The Day in the Life of a 999 Fire Control Operator

The Day in the Life of a 999 Fire Control Operator Within Emergency Fire Control there are four Watches. These are usually named as Red, Green, Blue or White Watch. They run in line with Station Watches, this enables a good relation to be struck with Stations resulting in consistency between Station’s and Control. The shift pattern can consist of i.e: two 9 hour day shifts, 0900 to 1800hrs and two 15 hour night shifts, 1800 to 0900hrs or in …

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Video Game Development Process

The Pipeline for Making a Game – Who makes video games? What is the video game development process? Video games are traditionally made by a whole team of people known as ‘developers’. Most developers have a specific skillset and knowledge that they bring to the games production such as programming, art or story-telling. However with the modern games industry thriving on the internet, global connectivity and access to more and more tools and knowledge independent or ‘indie’ developers are breaking through …

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Accountants under Fire from Government

Accountants under Fire from Government The current global financial meltdown has brought to light many bitter truths about how the complacency and greed of those in power can bring down entire economies and adversely affect the lives of millions. Another story that has emerged in recent weeks is that according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, four of the biggest accountancy firms in the UK have helped some of their richest clients to avoid paying taxes in the country. What …

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Should Police Forces Rely on More PCSOs?

Should Police Forces Rely on More PCSOs? Police Community Support Officers are members of the police force, and are employed by the police department. However, they are not regular police officers. The role of PCSO is unique in that it is specially created to tackle community disruptions such as anti-social behaviour, and other matters related to the quality of community life such as littering, illegal tipping etc. As such, although they are employed by the local police force, PCSOs are …

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Overcoming Nerves before Attending an Assessment Centre

Overcoming Nerves before Attending an Assessment Centre Assessment centres whether they are for police or a different form of employment, can be dealt with using some of the same techniques. Nerves will always be present when you are going for interviews, practical assessment, and written assessments to obtain your career of choice. No one walks into an assessment centre nerve free. The key is to hone those nerves so they work with you rather than against you.  Practise Interviews and …

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More and More People are struggling on London Salaries

More and More People are struggling on London Salaries London is one of the most expensive European cities to live in; indeed the second most expensive in the entire world, after Tokyo. It is now said that to be able to have an average standard of living within the London area, a household income needs to be £3,250 per month. Despite London being the international hub of financial business, there are an increasing number of people who are struggling to …

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Student Advice: When University is Not Right for You

Student Advice: When University is Not Right for You University is a huge step. Most people from parents to teachers push for you, as a student, to further your education by attending university. However, there are some cases when university just is not right. What happens when you find out that University may not be the right fit for you? The first thing to know is that university is not for everyone. There are many people who do not have …

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How Cutting City Jobs Equals Bumper Bonuses

How Cutting City Jobs Equals Bumper Bonuses The financial crisis in 2008 brought a common phrase into the country’s vocabulary: bankers’ bonuses. The phrase encapsulated everything that was to blame for the economic situation, as the people responsible for the terrible financial mess the country found itself in were continuing to get rewarded for their risky behaviour. Meanwhile everyone outside of the City was forced to put up with cuts to public services, a freeze on salaries or perhaps even …

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Hiring Employees – Making the Best Use of Psychometric Testing

Hiring Employees – Making the Best Use of Psychometric Testing Personality or psychometric testing has become a large part of the HR process. In fact, a recent study produced by the Society for Human Resource Management concluded that approximately 18% of companies currently use personality tests as part of their hiring process. Cognitive and personality tests can, when used correctly, provide an increased level of success among new hires. Financially, a bad hire equates to an approximate loss of a …

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The Reasons behind the Industrial Action by Judges and Lawyers

The Reasons behind the Industrial Action by Judges and Lawyers January saw the first ever Industrial Action conducted by judges and solicitors in England and Wales. This action was undertaken after a proposal in 2013 was met with protests. The proposal is to cut legal aid by 30%. The fees provided for legal aid to solicitors and judges are meant to cover the costs of a case such as travel, interview time, research, the actual court costs, and to give …

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Back to Old School Discipline for Teachers

