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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 41


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 41
22 March 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 non-commercial purposes as
long as attribution is given.

From the Editor
Welcome to this week's digest of just some of the items posted to the
TrainingZone site during the past week.

This week we've launched an important new technical improvement to the
TrainingZone website. Everytime you click on a story to read it, in
addition to seeing the article itself, you will find a panel to the right
of the screen offering you a choice of related news items and Internet
postings. This will make it even easier for users to follow their own
lines of enquiry.

Plenty of other news this week. TrainingZone itself has received a Human
Resources Recommended Site award from MCB

We are investigating the possibility of recruiting some assistant editors
who would be responsible for monitoring and posting aspects of news to the
site. Initially, we'd like to find one or two people willing to be 'guest
editors' for a week or so. This could lead to bigger and better things!
Might you be interested? Send me an email if you are.

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


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Thought for the Week
==================== (Thanks to SCVO for this one)

Train any population rationally, and they will be rational. Furnish honest
and useful employments to those so trained, and such employments they will
greatly prefer to dishonest or injurious occupations. It is beyond all
calculation the interest of every government to provide that training and
that employment; and to provide both is easily practicable.

Robert Owen, 'A New View of Society' - Essays 1813-1816

Recent training-related news

Education and Training Development Agenda: Towards 2000
The Department for Education and Employment has just published a major
review of training and education progress since May 1997, together with its
strategic overview of policy initiatives to promote training and education
over the next few years. The whole document can be read online, or
downloaded as Adobe Acrobat files. There's also a summary documents to
give you an overview. An important publication (amidst a flood of other
publications from the DfEE!)

Individual Learning News - Issue 7, March 1999
The latest online issue of ILN from the DfEE's Individual Learning
Directorate includes more than 20 feature items including material on
Lifelong Learning Partnerships, ESF Objective 4 funding, the Skills Task
Force, local authority Lifelong Learning development plans, and updates on
the Adult and Community Learning Fund, the Lifelong Learning National
Conference, and the recently announced Local Information Advice and
Guidance initiative.
This site continues to be an excellent example of online and up-to-date
publishing bringing an excellent combination of both news and ideas
exchange. It's just a shame that the "notify me of changes" facility on
the site doesn't work.

Employment Service offers to take on TECs training role
During evidence to a House of Common Select Committee hearing recently, the
head of the Employment Service suggested that the experience of his
department in areas such as the New Deal meant that the Employment Service
would be in a good position to take on the training role of TECs, creating
a closer integration with the employment function.

Topics in the Discussion Forums
There's been further postings around people's experience - both positive
and negative - of Level 3 NVQ in Training and Development.

If you've been involved in this NVQ - or have decided against a vocational
qualification, please feel free to add your thoughts.

Internet Monitor
A selection from the useful sites which we've come across in the past few

Presentations technology
An American site full of technology, tips and topics related (not
surprisingly!) to making effective presentations. Once you've waded
through some of the hi-tech gizmos, this site offers plenty of guidance and
ideas for making your presentations more effective.

TrainerSite - IT training jobs
A site which provides both a free recruitment facility for companies
looking for permanent, contract or freelance IT trainers, and also a
display board for those seeking new positions or assignments. Simple, easy
to use interface makes this an attractive site.

Inside Technology Training
On the subject of technology training, this site relates to the 'Inside
Technology Training' magazine which provides news, features and updates
about technology training. There's also a free email newsletter service to
keep you briefed about new developments.

Writing training and learning objectives
Demystifying training design by writing clearer objectives. Claire Beliton
provides a straightforward guide to how to do it. Relevant to both new and
experienced trainers.

Abacus Learning System / Virtual Learning College
A well developed site providing virtual courses in training skills,
administration, and supervisory and management skills

Spring Mobile Training
Ever wondered how to reduce the cost of sending your staff away on courses?
Spring think they have a solution: their specially equipped mobile tutoring
vehicle of fully equipped to come to you to deliver computer training and
consultancy services, thereby reducing the cost of time of staff being away
from their workplace.

Lifelong Learning Update
As mentioned earlier in this issue, The Lifelong Learning website is an
excellent source of information and ideas on a wide range of related issues.
Here are a selection of further Internet postings which have come to our
attention over the past few days.

The Learning Person
An article by Jim Collins in the March issue of 'Training' from the
TrainingSuperSite pages explores the links between learning and performance
in the workplace

Lifelong learning and social exclusion
Marcus Bell of the DfEE explains how the Individual Learning Directorate is
contributing to government discussions about the development of the social
exclusion policy.

Money for local authority lifelong learning development plans
The DfEE Standards Fund grant 15 is being used to help local authorities in
England and Wales to establish Development Plans to support the creation of
more learning opportunities for adults.

Attitudes to CPD - Virtual Conference
This is the third week of the excellent online conference being run at the
MCB site. Nigel Hemmington has published further seminar paper on 'The
Case of the Hospitality Industry' exploring the approaches to CPD being
developed in one industry sector, based on a small scale research project.
This Conference Discussion Pages continue to provoke lively debate.

Amadeus International
An Irish site with a clear view of how to promote individual learning
programmes amongst staff working in companies across the world. Programmes
help clients to develop new mindsets, develop personal strategies and
develop performance indicators.

Getting involved with TrainingZone
Just a reminder of our request of 'guest editors' to monitor and post news
to the site for a week or so. If you might be interested, send me an email
(mailto:[email protected])

About Sift
Sift plc is a leading developer of online communities. Based in Bristol,
Sift has also developed AccountingWEB for the accounting sector,
BusinessZONE (for the SME market), and TravelMole for the travel industry.
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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