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The TrainingZone LearningWire Issue 30



The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 30
11 January 1999
The Learning Community

Copyright (C) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
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Editor's Note
In the past few days we've received a lot of news and information about
learning and learning organisations so I've made that into something of a
theme for this issue. If you'd like to contribute to this debate - or can
point me in the direction of other useful resources on the web, please do
let me know.

This week we also welcome a new sponsor for both LearningWire and on the
TrainingZone site. The Web Training Company launch on 15 January and have
put together an exciting range of web-delivered training programmes around
computer skills and professional development at a very reasonable price.
We wish them well with their launch.

We're now receiving far more information each week than we can publish in
LearningWire so you should regard this as very much the 'highlights'. A
full roundup of all developments is maintained daily through both the
Training News and Internet Monitor sections of TrainingZone. As always,
please keep the information flowing in.

Finally, time is running out for the Recruitment Challenge. Thanks to all
those who have submitted contributions so far. If you would like to
participate, please send in your address lists this week.

Tim Pickles,
Editor, LearningWIRE and TrainingZONE


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Local information, advice and guidance service
The government has recently announced the creation of a network of new
Local Information, Advice and Guidance Centres throughout England, with
funding of 50 million pounds over three years.
The purpose of the service is support active and potential learners in
recognising their learning needs and taking action to find appropriate
forms of learning, education and training. Although there will be no
standard model for the service in different parts of the country, there
will be national standards to ensure consistency. The service will be
provided in partnership with existing agencies such as the Careers Service,
Employment Service, TECs, colleges, local authorities and voluntary
A consultation paper has been published on the proposed service with the
possibility of online responses before 12 February. It's also possible to
read and download copies of the proposals from the website.

BETT '99
The annual educational technology shows runs at Olympia this year from
13-16 January and promises plenty of developments related to the National
Grid for Learning - which is apparently due for an major upgrade in the
Ministerial announcement opening the show.
There's plenty of information published about the show and new products
which are to be launched there. For a selection, check out

Lots of news and developments to report around this theme recently.

TrainingZone users put me in touch with the 'Lifelong Learning in Europe
Journal' which has been fascinating reading. This is an exceptionally well
produced journal, in English, containing a range of reflective, academic
and practical articles about the development of lifelong learning
approaches across a range of settings. A recent issue contained a lengthy
interview with David Kolb about his work and thinking in recent years, and
how the notions of experiential learning have been developing with other
colleagues. This subject ran through several articles in the same issue.
Another recent topic has focused on how environmental learning has
developed into practice in different organisations. The LLinE network is a
pan-European one with support from various national and international
organisations. It's based in Finland with financial support from the
Finnish government. I can't give you a web address for the network, but
would recommend contact with the Editorial Manager, Eeva Siirala, for more

Also on the subject of European-wide organisations, it's well worth taking
a look at ECLO - the European Consortium for the Learning Organisation.
This network was formed in 1993 in Belgium and the present General
Secretary, Michael Kelleher is based in the UK. The consortium is open to
corporate and academic organisations seeking to develop business and people
development within a learning organisation perspective.

The Consortium is engaged in a range of research projects, international
conferences and networking. ECLO publishes a fascinating journal, The
Learner, three times a year which I shall definitely be keeping an eye on.
The Learner is available online as well as in print.

You can find a reference to an interesting article in the present issue in
the Internet Monitor section.
ECLO's next annual conference is to be held in Glasgow on 19-21 May with
support from Glasgow Development Agency. Again, details are available from
the ECLO website.

The Lifelong Learning website has posted a fascinating interview with Nick
Stuart who is Director General for Employment, Lifelong Learning and
International Directorate. During the interview, he reviews significant
development including the Learning Age green paper, the University for
Industry, the role of local authorities in promoting learning, and the
impact of new technology on learning. It's a very worthwhile download and
offline read.



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.
3 Multiple addresses within the same organisation are valid
if each relates to a different recipient.
4 No acknowledgement will be sent.
5 The editor's decision is final.

Closing date for entries: 20 January 1999

Send all entries to



The Learning Organisation - the sixth discipline
Interesting feature article from the current issue of The Learner which
argues that 'Interactive Consultation' is the missing sixth discipline in
the work initiated by Peter Senge and continued by several other

New professional learning group
The Organisational Development Network has established a new exchange forum
to support new professionals in OD to become familiar with their work and
engage in continuing learning. This forum complements the Networks
existing forums related to people of colour, organisational communication,
and coaching.

Key Note review of UK Training, 1998
Major market survey of the UK training industry shows growth continuing at
6-7% per annum, private sector expenditure of 16 billion pounds, and UK
government expenditure of 3 billion pounds and rising fast. Forecasts
trends to 2000 and increasing significance of training managers.

Our online events pages are now ready to be made live. All we need is
your input. So if you have conferences, seminars, courses or events which
you would like to let our readers know about, do get
in touch. Posting your information to TrainingZone brings it to the
attention of a highly focused group of people interested in training,
learning and staff developmentt. And for all you potential
participants at such events, keep watching the site and we will tell
you when the pages go live.

Training Solutions and the IT Training Exhibition and Conference
6-8th July NEC, Birmingham
The fastest growing training event in the UK. 4000 visitors - Training
Managers and IT Training Managers. 200 exhibitors.
Sponsored by the IOD, Personnel Today and IT Skills Magazine
Enquiries to 0171 973 6689

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health - regional trainers
28 January, Penrith
Inaugural meeting for Cumbrian trainers with an interest is fod hygiene and
health and safety with networking opportunities.
Information from Lesley Dixon

Gestalt in Organisations
25 March, Edinburgh
Creative tools for steering and sustaining change. Includes an overview of
Gestalt and its application to organisations, 'working in the hear and
now', theories of change, and practical applications.
Information from Sue Lieberman

We're about to launch a Press Zone within the TrainingZone site. This
facility will enable companies and organisations to release their news
direct to our focused audience of users and browsers and ensure wider
exposure for your developments. Selected Press Zone items will also
feature weekly in LearningWire. Please get in touch if you would like to
promote your news in this way.

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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