directed the PIL to be listed as the first matter on May 29, 2020.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Walker tapped to lead prestigious band program

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Walker said that he is pleased, humbled and honored to be named director of bands at Troy University.Walker said that he is thankful for the trust that Hawkins has shown in him and for the support of the faculty, students and Troy University family and looks forward to many years at Troy University.“The ‘Sound of the South’ band program is one of the pre-eminent collegiate band programs in the nation, and it is my goal to uphold and build upon the great traditions begun by Dr. John M. Long, our founder, and the work of previous directors Robert W. Smith and Ralph Ford,” Walker said.Walker has worked with Ford since 2002 and the structure of the band program is set up, “so there won’t be any change.”“I’m not one to fix something that’s not broken,” he said. “I have great love and affection for the band program here and we have a great relationship with athletics. We’re all on the same team and we work together.”Walker earned his bachelor degree in music education at Tennessee Technological University. He earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where the university’s bands honored him with the A.A. Harding Award.In addition to his work with the band program, Walker teaches applied low brass and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting, marching band techniques, evaluation and music education.He serves as the coordinator of Graduate Music Education, executive director of the Middle School Southeastern United States Band Clinic and Honor Bands. He is on the board of the Southeastern United States Band Clinic and director of the “Sound of the South” Summer Music Camp and Director’s Clinic.Walker is also a published author, whose articles appear in state and national music education publications.Walker, his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Emily, make their home in Troy. You Might Like Taylor, Boothe like tenure bill The teacher tenure bill signed and passed into law last week protects the rights of teachers and allows local school… read more Sponsored Content Print Article Latest Stories Dr. Mark J. Walker, who has served as associate director of bands and associate professor of music at Troy University since 2002, has been named Director of Bands.Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. made the announcement at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Troy University.“We are fortunate at Troy University to have a band program that enjoys a rich tradition and an outstanding international reputation,” Hawkins said. “Any endeavor as successful as our band program needs strong leadership. Dr. Walker is an excellent musician and director so it is my pleasure to announce his appointment. I am certain he will do an outstanding job.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… In February 2001, Ford stepped into those giant footsteps and filled them admirably.“When Ralph Ford announced his retirement, we began the research to identify the next leader of bands at Troy University,” Hawkins said. “We looked far and wide but found him in our midst in Dr. Mark Walker. He is a performer, a scholar but most importantly he is a teacher.”Long said Walker is one of the finest, most knowledgeable directors of bands that he knows.“His students love him and he will make the band better and better each year,” Long said. Book Nook to reopen Accepting the role of director of bands at Troy University is to “walk in the footsteps of giants.”Hawkins spoke of the “giants” who have led the “Sound of the South” for nearly a half-century, Dr. John M. Long, Robert W. Smith and Ralph Ford.The band program at Troy University began in 1939 but the famed band known as the “Sound of the South” was founded in 1965 by Long, whose 32-year tenure established a national reputation through appearances at music conventions, concert tours and nationally televised appearances. Email the author Published 8:37 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2011 By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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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 Walker tapped to lead prestigious band program Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Camelot calls on staff to be more creative for the future

first_imgNational Lottery operator Camelot is embracing a new work culture in a driveto become more innovative. Chief executive Dianne Thompson told the HR Forum aboard the Oriana that thecompany had become very risk-adverse as it put together its bid to continuerunning the Lottery last year. Camelot successfully retained its National Lottery organiser statusfollowing a battle against Sir Richard Branson’s People’s Lottery bid inDecember 2000. Thompson said that in the aftermath there was a realisation that Camelotneeded to become more creative. “We want our staff to feel that they can take a few risks. Creativityand innovation will be applauded,” said Thompson. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Camelot calls on staff to be more creative for the futureOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Failing to make the grade?

