Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) 2001 Annual Report

first_imgNiger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2001 annual report.For more information about Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) 2001 annual report.Company ProfileNiger Insurance Plc is a life and general insurance company in Nigeria underwriting all classes of insurance. Life insurance products include endowment policies, group life, mortgage protection and term assurances. Non-life insurance products range from aviation hull and liability and fire and special perils to public liability insurance, professional indemnity and workmen compensation insurance. The company also markets products under the brand name Niger Cash, Niger Flexible Investment Assurance, Niger Mutual Halal, Niger Personal Pension and Savings. Founded in 1962 and formerly known as The Niger Insurance Company Limited, the company changed its name to Niger Insurance Plc in 1989. The company has a sound reinsurance treaties with reinsurance companies led by Swiss Re. Niger Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Niger Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Skye Shelter Fund PLC (SKYESH.ng) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgSFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SFS Real Estate Investment Trust (SFSREIT.ng) 2014 annual report.Company ProfileSFS Real Estate Investment Trust is a close-ended Real Estate Investment Trust Scheme in Nigeria which pools funds for the primary purpose of investing in income-generating real estate. This includes residential homes, residential apartments, office blocks, shopping malls and warehouses. The Fund managers are dedicated to developing and/or acquiring high-quality stock of properties in select locations in Nigeria. They will also make opportunist investments in joint venture developments in partnership with reputable developers. Typically, the Skye Shelter Fund invests 75% in real estate and 25% is invested in real estate related investments such as mortgages, real estate backed securities and real estate related equities. This portion includes a 10% allocation to cash for liquidity purposes. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. SFS Real Estate Investment Trust is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgR.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) 2019 annual report.Company ProfileRT Briscoe Nigeria Plc imports and markets a range of automotive vehicles, power equipment and industrial equipment in Nigeria. Its product range includes some of the world’s most recognised and widely respected automobile and industrial equipment brands. Briscoe Toyota markets, sells and services a range of Toyota commercial and passenger vehicles. The Industrial Equipment division markets, sells and services a range of industrial, mining, drilling and construction equipment under the franchise of various international brands which includes Elgi air compressors, Ford motors, Toyota forklifts, Raymond forklifts and Briscoe Toyota warehouse equipment. The company also offers a logistics and warehousing service. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. RT Briscoe Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_imgAlso make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Collapse Expand Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Scotland failed to reach the quarter-finals for only the second time in World Cup history A lot was expected of Ireland, but they… Russia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Japan Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Ireland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expand Russia’s qualification for the tournament was a shock… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Having to rely on a play-off win against… Scotland Rugby World Cup FixturesSun 22 Sep Ireland 27-3 Scotland (Yokohama) Match reportMon 30 Sep Scotland 34-0 Samoa (Kobe) Match ReportWed 9 Oct Scotland 61-0 Russia (Shizuoka) Match ReportSun 13 Oct Japan 28-21 Scotland (Yokohama) Match Report Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsScotland Rugby World Cup Kit Crucial: Scotland face Ireland in their first match of the tournament (Getty Images)Scotland Rugby World Cup SquadGregor Townsend has named his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup:Forwards (17):Stuart McInallyJonny GrayRyan WilsonFraser BrownHamish Watson (replaced by Magnus Bradbury on 23 September after he suffered a knee injury)Zander FagersonGordon ReidSimon BerghanGrant GilchristDuncan TaylorAllan DellWP NelGeorge TurnerBen ToolisBlade ThomsonJamie RitchieScott CummingsBacks (14):Greig LaidlawStuart HoggTommy SeymourFinn RussellPeter HorneSean MaitlandAli Price (replaced by Henry Pyrgos after picking up a foot injury against Ireland).Darcy GrahamAdam HastingsChris HarrisBlair KinghornSam JohnsonGeorge HorneDuncan TaylorRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordScotland’s Rugby World Cup Record: P42 W24 D1 L171987 Quarter-finals1991 Fourth1995 Quarter-finals1999 Quarter-finals2003 Quarter-finals2007 Quarter-finals2011 Pool stages2015 Quarter-finals2019 Pool stagesFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Samoa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Hosting their first World Cup, Japan made history… Scotland Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideThey have taken big steps in the last few seasons, but defeat in their 2019 Rugby World Cup opener against Ireland and in their final pool match against Japan meant they had an early exit from this year’s tournament.How They QualifiedScotland were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.Key PlayersThe adventurous style of Finn Russell and Stuart Hogg excites, and look out for Darcy Graham on the wing. In the back row, John Barclay brings experience.Control: Laidlaw will dictate games, and Hogg will excite in Japan (Getty Images)The Coach – Gregor TownsendThe former Scotland fly-half is known as an innovator who loves detail. He took over after a successful reign at Glasgow Warriors and has masterminded big wins for Scotland. This is his first World Cup in charge but he was an assistant in 2011.Debut: This is Townsend’s first World Cup in charge (Getty Images)Major Work-onsWhen Scotland’s continuity-based, rapid style works it shocks teams, but they cannot escape the physical nature of Test rugby. Without any devastating ball-carriers, they need a team effort carrying into contact.Scotland Rugby World Cup Warm-UpsSaturday 17 August 2019: France 32-3 ScotlandSaturday 24 August 2019: Scotland 17-14 FranceSaturday 31 August 2019: Georgia 10-44 ScotlandFriday 6 September 2019: Scotland 36-9 GeorgiaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsScotland Rugby World Cup GroupScotland are in Group A alongside Ireland, Japan, Russia and Samoa.last_img read more

