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LearningWire #228 – What’s the state of the training market?, contributing to your organisation’s bottom line, a brief history o


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 228
4 November 2002

LIBRARY: What's the state of the training market?
ZONES: EvaluationZone: Make a contribution to your organisation's
bottom line
NEWS/FEATURES: A brief history of e-learning, report reveals ILA
COMMUNITY: Who's Who: Get to know other TrainingZONE members

Editor's note

Have you visited the Topical Briefings area of TrainingZONE
lately? Filled with original features, interviews and thought-
provoking opinion on a wide range of training subjects, all
generated by TrainingZONE members, it's well worth making it a
regular stop on your visit to the site. Recently added features
include a look at keeping leadership on track and a brief
history of e-learning. Catch up with the latest features now at

In the coming year, we'll be focussing in turn on some key topics
in training month by month. To find out more, and to get details
about how to contribute your own thoughts, see

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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What's the state of the training market?
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just how much the training market is worth in the UK? The
TrainingZONE Library contains a range of reports and surveys
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more. Click the following links to find out more:

TrainingZONE Biannual Review - June 2002

Training Trends 2002

Latest Keynote reports on training, IT training and Further

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Find out how you can join some of the UK's top companies in
making a real contribution to your organisation's bottom line.

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TrainingZONE's News and Features pages offer a whole host
of informative and original comment, advice and information
on all things HRD. Access it all at

Topical Briefings

TrainingZONE's Topical Briefings pages contain a wide range of
original contributed features and opinion from members, together
with interviews focussing on some of the key names in the
training world. Access the full archive now at

A selection of recently added items:

A brief history of e-learning
Brian Holley looks back to the origins of e-learning and some old
criteria for successful learning that often get forgotten.

Blended solutions - what do they mean in practice?
Robin Hoyle of ebc looks at how e-learning really fits into an
effective training programme.

Search for the elusive work-life balance
Susanne Tietze examines current thinking on the work-life balance


Got specialist interests? Build yourself a personalised news page

Thinking like a revolutionary - CIPD Conference keynote address
TrainingZONE was there to hear Gary Hamel's speech about business
resilience in a turbulent world.

Report reveals ILA failings
A new report by the National Audit office has clarified the
problems which dogged the Individual Learning Account scheme.

Leadership perceived as 'under-developed'
Recent surveys have thrown out a mixed picture of how employees
regard their managers.

Trust at work 'has plummeted over the last twelve months'
Research by Reed suggests that morale and trust have been hit
badly in the past year.

IT job vacancies continue to fall
There were even fewer vacancies in the last quarter, but the
market may be bottoming out, according to new research.

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Who's Who

Did you know? TrainingZONE now has over 40,000 members spread
throughout the UK and across the globe. What's more, over 5,000
of them have already created a Who's Who record telling all about
their professional interests and career to date - and if they've
posted a news item or comment to the site, you can read those
too. What's more, you can search the directory to find others
with similar interests to yours - or even track down a long lost
friend! Search the Who's Who area - and add your own record -
now at

Any Answers

With 845 questions and 2450 answers added so far this year, Any
Answers is the place to go to get responses to your most pressing
questions. Search the archive to find out what others have said
first at

A selection from this week's questions:

- Can anyone recommend a tool which can be used to assess an
individual's management / leadership style?, asks Shona McFarlane

- Can we leverage the knowledge of the firm without a KM Dept?,
asks Douglas King

- Does your performance appraisal system handle the assessment
of performance standards vs achievement of objectives, and if so,
how?, asks Richard Rogers

Thanks to Matt Young, Simon Hastie and Gill Wright, 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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