* Science, engineering and technology for people in work and full or part-time education will be the key themes at the Southern Science and Technology Forum. The conference at Southampton University on April 11 and 12 will also look at the national curriculum, NVQs and GNVQs and modern apprenticeships. Speakers will include education minister Tim Boswell and Mike Heron, head of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications and Post Office chairman.
Details from Stan Draper, Southern Science and Technology Forum, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ. Telephone 01703 558379; fax 01703 672714 * National skills competitions for young vehicle mechanics are to be promoted by SkillAuto, a new motor industry group backed by the Retail Motor Industry Federation and motor and road transport industry training bodies.
The skills covered will include: light and heavy automotive mechanics, agricultural vehicles and autobody repairs.
* A workshop-based conference for college travel and tourism lecturers will be held in Birmingham on March 9. Topics will include: simplifying GNVQ assessment procedures; travel and tourism assignments; curriculum developments; preparing for funding council inspections.
The top speakers are Martyn Roads, BTEC's travel and tourism education adviser, and Bob Harrison, principal of South Nottinghamshire College.
Details from: Mike Bryan, conference coordinator, Network Training, Hillbrook House, Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH. Telephone: 01 823 353354; fax: 01 823 352202.