Why wear face masks in public? Here’s what the research shows

first_img Tenita Reid April 7, 2020 at 12:27 am Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Hector Chapa, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Interprofessional Education, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University | The ConversationWith the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have changed their advice on face masks and now recommend people wear cloth masks in public areas where social distancing can be difficult, such as grocery stores.But can these masks be effective?President Donald Trump, in announcing the change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on April 3, stressed that the recommendation was voluntary and said he probably wouldn’t follow it. Governors and mayors, however, have started encouraging the precautions to reduce the spread of the virus by people who might not know they are infected.Some cities have gone as far as setting fines for failing to wear a mask. In Laredo, Texas, anyone over the age of five who walks into a store or takes public transit without their mouth and nose covered by a mask or bandana could now be fined up to $1,000.These new measures are designed to “flatten the curve,” or slow the spread of the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.Flattening the curve is another way of saying slowing the spread. The epidemic is lengthened, but we reduce the number of severe cases, causing less burden on public health systems. The Conversation/CC BY NDThey’re also a shift from the advice Americans have been hearing since the coronavirus pandemic began.The World Health Organization and the CDC have repeatedly said that most people do not need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. In February, the U.S. surgeon general even urged the public to stop buying medical masks, warning that it would not help against the spread of the coronavirus. Part of the reason was to reserve N95 respirators and masks for healthcare workers like myself who are on the front lines and exposed to people with COVID-19.Today, there is much more data and evidence on how COVID-19 is spread, and the prevalence of the disease itself is far more widespread than previously thought.Sick, but no symptomsAs recently as early February, the World Health Organization stated that viral transmission from asymptomatic people was likely “rare,” based on information available at the time. But a growing body of data now suggests that a significant number of infected people who don’t have symptoms can still transmit the virus to others.A CDC report issued March 23 on COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships offers a glimpse of the danger. It describes how the testing of passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess found that nearly half – 46.5% – of the more than 700 people found to be infected with the new coronavirus had no symptoms at the time of testing.The CDC explained that “a high proportion of asymptomatic infections could partially explain the high attack rate among cruise ship passengers and crew.”Dr. Harvey Fineberg, former president of the National Academy of Medicine and head of a new federal committee on infectious diseases, told CNN on April 2 that he will start wearing a mask in public, especially at grocery stores, for this very reason. “While the current specific research is limited, the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing,” he said.It is these “silent carriers” – people infected with the virus but without fever, cough, or muscle aches – that proponents of universal mask wearing point to as proof that more could be done beyond social distancing to slow the virus’s spread.More effective than doing nothingWhile research on the effectiveness of universal mask wearing for reducing respiratory droplet transmission is still thin, there is evidence to support it.Research on SARS, another coronavirus, found that N95 masks were highly effective at blocking transmission of that virus. Even ill-fitting medical face masks have been found to interrupt airborne particles and viruses, keeping them from reaching as far when someone sneezes.Another study determined that, while masks made out of cotton T-shirts were far less effective than manufactured surgical masks in preventing wearers from expelling droplets, they did reduce droplets and were better than no protection at all.The CDC now recommends everyone wear cloth masks to protect against spreading coronavirus. A group of New Jersey residents has started sewing masks in their homes.Elsa/Getty ImagesA challenge with cloth: washingThe surgical masks that doctors and nurses typically wear are designed for one-time use, while cloth masks used by the general public would likely be washed, which raises another concern.A study from Nepal on cloth masks designed to protect wearers from larger particles, such as pollution or pollen, found that washing and drying practices deteriorated the mask’s efficiency because they damaged the cloth material.It is clear that urgent research is needed on the best material suitable for universal masks, their storage and care, or the creation of proper reusable masks for the public.A low-risk interventionAs an obstetrician-gynecologist and researcher, I believe that some protection for the public is better than none. A recent article in the medical journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine states a similar rationale.The universal use of mouth and nose covering with masks is a low-risk intervention that can only assist in reducing the spread of this terrible illness. If everyone wears a mask, individuals protect one another, reducing overall community transmission. It could even remind people not to touch their faces after touching potentially contaminated surfaces.As the research shows, masks aren’t shields. It’s still important to help prevent transmission by practicing social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others in public, staying home as much as possible, and washing hands frequently and properly.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear I just tied a square bandana around my head over my mouth and nose. It was a little hard to breathe normally, plus I felt stupid, and thought I looked like a bank robber, or one of the Jesse James gang. I don’t know if it really helps or not. I have watched some people out in the rural areas, with not a soul around, with masks on while they are jogging or walking, and I have to wonder if that is necessary to keep them on, out in the open away from everyone, plus it makes it harder to breathe anyway, when you are working out and then to add a snug mask? I am not sure that is actually safe or a good idea? People have resorted to using scarves and bandanas as face masks to protect against spreading coronavirus. While cloth masks aren’t as effective as surgical masks, research suggests they can limit the spread of droplets. Jens Schleuter/Getty Images TAGSCOVID-19MasksThe Conversation Previous articleCity of Apopka latest update and closuresNext articleOrange County and Visit Orlando launch ‘#407Day’ to support local restaurants Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

