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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 53


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 53
14 June 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 give,

From the Editor
Did you know? Some recent studies have shown that 35% of all training and staff development will be delivered electronically by 2000. Looking at the sitution which exists today, this still seems somewhat unlikely, but there is no doubt that this is the fastest growing sector of the market. Whether you are a training provider, a learner, a manager or a coach - how ready are you for this shift?

This week's issue focuses on the Training Solutions Show and IT Training Show taking place at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 6 - 8 July. We feature a selection of exhibitors and presenters to give you a sample of what's on offer. We still have a few complimentary tickets for the exhibition: please send me your postal address if you would like one.

Later in this issue, you will find a selection of other news, resources and updates posted to the TrainingZone website.

Tim Pickles
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Special Feature : Training Solutions Show

With more than 160 exhibitors, and a 30% increase in bookings, this year's show promises to be one of the most exciting events in the UK training and development calendar. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the exhibition which will showcase many new interactive techniques and online learning facilities. Alongside the Show wil be a range of conference sessions and workshops with leading presenters demonstrating some of the latest solutions to training issues.

TrainingZone will be providing a live online cyber facility throughout the event for the show organisers. Novices and experts alike will be able to browse through websites from across the world and see the vast range of materials available to support learning and development. We very much hope you will come and meet us.

Here are just a few of the show exhibitors:-

Global Knowledge -
- are presenting a session on 7 July on Enterprise Services covering skills profiling, skills gap analysis and training solutions. Theywill also offer their normal curriculum materials plus accelerated MCSE/MCSD certification, graduate soft skills courses, Windows 2000, NT4, Unix, Cabletron, Nortel Networks, Cisco.

Illumine Ltd -
- Dr Mark McKergow is running a Masterclass on Accelerated Learning which will show managers, trainers and other individuals how to improve their skills in presenting or facilitating groups and training staff. They will learn how to add new exciting dimensions to the design and delivery of programmes which will increase learning retention and meaning as well as enjoyment of the training events.

Epic -
- On stand B38, Epic will be demonstrating its capability as one of the foremost developers of bespoke online learning. Following the survey commissioned by Technologies for Training to investigate the possibilities for the delivery of online learning materials, Epic offer the report of the survey findings detailing corporate trends and predictions - a useful
guide for those contemplating or involved in online learning.
Brighton based Epic provides bespoke training, education, e-commerce and entertainment on CD-ROM and online via the internet and corporate intranets.

InfoSource -
- will be demonstrating their new products on Stand D54 at the NEC, which will includes training products for Microsoft Office 2000, A+ Certification, their recently released management software - Tracker2, as well as their new InfoSource University online learning site

Almeda Method Typing Genius -
- Touch type in 20 minutes! The Almena Method Typing Genius is an incredibly easy method of teaching anyone, young or old, to touch type in about 20 minutes! It is the only typing instructional program ever developed to teach typing in one lesson, acclaimed as one of the most valuable inventions of the information technoloyg age and copyrighted as a Methodology.
A CD-Rom version will be available at the 50% discount price of 25 GBP
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Pinpoint -
- PinPoint is a facilitation tool for meetings, which also enables trainers to realise accelerated learning processes more easily. It claims to be more powerful in three ways: faster, more thorough, longer lasting. They will be on stand K70 next to the activity area and at

FastTrack Associates -
- will be featuring their new style S/NVQ Candidate Support materials in Customer Service and Management which incorporate assessment by the professional discussion. They are also hoping to issue their new CDrom Library to delegates attending the show. As a special for LearningWire readers and for the show, customers will be able to gain a 25% discount on all FastTrack products. Visit our web pages for the product range and price list:

How to Books -
- publish high-quality reference books to help people achieve their goals. In addition to the well-known How To... series, two new series are launching in 1999: Pathways provides an in-depth approach to business, career and self-development subjects; Essentials covers 'the things that really matter' on subjects ranging from writing a CV to chairing a meeting. They are on stand A71.
Their author, John Humphries will talk about People Management: How To Get the Best from Your Most Valuable Resource on 8th July. This talk is for anyone involved in working with teams. Learn how to develop and support effective teams and how to achieve your objectives through successful people management.

