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LearningWire Special Issue 37 for SCVO conference


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Special Issue 37


22 February 1999
The Learning Community
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Editor's Note
Welcome to this special issue of the LearningWire which has been created to
support the 'Realising Your Potential' event organised by the Scottish
Council for Voluntary Organisations at the Murrayfield Conference Centre,
Edinburgh on 2/3 March 1999. This issue is being mailed to all those
delegates who registered their email address.

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or visit us on Stand 1 at the 'Realising Your Potential' event. See you there.

Tim Pickles,
Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE

Keeping up to date
Things are moving fast in Scotland. The election is just two months away
(May 6, if it's not already in your diary). You'll probably want to keep
your eye on several areas of policy development.

To watch what's happening around the new Scottish Parliament, see
which starts with an introduction from Donald Dewar and goes on to give you
an updated guide to progress on the new parliament.

Of course, the Scottish Office maintains it's own extensive website at
where there are links to all the main Departments. Virtually all new
Scottish Office documents are now published online as soon as they become
publicly available, so you can save yourself a lot of money by downloading
the web version. There are directions on the page. For consultation
documents, there is normally a facility for responding online which can
save you time and trouble - and increase the range of responses. If you
want to watch all the new stories coming from the Scottish Office, you can
The 'front door' for the Education and Industry Department is at

Don't forget the extensive website maintained by SCVO itself. There's lots
of information here including copies of all reports, publications
catalogues, Third Force News, and training courses. The main news page is
My only criticsm of this excellent site is that I wish SCVO would abandon
this convoluted web address and use (with a default to the
longer address if necessary). It already owns the domain name which is
used for staff emails!!!

Training and Learning
One of the more valuable resources for those involved in training and
education is the online Guide to Education and Training in Scotland (GETS)
which provides information about everything from nursery education through
to higher and post-qualifying education.

You can't go far today without hearing about Lifelong Learning. There's an
excellent site which brings you all the relevant information, grants,
developments and links in this field. Every three months they also publish
an electronic newsletter to what's new and changing.

Last year saw the founding of the Institute of Continuing Professional
Development. The Institute promotes the practice of CPD across all
professions. And, if you want, you can put 'MICPD' after your name if you
become a member! TrainingZone hosts the microsite for the ICPD at

We regularly monitor several other sites which offer a wealth of useful
material for anyone engaged in training and learning. The Amererican
Society for Training and Developmen
t has an excellent website including
a human resource magazine, discussion forums and groups, coaching lists and
other useful resources. People Management' is the fortnightly magazine of
the Institute of Personnel and Development and each issue - including a
comprehensive classified jobs section - is published on line

And a site which is built and maintained in Scotland is run by Eric Begbie
of Changing Times in Alloa. The informative and lively UK Training Pages
can be found at

Training Events
Looking for a relevant training event for yourself or one of your staff?
Well, you could phone up for the brochures, but here are some online places
to start.

SCVO has an extensive training programme with a new callendar every six
months. You'll find a well designed site - with a friendly welcome from
Helen Cogan! - at

For organisations making good use of volunteers, don't forget to follow the
best practice guidelines from Volunteer Development Scotland. Their
training programme is to be found at although it needed a bit of updating
when I last looked!

To look more widely at the range of training events currently available,
there are two major sites at (Note: this is a fee service)
TrainingZone will be launching its own Events directory shortly where you
will be able to post details of your own forthcoming events.

Finally, if you want a preview of some of the exhibitors at the 'Realising
Your Potential' event, why not take a peek at these:

Pavilion Publishing are the leading publishers of
books, manuals and resources related to health and social welfare. At
their stand will be information about the new series of Toolkit Manuals -
for Trainers, for Facilitators, for Managers.

are a long established group of consultants and trainers working in the
public sector. They've worked with more than 250 organisations in Scotland
on staff development, strategic reviews, project evaluations, management
development, etc.

Roger Greenaway
I'm not sure if he's coming, but don't miss visiting this excellent site to
see the range of resource materials about adventure education, experiential
learning and active reviewing materials.

If you want to have a glimpse of what Murrayfield looks like before you get
there, check out

About Sift
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Sift has developed AccountingWEB for the accounting sector, and
BusinessZONE (for the SME market).
At the 1997 Online Information Exhibition at Olympia,
AccountingWEB was voted European Information Product of the
Year (and also runner up as Internet Product of 1997).

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