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The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE – Issue 19



The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 19

26 October 1998

A FREE electronic newsletter for net enabled people
engaged in training, learning, coaching and development.

The Learning Community


Copyright (C) 1998 Sift plc. All rights reserved.

May be reproduced in any medium for non-commercial purposes as
long as attribution is given.

In this issue:


  • Request for information
  • TrainingZone Internet Monitor
  • Training-related news stories
  • National Training Index
  • Parenthood Education News
  • Companies Database
  • ICPD News
  • Subscription Information


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Editor's notes


After a period of development on the main TrainingZone site, this
issue of the LearningWire is the first in our new weekly
publication schedule. It also includes contributed news sections from the
first two MicroSites with announcements from both the Parenthood
Education network and the Institute of Continuing Professional Development.

The next fortnight is a busy time on the training, learning and
technology fronts. The IPD's national conference is being held at
Harrogate on 28-30 October. The Dawn of the Learning Age and
Lifelong Learning Exhibition is scheduled for Glasgow on 4-5 November.
We'll try to cover both.

Tim Pickles,

Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE

mailto:[email protected]

Request for information


I plan to run a feature shortly in LearningWIRE about publishers
of training and learning related materials and their websites.
Please let me know of your suggestions for sites to include
together with your pet hates and likes.

We're also considering creating an online directory of training
providers. Please let me know what you think to this idea too.

TrainingZone Internet Monitor


Key Skills


New proposals for the development of Key Skills within the
revised Qualification, Education and Training programmes approved
by the DfEE.

Training Strategies report


Detailed report on how companies and training agencies can bridge
the skills gap including reference to such initiatives as vocational
qualifications, Investors in People and Modern Apprenticeships.
Also includes material on new technology, the role of trainers and
consultants, training evaluation methods, and coaching methods.

CPD programme


Details of the comprehensive range of autumn events in London
organised for members of the Continuous Professional Development

Individual Learning News Issue 6


The October issue of the ILN newsletter has been published
As we've said before, this is a great resource to promote
learning. We'll be covering some of the new items in future
but do please browse now.

Training related news stories


New research report on the shift towards on-line learning amongst

HR and training professionals.

Article on building learning communities to assist in shaping the
new Scotland after devolution occurs next year.


National Training Index


For 30 years, the National Training Index has been building the
UK's largest database of business training courses, multimedia
packages and in-house consultants. It's services are regularly used by more
than 1000 major employers.

Membership of the NTI allows members to search through the
database of more than 20,000 public courses, 10,000 multimedia packages, and
1,400 training consultants. The NTI can also provide information about
suppliers from their appraisal service, book staff onto courses,
and provide management reports about the training services provided
to employers.

This service is not cheap and is likely to be beyond the
resources of smaller organisations. The annual subscription cost for one
terminal at one location is 1,500 UKP rising incrementally to 5,500 UKP
for a terminal at five locations. The database information is all
available online and a selection can be viewed at

This is clearly a valuable resource but the cost is a deterrent
to many organisations. The database tends to focus on management,
technology and finance related topics. Shorter and less formal
courses are less well represented. In due course, TrainingZone
intends to offer an events database for courses, workshops,
conferences and the like which users will be able to use for
posting details of their own events and searching for events of relevance
to their needs.

Parenthood Education microsite news


Parenthood Internet Monitor


Some sites you might want to keep an eye on include:

The National Children's Bureau

The Children's Society

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

DfEE launches new Advisory Group on PSE


A ministerially led group has been launched involving the
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to build a cohesive
picture of PSE provision and to devise a new approach which will make a real
difference to young people's adult lives.

Government White Paper


Reference to parenthood education has been made in the recent

No progress on Parenting Institute?


No news yet about the 'Parenting Institute' heralded last month
by the
Home Office. Its all gone rather quiet. Watch this space and keep
eye on

Gulbenkian Foundation fund Think Tank on PSEB


The "Think Tank" known as the Passport Group have just published
draft of a position statement on PSE. This group chaired by
Tomkinson has been examining the whole approach to personal,
social and
health education in an effort to persuade the government for the
for a radical overhaul. The draft document is very full and
several intricate diagrams to convey the complexity and
inter-relatedness of the picture. Gone are the days when PSE
stood completely alone and at the mercy of the year tutor on that
Let's hope that all the work of the Passport group will influence
DfEE in the right direction. Parenthood of course makes it into

A review will appear shortly at

Companies database


A new feature of TrainingZone, is the Companies Database.

This online database provides information on every UK company
including their name, registered address, directors, filed
etc. You can also enter the name of individual people to see
company directorships they hold. The information is completely
up-to-date and reliable.

If you are a supplier wanting to check out the status of a
this information is extremely valuable. It also supports you in
seeking out potential clients whom you might wish to approach in
future. Of course, you can also look up your own company or
employer's information as well.

You can search the Companies Database for free, and obtain
basic details of all UK companies. However to obtain detailed
reports you will need to register billing details.

ICPD microsite News


As part of the range of services to members, all members should
recently received two mailings. Since the Institute has itself
a member of the Continuing Professional Development Foundation,
members are entitled to attend more than 90 events held at the
University of Westminster and organised by the Foundation. There
no cost to members and a personalised 'passport' has been sent to

Within the last few weeks, the Institute has also published and
distributed its comprehensive Directory of Members 1998 which
a valuable listing for networking.

The ICPD website will be appearing shortly at both


In the meantime, further information is available from Sue Hall,
38 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0EB. Tel: 0171-730-7677.

About Sift


Sift plc is a leading developer of online communities. Based in
Bristol, Sift has developed AccountingWEB for professionals in
accountancy profession, 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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