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LearningWire #215 – ask a Minister, Magic Meetings, a day in the life of a Training Manager


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 215
5 August 2002

EDITORIAL: Is adult learning working? Ask a Minister
LIBRARY: Keyote: A user says..., Magic Meetings
NEWS/FEATURES: What's wrong with training for work?
COMMUNITY: A day in the life of a Training Manager

Editor's note

Do you think adult learning is working? Last week the Small
Business Council criticised skills policy, the Institute of
Directors weren't impressed with the LSC and also wanted to see
vocational training encouraged far more, and the Adult Learning
Inspectorate slated standards in work-based learning. But what
do you think? Are policies on adult training helping your
business or organisation? TrainingZONE gives you the exclusive
opportunity to put your questions to Ivan Lewis MP, Under
Secretary of State for Adult Learning. If you want to know what
the government's plans are in this sector, send your questions
to: mailto:[email protected]

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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A day in the life of a Training Manager
Training Needs Analyses, budgets, course bookings, a never-ending
ream of forms...and enough tea bags to last the next fortnight's
delegates. As a Training Manager or Training Officer, all or any
of these may be familiar parts of your routine, but what's it
really like working in training strategy these days? We're
looking for Training Managers who can tell us what's happening
at the 'coal face' of organisational development. If you'd be
happy to answer our '10 questions', keep a short diary or just
put together a few words on what it means to do your job, we'd
love to hear from you. What's more, your thoughts could
stimulate a great debate about what it means to be a Training
Manager in 2002. Interested in getting involved? Contact us
now at mailto:[email protected] .

Any Answers
There's an answer for nearly every question - supply yours now at

A selection from this week's questions:

- What is Soft Skills Training?, asks Richard Ordman

- Has anyone had any experience of good organisational design
training courses?, asks Rebecca Wyatt

- Can anyone tell me where I can get hold of a blank database
for trainees to put info in and then run reports on during a
training session?, asks Molly Carey

Thanks to Sade Awolola, Bob Foley and Phil Wheeliker, who
were among those sharing the benefit of their expertise with
other members this week.

Make sure you receive your fortnightly edition of the Any Answers
digest by updating your news alerts at

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Keynote reports - a user's view
'This is the second year that we have used Keynote as a primary
source of market intelligence which, together with your new
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on market behavior for the components of SAP's extended education
services. Market intelligence from the likes of Keynote is
invaluable in understanding market trends and comparing these to
our own research with our customers. Does this work? All I can
say is our quarterly forecast of business has significantly
improved in accuracy. For the 6 quarters in a row we have
achieved a maximum variance of 1 per cent between forecast
accuracy and actual results -and customer satisfaction has gone

Find out why Dave Simonds, SAP Director of Education, UK, Ireland
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Magic meetings
Always running over schedule? Can't make sense of the minutes
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when and when not to meet; success factors of an effective
meeting; preparing to run the meeting; environmental factors in
running meeting; skills required of an effective Chairperson; the
main stages of a meeting; running the meeting; 3 steps to
assertive behaviour to handle difficult meeting participants. The
course is fully interactive, with questions, tests of knowledge
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