… in briefOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Thismonth’s news in briefComet’spersonality pushElectricalretailer Comet has introduced a new training strategy, shifting the emphasis onto staff personalities and communication skills rather than building on theirpast work experiences.Comethas committed an average training spend of £1,000 to each of the recruited andexisting staff at its new Destination Stores, and introduced a two-tier careerdevelopment system, offering incentives to improve staff retention and jobsatisfaction.HRcontroller at Comet Ewan McCulloch said, “By employing people with massivepotential and personality, rather than focusing simply on people withelectrical retail experience, we feel we dramatically improve our customers’retail experience.”Fabto work togetherGenericand sector-specific awarding bodies have joined together to launch theFederation of Awarding Bodies, to be known as FAB. The body brings together 37NVQ awarding bodies including Edexcel, the Hospitality Awarding Body and theCITB to champion vocational training issues working with the NTO nationalcouncil and lobbying government. City & Guilds which originally invited allparties to form a united front, will be the secretariat.Maceymotivates ‘athletes’nWorld Championship silver medallist decathlete Dean Macey has been chosen as the team patron for the British”skills athletes” in the forthcoming World Skills competition. Maceywill meet and motivate the 31 team members, all aged under 22, and offerpersonal coaching. The competition will be held in Seoul in September, when 600competitors from 36 countries will showcase their technical skills in theirrespective trades. www.ukskills.org.ukGuideson developmentPreliminaryrecommendations on management and leadership development are due to bepublished this month by the government-backed Council for Excellence inManagement and Leadership. The consultation paper will look at how companiescan be more effective in monitoring management development and best practice.