Volunteer projects ‘better for skills development than another training course’


Half of employees want to use their professional skills on volunteer projects, which could benefit businesses by providing an opportunity for learning and development.

Of the 21% of employees who already lend their work skills to helping out good causes, 82% say it develops their work and skills knowledge, and 79% agree their employer also benefits from their volunteer work.

However, many more would like to volunteer their professional time and skills to helping out a charity or other not-for-profit causes, but 69% struggle to find the time to do so and 38% need further guidance from their employer.

Ed Mayo, CEO of Pilotlight – an organisation that connects businesses with charities – suggested that businesses can gain from enabling staff to undertake more voluntary work, as it can also act as an opportunity for professional development.

Pilotlight has issued a rallying call for employers to take notice of

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Science and Technology Development Fund presents results of six Covid-19 research projects

The Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) today (Wednesday) presented the results of six subsidised research projects connected to Covid-19 pandemic prevention and treatment projects.

These included two projects from University of Macau, two from Macau Science and Technology University (MUST) and two from private companies, which had their interim reports presented at the Macau Science Centre today.

In February of this year, the fund opened an application round for local universities, research institutions, science and technology enterprises and scientific researchers to apply for funding to pandemic prevention-related projects, with 74 applications received.

The 74 projects include 54 university projects, 16 projects from science and technology companies, one science and technology community project and three individual projects.

The expected duration range of the research projects varied from three to 12 months, with some 16 projects said to have already obtained results.

The maximum support granted for this specific round was

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Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Continues to Support Industry-Led Manufacturing and Technology Projects

HAMILTON, Ontario, Sept. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization leading Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, continues to support industry-led manufacturing projects in Canada with a collaborative funding effort totalling almost $9 million to support three projects.

“The Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster brings together the best of Canada’s manufacturing sector and our leading-edge technology capabilities to develop solutions that can be applied at home and around the globe. These three projects demonstrate the power of collaboration, fostering new partnerships and strengthening Canada’s competitive advantage in crucial sectors such as aerospace,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.

“The projects that NGen continues to support are transforming Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector, allowing companies to push the boundaries of technology innovation while also building a critical mass of exceptional capabilities and talent,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen.  “It’s exciting to see that the

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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Announces Two Strategic Projects and Three Major Actions in the New Era

HANGZHOU, China, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) (“Hailiang Education”, the “Company” or “we”), an education and management services provider of K-12 schools in China, today announced the celebration of its 25th anniversary. Since the establishment of the Company 25 years ago, Hailiang Education has been taking “Inclusive of all, brightening the world” as its educational philosophy, and has been deeply involved in the development of private education industry in China. We have developed from a school with a student body of merely 232 to a private education group that sponsors and manages 42 K-12 schools in seven provinces across China, and more than 100,000 students have since graduated from our schools. We’ve made great contributions to the development of basic education in China.

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hailiang Education was held at the Hailiang Education

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Gautham Reddy seeks industries’ help for skill development projects | Amaravati News

AMARAVATI: Seeking industry support in setting up a skill development university and colleges in the state, minister for industries, commerce and IT Gautham Reddy held discussions with several top officials of NTPC, ITDC, SAIL and BHEL in New Delhi on Wednesday.
He requested the top firms to join hands with the state government in training the youth of the state to provide skilled and trained people to the industry. He wanted them to join as stakeholders in setting up the industry specific skill development colleges.
Gautham Reddy met SAIL chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhury and requested him to support in setting up skill development colleges in the state. He said the state government has been implementing multiple skill development programmes aimed at students in schools, colleges, dropouts and unemployed and decided to develop industry friendly eco-system by supporting them with skilled workforce.
“In this connection, CM Jaganmohan Reddy has proposed to
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Walk-through cancer diagnoses and robotics muscles among groundbreaking projects backed by government

  • Six pioneering health technology research projects aiming to transform NHS healthcare delivery benefiting from £32 million government investment
  • projects include novel AI X-Ray scanner to diagnose cancer and osteoarthritis more effectively and robotic muscles to assist those who have suffered from a stroke
  • ventures part of the government’s commitment to help advance healthcare outcomes through its ambitious Research and Development (R&D) Roadmap and to increase R&D public spending to £22 billion per year by 2024 to 2025

Debilitating diseases such as cancer and osteoarthritis could be identified and treated faster and more effectively, thanks to 1 of 6 projects benefiting from £32 million government funding.

As part of a keynote speech on research and development at London Tech Week 2020, the Science Minister Amanda Solloway will today (Monday 7 September) announce 6 new projects aimed at developing revolutionary new technological approaches that aim to transform care and treatments in the

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8 weird DARPA projects that make science fiction seem like real life

The agency responsible for the internet, GPS and stealth aircraft has produced a whole lot of weird in the 62 years since its foundation.

For every one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s wild successes, there seem to be a plethora of wild failures – projects like mechanical elephants or telepathy research. What makes DARPA so unique is its ability to go outside the red tape of bureaucracy to innovate. DARPA isn’t subject to the same acquisition rules as other agencies, which means it has fewer restrictions on the scientists and innovators it can hire and the salaries it can offer.

The agency also has fewer financial limitations, enabling it to invest in longshot projects with the hopes they’ll pay off – they’re basically the military’s innovative venture capitalists.

Here are some of the more interesting projects to come out of DARPA’s “high-risk, high-reward” environment.

1. Plant-eating robots


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Evraz Regina union says it’s losing jobs while projects are given to out-of-country companies

Evraz says it has laid off 219 people since May.

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Evraz says it has laid off 219 people since May.

The president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 5890 says Evraz Regina could lose up to 500 jobs while out-of-province projects are importing steel for a pipeline from outside of Canada.

It announced on Friday that TC Energy, a pipeline company based in Calgary, had decided to import steel from outside of Canada for its 2021 NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) expansion project.

Mike Day is the president of USW Local 5890, which is the union associated with Evraz in Regina.

He said Evraz — the largest steel company in western Canada — spoke with TC Energy last Tuesday and they were informed the job had been given to an out-of-Canada company while jobs are being lost in Saskatchewan.

“Right now, they’re only predicting that we’re going to only have roughly about 15 people working in [Evraz] come

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