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Are Training Departments Becoming Obsolete?

November 16, 2011
I work in the training and development department of a company that competes in the cellphone industry. Each of our departments has very specific tasks and functions. That got me wondering: Are training departments becoming obsolete in today's specialized companies? —Ruminating on Our Future, training officer, services, Perth, Australia
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Hewlett-Packard's Sales Job

October 24, 2011
In 2010, Hewlett-Packard Co. launched HP Sales University on its campus in Plano, Texas, far from its Silicon Valley headquarters. The purpose: develop core business skills and collaboration among its top salespeople.
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HR Certification: Preferred or Unnecessary?

September 16, 2011
Some jobs require certification, though other companies say they want nothing to do with an HR practitioner with an acronym after their name. HR Certification Institute officials say that while certification has long been preferred, it is now a requirement for some jobs, thus fueling demand for the credentials.
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McDonald’s Faces Teen Labor Shortage

September 16, 2011
The declining number of teenage job seekers presents a super-size challenge for McDonald’s, where 40 percent of the top 50 managers—including CEO James Skinner—worked their way up from the cash register or fry vat, and which more than ever needs qualified workers to keep service from bogging down in an era of computerized cash registers and electronic ovens.
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