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LearningWire #93 – learning companies, HRD 2000 preview, freelancers and IR35, new training resources


LearningWIRE #93 20 March 2000 The Learning Community


1. HRD 2000 previews as the largest training show this year
2. New resources and new thinking around learning companies
3. Networking at the Millennium Dome - report
4. Freelancers and the effect of IR35 tax changes
5. Building Trust workshop


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UfI adopts IITT standards
Ufi has announced that suppliers to its learnDirect services will need to be demonstrate adoption of the IT standards accredited by the Institute of IT Training. This is a significant achievement for the Institute which is already working with several of the major e-learning companies, and is a step towards the use of consistent application protocols at UfI

Invitation to run online workshop and tutored courses
As e-learning starts to take off, many training professionals are wondering just how to respond. Can they move their existing tutor material into the 'new economy'? Do they need to invest in complex web technology in order to take advantage of the 'global classroom'? The answer is "No". You can run online workshops and host online courses with your own material now and at no cost to you; you can then go on to earn fee income from online tutoring.

New resources from Peter Honey Publications
Three significant new resources have been added to the output of Peter's publishing house. The output may be small, but the quality isn't and there are many HR professionals who await new titles with interest. These three are all written by different authors. 'Coaching for Managers' and 'Making 360 Degree Appraisal Work for You' both cover important subjects with strong topical interest. They provide solid practical advice and techniques to assist the manager in using these approaches to learning. You can read Leslie Rae's review at

Plenty more on learning organisations
And following hard on the heals of the earlier titles - not to mention the address from Peter Senge at HRD 2000 - is the brand new 'Learning Company Toolkit' written by Mike Pedler, John Burgoyne and Tom Boydell. Published just in time for the Learning Company Conference, these UK authors will need little introduction. Here is a folder full of 20 activities to make a reality of learning organisations. Look out for the review coming shortly.

'Reflections on Learning Organisations' is an opinion piece written for our Topical Briefings area and presenting some of the themes arising at last week's Learning Company Project conference at the University of Warwick. There's plenty of new thinking about the future direction of learning organisations.

Online workshop on Building Trust
This week's online workshop in our regular weekly series is led by Alan Clayton, an experienced coach based in Ireland. The workshop topic is BUILDING TRUST and sets the framework of an engaging dialogue around relationship building in a range of coaching and learning settings. Join if for free, 13:00 UK time, Tuesday.

Learning at the Dome
A group of TrainingZone members and guests were busy networking at the Millennium Dome last week. In addition to enjoying the sights and spectable of "one amazing day" we were able to carry out a professional review of both the Work Zone and the Learning Zone. You can read people's reaction (and view the photographs), at
and read our Zone reviews at

Freelancers and the tax implications of IR35
If you're self-employed - or you use self-employed contractors - you need to be aware of the tax implications of the new IR35 proposals. Contractors working primarily with just one or two clients, are likely to lose their self-employed status. We've drawn on the tax experts at our parallel community, AccountingWeb, to bring you a summary of all the latest news in this area.

Budget 2000
And talking of tax and money, our accounting, tax and finance experts will be watching Gordon Brown's Budget Statement on Tuesday afternoon very closely and providing you with live, up-to-the-minute interpretations of just what it means for employees, the self-employed, learning accounts, tax breaks, New Deal and other topics of interest to our audience. News headlines will be streamed across the TrainingZONE home page throughout the speech, and a succession of relevant news stories will be posted to the News pages during the afternoon and evening. Sit back for the most professional coverage in the Training and HR sector.

More new resources in the Toolkit
This month we've added a further eight resources to the ToolKit area of TrainingZONE, all of which are free and immediately available for you to use. The new resources cover topics related to: communications skills, team development, learning methods, organisational development, trainer development, personal development and coaching. Each month we try to add a new selection - and invite contributions from members. Thanks to Trans4mation, Andrew Gibbons and David Smith for contributing these.

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.
Email - mailto:[email protected] Or visit


7,650 professionals engaged in training, learning and HRD received LearningWire this week. To reach this audience, see:

Our Tenders 2000 Challenge promotes open, competitive opportunities for training and consultancy work. Post your tenders direct to the site - completely free of charge. Recent opportunities include:

** Experienced IT Trainer to work on TrainingZONE

** Freelance PR consultant required

** Consultant Chef/Trainer with relevant experience

** Trainers experienced in delivering child care courses

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


HRD 2000 Preview #1
HRD 2000 is the largest training conference and exhibition in Britain this year. Around 2,500 delegates are expected to attend the four day conference programme, and over 7,000 visitors will wander through the exhibition halls at Olympia over 4-6 April. Over the next three weeks, we will feature some of the events and stands so that you can decide whether to go and/or plan your visit.

The real highlight of the conference is likely to be the opening session with Peter Senge. Billed as three hours long, this session also opens the 29th IFTDO (International Federation of Training and Development Organisations) world conference. A highly respected author, Peter Senge's seminal works include 'The Fifth Discipline' and its accompanying 'Fieldbook' and his more recent 'The Dance of Change'

These books have helped shape thinking and practice around learning organisations and it is to this theme that Peter Senge will be returning in his keynote presentation. He will focus on the principles of learning organisations and the different ways in which learning can be empowered across a company. Watch the TrainingZone news pages for a live report immediately after the close of this session.

Full information about both the conference programme (including online booking) and the HRD 2000 exhibition is available at

Each week in this preview, we plan to focus on several exhibitors.

The Success Group (Stand 270) are launching the first live trainings of the Sedona Method in the UK. Experience the power of Releasing. As part of their launch program they offer visitors a taste and experience of how easy and beneficial Releasing can be.

RMS are launching TRAINING CONTROLLER - the exciting new system that manages all your training activity: bookings, records, evaluation and competency analysis. See them at stand 1022 on the balcony or visit

Croner.CCH Group Limited, the UK's leading provider of HR and Training management information, have a NEW Online Stand where you can surf through their online products. You can pick up an Employment Key Rates & Data book.

If you're exhibiting and would like to be featured here over the next two weeks, please mailto:[email protected] with details.

*** Watch out next week for your personal invitation to a TrainingZONE reception on 5 April. ***


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The best training and HR resources from website around the world are featured at
For a good selection of HR software, from a US supplier, it's worth looking through this site. Whilst it's mostly an e-commerce site, the range is comprehensive and there are some free downloads as well.

Freeserve offers "free" Internet access
Freeserve customers will be offered unmetered access at off-peak times for 6.99 pounds per month from May.

The news publication service for member organisations.

The Success Group: British Airways, leadership and emotional intelligence - just how aware are leading companies of the extent to which emotional competencies influence their success?

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