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August’s theme on TrainingZONE: Trainer development


Despite devoting their work to developing others, many in the training field struggle to find time to identify and fulfill their own professional development needs. TrainingZONE will attempt to address the balance in August, with a range of features and resources devoted to training the trainer. Key issues being tackled will include:

  • Beginning your career as a trainer
  • Adding value as a trainer
  • Accreditation - is it worth doing?
  • Qualifications on offer
  • How do you develop your CPD?
  • Developing in-house training teams
  • Working with specific training methodologies
  • We'll also be unveiling some enhancements to CareerZone and quizzing some of the institutes on the support they provide to trainers and Training Managers.

    As always, we're inviting TrainingZONE members to contribute views, advice, tips and opinion on the subject for publication throughout the month. More details can be found below, or you can e-mail the Editor.

    Features published to date

    My training career

    Throughout the month, we're publishing the first-hand experiences of TrainingZONE members involved in the training profession. Their stories make for a fascinating account of how those involved in developing others have developed in their own careers, and also give an insight into the way they view their own profession. Click on the links below to read their stories:

  • Wayne Mullen, Training and Development Manager, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
  • Mo Georges, facilitator working with New Deal candidates
  • Scott G Welch, Freelance training and performance improvement consultant
  • Neil Lasher, Managing Director, Trainer1 Ltd
  • Kevin Chamberlain, training provider
  • Katherine Davison, Freelance Trainer and Consultant
  • Graham O'Connell, Development and Training Consultant at the UK Government's Centre for Management and Policy Studies
  • Lynnette Moran, Regional Training Manager, Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Margaret Hacking, training provider
  • Gary Cookson, manager, staff development department at Mid-Cheshire college
  • Alpay Dervish, Director of an independent training consultants
  • Lynn Wood, IT trainer
  • Archie Scott, purchasing and logistics training provider
  • Jeremy Hall, computer simulations developer
  • Kevin Ryan, full-time student
  • Phil Deer, skills training consultant
  • Robin Henry, human resources specialist
  • Ray Bunnage, centre manager, vocational skills training centre
  • Joanna Howard, freelance management consultant
  • Iain Barry, management and personal development training manager
  • Jenny Jarvis, personal and leadership development consultant
  • Lorna Farrant, senior business trainer

    There's also a summary of members own experiences of how they got into working in the training field.

  • Institute profiles

    As part of our trainer development feature, we've asked representatives from the major institutes involved in developing those in the HRD field to answer some key questions about the services they offer, the support available to training professionals and some of the issues affecting them in the workplace today. Read their responses below:

  • Jeffrey Brooks, Director, Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL)
  • Jessica Rolph, Adviser, Learning, Training and Development, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Colin Steed, Chief Executive, Institute of IT Training

    Guidance on starting and developing your career

    Read our guide to getting started and getting qualified, based on suggestions from other members.

    Any Answers also contains a wealth of valuable input from members on how to develop your own career - find suggestions from members on training qualifications and a career in training.

    Editorial Guidelines

    Overall content: Our editorial policy is not to use material directly promoting an organisation's goods and services. Instead, we publish original contributed features containing specific viewpoints on training-related subjects, advice guides and opinion pieces commenting on customer experiences or experiences of the training market itself.

    Length of piece: 300-1000 words

    Format: People tend to scan read on the internet - it is a habit we are all developing in response to the massive amount of information available. So it's good to alert readers quickly to what you are going to put before them, by using headings through a long piece, and splitting the text into relatively short paragraphs.

    Inclusion of links: We will include a link to contributors' nominated sites and/or e-mail contact address, so that members can access further information about the author if they wish to do so.

    Access the full features listing for this year here.

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