First Church of the Nazarene: Back to School Supply Drive

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith & Religion News First Church of the Nazarene: Back to School Supply Drive From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, August 1, 2013 | 1:20 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The First Church of the Nazarene, is still collecting donations through August 4!Don’t miss the chance to participate in PazNaz’s Back to School Supply Drive benefitting Field Elementary School & PazNaz’s Community Partners through August 4. For those interested to participate, they can pick up a list of needed supplies from the patio table on Sundays or from the church office during the week. Please drop off your donations in the church office or in the marked boxes around campus. Contact Pastor Amber Baker with questions at [email protected] Church of the Nazarene, 3700 East Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena, (626) 351-9631 or visit Make a comment Community Newscenter_img Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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first_imgSubscribe Tagged with: The Industry Pulse Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Filling More Vacancies Next: Bucking Stereotypes _______________________________________________________________________________________Melvin Watt, Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), recently announced Andre D. Galeano to Deputy Director of the Division of Federal Home Loan Bank Regulation. Prior to this position, Galeano served in various positions in the FHFA since 2002. Additionally, Galeano served as Associate Director of examinations for the FHLBanks, Associate Director of credit risk for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and Examiner-in-Charge of Fannie Mae._______________________________________________________________________________________ZVN Properties has recently announced the hiring of Kiyoshi D. Hunt as VP of Strategic Partnership. Hunt has over 23 years experience working in professional sales and management with local and national organizations over multiple business segments. Utilizing his “client first” approach, he has a proven track record of high level business development and service management, problem resolution skills, and is an expert in creating efficiencies and processes to assist clients in achieving their goals.  Hunt has worked in the REO industry since 2009, and has excelled in forming strategic partnerships. Prior to joining ZVN Properties, he has successfully created synergies among multiple companies in the REO industry to protect vacant properties by working with national property preservation companies, banks, and other organizations in the industry._______________________________________________________________________________________International Document Services, Inc. (IDS), a mortgage document preparation vendor, announced recently the promotion of former Manager of Development Beckie Santos to the newly created position of Manager of New Product Development. In her new role, Santos will leverage her development experience to work closely with the IDS development team as well as operations, quality assurance, and compliance to help shape and guide future solutions. Santos joined IDS in 2004 as a developer. During her tenure in development, she became known as a go-to developer for difficult projects. In 2010, Santos was promoted to Manager of Development. In her new position, Santos will also oversee the global integrity of IDS systems. She will further work to make certain that releases run smoothly, coordinating with both customer support and development to certify that all updates are clean and efficient._______________________________________________________________________________________ClosingCorp, recently announced that Springboard Home Loans, a not-for-profit mortgage lender working to expand homeownership, has begun using its SmartFees solution, an automated fee solution that delivers real-time closing cost data from more than 20,000 individual service providers. With this move, Springboard will now be able to expedite Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure production through its integration with ClosingCorp and Ellie Mae’s mortgage management solution, Encompass. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Flagstar Bank recently announced the addition of Kristy Fercho, who was previously SVO and Customer Delivery Executive for Fannie Mae, to lead Flagstar’s Mortgage Business. In 2016 alone, Flagstar originated $32 billion in home loans. Fercho spent 15 years with Fannie Mae, originally as the VP of human resources responsible for the company’s people strategy, talent acquisition, and cultural transformation. Since then, she served in customer management roles and oversaw mortgage production of almost 2,000 lenders. As of late, she managed customer delivery strategy and business performance of all Western U.S. customers, delivering single-family home loans to the agency. She is a mortgage industry veteran with knowledge in mortgage originations, servicing, fulfillment, risk management, and regulation. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News About Author: Brianna Gilpin The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Which companies are merging, and what professionals are moving? See some highlights in this update of the housing and mortgage industries. The Industry Pulse 2017-08-10 Brianna Gilpin Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 10, 2017 1,190 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articleslast_img read more

