Sainsbury’s fined £10k

first_imgSainsbury’s has been prosecuted following an accident that left a Cheshire in-store bakery manager with serious neck and back injuries. The employee, of the company’s Curzon Road store in Sale, slipped on water, which had leaked from a dough prover onto the floor of the bakery in March 2004. Environmental health officers from Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council found that the store’s managers had failed to control a risk that could easily have been avoided by putting down matting or regularly mopping the area.Sainsbury’s was convicted of two health and safety offences under Section 2 of the Health and Safety Act at Work 1974 and Regulation 12 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. It was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,040.June Reill, Trafford’s executive member for environmental services, said: “Our environmental health team carries out focused visits to local businesses. The council takes health and safety very seriously and will not hesitate to take legal proceedings where appropriate.”last_img read more

Scottish community seeks to save bakery

first_imgResidents of Dunbar in East Lothian are so concerned about the possible closure of the William Smith’s bakery, that they are putting together a plan for the local community to buy it.Sustaining Dunbar, a not-for-profit association affiliated to the Dunbar Community Develop-ment Company, was officially launched on 30 April this year, and is currently looking at ways to fund a community buy-out of the bakery, which makes cakes, breads and savouries on its high street premises.At the moment, the Smith family have no concrete plans. “Everything is up in the air,” said manageress Katherine Smith, and she admitted that she did not know what would happen to the bakery when the family retires. “It would be nice if it was sold as a going concern, but I guess that depends on whether the price is right. The business has been in the same family for over 150 years and it’s something we’re very passionate about. Everything we sell, we make,” she added.Convener of Sustaining Dunbar Philip Revell said the plans are still in the early stages, and they are in the process of putting together a business plan. “William Smith’s is the only working bakery in Dunbar and, when we heard they were retiring, were very concerned about what it would do to the area,” said Revell.He explained that they would need to move fast in terms of the working out the plans to finance the project, so they could get in a bid for the site, which he stated was currently up for sale.last_img read more

Friul juicers unveiled

first_imgApuro has unveiled its new Friul juice extractors and is marketing them as a way for bakery retailers, cafés and coffee shops to encourage healthy eating by offering pure fruit or vegetable juice. The machines can also be used to juice vegetables as a base for cold soup.Two models are available from Apuro. The Lota is the smaller version, and can process 150kg of fruit or vegetables per hour with a typical yield of 60-75%. The larger Alpha model can process over 220kg per hour, with a typical yield of 65-75%.Both models have a double shredder disc for maximum efficiency and a food pusher to hold the food in place and prevent slipping, and are supplied with a full one-year parts and labour warranty.[http://www.apuro.co.uk]last_img read more

Award win spurs growth for Anne’s

first_imgAnne’s Patisserie in Flint has announced plans to expand the business in 2010, following two gold wins at last year’s Great Taste Awards.Its Sticky Chocolate Pudding with Rich Belgian Chocolate Sauce achieved three-star gold, while its Sticky Date and Ginger Pudding was awarded one-star gold.The small family-run business, owned by Anne and James Elwood, has revealed it is keen to establish links with quality farm shops, delicatessens and independent retailers across North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the Wirral.Anne Elwood told British Baker that she “hopes to have another 20 new clients by the end of the year”.The business began supplying homemade cakes and desserts to hotels, pubs, and restaurants in 2003, but Elwood said that its awards win prompted the firm to diversify and market its products to the retail sector.It has already secured 10 new customers as a result of marketing advice from the food and drink mentoring programme offered by the Food, Fish and Market Development Division of the Welsh Assembly Government, and Elwood said the advice has also given her extra confidence when approaching potential retail customers.She explained that the business has been working on the packaging and labelling of its products to be sold at retail outlets, and customers can now order on its website.last_img read more

