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TrainingZONE LearningWire #104 – Mandelson ‘too old to learn’, battle over New Deal figures, extra pay or training?


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 104
5 June 2000


1. Secretary of State is too old to learn
2. Extra pay or training? the jury is out!
3. New Deal covers costs, but its success is in doubt
4. Investing in on-line learning: benefits and limitations
5. Get your name in print!


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Secretary of State is too old to learn
Stop press! As this wire is being put together, TrainingZone
member Hazel Edmunds (who obviously has her ear to the ground!)
reports that Peter Mandelson has managed to strike a blow against
the idea that learning is for life. At the official opening of St
Patrick's High School, Keady, County Armagh on 31 May, the
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland said: ... "the pupils of
St Patricks. This school was built for you. I know it doesn't
always seem this way, but the school wasn't built for your
teachers or your parents or your politicians - we're much too old
to learn anything".
No doubt the DfEE will be delighted to hear that!

Extra pay or training? the jury is out!
It just goes to show that there are lies, damn lies and
Several weeks ago, TrainingZone reported that 60 percent of Scots
would be willing to accept a lower salary if they were given
greater training opportunities. It now transpires in a survey by
IT company AOL that 39 percent of employees would move jobs for a
pay rise, however slight - presumably the other 61 percent are
holding out for improved training.

New Deal covers costs, but its success is in doubt
According to research commissioned by the government, the New
Deal scheme for young people aged 18-24 is close to paying for
itself. Although the actual figures to support this were not
released, Employment Minister Tessa Jowell said that the
statistics show the government has reduced the number of young
people out of work for six months or more from 170,000 to just
over 50,000 in the first two years of the New Deal scheme.

However, it seems the figures which are being used to support the
success of the New Deal are in question. This week, the
conservatives launched an attack on the New Deal for Lone
Parents, expressing their intention to scrap the scheme
altogether yesterday after publishing figures which they say show
the scheme would take 26 years to find jobs for the 410,000
single mothers.

Plan to succeed or suffer the consequences
A study by USA-based HR consultancy DDI, which specialises in
management development has found that given the chance, only 62
percent of organisations would re-appoint their current managers.
If this is the case, it suggests that companies will be looking
for a successor with different skills and competencies, but the
report from the DDI suggests that it's unlikely they have
considered this. The survey of 260 companies found that only half
of them have formal plans in place for managing succession,
despite the fact that if an organisation's chief executive leaves
and is not immediately replaced, it can have big repercussions
for the company.

Tesco training scheme helps long-term unemployed
Unemployed people living near a soon-to-be-opened Tesco store in
Leeds are being offered the chance of a job there on the
condition that they undertake 16 weeks of intensive classroom-
based training. The scheme is part of the Seacroft Partnership,
a regeneration project aimed at tackling the high rate of
unemployment in Seacroft, East Leeds, one of the most deprived
areas in western Europe.

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Capita to administer ILAs
The DfEE has chosen professional and educational services
provider the Capita Group as the their preferred partner for
administering the Individual Learning Accounts scheme.
Capita expect to handle over 10 million enquiries about the
accounts in the first year, either through their call centres or
through web-based interactive services.

Call for consolidation in training and education programmes
The Federation of Small Businesses is calling for a radical
overall of the present range of government-funded education and
training programmes. The Federation claims that the current
situation is confusing, overlapping and virtually impossible to
navigate. Throughout the UK there are more than 70 education and
training programmes initiated by government or government
agencies; a total of 23 agencies have a funding remit for these

6 out of 10 work in poor learning climate
Initial findings from the Campaign for Learning's Learning
Climate Quiz show that 60 percent of respondents work in a poor
learning climate. The findings from the survey, which has been
available on the website for the past month and has already had
400 responses, were released this week to coincide with Learning
at Work Day.

eLearnity announces new e-Learning white paper 'the Future of
Learning' available at
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Learning solutions with greater educational value and decreased
cost of delivery. We offer learning strategy & design,
implementation & support for learning platforms, and custom
content design and development.

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Bruce McKenzie looks at ways for the organisation and the
individual to develop good quality practices in the workplace and
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Get your name in print!
A TrainingZONE member writes: Have you always wanted your ideas
in print for the world to see?
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me to write a book on top tips for trainers. She is keen that it
draws on the experience of successful trainers around the world.
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European money funds CDROMs for Glasgow
European Social Fund Objective 4 money is funding a project run
by Greater Easterhouse Development Company, Glasgow, to provide
9,000 hours of free training on CDROMs, as part of a six-month
project to build the skills and expertise of local individuals
and businesses.

Whatever happened to Instructional Design?
At a recent conference, the UK's foremost organisation of
professionals involved in e-Learning, The eLearning Network,
investigated the future of Instructional Design in a world that
has become increasingly focussed on the messenger rather than the
message. Judith Christian-Carter, Director of Effective Learning
Solutions, investigated whether Instructional Design was dead or
merely dying.


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Sue all you ever wanted to know about NLP but were too afraid to


A quarter of all NVQs on offer ignored, says QCA
Question: What do agriculture (hatchery production), funeral
services, controlling aircraft operations and iron-making have in
common? Answer: They are all NVQ qualifications which have yet to
be awarded to a single student. Statistics published in the
Annual NVQ Statistics Supplement 2000 by the Qualifications and
Curriculum Authority show that nearly 250 of the 870 National
Vocational Qualifications available have never been finished.

Investing in online learning: benefits and limitations
Why are institutions across the world investing so much in
online learning? Is the investment justified? This paper
attempts to answer these questions by examining preliminary
findings from a cost-benefit research project conducted at the
University of British Columbia (UBC) and federally funded by the
Canadian TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE-

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underlying assumptions, beliefs, perceptions etc that drive a
company. I am particularly looking for questionnaires but
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The tenders for work have been tumbling in this week. Here
is a taster of what's on offer:

- Fairlawn initiative would like to hear from professionals who
have expertise in or a belief they can deliver in negotiating,
telephone sales, leadership and problem solving.
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is
looking for a consultant to join a small in-house team to design
and develop a distance learning programme to train staff in all
aspects of its refugee operations.

Read more about these and other opportunities at

The weekly webwatch has turned up these gems - we've kept an eye
on the internet for you at at

600 free on-line courses available from
---------------------------------------------------- is an Internet-based learning company whose goal
is to offer free on-line education to the general public. Through
free access to hundreds of on-line courses are aiming
to establish the Nets most extensive e-education environment',
albeit by exposing would-be students to a fair amount of

DfEE's Skills Unit database goes live
The Skills Unit database, Skillsbase, has been set up by the
Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) to improve the
availability of labour market information. Skillsbase is one of
a number of other sites falling under the umbrella of the DfEE's
overarching Website - access to all will be available from 14
June on the DfEE's site

Worst website of the week!
The Training Standard's Council's website gets our vote for the
most boring training-related website in the world - let us know
if you've seen worse!

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