The Housing Industry: Then and Now

first_img Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Perhaps no other decade has impacted the housing industry as much as the last 10 years have, but successfully navigating that period has led to a sea of change in terms of innovation. Take a look at what Jason Allnutt, General Manager at, had to say about the past and future of and the industry as a whole. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles 2017-09-15 Brianna Gilpin Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago DS News: Reflecting on the last decade, what changes have you witnessed in the industry?Perhaps no other decade has impacted our industry as much as the last 10 years have, but successfully navigating that period has led to a sea of change in terms of innovation. Today, new technologies make it easier for investors to quickly ascertain what properties are actually worth; and what borrowers are able (or likely) to do to cure default. Although inventory amount has tapered from historically high levels, the industry continues to evolve, and we are finding that online marketplaces continue to gain share based on improved outcomes. This growth is a direct result of the out-of-the-box approach that we’ve witnessed from industry leaders with their implementation of new ways of thinking and innovative solutions to address the challenges presented to them. This new approach to the business, paired with the ability to provide a robust online platform has resulted in the vibrant, healthy marketplace that we see today.DS News: I understand is rebranding in conjunction with its 10th anniversary. Tell us about, as a brand, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. We evolved from Real Estate Disposition Company in 2007 after finding the value and efficiency of disposition in the digital environment. Timed to coincide with our anniversary, we have unveiled a new logo, tagline, and updated design aesthetic that reaffirms our commitment to providing buyers and sellers with optimal disposition strategies for faster executions. As we’ve grown from an online auction site to the only platform uniquely able and proven to successfully bring any and all assets to auction no matter the stage in the disposition lifecycle, we look forward to going “Beyond The Bid” in providing proven disposition solutions that better prepare buyers for success.DS News: What have you learned over the course of the past decade that helps you continue to steer forward? I remind myself of the importance of being relentless in the pursuit of developing optimal solutions, innovative in developing clear strategy, and forward thinking in exploring new opportunities in the marketplace.Each of these qualities validates the importance of having an experienced and committed team in place—one that keeps our buyers’ and sellers’ needs top-of-mind in effectively presenting the most optimal disposition strategies in the market. The creativity fostered by our team positions to best serve our sellers through a faster, more cost-effective method of disposing of their assets, and our buyers by providing the level of education and supporting resources needed to empower them to bid in confidence.DS News: What is next for the industry? Our industry is moving at a rapid pace and frankly, for us, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the future. The economy continues to improve, consumer confidence remains high, and as the established market leader in distressed asset disposition, is well capitalized with access to the strategic and financial resources we need to drive the continued innovation of our technology and future expansion of our global footprint. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Technology Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / The Housing Industry: Then and Now The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin The Housing Industry: Then and Now September 15, 2017 1,686 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae’s Economic Update Next: The Week Ahead: The Five Star Conference and Expo Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Deputy concerned at impact of school transport changes

first_img By News Highland – December 14, 2010 Newsx Adverts NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter Deputy concerned at impact of school transport changes Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleThree teenagers in court on Mountcharles arson chargesNext articleMan in court following criminal damage to Bunbeg Garda Station News Highland Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Changes to the primary school bus transport qualifications will interfere with the education of local students, according to Donegal North-East TD Joe McHugh.He is to challenge Education Minster, Mary Coughlan, in the Dail this week to clarify the changes to the distances for qualifying primary school students for school transport.Deputy McHugh says the new rules will force many Donegal parents to send their children to different schools: RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny last_img read more

Almost 5,000 people join Save Lifford Hospital Facebook page

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebookcenter_img Previous articleUp to 1,000 people attend public meeting against threatened closure of Lifford hospitalNext articleCouncil should abandon Christmas drinks tradition – Cllr Larkin News Highland WhatsApp Facebook Almost 5,000 people have now joined the ‘Save Lifford Hospital’ Facebook page.The page was set up on the social networking site in protest against the threatened closure of the hospital.A public meeting in Lifford last night was told that some 8,000 people had also signed a petition against the closure.Paul McClay, who set up the Save Lifford Hospital Facebook page, read out to the crowd some of the stories that have been posted on the site………………………..[podcast][/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – December 10, 2011 Almost 5,000 people join Save Lifford Hospital Facebook page Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitterlast_img read more