Done to a Crisp It

first_imgPackaging technology company Sirane has developed a new type of microwave material for foodservice packaging, which can be used for crisping-up hot paninis, baguettes and pasties.Crisp It Light is a two-layer film ’susceptor’ that can be shaped to fit different packaging formats for products that are cooked in microwaves. The material absorbs microwave energy and heats up, making a ’hot-plate’-type surface, which then crisps the food. The firm has already won several advance bulk orders, including an order of 300,000 units from a leading UK train operator.Jeremy Haydn-Davies, Sirane sales director, said: “Our new film can be made into wraps for the cooking of paninis and sandwiches. There are no size restrictions and any concept can be developed into a product.”Available in various formats, such as sleeves, the film can also be used to flow-wrap foodstuffs, eliminating the need for additional outer packaging. Sirane’s new formula means that direct printing on to the film is also easy, thus removing the need for a label.Sirane also continues to develop and manufacture its range of Crisp It susceptor discs for pizzas and Crisp It shaped boards for burger buns and other fast foods. The company will exhibit at stand WO31 at the Foodex Exhibition in Birmingham in March.www.sirane.co.uklast_img read more

Toaster of the week: Jesus toaster

first_imgToast impressions are nothing new we’ve seen everything from cartoon characters to football insignia burnt onto bread. Similarly, Jesus’ favoured medium of appearing on bread products is well-documented. Now, the two have made an unholy alliance in the form of the Jesus toaster. “It’s really a natural parody to the phenomenon of seeing Jesus everywhere,” said its inventor Galen Dively, founder of Burnt Impressions.While orders from born-again Christians have flooded in, others in Daley’s conservatively Christian US homeland have hailed this as a heathen home appliance.However, his products could be elevated from impudent impiety to international incident, if the company’s latest idea sees light of day. “How about a toaster that toasts the Star of David on one slice and the Crescent Moon of Islam on the other slice?” mused Dively on the firm’s Facebook page. “The traditions are sliced from the same loaf.” Uh oh, he’s just lit the touchpaper for a spate of toaster burnings in the Middle East…last_img read more

Danish delights

first_imgFinancial meltdown or not, it seems UK consumers are frequently tempted by a Danish pastry or pain au chocolat to accompany their breakfast, mid-morning, or afternoon hot drink. Ian Toal, managing director of Delice de France UK and Ireland says the firm has experienced strong demand for its more traditional sweet pastries, such as its Danish pastry selection, over the past 12 months. “Despite the recession and tougher market conditions, the demand for sweet pastry products has remained strong. In fact, it would be fair to say that bake-off sweet pastries have proven to be one of the most resilient categories during the period as consumers choose sweet treats as a relatively inexpensive way to indulge and have a personal treat.”Commenting on the latest trends in this category, Bakehouse marketing director Kate Raison says its retail customers are interested in new variations on popular themes or product types, in order to keep their bakery offering fresh and consumers interested in trying new options. “While NPD, where traditional ranges are given an innovative twist, is important, indulgence with flaky pastry, chocolate, authentic flavours and fruit fillings is still key,” she explains.”Retail sales patterns show growth in sales of doughnuts and, notably, Danish pastries. Although the traditional favourites maple & pecan plait, vanilla crème crown and the cinnamon swirl make up over 77% of the Danish market, there have been recent fresh developments in Danish, such as fruit fillings and new shapes, which are helping to grow the sector.” Responding to the trend, Bakehouse has launched an Apricot & Almond Scroll, made with Schulstad Royal Danish pastry, topped with almond remonce [made from creamed butter and sugar], and featuring a real apricot filling.Country Choice has also tapped into this development with the launch of some new lines, designed to continue the growth of the long-established Danish and Continental pastries market. A Lemon & Blueberry Crown, Raspberry Croissant, and Apricot Croissant, have joined its portfolio. Other launches include Delifrance UK’s Vanilla Plait and Danish-style vanilla custard, which commercial director Alan Moutter says have been launched in response to potential growth opportunities in the breakfast market an area he says has been becoming a more ’premium’ occasion.Vandemoortele says the bake-off sweet pastries category has been showing good overall growth within in-store bakeries. “In-store bakery Danish sales equate to £34m annually, with puff pastry products, comprising turnovers, Eccles and fruit puffs worth in the region of £13m a year,” says marketing manager Chelsea Pogson. “The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel has shown Danish sales have increased by 4% in value for the 12 weeks ended 31 October 2010 versus the previous 12 weeks; this is also up on the comparable 12 weeks last year.”Pogson says puff pastry fruit turnovers have also continued to grow, up 2% over the last 12 weeks. As sweet pastries are suitable for a number of different eating occasions breakfast, afternoon treat or dessert she adds it’s important for in-store bakeries to make sure they are available to consumers throughout the day. In terms of festive products, the firm says it is seeing twists on traditional mince pies, made with puff pastry, with visual changes such as lattice tops and mini options, and recipe changes, such as the addition of butter to the recipe, which it says should help drive sales of ISB mince pies by attracting new shoppers.The Viennoiserie market is also expanding, says Bakehouse’s Raison, currently making up around 10% of the in-store bakery snacking market. “Consumers still view these products as ’breakfast treats’ and the whole Viennoiserie category is seeing great growth at 5.7% (data: Nielsen Scantrak 52 weeks to 2/10/10),” she says. “Pain au chocolat is proving the product ’hero’, with a 13.5% growth, due to increased distribution, gaining broader universal appeal in the UK market.”Some pastries, it seems, just never go out of fashion.last_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“I absolutely eat what I cook. You have to remember that when I was modelling, the girls Christy [Turlington], Naomi [Campbell], Cindy [Crawford] were all a size 10. We weren’t the size girls are now; we were slim, not skinny”Supermodel-turned-baker Lorraine Pascale, who is soon to open a second branch of Ella’s Bakehouse and is currently fronting Baking Made Easy on BBC2, on how you can have your cake, eat it and not have to stick your fingers down your throat”It’s really a diet that brings food back on to the plate that people thought they were not allowed to eat. It acts like a fibre in the body and does not get absorbed in the small intestine. It also triggers fat-burning enzymes and helps you to feel fuller”At last! With all the gluten- and wheat-dodging going on, Ellen Kunes launches The CarbLovers Diet, which lauds resistant starches, as found in the likes of rye and grainy bread”It was a weird thing to happen, I just felt a wee pop in my groin. Right away, I thought, ’Oh no, I might miss the Celtic game.’ I was really gutted at that moment”Mark Peat, captain of minnows Berwick Rangers and a Greggs worker, nearly misses the chance of a lifetime to topple Celtic in the Scottish Cup after picking up an injury loading the van. It made no difference he was passed fit and they lost 2-0last_img read more

