Builder boosts loyalty by developing all employees

first_imgBuilder boosts loyalty by developing all employeesOn 12 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. The construction industry needs to promote people issues up its agenda, andoffer development for all its staff if retention rates are to be improved,claims the HR manager of Kier Build. Frank Maybin, personnel manager at Kier Build, said it is a mistake tosolely focus on graduates. The construction firm has introduced employee development plans for allstaff in a bid to boost retention and believes workers must feel they have afuture within the organisation if they are to be retained. Maybin told delegates at a conference: “We are a high graduaterecruiter and there is a danger that you can focus on just developing them. Butwe have good people in all areas. As a company it is important to support alllevels of staff.” The company has introduced training programmes for middle and seniormanagement as well as an annual performance review. Staff can also study for professional qualifications including an NVQ insite management. Kier Build delivers most of its training via a centralised training centre.Maybin said he is aware of the cost and loss of productivity through travellingto the centre but believes there are far more advantages. “I think there is a measurable benefit to this approach. Staff from allover the country are able to get together, network and buildrelationships,” he said. Maybin also believes HR should be mainstreamed and that line managers musthave solid people management skills. “We must get the people issues right.Our industry is task focused and people can be last issue on the agenda. I findthat if you look after the people, the bottom line will look afteritself,” he said at the conference organised by Contract Journal. By Paul Nelson www.kier.co.uk/KierBuild/ Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The school bag that turns into a light at night

first_img12 May 2015When South African childhood friends Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane finished high school, they knew they wanted to start something that helped young people and underprivileged communities. At age 18, they founded Rethaka, a social enterprise they hoped would do just that – although it would be two years before they figured out how.“Yes, it is a bit funny that you would register a business without a business idea,” says Kgatlhanye. “But at the heart of it we actually wanted to do great things. And when the idea of the Repurpose Schoolbags came to us, we worked on it tirelessly.”Repurpose Schoolbags is an environmentally friendly innovation made from “upcycled” plastic shopping bags with built-in solar technology that charges up during the day and transforms the bag into a light at night.The project targets school children in underprivileged communities, allowing them to study after dark in homes without electricity. The bags are also designed with reflective material so that children are visible to traffic during their walk to and from school.Introducing a sustainable solutionThe pair spent the first eight months of 2014 piloting the schoolbags, followed by producing 1 000 bags from August to December.The company has eight full-time employees in their factory in Rustenburg, but Kgatlhanye says they will employ an additional 12 people this year to help meet their production target of 10 000 bags for 2015.The initiative has been targeting corporate social investment budgets where companies can sponsor the production of bags. Each bag costs R250 (US$20), which covers the cost of employee wages and production.They plan to also produce bags for conferences and events, where participants will be able to choose to give the bag to underprivileged children after the event. The company has already signed up some major clients, including Standard Bank and PwC.Kgatlhanye says they hope to develop other products along the same idea, such as raincoats, but at the moment they are focused on ramping up production of the schoolbags and expanding into other communities.More ‘social’ than ‘entrepreneur’While the co-founders (now both 22) have had to think like entrepreneurs to ensure the business remains sustainable, Kgatlhanye says becoming an entrepreneur was almost a by-product of Repurpose Schoolbags.She says that as a child she never dreamed of owning her own business, but she knew she wanted to do something positive for the community that surrounded her, an awareness she owes to her upbringing and particularly her mother.“My mom cares about people like you wouldn’t imagine . so I grew up in an environment where I was always conscious of caring for other people and having a sense of empathy,” she says.“And thank God I had that upbringing – where I could understand there are people out there that don’t have as much as I do. And that if I find creative ideas on how to give them what it is they need, then we could both be fine ¶hellip and brave the world together.”Alternative sources of fundingKgatlhanye describes her business journey as “instinctive” and she has some great tips to help young entrepreneurs grow their businesses without capital.For starters, she believes there are alternatives to funding that don’t require giving away equity in the business to potential investors. For example, Kgatlhanye has benefited from a number of mentorship and entrepreneurship programmes.She was selected for an internship in New York with marketing guru and American best- selling author Seth Godin, and was picked as one of 18 South African social entrepreneurs to attend the 10-day Red Bull Amaphiko Academy last year. She was also selected as the 2014 first runner-up of the Anzisha Prize, where she won $15 000.“My advice is simple: bootstrap and find competitions to enter your business idea into,” she highlighted during an online Q&A session on the Anzisha Prize’s Facebook page earlier this year.“Firstly, it is a great way to get free business support and advice. Secondly it’s a great networking opportunity to meet high-profile business people – who usually judge these competitions – and potentially get mentorship from them. Finally, if you end up a winner, you will not only get a cash prize but also get some PR out of it.”However, most importantly, Kgatlhanye advises young entrepreneurs to trust their gut and admits that she has decided to lose mentors in the past simply because they shared different visions.Separating business and friendshipAs friends, Kgatlhanye and Ngwane have managed to work well as business partners. But for many, going into business with a friend has led to the end of a friendship.“One thing that’s key is when you form a business partnership with your friend, act as though you met that person that day,” says Kgatlhanye.“So you can’t say because you’ve known your friend since grade 4, you’ll work well together in business. No – you have known them since you decided to start a company together. So get to know your business partner as a business partner, not as a friend, because business and friendship is a different ball game.”Another trick that proved beneficial for the co-founders was to get a business coach to help them get comfortable in their business relationship.“And I think that’s the best advice. Get a business coach, be honest, leave the ego at the door and hustle.”This is an edited version of a story first published on The Anzisha Prize. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

