Asset Languages is the voluntary assessment element of the Department for Education and Skills' Languages Ladder. Part of the National Language Strategy, this new flexible qualification scheme will cover eight languages and aims to provide recognition of achievement for learners of all ages and abilities. Free twilight information sessions will be held in Birmingham, July 4; Leeds, July 5; and London, July 6.
Tel: 0121 628 2950 www.assetlanguages.org.uk
SkillCity London 2005 July 6-9
Young people aged 12-30 are invited to this free interactive careers festival at ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London Docklands, to find out about jobs in such areas as: business and administration; construction; engineering; finance; hospitality and tourism; media and creative; sport and leisure; and uniformed services.
Tel: 0800 083 2308 www.skillcity.org.uk
Refugee WeekJune 20-26
To help encourage greater understanding of the issues surrounding refugees, Portsmouth Ethnic Minority Achievement Service has created an online quiz for key stage 23 students. Students navigate around a room to find background information, listen to radio and TV interviews and take part in interactive quizzes. In addition to the website, a range of arts, cultural and education events have been organised for the week which starts on Monday.
Last call for competition Closes September 16
Pupils aged 14 to 16 in UK schools are invited to create a campaign advertisement - poster, radio or video-based - about mobile phone theft.
Based around The Mobile Industry Crime Action Forum campaign "Immobilise", the competition offers a top prize of pound;250 and a further pound;250 for the school.
Observatory restored Following restoration work at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, the public can now observe the heavens through telescopes previously only available to professional research astronomers. An accompanying permanent exhibition explores the history and scientific work carried out by astronomers working at the site.
Tel: 01323 832731www.the-observatory.org