GVC launches grassroots sports investment programme

first_img3rd September 2020 | By contenteditor Topics: Finance Sports betting Strategy GVC launches grassroots sports investment programme GVC Holdings has announced the launch of a multi-million pound investment programme to support and promote grassroots sports across the UK. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Financecenter_img Email Address Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter GVC Holdings has announced the launch of a multi-million pound investment programme to support and promote grassroots sports across the UK.‘Pitching In’ will be rolled out via a flagship partnership with the Isthmian, Northern Premier and Southern Leagues, which, collectively known as the Trident Leagues, make-up the seventh and eighth tiers of the English football league pyramid.Each of the leagues will take the Pitching In title, in exchange for GVC delivering financial support, as each competition seeks to secure its future in the wake of the disruption caused by novel coronavirus (Covid-19).The pandemic led to each of the leagues’ 2019-20 seasons being made null and void, which in turn saw the competitions miss out on valuable revenue.As well as financial support, the partnership will also focus on facilitating and encouraging community volunteers to support the leagues. GVC and the Trident Leagues will establish a volunteering scheme to help link local GVC staff with clubs in their area.In addition, GVC will deliver extensive educational programmes on responsible gambling and sports integrity to all of the leagues’ clubs.In line with the operator’s decision in 2019 to stop sponsoring British football teams, the new partnership will not promote any of the group’s betting or gaming brands, while no branding will be used at any of the leagues’ grounds.“In a world where local and grassroots sports are under increasing financial pressure, we believe our Pitching In Investment Programme will play a pivotal role in supporting the next generation of British sporting heroes,” GVC’s chief executive Shay Segev said.“Today’s partnership announcement with the Trident Leagues is a hugely positive step in this direction and underlines our commitment to support both grassroots sport, and the communities in which we operate.”Isthmian chairman Nick Robinson, along with Northern Premier chairman Mark Harris, and Southern League vice chairman Anthony Hughes also welcomed the new partnership.“Community is at the heart of non-league football, so the Pitching In partnership is a perfect fit for us; GVC’s commitment to grassroots sport is clear from their previous work, and this investment shows huge belief in the importance of grassroots sport,” the trio said.GVC has also signed former England international footballer Stuart Pearce as the official Pitching In ambassador to help promote the new initiative.Pearce played with non-league Wealdstone FC for over five years, before going on to play in the top-tier First Division and later the Premier League for the likes of Nottingham Forest, Newcastle United and West Ham United.“Grassroots football is facing huge challenges at the moment and many clubs are struggling to stay afloat,” Pearce said. “GVC’s Pitching In investment will help make a big difference to hundreds of clubs and thousands of players across the country.”last_img read more

First Quantum Minerals Q32010 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Quantum Minerals (FQMZ.zm)  2010 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileFirst Quantum Minerals Limited is an international holding company overseeing the extraction of copper, nickel, gold, zinc and acid through mining operations in Zambia, Australia, Finland, Turkey, Spain and Mauritania. The mining corporation operates six mines: Kansanshi copper-gold mine, Guelb Moghrein copper-gold mine, Las Cruces copper mine, Pyhasalmi copper-zinc mine, Ravensthorpe nickel-cobalt mine and Cayeli copper-zinc mine. Its subsidiary divisions have interests in evaluating and acquiring mineral properties, regulatory reporting, treasury and finance, corporate administration, and a metal marketing division. Copper is the main commodity mined by First Quantum Minerals in Zambia, and gold is a by-product commodity. First Quantum Minerals Limited is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in aviation services and support. This includes aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training. The company was established in 1979 as the sole ground handler at the newly-commissioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Today, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc handles 70% of domestic and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria encompassing 35 airlines at 9 airports across Nigeria. Subsidiary companies include Mainland Cargo Options and Nahco Power Energy and Infrastructure. The Federal Government through Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a 60% equity stake in the aviation enterprise. The remaining 40% is held by Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Market recovery: why I won’t sell my FTSE stocks in May