Cakewatch update

first_imgThis is the woman police are searching for in connection with the nation’s first recorded case of cupcake rage. The customer in question allegedly went berserk in Cardiff cupcakery Sugarswirlz when it ran out of her favourite ’Sweet Tooth Fairy’ cupcakes, smashing up the shop and assaulting staff. The net is closing.Cupcakers, don’t have nightmares, do sleep well.last_img

Texas man wanted for series of child molestations in Elkhart

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter Texas man wanted for series of child molestations in Elkhart IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By Carl Stutsman – April 29, 2020 0 498 (“Court Gavel” by Best Law, Public Domain) A warrant has been issued for a Texas man connected to more than a dozen cases of molestation in Elkhart. The counts date as far back as 2004.45 year old Julio Rios of San Antonio is facing 13 counts of child molestation in the case. Details about the alleged molestation’s have not been released but court documents indicate there were five total alleged victims that were as young as five years old when the incidents began, and continued for several years.The Elkhart Truth reports that split between the various felony charges he faces a combined sentence of up to 272 years when or if he is tried.Read more here with The Elkhart Truth Google+ Previous articleSouth Bend man strands his car on the tracks; steals another and crashes itNext articleGreenleaf in Elkhart reports half of residents COVID-19 positive or presumed positive Carl Stutsman WhatsApplast_img read more