Woman released in Seamus Doherty murder investigation

first_img Woman released in Seamus Doherty murder investigation Google+ Previous articleDonegal included in Coilte’s off-road cyling strategyNext articleLocal Ulster Bank branches opening today and tomorrow News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – June 22, 2012 center_img Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter The woman being questioned by Gardai in connection with the death Seamus Doherty in Churchill last weekend has been released from custody.The woman in her 50’s was one of two people arrested as part of the murder investigation -she has been released without charge.The second, a man in his 40’s, was earlier released.A file is being prepared for the DPP.67 year-old Seamus Doherty died at a house near Churchill village in the early hours of last Sunday morning.A murder inquiry was launched after a post mortem found he had died in suspicious circumstances.Mr Doherty’s remains have now been released and are being waked at his daughter Brid’s home. Google+ News Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Happy haunting

first_img Email the author Latest Stories Happy haunting Not too many years ago, children all across the United States celebrated Halloween on Oct. 31, by dressing up in costumes and going trick or treating.Today, Halloween is not widely celebrated in such a way. Many people frown on Halloween as a pagan holiday and have opted instead for Fall Festivals, which have adopted much of the fun and games of Halloween. Children have shed the ghost and witch costumes and instead dress as Barbie and Batman.“Oct. 31, was once a day of dread for our European forbearers,” said Dr. Milton McPherson, retired Troy University history professor. “ European Catholics honored all saints on Nov. 1 and Oct. 31was all hallow evening or Halloween. Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Bonds revoked for two suspects Bonds for two charged with rape, kidnapping and robbery at a Troy home have been revoked. Ronald Demarkus Thomas, 25,… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 31, 2009 By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… “It was widely believed that witches and other evil spirits were especially active that night. Europeans locked their doors and pulled their blinds and prayed that no witches would call on them during the night.”A witch, or wizard if a man, was believed to be one who had entered in to a pact with the devil. Witches were condemned in the Bible.“Heresy, challenges to the Catholic Church, spread throughout Europe during the 15th century and in 1484, the Pope urged that witches be exterminate as heretics,” McPherson said. “True Christians were urged to fear the devil as well as to trust in God.” “A perversion of this belief gave rise to the popular superstition that cats have nine lives.”A common belief among the more superstitious population was that witches met once a week in a coven, which consisted of 12 witches and the devil.Four times a year, including October 31, all witches and the devil met in a terrifying witches’ sabbath held in a “frightful” part of the countryside.“Witches would arrive and a fearful orgy would follow with feasting on the flesh of new-born babies and dancing to tunes played by thousands of toads,” McPherson said.“At the height of the sabbath, the devil would appear, large and hairy with a tail, cloven hooves and horns. He would initiate new witches and punish those who had not been wicked enough by whipping them with thorns or scorpions.”In Salem, Mass. in 1692, several young girls began to have fits and accused several townspeople of having bewitched them.“There was likely some reasonable explanation but a local doctor concluded ‘the evil hand (witches) is on them.’ Eventually, 200 were jailed, 55 were tortured and 19 people and 2 dogs had been executed as witches,’ McPherson said.“The victims died alone, deemed the worst of criminals and shunned by their own kinsmen for to show compassion for a witch was to invite death.”Many were victims of spite or plain mischief and many were possibly suffering from mild forms of insanity in an age when mental diseases were not recognized as such.“But all were victims of the ignorance and superstition which still abounds in many parts of the world today,” McPherson said. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel McPherson said that most accused witches were women because the belief was that women are frailer than men so it was easier for them to be entrapped in the “snares of the devil.”“Every witch was believed to have a ‘familiar,’ which was an animal form they could assume at will,” he said. “The black cat was believed to be the most commonly used familiar.”Should a familiar be killed with the witch “in residence,” the witch would not perish.“Only after nine such deaths would the witch finally die,” McPherson said. Sponsored Content Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Skiplast_img read more

