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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 27


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 27
21 December 1998
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1998 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
This material is distributed free to trainers, learners, managers
and coaches. It may be reproduced in any medium for
non-commercial purposes as long as attribution is given.

Editor's Note
As I was putting the finishing touches to Issue 26 last week, I thought to myself - 'well that's the last one for this year!' - apart from the Christmas special due shortly. BUT, there's been so much information coming in this week that it seems worthwhile to put out another digest. I'll follow this up in a day or two with the LearningWire review of 1998 and predictions for 1999.

For details of an end-of-year special challenge (free to enter!!), read on.

Tim Pickles,
Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]



We're keen to expand our subscriber list even further to widen the breadth and depth of news and resources to bring you.
The CHALLENGE is to send us the longest list of new and legitimate email addresses for inclusion in the free distribution of LearningWire.

Prize: An advance disk copy of the entire text of the forthcoming 'Toolkit for Managers' due to be published around Easter 1999. This is a companion volume to the international best-selling 'Toolkit for Trainers' (anticipated retail price = £95)

1 All email addresses should be listed on one email.
2 All listed addresses must be genuine and relate to people
and organisations interested in training, learning, coaching
and organisational development.
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if each relates to a different recipient.
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Closing date for entries: 20 January 1999

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Training news stories

Experiential Education Directory - December 1998
With the consent of Roger Greenaway, the author, we re-publish this electronic newsletter for all those interested in finding information and links concerned with experiential education.

Active Reviewing Tips - December 1998
Thanks to Roger Greenaway for permission to republish this continuing guide to reviewing methods.

Ford to deliver online learning to 20,000 engineers
The Ford Motor Company have signed an agreement to deliver training programmes to more than 20,000 staff worldwide using Internet technology from Solstra.

Labour market statistics a mixed picture
Latest official figures show trend towards higher numbers in work but increases are not evenly spread.

BT is largest firm to gain IIP recognition
Inexorable spread of the Investor in People phenomenon now reaches the largest single unit inspection!

Adult Learners Week 1999
Advance publicity about the programme being run in Scotland from 17-23 May 1999

Internet Monitor

Individual Learning News Issue 6 published
The December issue of the excellent ILN has now been posted online. It contains more than 20 articles and features. The ones which attracted my attention looked at: the changeover from the National Record of Achievement to the new Progress File; lifelong learning in colleges and universities; the Millennium Learning Experience; an update on the Adult and Continuing Learning Fund; Individual Learning Accounts; Redefining work; and information about ESF objective 4 programmes. Full information at:

Training Pages improves service
I mentioned the free course and event listing service offered by Training Pages in a recent issue. The publisher of this service has been in touch to inform me of improvements to the online service including a callendar feature, additional search functions. You can advertise your events for free on the site.

New mailing lists for coaches
The Organisational Development Network has recently launced three new electronic mailing lists for members and non-members. Each provides users with a highly customisable way of networking, receiving information and keeping in touch with the respective fields. The new mailing lists are concerned with: developing coaching approaches; people of colour working in organisational development; and using dialogue within organisations.

People Management - 11 December 1998
Latest issue of the IPD magazine includes feature articles on National Training Awards and their imfluence on creating a learning culture within smaller companies; and a report from the Training Standards Council criticising the quality and commitment to work-based training in over 100 companies surveyed

Oxford Knowledge Company
From information supplied:
The Oxford Knowledge Company assists businesses and organisations to make the most of the vast, unstructured mass of 'free' information that is the Internet. As professional Internet and database searchers, they strive to maintain the cutting edge of our own techniques. Companies can benefit from their expertise by attending our regular training sessions. They also offer on-site company training, with tailor-made programs to suit your own requirements.

Campaign for Learning
Fascinating website run by the centrally funded group responsible for promoting broader and more diverse learning opportunities. Well worth a visit. TrainingZone will be indexing the site to bring you developments when they occur.

Training Standards Council
Website for the official body responsible for inspecting and reporting on work-based training across England and Wales. Last week the Council published a fairly scathing report on the first 100 workplace inspections criticising the management of workplace training and the standards being set (see People Management item above). This site provides full information about the Council and details of current work and developments.

Learning Styles Questionnaire
Want to understand more about Activists, Reflectors, Theorists and Pragmatists? Feel you should check out more of your own learning style. For a simplified version of this famous checklist produced by Peter Honey for the Campaign for Learning website (see above), check out
If you want to obtain the full diagnostic version, contact the publishers

New feature - Press Releases
We regularly receive Press Releases from companies and organisations about their news and developments in the training and learning fields. We're creating a Press Zone within the TrainingZone site to which you will shortly be able to post your own press releases for the whole audience to read. Meanwhile, do keep sending them in and we'll mention a selection in LearningWire.

Parenthood Education microsite news
For all the latest news.

ICPD microsite news

Breakfast meeting with John Plender
Breakfast meeting from 0745 to 0915 on the subject of 'Left of Centre Government - What does this mean in post cold war Europe?' being held in London, 2 February 1999.

Events Diary
Want to reach our extended audience with information about your
forthcoming events, conferences and courses? Just send brief
details to the editor.

** Effective use of the Internet: Becoming Proficient - 28 January.
Designed for individuals who have relatively recently started using the Internet or have not yet had an opportunity to build up sufficient knowledge and expertise to make using the Internet an entirely productive experience. This course will enable you to become rapidly confident in your use of the Internet, knowing where and how to find information, how to avoid wasting time and understanding both the powers and limitations of this approach.

** Effective use of the Internet: Advanced Skills and Software - 4 March
This course is designed for individuals who have are confident with their use of the Internet. This course will bring you right up to date with the best software tools to make searching the web, analysing and managing the information you find, enabling youto hone your skills to the cutting edge as quickly and as easily as possible. The price of this course includes copies and licenses of relevant software.

** Training the Trainers - March 1999, Edinburgh
Are you interested in: Increasing your employment opportunities? Disability equality training? Equal opportunities issues? An opportunity to get a training qualification? Learning together with other disabled people to challenge negative attitudes?
This is an event for disabled people to gain a recognised training qualification and knowledge about disability issues. Funded by the National Lottery Charities Board
mailto:[email protected]

** Realising Your Potential - 2/3 March 1999 - Edinburgh
Major event promoting and showcasing training in the voluntary
Contact Celia Carson at SCVO
mailto:[email protected]

About Sift
Sift plc is a leading developer of online communities. Based in
Bristol, 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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