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LearningWire #218 – Of e-learning and training bodies, standards for e-learning, what’s the training market worth?


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 218
27 August 2002

EDITORIAL: Of e-learning and training bodies...
REFERENCE: What's the training market worth?
NEWS/FEATURES: Time to set standards for e-learning industry?
COMMUNITY: Developing a board of Directors

Editor's note

It's been a busy week for the e-learning industry. Private and
public sector organisations have been meeting behind closed
doors to agree a set of standards for their e-learning
requirements/offerings, while the government's e-learning Task
Force has published its recommendation that ICT training should
be a free entitlement, delivered online.

There's been a lot of discussion this week within the Any Answers
section of the website regarding which of the major training
bodies are the best representation for training professionals
within the UK. Do these bodies do enough for the trainer or
Training Manager? Do you feel supported or neglected by them?
You decide by replying online at

p.s. you can view the latest installment of our '10 questions
for Training Managers' now at .
This week, Vivienne Morris of Rail Gourmet gives her responses.

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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What's the training market worth?
Did you know? The training market in the UK is estimated to be
worth between 3.5bn GBP and 4bn GBP a year. That's according to
leading market research analysts Key Note, who have published
their latest comprehensive review of the private sector training
market. According to the research, there was a fall in the
growth of the training market last year, due in part to a move
towards more in-house training. Technology-based training is
less popular than expected, with e-learning being used for
specific purposes. On a brighter note, Key Note forecasts a
return to growth in 2004. Key Note reports are invaluable for
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This week, News and Features has a special emphasis on all
things e-learning:

E-learning taskforce recommends free access to ICT training

Time to set standards for the e-learning industry?

Is e-learning in an IT ghetto?

For all the in-depth features and analysis on e-learning,
visit our E-learning In Focus pages at

A selection of other news from this week:

Employers to be encouraged to focus on basic skills

Governing bodies for training - success or failure?

Get your regular updates from the TrainingZONE news pages at

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

A selection from this week's questions:

- We are running a workshop on team effectiveness in mainland
Europe with a group of people from different cultures. We would
like some advice on how to draw out from the group their
different beliefs and values, says Anne O'Hare

- Have any medium sized companies implemented a development
programme for their Board of Directors?, asks Joanne McMeekin

- How do I set up an effective Training Library?, asks Sharon

- I want to know if companies are offering non-vocational
training grants to employees, says Claire Donnelly

Thanks to Stephen Bostridge, Kevin Williams and Nigel Wood, 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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