Archive for February 19, 2015

Southampton And Hampshire Schools To Benefit From Major Funding Boost, Government Minister Nick Gibb Says

Good news as schools all over Southampton, Hampshire are set to benefit from a multimillion fund that is meant for the repair and maintenance of various educational institutes across the UK. It was reported that an outstanding ₤6 billion was released to help the schools all over the UK and ₤28 million of this fund will be dedicated to Southampton and Hampshire.

Government Minister Nick Gibb visited Southampton, particularly an old crumbling school, and had announced the major funding boost for the schools there. In his visit to Valentine Primary School located in Scholing, he saw the unfavorable condition that the school was in. He was shown the damages that the windows had sustained over the years, the patches of mould and the areas where leaks are a common occurrence.

School staff said that the main hall roof was in a worse condition and needs a whole year of major work. The school area too was not spared from damages with a large part of it being closed because the safety of the pupils might be compromised due to falling bricks.

Fortunately, changes are set to be made for Valentine Primary as Mr. Gibb announced that the school will be one of 227 who will benefit from the ₤6bn funding that also includes ₤4bn which will be distributed to various local authorities and educational institutions for other projects. ₤2bn has been allocated to the Priority School Building Programme.

The conservative education minister also said that the county education chiefs and head teachers of various schools will be receiving more funds to help them conduct repair work and maintenance. By 2017, it is expected that the Southampton City Council will be receiving ₤5.3 million while ₤23 million will be given to the county council.

While some of the money will be given directly to the schools, majority of it will still be handed to the councils and other organizing groups who will oversee the smooth operations of the schools.

The Department of Education had guaranteed that every school will be given a share of the fund for smaller scale repair and maintenance.

University of Winchester Sponsors Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

The University of Winchester announced that it will sponsor this year’s Entrepreneur of the year award. This has been the second year that University of Winchester voluntarily stepped up to sponsor the Business Excellence Awards.

Business awards

The annual awards in the field of business are done to recognize talented individuals in the field of commerce who have the leadership skills in handling a business organization. The nominees will come from different business sectors and will undergo rigid screening by a panel of judges who are experts in the field themselves. They will be particularly looking for individuals who have the passion, driven by strong ambition and a clear vision in reaching a goal. The winner has to be a dynamic, creative, smart and an innovative leader.

The business development manager stated that the university is very proud to be the sponsor of the Entrepreneur of the Year award again. She further added that entrepreneurs are important links to a successful society and that they encourage their students and graduates to choose a path in entrepreneurship or create and manage their own businesses someday.

University’s legacy

The advocacy of the University of Winchester for budding and future entrepreneurs made them collectively decide to give their support through awards. The awards comprise an amount to help entrepreneurs start up or develop their businesses further. The University also offers dialogues, inspirational talk and advice to individuals in the business industry and to organizations in the community as well. This is hosted by the Winchester Business School.

The University offers different field of study to about 6,400 students. Their professional and equipped professors hone their students to become contributors and innovators to society once they step out of the University. Its primary goal is to educate, increase and advance knowledge and serve the people in society. They offer varied courses for bachelor degrees, masters and other post graduate degrees as well as research and doctorate certificates.

Winchester city council

The city council of Winchester will also sponsor the Carbon Smart Award. This award will be given to businesses that have a deep love for the environment. They are those that constantly make it a point to lower their carbon emissions. In order for the business to qualify in this award, it has to be registered with The Carbon Smart Winchester Programme.

A Call For Vocational Education

Education nowadays is more focused on academic achievements that people forgot how it is to do things on their own. It is now a common practice to hire someone for manual labor such as fixing a simple electrical problem, fixing a tap that has been leaking and cleaning up a blocked drain. Home owners are used to hiring electricians and plumbers even in small jobs that require no special skills. These skills are the very reason the government is calling for more vocational education. Though there are people that can be hired for such services, it is good to have these special skills taught in schools.

Manual jobs are given less and less appreciation especially in the Indian society where it is thought to be the sort of jobs suited for people who have achieved less in academic or those dropouts. High dignity is now acquainted to academic achievements and is a clear way of discrimination. This type of expectation must be reflected upon and students must be taught the value of manual jobs and the skills that go with it. Despite the large number of graduates, many are unemployed yet there is a huge deficit in skill jobs. The mindset that there are high dignity and low dignity jobs have driven people from learning these special skills and entering this kind of work.

Because of the pressure set upon the students by their parents and peers, they prefer engineering and management courses over those courses that enhance their skills as a carpenter or a mechanic. These kinds of pressures are keeping a person from learning something and developing any inborn talents. A degree is now given more reverence over a diploma making it a goal for every student. The downside of labelling these two are the standards set. Diplomas are given to those that undergo vocational trainings and perceived to be done by low achievers or the less fortunate.

Vocational education must be made mandatory especially for higher classes in order to produce skilled workforce. The distinction set between academic achievements and vocational skills must be changed and set to work together in order to produce a work force that has a premium academic achievement and the necessary skills to meet industry requirements. Emphasizing vocational learning will open up the mind of students to other options.