first_img You may have heard of the investing approach to “sell in May and go away”. The idea is to hold shares from November through April and switch to cash from May through October. Some investors believe such a strategy could provide higher returns than a conventional buy-and-hold strategy.I wouldn’t sell my stocks in MayThere are many academic studies on the topic and the results are for the most part inconclusive. For example, this year’s brutal selling started in February. But then 2020 is no ordinary year for anyone.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This month has seen a large number of shares stabilise somewhat. So far in April, the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are up about 1.4% and 3.8% respectively. And these returns do not include any dividend payments that you would have have received from holding your shares long term.On the other hand, if you look at historic prices, between May and November 2019, the FTSE 100 largely moved sideways rather than falling. And June and July were quite strong months for the index. Similarly, FTSE 250 investors saw robust returns in September and October 2019.Therefore predicting what the indices may do in May or the summer months this year is anyone’s guess.Yet investors realise that there are increasing fears the Covid-19 pandemic will crimp economic growth. In the coming days, if we were to get worrying health or economic news, then investors may indeed be tempted to sell in May (or any other month) and ask questions later.Likely opportunities in any marketIn investing, risk and return go together. Whenever markets decline considerably in a matter of weeks, many investors wonder if they should sell and turn their paper losses into real losses. Each portfolio is unique and different investors have different risk/return profiles. However, history tells us that markets tend to recover from losses, only to make new highs. Yet timing the market is extremely difficult, especially for the average investor. Instead, with a bit of due diligence, investors can now find robust FTSE shares that may be appropriate for many portfolios. And their prices for the most part are a lot cheaper than they were in January.There are several companies I’d consider buying, especially if there is any further weakness in their share prices in the coming weeks. In the FTSE 100, they include BT Group, British American Tobacco, Ocado, Pennon Group, and Smith & Nephew.In the FTSE 250, I like Cranswick, Dechra Pharmaceuticals, Softcat and Tate & Lyle as potential long-term investments.Making the right decisions in stock market investing is not necessarily about constantly picking winning shares and funds. Rather it is about having a long-term strategy. So if you are unsure where to begin, a low-cost FTSE 100 or FTSE 250 tracker fund might also be appropriate.Foolish takeawayInvestors may be hoping that we skip any potential seasonal weakness after the brutal beating shares have received in the past few weeks. Yet it is not possible to know if we can. And shareholders could once again get their faith tested in the coming weeks if FTSE stocks retreat again.In the short run, I’m expecting continued volatility in stock markets as well as in the value of the pound and prices of most commodities. Personally, I’m a long-term investor. And I’m determined not to get caught up in any May madness.  See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhD tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Pennon Group and Softcat. 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In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Market recovery: why I won’t sell my FTSE stocks in May Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Tuesday, 28th April, 2020 last_img read more

