How To Become A Modern Day Florist

How To Become A Modern Day Florist There are more than 8,000 florist shops in the UK, and nearly 7,000 florist businesses in an industry that is now worth £1.5 billion. It’s not surprising that increasing numbers of people are wanting to join the fun. Described by those involved as a lifestyle, not a job, floristry isn’t just a bed of roses. Early mornings, long shifts and busy periods are matched by quiet times; but if they don’t scare you, …

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what life is like working as a solicitor

What Life Is Like Working As A Solicitor Once you have completed your studies and your training, you are ready to step into the world of law with both feet. You may have been offered a position where you did your training contract, or they may have not had a place for you and you will need to secure employment elsewhere. Whatever the case may be, here is a short summary of how you can and will progress through the roles …

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UK Wages are Rising at Last!

UK Wages are Rising at Last! The recessions are over and it seems positivity is returning at last. UK wages are set to go up in October 2014 by 19p. While it is not a huge increase, the minimum wage is going to be £6.50 per hour. The minimum wage is increasing by a mere 3 per cent, but for many still being paid minimum wage this is wonderful news. It has been six years since the last rise in …

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More Police Staff to Wear Portable Cameras

More Police Staff to Wear Portable Cameras Clear evidence suggests that more police staff will be wearing portable cameras. Already 20 police forces throughout England and Wales are carrying cameras on their uniforms. It is part of a test phase the Home Office started in the beginning of 2014. The trial is costing £1.4 million, with extra funding available for further areas like Hampshire, Gwent, Leicestershire, Thames Valley, County Durham, and the Met. Any police officer that carries firearms will …

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The Latest on the London Underground Train Drivers Disputes

The Latest on the London Underground Train Drivers Disputes At the end of April a planned three day strike for London Underground Train Drivers was set. Despite the planned strike the disputes are still ongoing as May continues to move forward. The dispute is all about 950 jobs that are set to be lost by Train Drivers and London Underground workers. Ticket office closures are set to happen due to automated ticket machines. Fewer people are needed to handle ticket …

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Teachers need more Disciplinary Back-up in Schools

Teachers need more Disciplinary Back-up in Schools Startling statistics have been published regarding Lanarkshire. This is just one location in all of the UK, but it makes the need for proper discipline in schools a bright red neon sign. In 2013 770 assaults occurred on education staff members and teachers in Lanarkshire. In South Lanarkshire 213 attacks occurred on staff members in which 181 were physical and 32 were verbal. The most attacks happened in North Lanarkshire at 557. The …

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How Paramedics are Coping with Response Time Targets?

How Paramedics are Coping with Response Time Targets? Paramedics are dedicated to serve. They have the desire to make it to their patients in time, as early as possible once a call comes in, but sometimes certain factors can simply get in the way. There are a number of issues that have plagued ambulance response times, which also affect the entire network as a whole. In some of the recent incidents issues might have been avoided with proper planning, strategy, …

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Application, Testing and Interview Advice for Fire Control Operators

APPLICATION, TESTING & INTERVIEW ADVICE FOR FIRE CONTROL OPERATORS              APPLICATION: The application process has become more in depth over recent years and HR departments seem to favour the Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQA’s) approach. Within the application they will ask for examples on how you would cover each of these PQA’s that are within the application. For example:  “Describe how you would see yourself as a team ‘player’ and give an example of an occasion …

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A Guide To GCSE Examinations For Parents

A Guide To GCSE Examinations For Parents  Successful GCSE examination results can provide your child with positive foundations upon which to build their future career and pursue higher education. In order to help your child achieve their full academic potential, here is a guide to GCSE Examinations. This guide will help consolidate your knowledge of the basic principles behind GCSEs as well as offering helpful revision techniques and examinations advice which can help your child succeed. GCSE Examinations The Fundamental …

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What is an assessment centre?

What is an assessment centre? An assessment centre is a number of activities that are arranged together to test your responses. They are typically based on competencies or behaviours that the organisation who holds the job, feel are important for their staff to have, together with requiring you to demonstrate certain skills. Some of the activities are tested over one or two days (usually in one venue), whilst others may be computer based tests that you access via the internet, …

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Application, Testing and Interview tips for Fire Control Operators

Application, Testing and Interview tips for Fire Control Operators In this article, former Kent Fire and Rescue Service Fire Officer and recruitment expert Richard McMunn, will provide tips and advice for those people applying to become Fire Control Operators. The application process has become more in depth over recent years and HR departments seem to favour the Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQA’s) approach. Within the application form they will ask for examples on how you would cover each of these PQA’s …

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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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