Press release: Letter of resignation from Nick Hardwick to the Secretary of State for Justice

first_imgWe met this afternoon to consider the implications of the judgment in the Worboys case.I want to repeat my admiration for the courage and tenacity of the women who brought the judicial review. Their success will have consequences that go far beyond this individual case and will benefit victims and the administration of justice for years to come.I am very pleased that the court declared the Rule that prohibits the Parole Board from explaining its decisions should go and that the judgment recognised that this was something I had been calling for. I am pleased too that as a result of Dame Glenys Stacy’s investigation into victim communication in the case, these processes will be improved in future and that she made no criticism of the Parole Board’s actions in this matter. I am also confident that as a result of this case a much simpler system for reviewing Parole Board decisions will be established and, as I have already made clear in my submission to you, this is something I would very much welcome.Consistent with these principles, I have been clear throughout the legal processes that followed the decision in the Worboys case that I welcomed the scrutiny to which it was subject. I instructed that there should be no procedural moves to prevent such scrutiny, as the judgment indicated could have been made, and that our disclosure of material relating to the case should be as full as possible. I am as anxious as everyone else that the correct decision should be made.The court was critical of some aspects of the panel’s decision-making processes although it did not overturn the panel’s decisions on these grounds. It could not, no more than you or I, put itself in the place of the expert and experienced panel members who heard the evidence and made the decision. The court did however find that the panel’s understanding that it could not go beyond the offences for which Worboys was convicted was mistaken in this “difficult, troubling case with many exceptional features.” I shared the panel’s misapprehension in this matter and this was supported by the advice I received. We were wrong.You told me that you thought my position was untenable. I had no role in the decision of the panel in the case and believe I am capable of leading the Parole Board through the changes, many of which I have advocated, that will now be necessary. I am sorry for the mistakes that were made in this case but I have always made it clear that I will support the members and staff of the Board in the very difficult individual decisions they make and I will accept accountability for the work of the Board. I will not pass the buck to those who work under me. In these circumstances I inform you of my decision to resign with immediate effect.In conclusion, I want to state my concern about the independence of the Board. I believe this matter raises very troubling questions about how the Board’s independence can be safeguarded. I hope Parliament will consider what structural changes are necessary to ensure this independence is protected in future.last_img read more

News story: Exciting opportunity to manage inshore fisheries and conservation

first_img identity employment history for the last three years nationality and immigration status, including the right to work criminal records check for unspent convictions also known as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. work experience application form (MS Word Document, 70.5KB) MMO competency framework (PDF, 237KB, 45 pages) IFCA applicant guidance notes (PDF, 203KB, 10 pages) Salary and benefitsThe annual salary or other remuneration will be stated in the relevant vacancy details. On appointment successful applicants will be able to join a partnership pension account, a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution based on your age. You do not have to contribute but if you do your employer will also match your contributions up to 3% of pensionable pay. You do not have to join the civil service pension arrangements. You may opt out and be covered instead by a personal pension or the State Second Pension (S2P).In addition to any specific benefits that will be stated in the relevant vacancies, other benefits include 30 days annual leave, 10 and a half day’s public and privilege holidays and flexible working.EqualityMMO is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all staff. Applications are encouraged from people regardless of age, disability, gender (including reassignment), marital status, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.We offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for people with disabilities (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who meet the minimum criteria for appointment.Eligibility and nationalityAll jobs listed in our current vacancies are open to: All of our jobs are advertised on the Civil Service Jobs website.Our public appointments (generally ministerial appointments to the board) are advertised on the Cabinet Office Public Appointments website.The chairman and members of MMO board are appointed in line with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.Applicant guidance In some circumstances enhanced checks may also be required however candidates will be advised if this is the case.Additionally, successful candidates are required to give a reasonable account of any significant periods (six months or more in the past three years) of time spent abroad.The DBS checks are designed to provide clarity on any unspent convictions and therefore the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) apply.ExpensesNo external candidates will be reimbursed for their interview expenses.Work experienceUnfortunately we are unable to offer work experience placements currently. Please check back regularly for updates.Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCA)The MMO is responsible for appointing local people with relevant expertise to IFCA committees. Appointees make up roughly half of IFCA committees and are appointed on a voluntary basis.The members of the IFCA contribute their knowledge and experience to provide sustainable management of the inshore marine area of their IFCA district. They guide the IFCA to deliver its mandate under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and in line with Defra guidance.We seek to achieve a balanced membership across various interest groups, including those with commercial, recreational and environmental interests. We are also keen to appoint people who represent the economic, social and environmental needs of their IFCA district and who, collectively, bring a variety of relevant interests such as fishing groups (commercial and non-commercial), conservation groups and other parties interested in the work of IFCAs.Each appointment is made for a period of 3 to 5 years, with the possibility of reappointment up to a maximum of 10 years. It is conditional upon the member following terms and conditions (PDF, 210KB, 3 pages) for the appointment. Appointments are made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments and guidance issued by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (PDF, 232KB, 9 pages)Appointees must follow relevant IFCA codes of conduct as well as abiding by the terms and conditions of appointment.More information on the work of the IFCAs is available from the Association of IFCAs website and from the websites of the Cornwall, Devon and Severn, Eastern, Isle of Scilly, Kent and Essex, North Eastern, Northumberland, North Western, Southern, Sussex IFCAs. EC nationals members of the Commonwealth, European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non-EEA family members Candidates from the Commonwealth must be free from any restrictions to reside and take up employment in the UK.As part of our selection process, successful candidates will be asked to provide, in confidence, evidence of entitlement to work in the UK and to provide references for your character and health. We will usually ask for documentary evidence of your nationality and other personal details to enable us to start taking up references, health and security clearance checks. We will tell you what you need to bring with you if you are invited to attend an assessment centre.SecurityPre-employment checks will be undertaken in accordance with the HM Government Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). The BPSS comprises verification of four main elements:last_img read more