House M / Keiko Maita Architect

first_img Japan Year: “COPY” 2010 Year: House M / Keiko Maita Architect House M / Keiko Maita ArchitectSave this projectSaveHouse M / Keiko Maita ArchitectSave this picture!© Yoshiharu MatsumuraHouses•Shunan, Japan Area: 107 m² Area: 107 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects 2010 photographs: Yoshiharu MatsumuraPhotographs: Yoshiharu Matsumura+ 12 Sharecenter_img Houses Architects: Keiko Maita Architect Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/382472/house-m-keiko-maita-architect Clipboard CopySave this picture!© Yoshiharu MatsumuraText description provided by the architects. House M is located in a rural area surrounded by mountains in Yamaguchi-Prefecture, Japan. Save this picture!© Yoshiharu MatsumuraThe clients, a couple who used to work long hours in the busy city, wanted a quiet house in the nature in relation to the rhythm of the sun.Save this picture!© Yoshiharu MatsumuraThis small house (100m2) was designed so that the clients would be able to wake up every morning and enjoy the soft light of the rising sun. The exterior walls of the house are made of a semi translucent tent material which allows the sun to penetrate softly inside the house. The exterior skin protects the house from the rain, the direct sunlight and also acts as an insulation barrier. The construction of the house is simple and is made of a traditional wood frame structure. In the night, the interior light glows outside like a graceful lantern in the landscape.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessShould Architects Follow a Code of Ethics?Architecture NewsForn de la Vila de Llíria Restoration and Musealization / hidalgomora arquitecturaSelected Projects Share “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/382472/house-m-keiko-maita-architect Clipboard CopyAbout this officeKeiko Maita ArchitectOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesShunanShūnanHousesJapanPublished on June 09, 2013Cite: “House M / Keiko Maita Architect” 09 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ EffectPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceBricksEndicottBrick Facade at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural CenterBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenRailing / BalustradesSolarluxBalcony Glazing – SL 60eUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Products in Palazzo VolpiChairshorgenglarusUpholstered Chair – diva 5-154Wall / Ceiling LightsHE WilliamsLED Downlight – 4DR RoundMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Printing stations show new format