Severe weather heading east as Election Day approaches

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The same storm system that dumped up to 16 inches of snow from Wyoming to Colorado, shutting down major roads, is heading for the Mississippi River Valley.Severe weather is predicted later Monday and into the evening. The biggest threats from the severe storms will be damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes.On Election Day, the storm system will be heading toward the East Coast, with storms potentially stretching from Atlanta to Philadelphia. More strong winds and hail are expected, with tornadoes possible.New York and Boston may see strong thunderstorms, as rain and snow showers will be expected in the northern Great Lakes.Showers will be possible in and around Seattle, with snow in the Cascades and northern Rockies.Most of the central U.S., from Denver to the Twin Cities to Chicago, will be mostly dry and seasonally cool.Warm weather is expected in the southernmost parts of the country, from Los Angeles across to southern Florida. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

There have been 3 federal executions in modern US, but that number is set to multiply

first_imgtxking/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The first spate of federal executions announced by the attorney general would quickly more than double the number of such executions in modern U.S. history.There had only ever been three federal executions since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, with the most infamous among them that of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced it will restart executions in federal cases, and it listed the first five executions that will be performed in December 2019 and January 2020.The Department of Justice statement concludes by noting that “additional executions will be scheduled at a later date.”Aside from those five, there are 57 people remaining on federal death row, according to data collected by the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center.That number accounts for people who were sentenced to death in federal cases as opposed to in state courts cases. It is a fraction of the total death row cases on the state level, as the Death Penalty Information Center reports that as of April 1, there were 2,673 death row prisoners in state facilities nationally.That discrepancy suggests the decision to restart federal executions is a political one, according to Evan Mandery, a professor at the John Jay College for Criminal Justice.“What would be the public policy benefits by seeking the executions of five people? What’s the deterrence of that?” Mandery, who is an expert on the death penalty, told ABC News.“There’s no public policy justification for it whatsoever and it’s almost certainly going to amount to a symbolic act,” he said. As a result, Mandery views the change to be “a characteristic pandering to the most conservative base.”By contrast, Attorney General Bill Barr framed the move as a matter of upholding existing law.“Congress has expressly authorized the death penalty through legislation adopted by the people’s representatives in both houses of Congress and signed by the President,” Barr said in the statement.“The Justice Department upholds the rule of law — and we owe it to the victims and their families to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system,” he said.The past casesThe highest-profile federal execution to date is undoubtedly that of McVeigh, who was convicted on 11 counts of a federal indictment connected to the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, which killed 168 people. McVeigh was sentenced to death and was executed on June 11, 2001.Eight days after McVeigh was executed at the penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, that is home to federal death row, Juan Garza, who was convicted for the killings of three men, was executed on June 19, 2001.The third and last person to be federally executed was Louis Jones in 2003, after being convicted of raping and killing a female soldier. The victim, Tracie McBride, was kidnapped on a Texas Army base.The announced first string of casesThe five cases selected by the Department of Justice to be the first to resume federal executions vary both in terms of the cases themselves and the dates and locations of the respective crimes.They include a member of a white supremacist group who murdered a family of three in Arkansas and was sentenced in 1999, a man who murdered a woman and her granddaughter in Arizona and was sentenced in 2003, a man who raped and murdered a teen in Missouri and was sentenced in 2003, a man who tortured and murdered his toddler daughter in Texas and was sentenced in 2004, and a man who shot and killed five in Iowa and was sentenced in 2004.The announcement does seem to suggest a common determining theme, noting that they are inmates “convicted of murdering, and in some cases torturing and raping, the most vulnerable in our society — children and the elderly.” That said, it doesn’t make any suggestions that subsequent cases will follow the same theme.One other important consistency that exists between the five cases comes at the end of the statement: “Each of these inmates has exhausted their appellate and post-conviction remedies, and currently no legal impediments prevent their executions.”Possible future casesThe two most infamous criminals listed on federal death row are the Charleston church shooter and Boston Marathon bomber.Dylann Roof, who killed nine black churchgoers during a Bible study in Charleston on June 17, 2015, was sentenced to death in 2017.Roof’s sentencing was the first time a death penalty verdict was rendered in a federal hate crimes case.Before the killings, Roof’s racist hatred built up for years, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson told the federal jury, according to ABC Charleston affiliate WCIV. Roof scouted the Emanuel AME Church months before, Richardson said. After buying the murder weapon with his birthday money, Roof bought enough magazines to have 88 rounds, which had racist symbolism, Richardson said, linked to Hitler.Another infamous criminal convicted in federal court was Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was sentenced to death in 2015.On April 15, 2013, three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and another 260 were injured when Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, detonated explosives near the marathon’s finish line. Three days later, during a city-wide search, the brothers murdered MIT police officer Sean Collier. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was later killed in a shootout with police.Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in 2015: “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack… the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime.”As of yet, however, the attorney general has not indicated who would be given future federal executions.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Government revamps post-16 education to make it more relevant to employers