Business Relationship Training -
- New from Business Relationship Training on stand H13 is a complete range of standard training packages and services. This includes Assertive Communication, Working With Pressure, Team Building and Communication Skills. Related services cover: Corporate facilitation, Training needs analysis, Design of customised solutions, Coaching and counselling.
These are in addition to the innovative Business Relationship Programme itself, which provides a growth path for Business Professionals and a structural development facility for corporate personnel.
mailto:[email protected]

Solstra -
- the net-based learning and knowledge management system,
developed by BT and Futuremedia iLearning, will launch a major new product which improves further the delivery and administration of online learning. Other stand highlights include: QuickStart - a service which lets organisations trial Solstra for one month, under the guidance of a Solstra Coach consultant; The Training Clinic - brush up on your management skills, sample a 'bite-sized chunk' of learning from experts including Harvard Business School Publishing, Maxim Training UK and Xebec McGraw Hill; plus, sign up free for Training Decisions - an Internet gateway to 25,000 products and services.

Passport -
- An innovative personal development programme particularly aimed at women but also delivered in-house to a range of groups.

Asymetrix Learning Systems -
- this leading consultancy organisation delivers training solutions to companies including training needs analysis, online training and systems integration. As well as creating courseware of organisations, the range of Asymetrix tools is well known. They will be demonstrating ToolBook II and other software during the show.

Institute of Continuing Professional Development -
- the ICPD is the body promoting high standards of learning amongst all professional groups. With access to a range of journals, seminars, events and networks, membership of the Institute is the way to demonstrate your commitment to CPD

TrainingZone -
- As well as running the Internet resource for the show, TrainingZone will be showcasing its new look: new features, reviews, online chat, polls, directories and a host of other features. Come and talk to us in person and lets see how we can work togather!


Training Solutions and IT Training Show

6 - 8 July 1999, NEC, Birmingham


Internet Monitor

There is pressure on space this week, so this is just a small
selection of Internet sites and postings from the past week.

Update to the Insights Training and Development website
Now includes a new 360 degree feedback instrument with sample download, and Discovery Personal Reports available in six languages

Coaches Training Institute
Following our special issue two weeks ago, there's still plenty of news arriving about coaching. This US-based Institute provides training and education for the coaching profession.
They also have an event booked for London during July

NLP approaches to coaching and leadership
Several pages on the Sue Knight Partnership website provide useful articles on Neuro-Linguistic Programming approaches to coaching and management development. There are also full details of her publications and conferences.

How can an organisation be sure that training is worthwhile?
This article from The-Shelf website contains a detailed interview with the organisational development consultant at British Airports Authority exploring best value in training from the company's point of view.

Just what is facilitation?
Another article from The-Shelf website, by David Langdon, exlores the value of facilitation in the workplace, what it is and how to use it.

IPD - chartered institute debate hots up
Two weeks ago we reported on the progress being made by the Institute of Personnel and Development towards chartered status. All members have now received a short booklet from the Institute. Debate on the issue is picking up in our Comments area. One detailed posting argues how any such moves need to be accompanied by a reform in the standards for corporate membership which discriminate against many potential members.

Training and Learning with Internet Tools
A relatively early position paper by Daniel Schneider explores what the future holds for the use of the Internet as a tool in enabling learning to take place. Fascinating to see how his thoughts from a few years back compare with the situation emerging today

Empowering your workforce
Another free ezine now available from the excellent AusTrainer website (which already features a series of other topic-based electronic newsletters.

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From the PressZone
Every week we carry news releases in our dedicated PressZone
Here are a selection of recent press releases on the site:

Bridging the gap of social exclusion - the experience of Stockport and High Peak TEC

Training on the Net - developing a virtual management centre for small and medium enterprises
This issue was also explored last week in a news story from the IPD about an online training iniative for smaller businesses

Online Learning Euro '99 - a major conference at Cheltenham and Gloucester College on 20-22 July

How to make the most of your training budget - some ideas from Fraser Chesterman of the IT Training Show

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