first_img Comments are closed. Today’s graduates are technical wizards with poor interpersonal skills,according to UK managers. Simon Kent asks readers what needs to be done topolish the new intakeThree-quarters of employers admit that new graduates have good IT skills,but less than a third are impressed by their ability to communicate and barelya quarter rate most of their other basic skills, according to the latestresearch from the Chartered Management Institute and the London College ofPrinting. The research highlights the gap between employers’ expectations of graduatesand the level of interpersonal skills graduate recruits offer. Building on a survey done in September 2000, the new research found someimprovements in manager perceptions of graduates’ basic skills andcommunications ability, however, there were still shortfalls in interpersonalskills, particularly in political and diplomatic skills. But are all graduate recruiters experiencing these deficiencies and what, ifanything, are they doing to address the skills gap? Simon WilsherManaging director, The Wilsher GroupIn the current climate, firms needtheir graduates to hit the ground running – transforming themselves fromgraduate to productive businessperson almost overnight. As a training companyworking with graduates, we advise blue-chips to give college leavers, who havethe skills to achieve academically, the tools that give them the confidence tocommunicate and succeed in the working world. We see the following as important: self confidence; positive attitude;interpersonal skills; communication skills and emotional drive.Rob HoganProfessional services director, Dolland & AitchisonOptometry is a very vocational degreeand graduates are highly-trained and skilled to pass exams, but that covers theskills behind what they do rather than behaviour. I started a programme several years ago to offer interpersonalskills at an undergraduate level and now many colleges include a module aboutthese kinds of abilities. Together with the training company Interaction, wenow run a week long induction programme which helps students gain thebehavioural, communication and interpersonal skills they need. We are trying to supplement the students knowledge and givethem the skills and attitudes the universities don’t have time to address.Martyn SteeleGroup graduate recruitment manager, Halifax Bank of ScotlandGraduate recruitment is becoming alarger field of activity for major employers such as ourselves andinterpersonal skills are at a premium in an increasingly service-based economy.I believe the demand has risen rather than the graduate population beingde-skilled.We do put a lot of onus on these skills, but in the case ofmore subtle skills such as negotiation skills and so on, I would question howfar a responsible employer would expect to find those skills in a graduate.There’s plenty of raw material out there and employers need to createassessment processes that allow graduates to demonstrate their capabilities.Peter MckinlayHead of people development, AsdaWhen you have a company culture asstrong as ours, the challenge is to bring in people who are adaptable, flexibleand people-focused. I don’t think you can expect people with almost zero workexperience to fit our people profile fantastically well so it’s the oldpractice of hiring for attitude and training for skills. We don’t need to tickoff a list of skills such as managing meetings or demonstrating the ability tomanage people because graduates have raw talent. If you have an expectationthat they have anything else you run the risk of being disappointed.Carl GilleardChief executive, Association of Graduate RecruitersOne reason for the gap is thatemployer expectations have risen. Employers now look for ‘oven ready’ graduates. There are far fewerbackroom jobs so you need good interpersonal skills because graduates aredealing with customers immediately – whether they be internal or external.There is an issue around the way we identify interpersonal skills. Employers should be more encouraging in this area – perhapsstressing in interviews that they are interested in any work experience and theskills learned as a result.Michele Dytham-WardManager of management development and education, Abbey NationalWe have always been aware of the needfor interpersonal skills among graduate recruits and address these in ourinduction programme. We recognise there is a transition between leavinguniversity and coming into a first job and we view this positively in terms ofgiving life skills, self awareness, self development and team-building. Theseelements are an integral part of the induction programme.Changes to the programme have been due to changes in ourbusiness as well as in the graduates themselves.FeedbackWhat do you think? If you have a topic you’d like to bediscussed on our Talking Points page, let us know in no more than 50 words.Send your correspondence to Stephanie Sparrow, Editor, Training Magazine, bye-mail: [email protected],fax: 020-8652 8805 or post: Training Magazine, 3rd floor, Quadrant House, TheQuadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS. Please include full contact details so thatwe can get back to you. Previous Article Next Article Failing to make the grade?On 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more