first_imgFacebook Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week printThe new printing credit is causing confusion among students.Students now see a monetary value when printing instead of the amount of prints left.The credit format changed so that students could have more prints.“TCU was incredibly responsive to our proposal for additional prints,” Student Body President Maddie Reddick said. “Students were given 100 more free prints than they had last year; it went from 200 to 300, or $20 to $30, however you want to look at it.”All TCU students receive a $30 printing credit each semester. Black and white prints cost 10 cents each and color prints are 90 cents. The $30 credit equates to 300 black and white prints per semester.“When students see that $30 decrease after printing it causes them to get uncomfortable,” student Information Technology worker Terrul Ratcliff said. “But the math works out for students to be able to have more black and white prints and color prints for free.”Some students are not fond of this printing credit method.“It’s adding unnecessary complexity to our printing systems,” student Jacob Trevino said.Others aren’t so upset and are just glad to have more prints.“At first I was surprised because I thought that I was being charged for my prints,” student Katie Thomas said. “I talked to the people at the front desk and they said that the new credit charge is so that you can see the money as it goes, but I’m super glad there’s 300 prints now instead of 200.” Facebook Caroline Cravens ReddIt Previous articleSoccer defeats Illinois State for first win of the seasonNext articleFormer Frog Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Caroline Cravens RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course This author does not have any more posts. center_img Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years ReddIt Monitor displays the balance in dollars of prints remaining. Twitter Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Frogs rise to No. 11 in playoff rankings

first_imgFacebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ ReddIt TCU defeated Baylor 28-21 on Friday Nov. 27, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. ReddIt Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ + posts Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Twitter printFor the first time this year, the Horned Frogs have risen in the College Football Playoff rankings, leaping from No. 18 to No. 11 Tuesday night. The shift comes after the Frogs defeated previously No. 7 Baylor, which fell behind TCU to No. 12, 28-21 Friday night.The top four remained unchanged from last week, with Clemson at No. 1, Alabama at No. 2, Oklahoma at No. 3, and Iowa at No. 4.Elsewhere in the Big 12, Oklahoma State plummeted all the way from No. 11 to No. 17. The Cowboys lost their final two contests of the season to Baylor and Oklahoma after going 10-0 to begin the season.The Frogs, who do not play this weekend, have an outside shot at making a New Years’ Six Bowl as it stands. They will need losses this week from some of the top teams in the country that do play this weekend to make that happen. That will be easier said than done though, as four teams ranked ahead of the Frogs [Oklahoma, Florida State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame] are also idle this weekend.The final rankings of the season will be released Sunday, Dec. 6, on ESPN at 11 a.m. CST.Rounding out the CFP top 10:ClemsonAlabamaOklahomaIowaMichigan StateOhio StateStanfordNotre DameFlorida StateNorth Carolina Facebook Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Linkedin Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Previous articleLive blog: SGA Meeting Dec. 1, 2015Next articleMacklemore, Ryan Lewis to headline spring concert Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Twitter Dean Straka Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedinlast_img read more

News

first_img Previous Article Next Article NewsOn 1 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This month’s OH news in briefStresstraining for council workersArural council has launched a training programme to help its staff better dealwith stress. Boston Borough Council is giving all line and junior managersstress training and how to spot it. The initiative has been funded by a grantfrom the Department of Trade and Industry.HeavydrinkersMorethan three-quarters of employers believe drinking alcohol contributes toabsenteeism and underperformance in the workplace. A poll of 289 HR professionalsby Croner Consulting also found those in employment were more likely to drinkheavily than those out of work. Relunctantto changeWomenare reluctant to make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of breast cancer,according to a survey of 6,000 women for the charity Cancer Research UK. About30 per cent of women had heard of the link between alcohol and breast cancerbefore completing the survey, but only one in five had cut down theirconsumption to reduce their risk of the disease. STDfundingTheGovernment is to spend an extra £11m on tackling sexually-transmittedinfections. The money will go to genito-urinary medicine services, improvingthe test for chlamydia in England, improving contraception services and on HIVpromotional work.Asking for adviceUK managers would rather talk to anyone other than family andfriends about problems at work. Accountancy firm Grant Thornton canvassed theviews of more than 380 senior managers and found just 1 per cent turned tofriends and family to discuss business concerns, with half turning instead tocolleagues and other business professionals for advice.Alcohol costing UK plcProblems associated with alcohol cost UK businesses 14 millionlost working days each year, with hangovers alone costing £53m. Dele-gates at aScottish conference organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention ofAccidents also heard that drug use is estimated to cost a further £800m.Pain in the neckHigh levels of distress, along with physical and psycho-socialworkplace factors, can contribute to the onset of neck and shoulder pain,particularly tenderness in the muscles, researchers in Denmark have concluded.Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2003;60:649-654)Lack of PH researchLess than 0.4 per cent of public health research published inthe UK relates to the prevention and reduction of ill health, according to theHealth Development Agency. Professor Mike Kelly, HDA director of research, saida strong research base from which to gather evidence of what works to reduceill health was “essential”. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

