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LearningWire #91 – IT training skills gap, dream jobs, access to training, free online courses


LearningWIRE #91 6 March 2000 The Learning Community


1. Research shows IT training gap
2. Jobs, jobs, jobs ... including jobs with TrainingZone
3. Are staff entitled to training and development?
4. Just how do you become freelance?
5. Training Inspection Team


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New research shows continuing IT skills gap and training mis-match
New independently conducted research published this week shows that in the IT sector a substantial skills gap continues, which training is failing to reduce. Commissioned by NETg, this detailed study reveals a variety of problems: HR not understanding the needs of IT professionals; training not aligned with business strategy; lack of adequate planning and follow-up for IT training; and a lack of good performance measures. Whilst the research is focused on the IT sector, many of the same conclusions are reported for other areas of staff development.

Is staff development an entitlement?
Well, you might think the answer is obvious. Lifelong learning, CPD, and individual learning accounts are all the rage. This editorial article explores the results from a recent TrainingZone survey into attitudes towards staff entitlements to training, and compares these with actual policy and practice on the ground. The results are somewhat depressing: for the vast majority of staff, access to training and development is still very much a hit-and-miss affair.

Online Workshops
Last week Andie Hemming ran a very popular workshop on Using NLP in Training and Learning. This week, the subject is EXPERIENCES IN ONLINE LEARNING and will be led by Martine Barclay.
Join in for free on Tuesday at 13:00 GMT
We're looking for workshops leaders keen to run online events. Check the page for information, then submit your choice of date and topic.

History of European vocational training policy
A new study from CEDEFOP charts the development of vocational training throughout Europe and provides links to a range of training policy sites in different countries.

New free online NVQ for arts sector staff
The London Arts Training Consortium is producing an online training and assessment programme for those involved in delivering artform workshops. The programme leads to NVQ 3. It's a free programme and new registrations are welcome.

English Learning and Skills Council offices
As the legislation to enact the new structure for work-based skills and learning makes its way through parliament, a series of announcements from the DfEE provides more details of how the new arrangements will work. Following recent announcements about new Councils for Northern Ireland, a list of 47 regional Learning and Skills Council offices throughout England has been published.

PM promotes volunteering by setting an example
In a surprise announcement, the government is to encourage employers to release staff for a least a day per year to engage in volunteering activities within the community. Tony Blair says he will set an example with his own staff, as well as taking a day to volunteer himself.

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Any Answers?
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Here are a just a selection of the new questions:

** Interesting ideas for a team building day wanted

** How to move into motivational or self-development training

** IT training courses wanted - Aberdeen

** Pan European Management Training

** How do you become freelance??

** How to create a focus group

** Where to find frameworks for cross-cultural training

** Research/experience of mentoring in a multi cultural environment

** Where can I find out about Participatory Appraisal

** Does anyone know of any Personal Development exhibitions

** ECDL freelance trainer associates required

All these questions and the answers you provide at

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
In the first three days since going live, 25 vacancies were added to the new Jobs area of TrainingZone. You can set up Alerts to be notified when a new job is added matching your interests. Here are several examples of new jobs:
- Human Resources Editor to work on TrainingZone
- Training Manager
- Experienced IT Trainer

Our Tenders 2000 Challenge promotes open, competitive opportunities for training and consultancy work. Post your tenders direct to the site - completely free of charge. Feedback shows a high response rate. Open up your work to new ideas! Recent opportunities include:

** Experienced IT Trainer to edit TrainingZone's IT pages

** Freelance and Contract Associate Trainers sought

** Windows 2000 course author and tutor wanted

** Agents for distance learning materials required

** Trainers wanted to run Mind Management/Quantum Reading courses

Please note: postings which solicit for work on the Tenders page are removed. Check out the latest tenders at

Mentoring - "For A Business Strategy That Works"
Management Mentors, one of the foremost mentoring consulting firms in
America, is now operating in the UK.
Management Mentors has helped major corporations and leading
institutions implement successful mentoring programmes for the last
ten years. Find out how Management Mentors can help your business.
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Online Training - Free Sample Courses
Our apologies for typo errors in last week's announcement from
blueU. is a leading provider of online e-learning
courses in the UK. They offer 140 IT courses and over 200 soft
business courses, all online with no CDs, no downloads and no
attendance requirements but all with full tutorial support.
Try them now for free sample courses on e-commerce fundamentals and
Java 2 Fundamentals and Programming, or one of 5 business courses.
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Training Inspection Teams
As the reform of work-based training moves ahead, new training inspection arrangements are due to come into effect from 1 April 2001. This new DfEE webpage looks set to provide news and information on the work of the inspection team.

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Making Lifelong Learning a reality
Malcolm Wicks, the Minister for Lifelong Learning is interviewed in an article on the Lifelong Learning website and explains his commitment to making the idea a reality, and why it is so important to both young and old alike.

Here's an example of how engineers have got to grips with career development recording. It's a model which is being adopted by UK schools through Progress File, and could be far more widely adapted by other professional groups.

Reviews of all the latest resources written by experienced
TrainingZone members are published at This week:

'26 Flexible Training Activities for Developing Successful Leaders' by Wynne and Hill

'ToolBook II Assistant' - online course authoring tools from click2learn

'Gower Handbook of Training and Development' edited by Anthony Landale (3rd edition)

'The Mentoring Manual' by Mike Whittaker and Anne Cartright

'Mentoring' - TakeAway Training Video from Gower

Check out all reviews at

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Intuition: Intuition and announce a strategic alliance.

Centre for Emotional Intelligence: United ... by EI - both football and big business can improve performance by using El.

NETg: Launch of new NLO+ Tool gives training managers greater flexibility in selecting units of technology-based training/

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