Press release: Be part of the fourth industrial revolution

first_imgCould you create a road surface that heals itself to make it more resilient for the future? Do you have an idea or product that will help prepare the highways infrastructure for the coming of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV)?If you or your company has a solution which could help transform England’s motorways and major A roads then Highways England wants to hear from you.The company responsible for maintaining, operating and improving the strategic road network has today launched an ‘Innovation Portal’ to help identify things that could make roads safer for motorists and road workers, improve how information reaches those travelling around or help deliver an ambitious programme of road schemes.The online platform shows just some of the research and development being funded by Highways England through a special fund it has ring-fenced for innovation. These include an intelligent and connected construction plant development to make excavation work safer and more productive, mobile safety equipment to protect our road workers and CAV test bed sites to prepare our network for future vehicles. Paul Doney, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Director, Highways England (pictured). Credit: Highways EnglandLaunching the portal, Paul Doney, Innovation and Continuous Improvement Director, Highways England, said: This is a really exciting time to work in infrastructure and in a world with technology at our fingertips the possibilities for the future are endless. At Highways England we have an ambitious roads programme and we want to harness the good ideas out there to help us build our future network. The new Innovation Portal gives a two-way platform to connect on. It shows everyone the areas that really matter to us and the challenges we expect to face: improving safety for road users and our work force, customer service and delivering our ambitious road programme. If you think you can help us and want to be part of this come and speak with us at Highways England.center_img The company is keen to engage with the industry, small and medium-sized enterprises, research organisations and academic bodies.Highways England also wants people to understand the ‘journey’ their idea or product will go on. Solutions to problems are fed by the discovery stage of research, which Highways England is keen to support. Beyond that it’s about developing new products and services and how innovation can be linked to what customers want; it also needs to deliver value for money. The big challenge is then to ‘land’ innovation and make it business as usual through standardisation.A previous innovation which is now standard is the way Highways England models major improvement schemes. Historically a bespoke model would be built for each scheme, incurring significant cost and time.The new models now provide the opportunity for the traffic model building process to “hit the ground running” with a much stronger information base helping Highways England to deliver projects in a shorter timescale and in turn providing the benefits sooner. Furthermore they have been used to provide information for models developed by a number of local authorities and Sub-Regional Transport Bodies, providing wider benefits to the country.Another innovation in development is looking toward building a real-time simulation of our network using computer gaming technology to improve decision making when assessing the operational impact of incident management or changes to the road layout.Highways England wants to use the new portal to reach outside of the company and show people what it will be like to work with them and maximise opportunities. This could be through funding or connecting idea owners up with others who may be able to work with them.Currently Highways England is supporting over 95 projects across the country with investment from the £150 million special fund for innovation. The portal shows the process for applying, as well as live research and innovation competitions. Anyone who wants to engage with the company should get in touch via the Innovation Portal.Interview opportunity:Paul Doney, Highways England, is available for interview on Wednesday 27 June (afternoon only) or Thursday 28 June, where he is attending the Traffex Seeing Is Believing event. If you are interested in speaking to Paul, please call Kelly Barnes or Andy Broughton, Highways England Press Office on 0844 693 1448 (select Option 1).Note: the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (see title of news release) is referenced in an independent report “Made Smarter Review” published by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in October 2017.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

