Archive for September, 2012

Skills Guernsey employers’ workshop on 16 November 2012 to help people back to work

September 30th, 2012 by Skills Guernsey

Skills Guernsey has organised a workshop on ‘Supporting people into and back to work: How employers can help’ from 8.00 am to 9.30 am on Friday 16 November 2012 at the Coutanchez site of the Guernsey College of Further Education.

Guernsey is fortunate to have a relatively small unemployment problem, but there are people who are willing and able to work, who find themselves disadvantaged in some way – for example, people with disabilities, people recovering from long-term illness, those who have not worked for a long time.

Evidence shows that with a little support at the right time, these individuals can be successfully re-introduced to the workplace. Continue reading

Skills Guernsey hospitality industry workshop on 6 November 2012

September 30th, 2012 by Skills Guernsey

Skills Guernsey has organised a workshop on ‘Showcasing careers in the Hospitality Industry: how can employers engage and encourage local young people and job seekers?’

The workshop will be from 8 am to 9.30 am on Wednesday 6 November 2012 at the Coutanchez Site of the Guernsey College of Further Education.

Skills Guernsey understands that employers in the hospitality sector often struggle to recruit the calibre of staff they need from the local population and therefore recruit staff from overseas.

It is understood that locally sourced staff alone cannot provide for the full needs of this sector. Continue reading

Skills Guernsey in partnership with community to maximise workforce

September 30th, 2012 by Skills Guernsey

What is Skills Guernsey?

Skills Guernsey has two main aims:

  • Improve the skills of Guernsey’s working population, in line with the needs of employers in all sectors;
  • Increase workforce participation i.e. to enable everyone who is willing and able to work to find employment.

If we can achieve this, we will contribute to the future prosperity of the Island.

Who are Skills Guernsey?

Skills Guernsey is a partnership between business members from large and small local businesses, individuals with skills related experience, community representatives and States departments and training providers (States of Guernsey Department of Commerce and Employment, States of Guernsey Department of Education, Social Security, Department of Health and Social Services, Guernsey College of Further Education, and the Guernsey Training Agency).

Skills Guernsey is chaired by Dr. Elaine Monkhouse. Continue reading

Garenne aim to raise £24,024 for Guernsey & Jersey Cheshire Homes

September 29th, 2012 by Garenne Group Limited

Garenne employees that took part in the 24 Peaks Challenge in aid of Guernsey Cheshire Homes (click image to expand - image courtesy of Garenne Group - ©Steve Sarre)

Garenne Group employees will be tackling the 24 Peaks Challenge on the weekend of 29 and 30 September 2012 to raise money  for the Guernsey and Jersey Cheshire Homes.

The team, which has already raised £10,000, is aiming to raise £24,024 for the two charities by climbing 24 peaks in the Lake District, each over 2,400 feet, within the 24 hour time limit.

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of clients, contractors, friends and family who have helped us reach this amazing sum of money before the team even climbs one of the many thousands of feet they will this weekend,” said Andy Hall, Garenne Group chief executive officer, who will be travelling with the team as support. Continue reading

Fraunhofer develops less expensive processes to produce solar cells

September 29th, 2012 by Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST

Fraunhofer IST researchers working to reduce the cost of coating technologies in the production of solar cells (click image to expand - image ©Fraunhofer IST)

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST in Braunschweig, Germany are engineering coating processes and thin film systems aimed at lowering the production costs of photovoltaic solar cells.

A few of these processes were unveiled at the EU PVSEC trade show in Frankfurt in September 2012.

The photovoltaic industry is pinning its hopes particularly on high-efficiency solar cells that can achieve efficiencies of up to 23%. These “HIT” cells (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) consist of a crystalline silicon absorber with additional thin layers of silicon.

Manufacturers have used the plasma-Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) process to apply these layers to the substrate but the cost has been high because silane gas is used, which is expensive, and most of it is wasted in the manufacturing process. Continue reading

Dutch company Tocardo producing tidal turbines for Nepal and Japan

September 28th, 2012 by Tocardo International BV

Tocardo free flow in-stream hydro turbine (click image to expand - image courtesy of Tocardo International BV)

Tocardo International BV, the Dutch company dedicated to producing economical free-flow turbines, has started manufacturing six free-flow water turbines for installation in Nepal and Japan.

This follows the partnership agreements announced in March 2012 to supply 8 MW of bi-directional turbine power over a three-year period to Japan and, in June 2012 , to supply 2.5 MW of uni-directional turbine power to Nepal’s fast-flowing rivers.

Japan and Nepal have been identified by Tocardo as regions where sustainable, low-cost renewable energy is becoming increasingly important, with particular potential for tidal and in-stream technology. Continue reading

RHS inspires parents and teachers in Guernsey with school gardening seminar

September 28th, 2012 by Bedell Group

More than 40 delegates from 14 Guernsey schools, and a Jersey school, attended a Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening seminar to inspire teachers and parents in school gardens, and to provide ideas and resources for their gardening and growing initiatives as part of the Bedell Little Green Fingers Schools’ Project – in association with Floral Guernsey.

Teachers, PTA members, parents and teaching assistants, attended the session on Saturday 22 September at St Andrew’s Primary School, organised by Ann Wragg, Floral Guernsey schools’ coordinator.

RHS regional advisors Alison Findlay and Anne Gunning provided ideas and resources for gardening and growing initiatives to develop school grounds for growing, wildlife and learning, as well as teaching tools to incorporate science and maths in the garden. Continue reading

UK global leader with over 2.6 GW of installed offshore wind capacity

September 28th, 2012 by RenewableUK

RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the wind and marine energy industries, celebrates a milestone for the offshore wind sector in September 2012.

The UK now has more than 2.67 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity installed – enough to power more than 1,800,000 British homes.

This represents more than 60% of the European Union’s offshore wind capacity – more than three times greater than that of Denmark, the next largest.

Three major offshore projects were either officially opened or started to generate clean energy in September 2012.

The final blade of a wind turbine at the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm is installed (click image to expand - image courtesy of Scira Offshore Energy Ltd)

The opening of Statoil and Statkraft’s Sheringham Shoal wind farm off the coast of Norfolk on 27 September 2012 adds 317 megawatts. Continue reading

European Union installed wind power capacity reaches 100 GW

September 28th, 2012 by The European Wind Energy Association

According to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the European Union has passed the milestone of 100 gigawatt (GW) of installed wind power capacity.

Cumulative European Union wind turbine installed capacity in GW (click graph to expand - graph courtesy of EWEA)

100 GW of wind power can generate electricity over a year to meet the total consumption of 57 million households, equivalent to the power production of about 39 nuclear power plants.

It took the European wind energy sector some twenty years to get the first 10 GW grid connected. It only needed 13 years to add an additional 90 GW. Half of the total European wind power capacity has been installed over the past six years. Continue reading

Skipton Swimarathon open to all to support worthy cause

September 27th, 2012 by Skipton International Ltd

Roger Allsop, Channnel swimmer and Swimarathon Ambassador (click image to expand, image courtesy of Skipton - ©Daniel Guerin)

Roger Allsopp, Skipton Swimarathon Ambassador, will be entering three teams into this year’s event – the Channel Swimmers, the Support Crew Team and the Guernsey Masters.

The Channel Swimmers Roger, Davey le Marquand, Iain Lowe, Bec Simmons and Naomi Wakeford are all acclaimed open water swimmers.

Roger is very excited about this year’s event which takes place at Beau Sejour between 3 and 7 October 2012. Continue reading