Back to Old School Discipline for Teachers  Right about the time ridiculous cases hit courts for suing anyone for the littlest thing, discipline in schools starting disappearing. If someone could be sued for the use of a wrong word, stating that someone might need a larger size in a piece of clothing or a company for selling hot coffee then teachers could fear being sued for invoking school policies for disciplinary action. Fear has been reigning in the United Kingdom …

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Key Exam Dates for SATs, GCSEs and A-levels in 2014

Key Exam Dates for SATs, GCSEs and A levels in 2014  Dates may vary depending on the institution a student takes their test through. There are different exam boards which are detailed below that may be chosen based on the availability of the exam needed. The most common choices and dates are provided below to show the possibilities for taking different exams, re-sits, and results days. Application information for UCAS is also provided for those looking to enter university in …

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Should the City of London Police Force Be Abolished?

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Should the City of London Police Force Be Abolished? In a tale of two cities, London proper has always had its own police force while the rest of the districts have been managed by the Metropolitan Police Force. Over the years there has been discussion of combining the two forces, but there has never been a concentrated effort to do so. Recent budget cuts have begun to force the issue and arguments are being made over whether the City of …

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Why are Attacks on Paramedics on the Increase?

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Why are Attacks on Paramedics on the Increase? When you are working to serve the community, the last thing you expect is to be physically assaulted. There is nothing that angers the majority of the general public more, than one of their servants being attacked in the line of duty. Unfortunately, however, it seems to be becoming a more common concern for paramedics, especially those in the Greater London area. Over 200 Blacklisted Addresses Such has been the frequency of …

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Why Are More and More Experienced Teachers Leaving the Profession?

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Why Are More and More Experienced Teachers Leaving the Profession? It has been an ongoing debate, perhaps ever since education was first established as an essential pillar of society – teacher’s pay. When you discuss the role that teacher’s play in all of our lives, it is hard to think of a more important profession. Our children spend a large proportion of their time at school being influenced by what they are taught and, more importantly, how they are taught. …

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How2Become shortlisted for Independent Publishing Awards 2014

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How2Become shortlisted for Independent Publishing Awards 2014 How2Become just been shortlisted for the 3rd year running in the Independent Publishing Awards 2014 – this time in the “Worldwide Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year” category! We are in a tough group with a number of other strong publishers - Absolute Press, Quiller Publishing and Search Press. The 2014 shortlists were compiled over two days of judging by panels of experts from across the publishing world. They feature 27 different companies and three individuals, …

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Are the Coalition’s Police Cuts Starting to Show?

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Are the Coalition’s Police Cuts Starting to Show?  Based on the Coalition government’s decision to abolish the old system where the Home Secretary and Chief Constables were fully responsible on how the police force was being funded, the new system is less than friendly, the consequences of which are being felt both by the police force and the general public. As of November 2012, the responsibility of police funding has come directly under the elected Police and Crime Commissioners unit. …

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Top Tips for Aspiring Game Designers

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Are you an aspiring Game Designer? This article on the top tips for aspiring Game Designers covers the Top 5 Tips current Game Designers Wish They’d Known from Day One. After many years in any industry you can always look back at things you’d wish you had known earlier to speed things up achieve more. All game designers are continuously learning within the game industry but here are a few top tips from industry insiders on things they wish they had …

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Game Designer Courses in the UK

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Game Designer Courses in the UK The game industry is a fast expanding modern industry that is becoming ever more fruitful in the United Kingdom. There are plenty of jobs out there but there is also a lot of competition. So if you are thinking of breaking into the game industry how do you go about it? One of the best ways to of breaking into the game industry is through a game designer courses in the UK. The reason …

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Should Estate Agents Acquire Formal Qualifications?

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Should Estate Agents Acquire Formal Qualifications? Hiring the right estate agent is almost as important as the process of acquiring a piece of real estate. There are many kinds of agents who can profess to represent you in your quest to buy or lease real estate, but the question you should really be asking yourself is – “Is this person going to represent my best interests all through the process or not?” Estate Agents – Friend or Foe? Acquiring real estate, …

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