Tuta-Me: connecting learners with tutors by cellphone

first_imgWith a touch of a few buttons on their cellphones, learners in South Africa now have access to tutors through the Tuta-Me app.Tuta-Me was named runner up in the 2016 #Hack.Jozi Challenge. (From left) Magriet Mouton of Hack.Jozi; Dylan Hyslop of Tuta-Me; Ruby Mathang then Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for economic development; Abed Tau of Tuta-Me; and Ravi Naidoo, then executive director of Johannesburg’s economic development department. (Image: Hack.Jozi Challenge)Melissa JavanMore than 200 learners in South Africa had received access to tutoring sessions through an app known as the Uber of tutoring, said the founders of Tuta-Me. Tuta-Me is a mobile application designed to connect learners with tutors, as well as facilitate tutoring sessions.The app was developed at the beginning of 2015, and taken to market by co-founders Abed Tau and Dylan Hyslop in March 2016.Tau told CGTN Africa that the app was not just to enhance education but also to create micro entrepreneurs. There are more than 1,000 people all over the country registered as tutors on Tuta-me.Last year, Tuta-Me was named runner up in the 2016 #Hack.Jozi Challenge. The challenge is a bootcamp for startups with innovative ideas to solve a challenge that the citizens of Johannesburg face, by developing the best digital solutions to everyday problems.The competition was run by the City of Johannesburg in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand through the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering.The beginningTau had returned from his visit to Silicon Valley in San Francisco when he was inspired to start an Uber of “something” in South Africa. After brainstorming, Tau and Hyslop decided to focus on introducing technology into the way that tutoring services were delivered. From there, Tuta-Me was born.Hyslop said Tuta-Me started with two people, but had grown to seven people.Watch the co-founders of Tuta-Me tell SME South Africa how to provide the best solution for customers (and users of your product):How it worksThe Tuta-Me app can be downloaded for free on Android cellphones from the Google Play Store. Students then book a lesson by finding a tutor of their choice. The payment for the tutor session is done via e-wallet.Hyslop explained how the process for the tutors worked. “Tutors set their own rates, availability and the areas that they can tutor in.“Students are then able to find a tutor based on their needs in terms of subject, area and time. A student can then rate a tutor, which ensures that quality is maintained,” said Hyslop.Watch tutors tell CGTN Africa news channel their experiences:Free education projectTau said Tuta-Me had other projects – Tuta-Me Engage, Tuta-Me Uplift and Quiz-Me.Tuta-Me Uplift is a program aimed at providing free tutoring to underprivileged children. “We provide tutors who facilitate sessions intended to occur at least once a week for a specific subject in each grade,” said Tau.“We partner with several companies to sponsor lessons to the schools that we have listed in our program. We also welcome individual sponsorships where individuals can sponsor a lesson or a student for the year.”For more information on its other projects, go to the Tuta-Me Facebook page.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Meet Dr. Alaina Szlachta: Healing Insights about Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pexels [Symbol Tree on October 31, 2016, CC0]Alaina Szlachta, Ph.D.Dr. Szlachta is a scholar and practitioner who intersects the academic world of rigorous research and interdisciplinary teaching with the private sector. Dr. Szlachta is currently the Director of Training with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, where she developed the Hotline’s 60-hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training Program and facilitates training on healthy relationships, intimate partner violence, and culturally responsive practice.Fostering Healthy Relationships in Military FamiliesIn an insightful 90-minute webinar, Szlachta (2016) explores characteristics that define both healthy and unhealthy relationships. Furthermore, the differences between unhealthy and abusive relationships are explored, and guidance is presented for mental health professionals working with clients who may be in abusive relationships. For example, Szlachta discusses clues to look out for which may indicate to a mental health professional that it is time to have a conversation about the health of a client’s relationship. In addition, Szlachta identifies specific challenges military service members face in maintaining healthy relationships and provides strategies service members and their families can use to tackle the specific challenges they face, such as creating emotional safety plans.What Previous Viewers Have to SayYou don’t have to just take it from us that this was an insightful and useful webinar. Here are some things that our participants had to say about this webinar:“I loved the idea of having an ’emotional safety plan’ for our military families.”“I participate in a couple of webinars monthly and this was really one of the best I’ve heard lately. The amount of interaction in the chat panel was encouraging and the leader was open to interaction vs. simply reading from the slides. Really enjoyable and learned a lot. Thank you. “Want to Learn More?To learn more about maintaining healthy relationships, please take some time to watch the MFLN Family Development Team’s free, archived webinar presented by Alaina Szlachta, Ph.D.Also, get social with us on Facebook and Twitter to learn about more great content, webinars, and free CEU opportunities in the future.ReferencesSzlachta, A. (2017). On solid ground: Exploring strategies to help clients create and maintain healthy relationships. MFLN Family Development. Retrieved from: https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/27283/.This post was written by David Lee Sexton, Jr. of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Man stumbles upon treasure while digging

