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Related posts:No related photos. International news: Work experience goes towards qualificationsOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A bill introduced by French Secretary of State for Vocational TrainingNicole Péry in March is set to establish “validating vocationalexperience”. The principle is that every person in employment has theright to have their work experience validated and counted towards a vocationaldiploma or certificate. This principle has existed since 1992, but there hasbeen a low level of take-up by employees (only 7,000 a year) and it requirestaking at least one academic test. In France, continuing training mainlybenefits the best qualified workers, while 26 per cent of employees still havea level of initial training below that of the certificate of vocationalaptitude. A manager in a company with more than 500 staff is 10 times morelikely to be given training than an unskilled worker in a small or medium-sizedenterprise. Under the proposal, all experience of work must be taken intoaccount.www.eiro.eurofound.ie/2000/03/inbrief/fr0003144n.htmlGood reputation counts according to top staffEighty-one per cent of top-performing employees, identified by theiremployers, say maintaining a good personal reputation motivates them to achievepeak performance, according to a Watson Wyatt survey of 551 large employers andover 500 employees in the US. Only 15 per cent say expectation of financialreward is a very significant influence.www.watsonwyatt.com/homepage/us/new.htmCompromise needed on US minimum wageThe US House of Representatives passed a minimum wage hike on 9 March. The$1/hour increase would be spread over two years. The Senate passed a $1/hourincrease spread over three years. Pension portability was included in bothbills. House and Senate leaders will need to work out a compromise bill to sendto the President before the minimum wage will be increased.www.ipma-hr.org/legaffairs/index.html Comments are closed.