first_img Comments are closed. Secretary of State for Education and Skills Charles Clarke has promised morejoined-up thinking for the post-16 years education and training sector, andless bureaucracy. His plans were announced as details were released to make the ModernApprentice (MA) scheme more attractive to employers by making skills morerelevant and flexible. Addressing the Association of Learning Providers’ Partners in Learning 2003conference, Clarke said: “A diverse and strong provider base is vital toour plans in the post-16 sector to allow all our young people to reach theirpotential, to give those whose main-stream education has failed, a vital secondchance and lay firm foundations for lifelong learning.” He drew attention to the employers’ agenda. “A high-quality, crediblenetwork of work-based learning providers is essential to ensure employers’skills needs are understood and training is in place to meet them,” hetold delegates at the conference in Birmingham last month. The DfES is pressing on with its promotion of Modern Apprenticeships and hasset targets of 28 per cent of 16-21 year olds entering the scheme by 2004/05.Latest estimates show it will have achieved 99 per cent of its interim targetsfor 2002/03 with 149,000 young people being part of the system. It has promised to work with the new employer-led MA Taskforce to promotethe scheme and steer their future development. Speaking after the conference, deputy chairman of the new taskforce IanFerguson said employers still perceived MAs as being too bureaucratic andinflexible .” Ferguson, chairman of software company Data Connection, wants to seeemployers take their own initiative to develop MA models which would then be approvedby Sector Skills Councils “But the first thing to do is improveawareness,” he said. “And we need to do more work to make them moreflexible.” Ferguson said it is recognised that many young people need extra support.”In August the new Entry to Employment programme will be rolled outnationally, ” he said. “This is for disadvantaged and disaffectedyoung people to gain the skills needed to progress to Foundation MAs,employment or further vocational learning.” Clarke had outlined the need for bureaucracy to be pruned – a challengehanded to the chairman of the Bureaucracy Taskforce, Sir George Sweeney, whowill draw up recommendation for work-based learning providers following similarwork last year on Further Education colleges. “The aim is to try to identify those things the system generates whichare not serving the interests of young people,” Sweeney told TrainingMagazine. “The more pounds we can push down to the frontline, thebetter,” he said. Sweeney’s department will set up a ‘star chamber’ of regulations, publishits conclusions and produce a final report in March 2004. By Stephanie Sparrow Related posts:No related photos. Government revamps post-16 education to make it more relevant to employersOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more