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LearningWire #94 – Contracting with trainers, Budget implications, training effectiveness, accelerated learning


LearningWIRE #94 27 March 2000 The Learning Community


1. Budget implications for the sector
2. What is best practice in contracting with external trainers?
3. HRD 2000 previews as the largest training show this year
4. Assessing training effectiveness
5. Ten keys to accelerated learning


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Learning to be promoted by TV advertising campaign
It will be interesting to see the assessment of a new month long advertising campaign by UfI on commercial television promoting adults returning to learning. Build around three case studies, the campaign is designed to encourage adults back to learn new skills.

Budget impliations for training and business
There was an excellent response to our live coverage of last week's budget. We were able to stream the news across the site and bring you detailed analyis on the day. There are several implications for people working in our sector. Our Budget briefing is at

If you are engaged in IT or looking to expand your e-commerce activities and online learning, 100% tax breaks are being introduced for the costs involved, and support will be available from the Small Business Service and learnDirect (UfI) from the autumn.

The New Deal is to be expanded further, with four work/training options being offered to the long term unemployed, including a Job Grant starting at 100 UKP to ease transition back to work. Another New Deal programme aimed at single parents with children aged over five will offer them three options, plus child care support and a guaranteed financial incentive over benefits.

Time Management workshop
Tuesday's online workshop focuses on TIME MANAGEMENT. Led by Andrea McHugh, this is an opportunity to learn more techniques for greater productivity and better use of your time. It's easy to participate over lunch from your own desktop. The workshop runs on Tuesday from 13:00 BST. Join in free at:

Learning at Work Day
This annual event falls on 25 May 2000 in the middle of Adult Learners Week. Last year, over 1,000 companies signed up and the Campaign for Learning is looking to increase participation this year. A new aspect of the campaign is a work shadowing element in which senior managers are being encouraged to allow junior staff to shadow their role for a day.

A guide to making training effective
Following recent debate and discussion on TrainingZone about the measuring the effectiveness of training, Bill Werst of Growth Associates contacted us with his intriguingly titled feature article 'Training that produces no change is an effective as a parachute that open on the first bounce'. With his consent, the full article is available at

The future of professional careers
City University, London has received a four year grant totalling £170,000 to explore the future shape of professional careers including the implications for professional learning and CPD. They will be looking for examples and issues from people in the field.

GLOBAL INTEGRATION specialise in training people to work
internationally - across barriers of distance, culture, time and
technology. Our three main training programme areas are 'Remote and
virtual teams', 'Working across cultures', and 'Managing the
international matrix' which we have delivered to more than 15,000
participants around the world. See us on Stand 264 at HRD Week.
mailto:[email protected] or call +44 (0)118 988 0147.


Our advertising is now audited by ABC. To reach our 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:

** Health & Safety/Risk Assessment Training

** Media training for a management team sought

** Associates to deliver S/NVQs in Management, IT and Office Admin

** Freelance consultants of all specialisms required

** More Freelance Training Consultants wanted

Check out all the latest tenders at


HRD 2000 Preview #2
HRD 2000 conference runs from 3-6 April; the exhibition on 4-6 April.

David Blunkett will discuss the government’s vision of a learning culture. People need to learn continuously in order to enable them to reach their full potential. In complementary vein Ricardo Semler, the top management thinker and President of Semco will provide an insight into how organisations can challenge traditional practices and structures through empowering employees. And on the closing day of the conference, Neville Bain, Chairman of the Post Office will demonstrate that globalisation means that we need to know even more about our customers and potential customers than ever before. Organisational success is driven now by people at all levels not just those at the top.

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

Scitech Educational will launch The Universal Manager - a new management and personal development concept, incorporating A4 dossiers, CD and dynamic website.

Bristol based consultancy, Interaction, has an exciting state -of-
the-art prize to give away at HRD 2000. It is the 3Com PalmV, the very latest in hand held electronic organisers. (Stand 522)

learnOnline will be offering continuous live demonstrations of the system on their stand (1126). Every visitor will be offered a FREE half day workshop and six week trial.

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 and pick up an Employment Key Rates & Data book.

knowledge=power Stand 2142, HRD 4-6 April
Hear how corporates, colleges, training companies and consultancies are using our award winning Virtual Learning Centre (to develop training and communication projects in minutes not months.
Receive a free demonstration trial version of the Virtual Learning Centre Construction Kit. Drop a copy of this email off at our stand for your chance to win a software licence worth 3000 pounds.
VLC Construction Kit - Technology that empowers you.
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Any Answers?
This area of the site is taking off quite dramatically with a host of new questions and answers posted every week. It's a great place to seek inspiration and get help.

* Question of the Week *:
Alan Barker asks "What are the key issues and questions in drawing up contracts with external training consultants?" He's writing a best practice paper on the subject for the IPD and would appreciate the thoughts and reactions of others. Surely, there's plenty of reaction from both training purchasers and training suppliers.

And, if that doesn't get you going, how about this question from Isabel McKenzie: "What are hard boiled egggs heavier than uncooked eggs?" Actually, it relates to a team building training game, but the explanation is intriguing!

There were twenty new questions last week. Can you answer any at Use the Comments facility to send your response to the questionner.

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


The best training and HR resources from websites around the world
are featured at

Gower offers free activities
The Gower Training website now offers a small selection of free 'taster' activities on its Page of the Month.

Ten keys to accelerated learning
Featuring on the Illumine website is a summary feature explaining their ideas for how to achieve accelerated learning.

Experiences in online learning
The report written by Epic Group for Technologies for Training into the uptake and trends in online learning is available for download at

IT Training courses
------------------- is a web based portal listing 1,200 courses around the country from some of the UK's leading IT training companies.

New website on adult / continuing learning
A new site for adult and continuing learning resources, offers links, a chatroom, forum and polls, a newsletter and more.

TRAINING RESOURCES from the IPD - the acknowledged experts in quality
training. As a trainer or manager responsible for employee development, how do you choose from the vast range of training products now available? The IPD has a proven track record in providing top-quality training materials whether you work for a large company or a small one, or operate on your own. Our products are tried and tested, and written by top trainers and specialists in their field. Visit the IPD Stand at HRD Week to view our latest training exercise - or log on to the IPD Website for a complete catalogue.
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