Covid-19 in two Limerick childcare centres

first_imgDesigned by FreepikIT has been reported that two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Limerick childcare centre.In total, 19 cases of Covid-19 have been notified to authorities across Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to, the childcare centres close temporarily but some have since reopened.Early Childhood Ireland is asking for fast track testing in childcare centres to prevent the spread of cases. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter LimerickNewsCovid-19 in two Limerick childcare centresBy Staff Reporter – August 28, 2020 8047 Email Advertisement Previous articleSingle-Use Plastic Hotspots in Limerick City and CountyNext articleLimerick Post Show | August 28, 2020 Staff Reporter center_img Linkedin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

We must develop our HR back-office skills

first_imgWe must develop our HR back-office skillsOn 24 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today The NHS is a great example of the real role HR has to play in new-lookpublic services. The news profile on NHS HR director, Andrew Foster (10August), stated that it has a workforce of 1.3 million people, growing at arate of 60,000 per year. Assuming 8 per cent attrition, the NHS has to recruit164,000 new employees per year. If we assume conservatively, the NHS receives eightapplicants per vacancy, it has to process 1.3 million applications per year or6,300 each working day. The skills required to undertake such a high volume, transactional activityare not strategic or generalist. Back-office skills must be about customerservice (more a mindset than skill), process, technology, statistical analysis,compliance, consistency, accuracy and repeatability. The back office must beable to measure and understand demand to deploy adequate resources to servicethat demand. Have today’s HR professionals got those skills? I’m still not sure whether the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment’s teachings and qualifications really tackle much of the skills orthe culture required to turn HR into a function with a reputation for serviceexcellence and efficiency. But I am sure that we cannot keep churning out HRgeneralists with a little knowledge about a lot of things. The real test will lie in major public sector ref- orms,following Peter Gershon’s Review of Public SectorEfficiency. It states that savings of more than £20bn in six main areas acrossthe public sector in 2007-2008 have been identified. They include a plannedheadcount reduction, increased efficiency and making the best use of theresources available for the provision of services. One area under intensescrutiny will be the back office, which includes HR. Gershon states that back-office services provideessential support to the delivery of frontline services. But realistically,what does this mean, and how can it be achieved? The proposal is to effectivelycreate Ulrich’s three-box model – which defines how HR should be structured –with a corporate core that sets policy, an expert group to deliver theadded-value professional service, and a third group comprising transactionalsupport services. It is not a new model for HR in the private sector. To kick-start reformation in the public sector, and following the Gershon review, departmental programmes are in place tofocus on simplifying and standardising processes as a potential pre-requisiteto sharing or outsourcing services. Change programmes will also have toconcentrate on another important point raised by Gershon– ensuring the required skills are in place to achieve reformation at a locallevel will be paramount. Creating shared services and separating transactional activities fromstrategy to allow professionals to become HR business partners is a step in theright direction. But it will ultimately fail without developing the right skillsets and cultural mindset in the HR back office, where 80 per cent of resourcesreside. By Alan Bailey, head of businessprocess outsourcing, Xchanging Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

McDan Open West Africa 2016 Postponed

first_imgThe much anticipated Mcdan Open West Africa tennis championship originally scheduled for April 25 to 30 at the Accra Stadium has been postponed to a future date, a release signed by the organisational outfit of Mcdan Open has indicated.The postponement was due to the some extended discussions with some supporting sponsors for the big sporting showpiece. Also  considered was the impending ban on noise making in the Ga traditional area within which the Accra Sports Stadium in located.The release indicated that Mcdan, title sponsor of the annual competition is working on a new date in collaboration with the Ghana Tennis Federation which would be announced later.It also expressed sincere apologies to players (both home based and foreign-based) and collaborators for any inconvenience caused. A new date is to be communicated soon.The McDan Open West Africa Tournament 2016 will attract players from Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire as well as Ghanaian players based in the US and UK. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more