ARM to train UK talent

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A top UK hi-tech company is to set up a degree course to grow its own talent. "We have been struggling to find people with the talent we are after," says a spokesperson for Microchip design group ARM Holdings. "So we have decided to develop a four-year masters degree with Loughborough University as one of many schemes to amend the situation." Other projects include building relationships with 12 universities and travelling the country to find talent. The 10-year-old company, which employs 525 people, has a history of going abroad to find experienced people. "But we now realise training will make that largely unnecessary."

A top UK hi-tech company is to set up a degree course to grow its own talent. "We have been struggling to find people with the talent we are after," says a spokesperson for Microchip design group ARM Holdings. "So we have decided to develop a four-year masters degree with Loughborough University as one of many schemes to amend the situation." Other projects include building relationships with 12 universities and travelling the country to find talent. The 10-year-old company, which employs 525 people, has a history of going abroad to find experienced people. "But we now realise training will make that largely unnecessary."

Net benefits for MBAs

The Association of MBAs has set up a new website aimed at revolutionising the lives of MBA students, graduates and those thinking of switching direction. www.mba.org.uk contains information about funding, business schools, accreditation and the career prospects that an MBA degree offers. It also has a database of MBA courses and links to online career adviser, MBA Career Horizons. "The decision to study for an MBA is an major step in anyone's career. With so many courses and study options available in the UK and abroad, it is more important than ever that prospective students have access to accurate, impartial information," says Mike Jones, director-general of the Association of MBAs.

Engineers' wages leap

Salaries for engineers in Britain are now increasing. According to the Engineering Council's annual salary survey, "practically oriented engineers" - that is, those who have the professional Incorporated Engineer qualification - have seen their wages jump 11 per cent during the past year alone.

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