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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 29


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 29
4 January 1999
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
This material is distributed free to trainers, learners, managers
and coaches. It may be reproduced in any medium for
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Editor's Note
Have you made your New Year Learning Resolutions? The initiative lauched last week by the Campaign for Learning (in support of the National Year of Reading) has attracted considerable press interest. Tony Blair's resolution is to learn how to use his computer better; William Hague's is to learn Welsh. There are prizes for the most imaginative resolutions with tickets to the Millennium Dome to be won. Check out the Internet Monitor of TrainingZone for more details. Meanwhile, a happy, successful and peaceful New Year to you.

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


HR Magazine: December 1998
Last issue of HR Magazine contains a range of articles including features on training employees about telecommuting, international human resource management using the Internet, and religion in the workplace.

Reviews of recent training materials
Including newly published materials on team development, making presentations and a guide for planning effective training.

Gower publish new animated video resources
People Management review two new animated video and support material resources on the subjects of 'How to give and receive feedback' and 'How to develop teams'. The videos and support materials can be purchased separately.

New Year learning resolutions
Want to win some free tickets to the Millenium Dome? These are amongst the prizes on offer to people submitting their new year learning resolutions to the Campaign for Learning's new competition.

New money for National Grid for Learning
The government has announced an additional 105 million pounds for schools and colleges in England and Wales to develop the NGfL during 1999-2000



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Learning Towns and Cities
Official website for the campaign to promote learning across local communities by developing effective local partnerships and supporting employers and employees to engage in learning. Already several places have been designated as 'Learning Cities' and you can find out the approaches and the benefits from this site. A survey report on learning towns completed in September 1998 is available for download, as is a practice paper on 'Assessing the value that Learning Communities add'

International Performance Improvement Conference
Including the annual conference of the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations. To be held from 26 to 29 March 1999 in California. Further information from

Centre for Lifelong Learning
Innovative centre pioneered at Brunel University is committed using the Internet as a valuable tool for making a reality of lifelong learning. The Centre has created the Lifelong Learning System for employability capable of delivering information and teaching using new technology. Worth keeping an eye on:

Pedagonet - Learning Resources Search Engine
I recently received an invitation to submit information to this site which is claiming to be a 'learning materials and resources centre' with a search facility to find the resource you need. It uses a classified ads arrangement for people to post their needs and offers (similar to the Coaching Web within TrainingZone)
Unfortunately, the Pedagonet service appears to be exclusively focused on North America and to be populated with virtually no resources! The categories are also somewhat esoteric and leave you wondering where to start looking for some topics. Has this really been put together by people who know anything about training? I'll try revisiting in a few months to see if anything's changed.

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Training Solutions and the IT Training Exhibition and Conference
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Sponsored by the IOD, Personnel Today and IT Skills Magazine

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About Sift
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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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