Monthly Archives: May 2011

Daleks Beaten At Last !

I was sad to read that the daleks are being retired from Dr Who. It seems that the daleks have been beaten far too often by the Dr and the producers of the show feel that the daleks need a well earned rest from battle!

The daleks first appeared in the Dr Who series in 1963 and I can still remember being terrified as a young boy and hiding behind the sofa when the daleks were on the series. The word “exterminate” will always make me think about the daleks.

I agree that it is about time the daleks evolved into something better. After all, how can a machine that can’t climb steps be considered a menacing threat to anyone? The daleks must have been one of the first machines sent to terrorise humanity but they have probably been eclipsed by the likes of the Terminator who can more easily climb a set of steps!

I am watching out for daleks on Ebay. One would look great in my living room. I could put it behind my sofa !

Business’s should take advantage of Apprenticeships

There has never been a better time for business’s of all sizes to take advantage of the governments apprenticeships scheme. It is effectively free training which leads to formal qualifications. Customer service is the key to getting ahead of your competitors and with free customer service training available there is no excuse for not taking advantage of it.

A plan to “reverse the trend of rising youth employment” is to be launched by David Cameron and Nick Clegg. The £60m package will create apprenticeships in private firms and a local training company has won a contract to take advantage of the many benefits that apprenticeships offer.

RTC Training based in West Yorkshire are currently offering local employers the opportunity to recruit apprentices in Health and Social Care, Customer Service and Business Administration.

Gordon Rozario, director of RTC Training, believes that the scheme will prove extremely popular with organisations wishing to reduce staff cost and increase motivation and loyalty within their workforce.

He explained “Apprenticeships deliver real return to your bottom line by improving performance and enabling you to be more competitive. They tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Employing apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff and leads to lower overall costs as the minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.50 per hour. There is no cost to the employer and the apprentice will not require any time off work as all assessments and training will be done in the workplace, with the exception of Health and Social Care who are required to spend one day a week at a training centre.”

Employers wishing to consider taking on apprentices should act quickly as the number of places on the current intake is limited and demand is high.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie’s 6 Keys to Success

Become genuinely interested in other people.

Smile. It is possible to smile in your writing and be positive and cheery versus bland and boring.

Remember that a person’s name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language.

Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves. Ask questions.

Talk in terms of the other person’s interest. Find the pain, offer to help.

Make the other person feel important — and do it sincerely. Things like: “Congratulations on a win,” “sorry to hear about the loss,” and “happy to be on the team” always work well.