Box Houses / Grupo Zegnea

first_imgBox Houses / Grupo ZegneaSave this projectSaveBox Houses / Grupo Zegnea Year:  Photographs:  João Morgado Houses Box Houses / Grupo Zegnea Architects: Grupo Zegnea Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© João Morgado+ 17Curated by Matheus Pereira Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934863/box-houses-grupo-zegnea Clipboard “COPY” CopyHouses•Guimaraes, Portugal Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934863/box-houses-grupo-zegnea Clipboardcenter_img Lead Architects: ArchDaily Hugo Lobo, Eugénio Ribeiro Portugal Area:  9601 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Design Team:António Póvoas, Diogo Rodrigues, Mariana Rodrigues, Duarte Ramos, Sandra Sanroque, Rita PoçasCollaborators:António Póvoas, Diogo Rodrigues, Mariana Rodrigues, Duarte Ramos, Sandra Sanroque, Rita PoçasCity:GuimaraesCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© João MorgadoRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsCultural / PatrimonialAccoyaAccoya® Wood in an Iconic Biblical Project: Giant Noah’s Ark CladWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. There is an interrelated relationship between the “problem” and the “solution”, so the greater the degree of definition and understanding of the problem, the greater will be the ability to validate the solution. Architectural production is made of this strict relationship, the search of the answer to the specificity of the question.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe objective was to develop a simple and comfortable product, that answered the market needs, respecting a contemporary living and the cost awareness associated with its implementation.Save this picture!© João MorgadoSave this picture!First floor planSave this picture!© João MorgadoBox Houses are part of a plot in the city center of Guimarães, an urban context with single-family houses. Although the majority is mostly residential units, in its nearby is a manufacturing unit expressed with great “authority”, with a huge mass, which somehow “suffocates” its surrounding area.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe proposal tries to “cohabit” in a “passive” way with the “authoritarian” volumetric building, seeking that the placing of 4 houses will be able to cancel the impact of the manufacturing unit.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe housing program is clear. The first level is defined by a permeable volume with the pedestrian entrance and garage, the courtyard promotes the division between the porch and the house, allowing the light into the interior. Inside the house, a “free plan” is completed with a volume that combines the areas of services and vertical communication. The upper lever is defined by a suite and two bedrooms with a shared bathroom.Save this picture!© João MorgadoThe simplicity with which the interior design of the houses is faced, is likewise reflected in the exterior materiality, through the use of a “pure box”, placed in a natural way with the slope of the street. The houses look for a visual force in their own essence, an affirmation of place and space, cohabiting.Save this picture!© João MorgadoProject gallerySee allShow lessODP Residential Building / Michan ArchitectureSelected ProjectsBiomimicry Institute Launches New Online Course for DesignersArchitecture News Share 2012 “COPY” CopyAbout this officeGrupo ZegneaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGuimarãesResidential ArchitecturePortugalPublished on March 11, 2020Cite: “Box Houses / Grupo Zegnea” [Casas Box / Grupo Zegnea] 11 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save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

Largest personal gift to charity made by… Bill Gates

Howard Lake | 3 June 1999 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement 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. Largest personal gift to charity made by… Bill Gates Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, yesterday donated $5 billion to a foundation named after his father. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, yesterday donated $5 billion to a foundation named after his father. This is the largest individual donation to a charity. The William H Gates Foundation makes grants for health, population and education work.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Sites for seniors

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 | 9 August 2000 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Natasha van Bentum is the creator of SeniorsinCyberspace a guide for non-profit groups who are interested in learning about older peoples’ use of the Net. In this week’s Vancouver Sun, Natasha lists other sites used by seniors. These bookmarks give a good overview of how older people use the Net, which should be of interest to many fundraisers.Read Natasha van Bentum’s Bookmarks in the Vancouver Sun. Sites for seniors read more

State may need to explain delays

first_imgEmail Facebook Advertisement NewsLocal NewsState may need to explain delaysBy admin – December 3, 2011 538 Previous articleSOS from Clonlara flood victims to save further disasterNext articleReport spotlights safety concerns of communities admin WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter THE book of evidence relating to a man charged with the possession of drugs at an address on the Hyde Road is not ready according to gardai who told Limerick District Court that needed more time to prepare it. 27-year-old Liam Casey was charged on October 6 last with the alleged possession of €46,000 worth of BZP tablets at an earlier date. The matter was mentioned before Judge Gerard Haughton last week when Mr Casey appeared via video link from Limerick Prison. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The matter was adjourned until December 8 next for when Liam Casey will appear via video link.An application by his solicitor to have the matter marked peremptory was refused, however Judge Haughton did say that it was getting “close to the stage when the State would have to explain any delays in the case”. Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Passerby panics after seeing fake Clark Griswold hanging off roof in ‘Christmas Vacation’-inspired lights display

