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HRD 2001 : Daily updated round-up of news, events and briefings


For anyone who's unable to get to HRD 2001 at Olympia this year (and even for those who can), we're expanding our coverage of both the conference and exhibition. This page will be updated throughout each day to bring you a summary of news, comment and events.

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TrainingZONE begins the last day of the show with some well-needed assistance in the form of an Exhibitor Survival Kit, courtesy of Personnel Today. Its contents include peppermint foot cream, Lucozade tablets and a lovely eye mask - perfect for the train on the way home!

  • Storytelling and the learning experience: An exploration of how the creative use of storytelling can really boost learning.

  • Management - it's a war out there: Major General Patrick Cordingley, who led the Gulf War troops explains how some of the military leadership lessons can be brought into the workplace.


    We can't help noticing that some of the e-learning stands seem to have 'down-sized' this year - after all the muppets and merry-go-rounds of the Training Solutions show last summer, could we be seeing a bit more reality creeping in?

  • The DfEE are here, promoting, among other things, their LearnDirect initiative designed to give people greater access to information about training. A new offering added to the LearnDirect service is LearnDirect Futures, which operates as an online careers advice centre. TrainingZONE remains confused as to the aims of LearnDirect and the more recently-launched WorkTrain - they seem to be doing the same thing!

  • Self-managed learning could lead to organisations abdicating financial responsibility for individual learning, says a new survey.

  • Managers are the latest to benefit from 'sitting with Nelly', according to a new survey.

  • The marketplace for e-learning featured in a live online workshop with David Wilson of eLearnity, who yesterday launched the new e-learningZONE on TrainingZONE. The full interview and workshop transcript is here.

  • If trainers don't get to grips with e-learning, they'll get left behind fast, claims a new book and a speaker at HRD today.

  • THINQ announces major contract for learning management systems with Kodak.

  • A new CIPD survey reveals that the role of training in strategic development and the support of business objectives is still far from established.


  • Self-managed learning: report from today's online workshop live from HRD 2001, with George Edwards, development officer, the Institute for Supervision and Management.

  • Managers and professionals benefit from the lion's share of training budgets, according to the latest survey from the CIPD. The research finds that only 8.4% of managers received no on-the-job training in the last year, compared to 47% of manual workers.

  • e-LearningZONE launches at HRD: a unique information source on all aspects of developing e-learning. Created as a partnership between TrainingZONE and eLearnity. e-learningZONE.

  • A CIPD survey finds that classroom training is still alive and well, despite all the exposure surrounding e-learning at the moment. 84.3% of Training Managers surveyed said they regularly use face-to-face training courses, with only 16.5% making regular use of online training. However, in comparison with last year's results, the evidence suggests that there is still a growing future for online learning.

  • A new Certificate in Online Learning launches at the exhibition today. The new qualification has been developed in association with Sheffield College, lasts for a year and is aimed at training practitioners. The first course will begin in June.

  • Having the right set of pro formas and policies can cut down time spent on administration greatly, according to the authors of The Personnel Administration Handbook. The book sets out the key legal requirements for HR practitioners and then sets out examples of best practice in the form of key documents to use. The book can be ordered from Plymbridge Distributors Ltd (tel: 01752 202301) for £125.


  • Last week we published our preview of the event identifying some key announcements.

  • Full details about the conference programme and the exhibitors can be found on the HRD 2001 website maintained by the CIPD.

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