Agricultural value chain development creates income-generating opportunities in South Sudan – South Sudan

JUBA, 17 September 2020 – Since 2017, the conflict in South Sudan has internally displaced some two million people and left more than twice that number facing crisis levels of acute food insecurity. Yet, the country has a vast agricultural potential, with the possibility of developing modern agricultural value chains. With funding from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has implemented a project to create employment and income opportunities for internally displaced people and their host communities by providing skills and entrepreneurship training, and by establishing the basic facilities for agro-processing.

To mark the completion of the project, two events have been held in the presence of the Ambassador-designate of Japan to South Sudan, Naohiro Tsutsumi,and the Minister of Trade and Industry, Kuol Athian Mawien.On 15 September, a refurbished edible oil processing work space in Gumbo was handed over to project implementation partner, the Mazzarello

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The importance of fostering E&S insurance education opportunities

The WSIA Education Foundation’s key projects include financial support of education programs for WSIA members, scholarships for risk management students, and much more. (Shutterstock)

The WSIA Education Foundation formed through the 2018 merger of the AAMGA Education Foundation and the Derek Hughes/NAPSLO Educational Foundation. It is dedicated to enhancing education opportunities for people interested in the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry and to overcome misconceptions about the excess and surplus lines market.

While the foundation supports a robust slate of initiatives with this focus, many of these initiatives are undertaken in collaboration with WSIA’s education and talent development offerings, which creates a valuable partnership.

The WSIA Education Foundation’s key projects include financial support of education programs for WSIA members, scholarships for risk management students, support of the Associate in Surplus Lines (ASLI) designation, support of the AM Best Company’s annual review of the surplus lines segment, partnership with Georgia

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Tenants need more than housing. Paggi Resource Center offers financial literacy, educational opportunities and skill development

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Infosec pros struggle to find opportunities to improve their work skills

Cybrary released the findings from the report which examines the current challenges, perceptions, and impacts of the cybersecurity skills gap faced by IT and security teams worldwide.

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Security teams and the growing skills gap

The survey questioned respondents about the employer contributions towards their skill development, their level of personal commitment to growing their skills, and the current level of organizational support and opportunities offered for skill development.

Over 800 IT and security professionals were surveyed, varying in experience, ranging from system admins to CISOs, to gather their industry insights and discovered that:

  • 68 percent of respondents report investing their own free time, outside working hours to improve their cyber skills
  • Nearly 3 out of 4 respondents agree that skill gaps exist on their teams
  • 65 percent of managers agreed that skills gaps have a negative impact on their team’s effectiveness
  • 40 percent of individuals say they spend time working
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Gardenia Foods, HanBaoBao, 1855 F&B among the 800 employers in Singapore offering jobs and skills opportunities

Despite being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, since April, more than 800 companies in Singapore’s food sector have offered close to 6,700 jobs and skills opportunities, of which 44% are for PMETs, i.e. professional, managers, executives and technicians.

These include roles such as Food Technologists, Chefs, F&B Services Managers and Business Development Managers. Roles for non-PMETs include Supervisors and General Foremen (Food Processing), Bakers, Pastry and Confectionery Makers, and Shop and Store Salespersons.

A majority of them are jobs, as confirmed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its Jobs Situation Report – 6th Edition (21 Sep).

Companies that continue to hire include Tee Yih Jia, Gardenia Foods, Far Ocean, KH Roberts Group, RE&S Enterprises, Creative Eateries, 1855 F&B and HanBaoBao.

Salaries offered for the PMET and non-PMET roles vary according to the specific job nature and skills requirements.

[All salaries cited are in Singapore dollars]

For PMET roles,

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More than 95,000 job, training opportunities made available so far under SGUnited package: MOM

SINGAPORE: More than 95,000 opportunities under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package have been made available to job seekers so far, said Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Friday (Sep 4). 

Responding to parliamentary questions, Mrs Teo said the 95,000 opportunities include 65,000 job opportunities, close to 20,000 company-hosted traineeships, attachments or training places and more than 10,000 opportunities under the SGUnited skills programme. 

Announced in May during the fourth Budget to tide Singaporeans through the COVID-19 pandemic, the SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package is a S$2 billion programme aimed at creating 100,000 job, attachment and training openings.

The Government has helped to place more than 25,000 individuals with jobs, traineeships and training places, Mrs Teo added, with 24,000 people across various age groups placed into new jobs. 

“About half are in the public sector, with another quarter in the modern services and lifestyle sectors,” she said. “The

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ETS Creates ETS Strategic Capital to Tap into New Growth Opportunities in Education

The new ETS unit will pursue strategic equity investments, growth partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions

PRINCETON, New Jersey, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ETS, the world’s largest nonprofit educational assessment and measurement organization, today announced the creation of ETS Strategic Capital, a new unit that will focus on growing the business and advancing its mission through strategic equity investments, growth partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions.

ETS STRATEGIC CAPITAL Investments • Partnerships • M&A

ETS Strategic Capital will broaden, expand and diversify ETS’s offering in assessment, learning and development for K-12, higher education, and corporations. With this mandate, ETS Strategic Capital is actively seeking transactions to establish a global portfolio of innovative education companies that will have both a positive financial and strategic impact.  

“We’ve reached a pivotal point in the ongoing evolution of education — there is a fundamental change in how educational services are delivered, how tools

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Virtual job fairs for veterans, spouses to offer thousands of career opportunities | Article

By Joseph Lacdan, Army News ServiceAugust 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Although pandemic conditions have restricted the attendance of hiring events, Soldiers transitioning from the Army and spouses will soon have the opportunity to attend several upcoming job fairs online.The Army’s Soldier for Life program has reached into the virtual realm to assist Soldiers and their spouses as they adjust from Army to civilian life and search for employment.Private companies and SFL will offer free online career fairs beginning with the National Virtual Career Fair Tuesday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. EDT.The SFL and partner companies designed the fairs to connect Soldiers and spouses with jobs that match their skill sets and experiences, giving participants the chance to interact with potential employers. Jobs range from entry level to senior leadership positions and the fairs will give participants access to thousands of career opportunities across the country.Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies

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Career opportunities available virtually at Engineering Career Fair | News

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College of Engineering Career Fair will take place Sept. 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with more job opportunities than ever before.

Over 400 companies are registered for the 2020 Fall Engineering Career Fair, which will take place virtually on CyHire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16.

The executive team at the College of Engineering has made it possible for 400 companies to attend the Engineering Career Fair, and 5,000 students are expected to attend.

Students will have opportunities for internships, networking and careers. Students who are not actively looking for an internship or job are recommended to go for networking opportunities. 

Since the fair is taking place virtually, more employers have registered to attend. This has allowed new employers who could not send representatives in the past to participate. 

Kate Cossa, program coordinator for the Engineering Career

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The Matt and Sue Johanson Diversity in Technology Fund provides opportunities for CAST students – News

Audra Heistand

Audra Heistand

The computer science program in the College of Applied Science and Technology teaches students to use computers to solve problems. The major provides students with a background in computational theory, design, hardware, and operating systems.

Audra Heistand is a sophomore computer science major who received financial assistance through the Matt and Sue Johanson Diversity in Technology Fund. “This scholarship allows me to focus more of my time and energy submerging myself in my studies instead of worrying about finances,” Heistand said. “With the aid of the generous support I’ve received, I hope to one day help others through technological contributions of my own.”

Heistand is looking forward to taking electives like Principles of Software Engineering and Secure Software Development where she can explore her coding interests. She is also involved in the registered student organization, Women in Technology and is vice president of the ISU student chapter of

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