The limited number of women in boards of directors in Scotland continues to disappoint employers wishing to widen the selection pool for qualified managers. According to surveys of UK companies, less than 1% of board members are women. A number of factors were blamed for such an imbalance during discussions conducted by the Scottish Division of the Institute of Directors. These include childcare, negative male attitudes and the unwillingness of some women to pursue higher levels of responsibility. However, some companies are pushing for initiatives that would help women attain better positions. One suchcompany is NCR which has implemented a policy that encourages women to seek higher education. Another company, NCR parent AT&T, has set quotas for appointments of women in senior management positions. Furthermore, alternative routes for career development, such as Network and the Scottish Women's Enterprise Group, have been established especially for women.
Publication Name: The Accountant's Magazine
District Training Boards Are Counsellors, Too
The Institutes' new training policy imposes an onerous duty on practices to see that students achieve high standards all around. The standard of training includes: establishment of the practice and the office; organization of training; arrangements for practical instruction; work experience; quality and continuity of supervision; development of professional attitudes, tuition for Institute examinations; recruitment and selection policy; and terms and conditions of employment. The Institute's training standards impose a heavy burden on offices both in terms of time and money. However, all members have a direct interest in ensuring that students are trained properly. Sound practical training will create students who contribute effectively as early as possible to their firms.
Publication Name: Accountancy
Converging science and technology at the nanoscale: opportunities for education and training
Nanoscale science and engineering are providing unprecedented understanding and control of matter at the most fundamental level. One of the grand challenges foe nanotechnology is education, which is looming for the development of the field and particularly for its implementation.
Publication Name: Nature Biotechnology
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