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The TrainingZone LearningWire – Issue 55


The TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 55
28 June 1999
The Learning Community
Copyright (C) 1999 Sift plc. All rights reserved.
This material is distributed free to trainers, learners, managers and
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From the Editor
As summer finally arrives and thoughts turn to holidays, there's still a lot happening in the Training and Development world. This week, for example, the Scottish University for Industry advertised for a chief executive at £80,000 - this must be one of the highest paid posts in learning. Elsewhere, a new report by Training magazine shows that
£10,000 million is spent on training in the UK but that 37% of companies never bother to evaluate the impact of this training expenditure on their performance.

At TrainingZone too, there have been plenty of new developments in the past week as anyone who has visited the site will have noticed. The Home Page now lists all the most recent stories. To help you find what you want even more quickly, we've created several news categories, each with dedicated pages - for News, WebWatch, Reviews, and the PressZone. As a result, we can simplify the presentation of digest information in LearningWire giving you a quicker read.

Tim Pickles
mailto:[email protected]



AMED Conference
The Association for Managment Education and Development

Working Communities : The shape of future organisations

Key themes - colloborative working, knowledge management,
ethics and governance
25/26 August 1999, Cranfield School of Management


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Latest News

Our News pages bring you information and updates on all the latest news, plus a quick guide to all the stories which other members are commenting on. You'll also find world news and a personal news alert facility.

All the following stories can be found at

Tomorrow's World Live
Take a trip into the future! See how we will all be learning in the next century. The Tomorrow's World Live event, with support from the DfEE, demonstrates the classroom of tomorrow, the future technology for learning, and the way we will improve our skills and knowledge in the years ahead.

QCA to work with Training Standards Council
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Training Standards Council are to work together more closely to improve work-based training. In future they will share inspections to provide a more integrated service.

IPD to survey members on proposed training levy
The Institute of Personnel and Development is to survey its members on the suggestion in the Skills Task Force report that employers might be obliged to pay a levy towards the training costs of skilling their staff.

Labour market quarterly report
The Labour market quarterly report to February 1999 including details of skills and enterprise training is available as an Adobe Acrobat download from the DfEE website.

New Deal reaches 100,000 young people
The Prime Minister has praised the success of the flagship New Deal programme which has reportedly now helped 100,000 young people into jobs. Meanwhile, government ministers have this week announced the extension of the New Deal programme to assist those aged over 50 back into work from next year. A pilot programme in nine English 'pathfinder' areas will test the concept from October 1999.

ASE - Assessment and Training provider
This division of publishers NFER-Nelson provides a range of assessment and training services for clients. In addition to various resources on the site, you can now join a free monthly email newsletter to be kept informed about developments in the field.

Learning at Work Day
A report from the Campaign for Learning into the diverse range of activities around the country which took place on 20 May. The summary is useful for promoting further thinking about creative ways of workplace learning.

Local Learning Partnerships
An update on the Campaign for Learning website on the nature and progress of these various local partnerships. Each partnership brings together a range of local agencies concerned with the promotion or delivery of training and learning programmes. Experience in each of the participating localities differs and is explored here.

All the above News stories can be found at


The ToolKit
An indispensable library of downloadable training resources
now available to preview on screen also

Why not publish your training resources in The ToolKit?


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WebWatch brings you information about useful and relevant resources from other Internet sites around the world. Unless otherwise linked, all the following stories can be found at

Scottish University for Industry
Thanks to those who responded to the request for sightings in the last issue of LearningWire. We've now tracked the official website down to
although the content is still limited. This week's Scottish press carried advertisements for a Chief Executive (80,000 GBP) and 4 Directors (50,000 GBP each). If you want to apply, check the contact details at

Professional Association's Research Network
A new Bristol-based membership body seeking to promote networking between professional associations, and currently engaged in research into the continuous professional development activities of various assocations.

Management Library
An extensive US-based catalogue of management resources, well indexed but still requiring clicking through several pages to find the nugget of real value which you are seeking.

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Getting involved

A new weekly series of tips for getting even more out of your community membership.

1 Use to innovative CoachingWeb to both seek coaching support from
others, or respond to requests for coaching from someone new

2 Tell up about your favourite resource site on the Internet and
why you like it. You can write a short review of it, or ask us
to visit and include it in the WebWatch. Send suggestions to
mailto:[email protected]

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Our latest section brings you reviews of new products and publications. To submit material to be reviewed, or to read any of the following reviews, all contributed by people working in the field, go to

Seminar: CBT authoring software
A review by Clive Shepherd of this new and easy-to-use software for creating computer-based training resource materials.

Compendium of Questionnaires and Inventories
A new techniques resource written by Sarah Cook and published by Gower is examined by Leslie Rae.

Croner's A - Z Guide to Managing People
New 300 page ringbinder from Croner aims to provide managers with a one stop source of information about good management practice in handling their employees. This Guide is supported by fortnightly briefings and the purchase price includes regular updates as pages are changed and added.

To read any of these reviews, go to

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Forthcoming Events

Association for Management Education and Development Conference
AMED's Conference on 'Working Communities: The shape of future organisations' takes place on 25/26 August at Cranfield School of Management. Themes include collaborative working, knowledge management, ethics and governance, and there is a impressive line-up of speakers.

Make friends with yourself workshop
Take time out after a hard year's training or treat your staff to some
personal development, run be Words in Action. This one-day workshop on both 12 August and 14 August will be held in Glasgow's West End and aims to enhance body and mind. Sessions will include hand and face massage, gentle postural exercises, building a positive self image, living comfortably with your emotions. mailto:[email protected]

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From the PressZone

This week's press releases are all featured at

Training Needs Training Company
New Scotland company dedicated to training and development consultancy for the insurance industry.

Businesses waste millions on training
Survey carried out by Training magazine reveals that very few busineses understand the benefits that training might bring to their performance, and that 37% of companies never evaluate the outcome of any training undertaken.

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