first_imgKVUE(AUSTIN, Texas) — No one was around to save Clark Griswold as he dangled from a roof while hanging up Christmas lights in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but a dummy representing the fictional character wouldn’t have faced the same fate.A family in Austin, Texas, based their Christmas lights display off the iconic movie scene for a neighborhood decorating contest, but the display may have been a little too realistic.The family combed through consignment shops in the area to find the perfect outfit for the dummy, who they nicknamed “Clark Griswold Jr.” — a flannel button-up, down vest, baseball cap, jeans and “dad” sneakers, ABC Austin affiliate KVUE reported. Last week, as passerby Alfred Norwood, Jr. neared the home, he thought the dummy dressed in classic Clark Griswold attire was actually a victim of Christmas decorating gone awry hanging for dear life, according to KVUE. Norwood could be seen in the home’s front porch camera running up to the display, shouting to the hanging man, “Please hold on!”The concerned good Samaritan then took the nearby ladder, which was carefully placed to look as if it were falling, and placed it near the dummy to assist him, the video showed.“Can you reach it?” Norwood asked. When the dummy didn’t respond, Norwood then called out “Help!” toward the street and called 911.“I thought, ‘Oh my God! I hope he’s not dead. Let me call 911,” Norwood told KVUE. Later, an Austin Police officer stopped by the home, telling the nanny that he had seen the display before, the surveillance video showed. Norwood, a U.S. military veteran, told KVUE that he “was trying to get him down” any way that he could.“Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!” Norwood said. The incident happened one day after the light display went up, KVUE reported. Resident Leah Wheless told ABC News that Norwood was “the only one who stopped,” although hundreds of people pass by the house every day.“He was doing everything he could to get the ladder and save Clark,” Wheless said.The family gave Norwood a gift card to thank him for his good deed, even if it was all for naught.They also put a sign asking people not to call 911, stating that “Clark G.” is part of their Christmas display.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