e-learning marches on

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. e-learning marches onOn 27 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article XeroxEurope has increased its e-learning five-fold since January 2003. StephanieSparrow talks to Ian Sellars about the benefits of the virtual learningenvironmentIthas become apparent that the critical success factor for e-learning is tointegrate it into the business. This means an organisation can then benefitfrom being able to offer flexible delivery across multiple locations and havethe opportunity to manage and monitor learning. Keento exploit these opportunities, Xerox Europe has increased its use ofe-learning five-fold since January 2003, because it is accessible to employeesand fully supported by senior managers, says its champion, Ian Sellars. Asmanager for learning support services across the whole of the UK and Europe,Sellars is responsible for delivering relevant e-learning.“Ourmarket moves quickly and we are dependent on learning being deployed quicklyacross Europe,” he says. Todo this, Sellars has “removed barriers and room for excuses”. Forexample, learning is ‘free’ to employees because the virtual learningenvironment is funded centrally, not re-charged to cost centres. “We don’t movewooden dollars,” he says, adding that he recommends employees to enter‘learning time’ in their diaries to ensure self-discipline.Learningdelivery is facilitated by the Xerox Virtual Learning Environment (XVLE) – theportal that delivers content and resources across the internet and through thecompany’s intranet.“Weare offering employees the opportunity to learn what they want and need, wherethey want it and need it. This can be at the office or at home,” says Sellars.Amongthe library of learning materials at Xerox Europe are 1,000 generic titlescovering standard subjects such as IT and soft skills, bespoke titles developedinternally on subjects such as induction, and access to the Ashridge VirtualCollege learning resource centre, which has management level titles.“Thisis important because senior managers are showing their buy-in by using thismaterial,” says Sellars.Oneof the many benefits of e-learning cited by Sellars is that XVLE can trackemployees’ progress. If an employee fails a module, even by 1 per cent, theyare told to go back and repeat the module. When they pass, it is registered ona personalised page called ‘my learning’.Fora pan-European company, the XVLE is useful in overcoming language and culturalbarriers when delivering the same learning as it is available in the majorEuropean languages and will soon be boosted by other mother tongues, such asRomanian. The business language of Xerox Europe is English, but “the challengeis to meet the preference of employees to learn in their mother tongue,” saysSellars.ForSellars, who is about to launch compliance programmes in business ethics ande-mail privacy, the XVLE is paramount in ensuring that such mandatory learningis delivered to the same standard. It will also be key in ensuring that40 per cent of employees are trained to ‘yellow-belt level’ in the tools and principlesof the business process. known as Lean Six Sigma. Underpinningall this activity are Xerox Europe’s high-profile commitments to a learningpolicy in which the company clearly sets out the key tasks and objectives ofthe company, and those of employees and managerial staff. Employeesare also being given their own ‘learning maps’, showing the learning they willhave to undertake in each role. This is an itemised route showing howe-learning, distance learning, instructor-led training and experientiallearning will be used at each stage and is proof of how e-learning can beviable in a blended (different media) mix.Aspeople become more comfortable with the concept of the internet, they willthink more about online learning as a natural activity. “It helps them tounderstand that ‘training is something done to me, learning I do for myself’,”he says. InsideXerox Europe–Xerox Europe is part of the multinational business solution and documentcompany, Xerox–Xerox Europe operates in 20 different countries and has around 15,000 employees–Its central training budget is in the region of £5.5m a year–It has 75 training staff based in the UK, near Reading, who are responsible forall training initiatives including elearningE-learningpitfalls that HR should avoidTheAshridge Business School recently published E-learning Research: the Findingsand the Future, which found that 82 per cent of respondents regard e-learningas difficult to introduce. Senior researcher Viki Holton offers this advice onimplementing e-learning, based on observations from the study of 45organisations.Don’t…–treat e-learning as a standalone initiative–make assumptions about computer literacy among the workforce–work in isolation from the rest of the business–work in isolation from your peers–be rushed into buying the most expensive productslast_img read more