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LearningWire #81 – 28 December 1999


LearningWIRE #81 28 December 1999 The Learning Community

- Win tickets for TrainingZone's Day at the Dome
- Personal learning plans
- Questions on psychometric testing and on senior manager training
- More topic experts to answer your detailed queries
- Y2K, the latest on the bug

Assuming that the world doesn't end at midnight on Friday, we'll see you again next century. Wherever you are, here's to an enjoyable and successful New Year from the TrainingZone team.

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Y2K - will the bug strike?
This issue has been put together to entertain those of you who find yourselves still at work between the holiday weekends. One of the talking points for anyone with a computer is likely to be whether the Y2K bug is finally going to be turn out to be fact or fantasy. Following all its campaigning, the government seems optimistic that there will be no big problem. Official advice is that the only countries to avoid are Ukraine, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Mongolia - we'd be very interested to hear from any TrainingZone members seeing in the new Millennium in any of these locations. Meanwhile, did you find anything of value in the millennium bug leaflet drop to every UK household?; isn't it reassuring to know that my TV and microwave is unlikely to be affected! Perhaps contrary to all this optimism, the government is operating a website from 29 December carrying live news updates throughout the Millennium of problems as they appear.

Research and ideas about CPD
The online CPD Journal has made available a couple of papers about developing your CPD. 'Professional bodies, CPD and informal learning' explores the different ways in which several of the professional associations are attempting to promote CPD amongst members. 'European learning in smaller companies' looks at research into the use of CPD amongst businesses within the EU.

More cheap Internet access companies
Following the purchase of UK supermarket chain Asda by American Wal-Mart, the company has announced a tie-up with AOL in which AOL will create and distribute a cheap ISP service through the global supermarket empire. It will be a branded version of the AOL/Compuserve interface with a range of customised features. Pricing remains to be announced.

Welcome to new Topic Experts
A couple of new people have joined out team of topic experts ready and willing to answer questions and respond to issues. Leslie Rae is a well known training professional with wide experience. You're welcome to contact him on issues relating to management skills and trainer training. Barrie Smale is the right person to approach with questions about NVQs and related topics, including the creation of 'paperless portfolios'. Do feel free to contact any of our Topic Experts direct. They're all listed at

Christmas Day
Just for the record, no-one actually registered with TrainingZone on Christmas Day, although 100 pages of the site were actually visited. Normal service resumed shortly afterwards with another ten registrations; a particular welcome to those cruising the site over the holiday.

TrainingZone's Day at the Dome - free tickets
We've got three tickets to give away to TrainingZone members for our day at the Millennium Dome on Friday 17 March. Our Day at the Dome is an opportunity to explore the Learn and Work Zones (we plan to write reviews) and enjoy the atmosphere during a full-day visit. There are several ways to enter the competition. This week, just enter your company details into the Trainers and Consultants Directory at
Three lucky Directory members will be drawn at random in mid February.

Telework: Setting the Stage for Success
Your company has given the go-ahead to implement a teleworking strategy. Now what? The first order of business in ensuring that your employee telecommuting program works, according to HRWire interviews with top experts, is to lay a foundation that realistically defines the scope of the program and supports a structure for creating flexible policies and procedures.

Independent survey shows success of New Deal
At a world jobs conference in America, Employment Minister Tessa Jowell set out independent new research findings which underline the success of the New Deal.

Any Answers?
Post your own question direct to Any Answers? by clicking the Post a Question button on the page. All replies are automatically emailed to you. You're virtually guaranteed a reply!.
Here are a selection of new questions:

** Can anyone recommend a good distance learning provider/package
which will assist us in taking German to a more advanced level?

** Does anyone have any information or guidance on developing
policies for psychometric testing?

** Any attention grabbing ideas for senior manager training?

** Is the European Driving Licence becoming recognised in the

** Can anyone recommend a short course is Risk management for
managers who work in the Oil and Gas sector?

** Do you know of any good web-resource about the use of role play
in training and development?

All the questions and all the answers can be found at

Tenders 2000 Challenge
Our Challenge is to promote open and competitive tendering for training and consultancy work. You can publish your contract opportunities completely free of charge. This week's opportunities include:

** Management development programme for junior managers in

** Work opportunities with TrainingZone in 2000

** Opportunity to train employees in personnel procedures with

Check out the latest opportunities and invitations to tender at

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Publish your training and consultancy tenders, contracts and jobs openly, online. Search for new work opportunities. No charge!

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Personal Learning Plans
They have been around for centuries. Anyone who has been able to sustain personal growth through intellectual, physical or spiritual pursuits has done so with the help of a personal learning plan. Barrie Oxtoby offers some suggestions on their form and use on LearningBuzz.

My relationship with my mentor
Sir Christopher Ball asked Barrie Oxtoby to be his mentor after hearing Barrie speak about the Rover process using Personal Learning Plans. In an article on LearningBuzz he describes their mentor/mentee relationship which is informal, with no rules, and a very happy one.

How to get to your Millennium Party
If you have to travel to get to your Millennium party, you might want to check out one of the latest and most informative travel information site provided by the RAC.

And if you have to drive but don't know where a place is, instead of asking directions whilst juggling your mobile phone, why not use one of the many free online location finders? The Internet now offers several sites to help you navigate around the UK.

Millennium Anxiety Disorder !
Test your MAD score on this helpful little self-assessment device, thoughtfully reproduced this week on the LearningBuzz website.

Your products can be reviewed at

'Sales Training Game' by Graham Roberts-Philips, produced by Gower is reviewed by Leslie Rae. These and other Gower products will shortly be available from the TrainingZone online Mall.

All these reviews can be found at


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