University challenge

first_imgDespite the uncertain climate in the leisure sector, hotel giant HiltonInternational continued with its methodical approach to establishing an onlinecorporate university, and its launch provides useful lessons for all employerswanting to establish learning for all. Sue Weekes reportsJust before the attacks on the US last September, the Hilton Group, whichdevelops, owns, manages and franchises 2,000 hotels, resorts and holidayproperties worldwide, had just finished putting in place and presenting thebasic design for the Hilton University. It followed a pilot project, in-depth analysis, research and exhaustiveemployee interviews. No one would have thought the group faint-hearted had itdecided to delay or shelve the project in view of the decline in world travelthat followed, but preparation for the university went ahead as planned and itwas launched on 6 February 2002. John Guthrie, head of international management development for Hilton Group,says: “We proceeded because we are in it for the long-term. In allbusiness and service businesses, the contribution of people is of centralimportance. We have a great commitment to learning and development and careers.This is intended as a global university for everyone at Hilton.” Traditionally, corporate universities, which provide a centralised learningand development resource and reinforce the ethos of the organisation and itsvalues, exist as bricks and mortar institutions. With the advent of e-learning,many have now added an online arm and some exist purely as virtualuniversities, typically accessed via the company intranet or a web-basedportal. Hilton’s university exists online and can be accessed via the intranet orinternet but in the medium to longer term it will become the gateway to a mixof traditional, blended and online learning programmes. “It’s not abuilding but it’s got to be lot more than an e or virtual university. We’vekick-started it with e-learning but ultimately it [Hilton University] is thename given to all of our learning development and knowledge programmes,”says Guthrie, also stressing the internal commitment to and investment in theproject. “This is not just an HR initiative that sits around. It comes straightfrom the top and if anyone can be credited with initiating the product it’schief executive Anthony Harris. Those on the advisory panel include the deputygroup chief executive, the group finance officer and the head of global HR.It’s a central part of our business so it’s got to be led by the people who runthe business and who have profit and loss responsibility.” The kickstart that Guthrie refers to was provided by e-learning providersIntellexis and SkillSoft. As well as soft skills content, the latter is alsosupplying the learning management system, SkillPort, which runs and hostsonline content. “For us it’s almost a textbook job,” says SkillSoftbusiness manager Russell Harper. “It’s been about 14 months, which is along sales cycle, but the university is being built exactly how it should be bystarting small and building upwards. It’s also helped that so much interest andenthusiasm has been generated to support the project.” Skillsoft, which provided the General Motors university (set up in 1927 andwidely considered the oldest corporate university in the world) with a newsuite of business courses, is a content rather than an LMS provider but Hiltonbegan using SkillPort and decided to stick with it because it serves its needs.However, Harper says there may come a time when they need to upgrade it,especially when the university carries more classroom and instructor-ledcourses. “We’re quite honest with them about that. But at the moment,SkillPort works fine for them.” Intellexis, meanwhile, is providing courses in financial skills, which aredesigned to enable managers to understand the fundamentals of financeirrespective of the job function. The two providers worked closely together toensure both sets of products ran under the LMS. “As a content provider, wehave been at great pains to see our products run under all the LMSs. Thedeveloping industry standards [AICC/Scorm – see opinion page 27] are a good wayto enable flexibility of choice for a user,” says Intellexis chiefexecutive Paul Palmarozza. “Customers are moving away from using one-stop shops. A user such asHilton can now choose the best of breed in each subject area and feel confidentthat these products will operate consistently under whatever LMS it selects.This is not always the case but we have given a high priority to this level ofcompatibility so it works for us.” Intellexis’ content was also chosen because it could be adapted to meet Hilton’sneeds. The course content shows how business decisions affect the financialperformance of an organisation and requires numerous examples to enable thelearner to make the connection with their own industry, company and job.”To make our Finance for Managers curriculum even more appropriate, ourchief developer went to Germany to meet key Hilton finance and project people.They worked together for two days, reviewing the product screen by screen anddeveloping new exercises,” explains Palmarozza. Hilton version After a final review by Hilton, these were incorporated into the product toproduce the ‘Hilton Version’, which was then integrated into the SkillSoft LMS.”The essential nature of the changes is based on the fact the hotelbusiness is a service business and that some of the management decisions aredifferent from those made by managers in a manufacturing business,” saysPalmarozza. The university is broken down into seven faculties. Four of these are splitacross the group’s four main areas of activity, which reflect the organisationwithin the hotel: operations; finance; business development; and HR. The otherthree are the Faculty of Management Skills; the Faculty of Executive Education(aimed at senior managers and which acts as Hilton’s business school); and theFaculty of Research, which is a library and knowledge resource. “Anemployee may aspire to be a team leader or senior manager we’re providinglearning journeys so that people can plan a career when they join,” saysGuthrie. Employees access the courses in a learning and development room at the hotelor from home. Since the university launched, 1,916 have been started and 1,059have now been completed. “Out of those who’ve completed the courses, 90per cent are recommending them to colleagues,” says Guthrie, adding thatHarris e-mailed the workforce about the launch of the university, followed upwith localised meetings and communications from champions of the project ineach country. In May, Hilton put the next phase of the project into action with its Food‘n’ Drink Business multimedia learning CD-Rom. This was sent to every hotel in the group and to hotel schools, recruitmentagencies and the trade press. Complementing this is online tutoring support, devised in collaboration withthe Hotel School of the Hague, and which offers 30 hours of learning, designedto be spread across a six-week period. It focuses on kitchen and servicemanagement and includes an e-based assignment. The Complete Learning Approach’sfinal component is a residential programme at the advanced level. The business development courses and then the executive education programmewill be next. Guthrie is a great advocate of the methodical, planned approachand this also gives learning and development a chance to become embedded in thecompany culture at Hilton, a vital part of the overall strategy. “When we set things up we were determined that it wasn’t going to betraining from 1978 with a Hilton wrapper on it. We want the learning and theacquisition of knowledge to become worthwhile in itself,” he says. In summaryGiving employees learning journeys Hilton Group’s requirements: To create a Hilton University. Although accessed online, itwill be the gateway to a blend of training, from pure online programmes toresidential courses.Why? To create a learning and development centre for all Hiltonemployees. People are of central importance in the service business so trainingis vital. Hilton’s strategy is to give employees learning journeys when theyjoin the companyIs e-learning delivering? It’s still early days. The university is being kick-started bytwo programmes of e-learning and so far 1,916 courses have been started and1.059 completed. Ninety per cent of those who have finished the coursesrecommended them to others.Hilton group’s tips for success– The lead must come from the very top. This should not be aninitiative that stays in an HR cupboard somewhere. Those who run the businessand have profit and loss responsibility must be involved from the beginning– Don’t just do it: plan thoroughly, run a pilot and trials andget lots of user feedback that you can learn from– Make learning and development a worthwhile activity foreverybody University challengeOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more