News story: Sandwell and west Birmingham patients to benefit from new hospital

first_imgSandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust Chief Executive, Toby Lewis, said: It will be an acute centre for the care of adults and children, as well as offering maternity care and specialised surgery to approximately 750,000 residents.Construction work had begun on Midland Metropolitan Hospital, part of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, under a private finance programme. Work was halted when the firm carrying out the work, Carillion, went into liquidation earlier this year. Since then, the trust and the government have worked closely together to reach a resolution.Health Minister Stephen Barclay said: This is absolutely fantastic news. After a huge amount of work by teams across Whitehall and the Trust, and with the voices of local residents, clinicians, and stakeholders having been clearly heard, we are delighted that we now have a definitive, publicly financed plan. We will continue to engage with the construction market over coming weeks and build towards a formal procurement by November this year. We always said Midland Met would be delivered and the doubters were wrong. The Prime Minister’s promise is being honoured. Midland Met will open in 2022, and by then our partnerships with local GPs, schools and care homes will be even deeper and more integrated than today. This is a vote of confidence in our publicly financed construction plan, and in our Sustainability and Transformation Plan as a whole. The new hospital is about improving the outcomes of patient care and about regeneration and public health. We need to finish the job and seize the benefits. Under the agreement, the government will provide funding for the remainder of the building work at Midland Metropolitan Hospital. The new hospital will be built by 2022.When completed, Midland Metropolitan will be the first new hospital in England’s second largest urban area since 2010. The new hospital will have:center_img Our long-term plan for the NHS will see it receive £20.5 billion a year more than it currently does by 2023, but our commitment does not stop there, as this important partnership shows. We are not only giving patients in Sandwell and west Birmingham world-class NHS facilities on their doorstep, but also showing our determination to build an NHS fit for the future – all whilst making sure taxpayers’ money is spent in the best possible way. state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment 15 operating theatres at least 669 bedslast_img read more

Closed consultation: Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy 2018

first_imgWe received responses from 393 organisations and 207 individuals as well as 111 campaign responses. The responses have now been analysed, and the resulting summary of responses published.The finalised Clean Air Strategy was published on 14 January 2019.,Updated: 26 October 2018We are currently finalising changes to the Clean Air Strategy, based on the responses we received to this consultation.We plan to publish a summary of the responses to this consultation alongside the final Clean Air Strategy by the end of 2018.,We would like your views on the actions being proposed to reduce air pollution and its effects. We also want to know if you have any further suggestions. The Clean Air Strategy affects a broad range of sectors and touches on the interests of many.We are consulting on each of the main themes of the strategy document: our understanding of the problem protecting the nation’s health protecting the environment securing clean growth and innovation reducing emissions from transport reducing emissions from farming reducing emissions from industry international, national and local leadership We’re also asking for your views on the strategy as a whole.last_img read more

News story: Consultation into regulating Basic Digital Skills Qualifications

first_img These new qualifications are designed to help learners access the many opportunities the digital world presents, giving them core skills and knowledge to operate confidently, effectively and independently. We have set out today how we intend to regulate BDSQs to ensure they deliver these aims and I would encourage anyone with an interest to give us their views. The consultation, and our draft Conditions and Requirements and Guidance documents, set out our proposed approach to regulating BDSQs. Running until 11 January 2019, the consultation seeks views on the qualifications’ defining characteristics, including their design, delivery and awarding, and on our proposed approach to maintaining standards.The Department for Education is consulting on plans to improve basic digital skills training for adults and on new national standards for basic digital skills. BDSQs will align with these standards. Ofqual has today (Monday 5 November) launched a consultation on how it proposes to regulate new Basic Digital Skills Qualifications (BDSQs), which form part of the government’s plans to improve adults basic digital skills.Commenting on the consultation Ofqual’s Chief Regulator, Sally Collier, said:last_img read more