first_imgA man digging the foundations for his home here on Thursday stumbled upon a treasure trove of jewellery worth atleast ₹25 lakh, but the police say he can’t keep it. The police seized the jewellery — 650 gm of gold and 4.53 kg of silver ornaments — as it appeared to be over 100 years old and could be of archaeological significance, Hardoi Superintendent of Police Alok Priyadarshi said.‘No relevant papers’ “It was seized as the person in whose possession it was found had no relevant papers,” said Mr. Priyadarshi. The police learn about the jewellery after information about the find spread in the village. The man, who found the jewellery, first denied the incident but later admitted having unearthed it, they said.Treasure Trove Act Any jewellery or costly item dug out from earth is legally termed “treasure” and is governed by the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878. Under Section 4 of the Act, the finder of a “treasure” is supposed to apprise the district revenue officer either on his own or on receiving a notice. The finder is also required to deposit his find either with the district revenue officials or undertake to produce it before authorities when required.last_img read more

MAKING HEADWAY FROM HINDERED PROGRESS TO THE HANDMAIDS TALE

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter My next option (which I thought would be the easiest thing to do), was to find a mentor to take me under their wing and allow me to observe their work in TV. I hoped I would be given the opportunity to network with their team (since this industry is all about who you know), but I hit another wall: shadowing a director is rare and coveted, and despite being unpaid, these are very tough gigs to get. I persevered but to no avail. Some programs offered the possibility of getting into TV, but you had to already have television experience, or at least shadowing experience. The chicken and egg conundrum was becoming real for me.That was when the Academy’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors came along. I initially decided not to apply since I figured that there must be some kind of catch. I managed, however, to fend off my skepticism long enough to read through the application guidelines and discover that this was it; this was the entry point. It was the exact opposite of most other programs. The Apprenticeship sought female directors who, like me, didn’t previously have access to being on the set of a TV show. The more experience you had, the less it worked in your favour … this program truly wanted to make a difference for emerging directors who wouldn’t otherwise have a way in.I sent in my application and, in what seemed like no time, received the incredible news that I had been accepted. The program started by introducing us to the industry during the Toronto International Film Festival. The media coverage alone raised my profile as a director. As our training began, we had online sessions with industry experts on a variety of topics. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Being relatively new to Canada and having all of my film connections mostly in Egypt and the UK, I was eager to take part in any opportunity to get my foot in the Canadian industry’s door. Those opportunities made a remarkable difference in my understanding of the Canadian film landscape, allowing me to meet the right people and have calling card films that showcase my filmmaking style, ability, and voice: a voice with an Arabic accent.I have always been passionate about making films, but in recent years, I have become increasingly fixated on stepping into writing and directing for TV. I thought the transition from film to television would be seamless. After all, I have the education and a few successful short films as proof that I know what I’m doing. I was eager and ready. My plan began to falter though as I quickly discovered that television is a completely different beast; even if I had shot a feature, I would be starting my career all over again regardless to get into TV. I was perplexed…why did it have to be so difficult?last_img read more

South Caicos airport out of commission during Boxing Day now reopened

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 28, 2016 – The South Caicos airport was faced with troubles again, as on Boxing Day, December 26, flights could not land at the site.  According to InterCaribbean Airways, which issued a statement, there was insufficient fire service at the terminal and so it could not accommodate air traffic.ICA says the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority advised them of the situation which caused a stop to their domestic air service into and out of South.   ICA also explained in that media release, they did not anticipate there would be a resumption of service before today.  Magnetic Media got word around 9:30am, (December 28) that the airport in South Caicos, also known as, XSC is reopened for flights.  The airline, through its CEO, Trevor Sadler said once it got the green light, flights to South Caicos would resume.  Caicos Express Airways has confirmed that it will run at least two flights into South Caicos today.  The TCIAA issued no public notice through media.   South Caicos is now home to two resorts and this is the second hiccup at the airport this month.  Up to news production time, this morning, there has been no information from the Airports Authority, which is charged with overseeing the country’s airports.  News of the reopening was also not communicated by the TCIAA, but by airlines serving the route. Related Items:center_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more