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TrainingZONE LearningWire #109 – TD2000 winners, Ufi update, special feature: Tenders


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 109
10 July 2000


1. Merry-go-rounds, muppets and men in orange suits!
2. TD2000 awards - winners announced
3. Update from the University for Industry
4. Special community feature: Tenders
5. Win 500 pounds in our Mall treasure hunt!


Editor's Note
As last week's Training Solutions Show demonstrated, the world of
desktop computers and the Internet are revolutionising the way in
which training professionals conduct their work. From electronic
projectors to online learning, from searchable directories to self-
assessment materials, it's all going online and is increasingly
available "just-in-time" through your desktop PC.

With an explosion of offerings and companies, many struggling for
funding or audience share, there will need to be considerable
consolidation in the sector, with reputable brands and strong-
functioning products winning out in the longer-term.

These are issues which TrainingZONE and its parent company Sift have
been working with over several years. On Tuesday, this effort pays
off. Sift have won awards in the past, but TrainingZONE is now one
of just two finalists in the coveted Yell Awards, recognising
outstanding Internet developments. Contending for the 'Best UK
Business-to-Business' category, the TrainingZONE site has already
beater BT and the Henley Centre amongst others. The winner goes
through to the Best UK Website Award. This national recognition
reinforces the fact that TrainingZONE is the premier online business
resource for training professionals.

Tim Pickles
Managing Director
mailto:[email protected]

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Merry-go-rounds, muppets and men in orange suits!
Just some of the weird and wonderful gimmicks to draw your attention
at this year's Training Solutions and the IT Training Show at the NEC
this week. The lively show, which took place from 4-6 July, had no
shortage of noisy and visually distracting competition for its
visitors attention!

A detailed round-up of news from the exhibition will appear on the
site at the beginning of next week and in next week's LearningWire.
Thanks to all those who came up and said hello, and to those who are
reading their very first LearningWire as a result!

The Training Solutions & I.T. Training Show 2000 is now available in
fully interactive virtual 3D. Start walking around the UKs premier
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Is there any point in building teams?
On the back of the recent poor team performances from England's
football and cricket teams, Simon Caulkin, writing in the Guardian
last week says that the importance of teamwork often prevents
rational discussion about it.

Update from Ufi
As the date for Ufi's formal launch in England, Wales and Northern
Ireland draws ever nearer, the agency has published a series of
regular updates. You can download the latest one with items on post-
16 learning consultation, Ufi products and current developments from

Our view: We watch the developments at Ufi with interest; we support
the creation of a network of local learning centres if these are
genuinely accessible. However, we remain concerned as to the message
which Ufi/LearnDirect is putting out: just who does it see as its
prime audience - individual learners or employers?

TD2000 awards - winners announced
The winners of the TD 2000 awards were announced on Tuesday evening
at the Training Solutions event. The awards were launched for the
first time earlier this year by Training magazine and the Industrial
Society to highlight best practice in company training departments
and to 'increase awareness of running training like a business'.
Three finalists were picked from a shortlist of twelve - find out
more about what made them stand out and the eventual winner at

AMED Frontiers Conference 2000 The e-challenge: keeping people at
the heart of e-business 23 & 24 August 2000, University of Warwick
Business School. Themes will include: e-learning and development,
e-ethics, mobilizing and e-xchanging knowledge, e-enabling
organisations. Organisations include: Royal Bank of Scotland,
British Airways & PwC. Download the conference brochure at:
17,000 professionals receive LearningWire. To reach our

Union training funds to increase next year
Speaking at a TUC conference this week, David Blunkett announced the
approval of 17 new Union Learning Fund projects across the country.
The Union Learning Fund offers financial support to trade unions to
promote or support learning in the workplace, and 4.5 million will
be available in the coming year to projects relating to learning in
the workplace submitted by unions.

Special Community Feature: Tenders
The Tenders area of TrainingZONE is one of the most visited parts of
the site. It enables TrainingZONE members to publish invitations to
tender for training and consultancy work to other TrainingZONE

If you've need a trainer or consultant for a specific project, why
not post the details at
Hundreds of visitors to the site are already checking out the
requests as they come through, and there's no limit to the amount of
time the invitations can be left on the site.

If you're a trainer or consultant looking for work, try checking out
the area on a regular basis - new project requests are being posted
all the time. You can reply direct to the person offering the
tender using the add comments feature.

Here are some of the tenders for work posted to the site in the last

- HR consultants wanted for competency framework development projects
- Trainers needed to deliver training on windows-based packages
- Basic food hygiene trainer required

Congratulations to the winners
A month ago we ran a promotion to encourage users to complete their
Personal Profile. Across our range of community websites, 6,000
people responded. The tickets to New York were won by an
AccountingWeb user; TrainingZONE member Dawn Furnell from Berkshire
won a Compaq PDA and 38 other TrainingZONE users won other prizes.
All winners will be notified by email this month. The profile data
enables us to present a very accurate picture of just who uses
TrainingZONE. You can see some of the initial findings at

Action learning methods
In a special guest workshop last week, Richard Hale and colleagues
from the new Action Learning Institute were questioned online about
the origins, methods and benefits of action learning. You can pick
up on some of the useful tips discussed at

TZ workshop: Creating a Learning Resource Centre
This is an open forum workshop where all training professionals
are welcome to join in and discuss the issues with each other.

Learning Resource Centres are a fast developing facility in many
companies and organisations - but just how do you go about it,
and what tips can you call upon to make your Resource Centre
work effectively? Join in this online forum and discuss all the
issues around creating a workplace Learning Resource Centre with
other professionals engaged in similar work.

* * * * * * * * * * * SHOOTING STARS * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Training Design Specialist, Hertfordshire, to 40,000 GBP + benefits
Sales Trainer UK-wide, to 28,000 GBP, car + benefits
Training Manager, London, to 45,000 GBP + bonus, car + benefits
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * * *

High calibre training positions like these are being added to
CareerZone every week. Make sure you don't miss out on the one you
want by creating an alert profile at

The TrainingZONE Mall has a hugely expanded range of online shops for
trainers. Several thousand books, manuals, videos, CDs, games,
activities, gifts and hardware can now be searched from reputable
suppliers as Gower, Kogan Page, T.E.N. and Croner CCH in the updated
Shops at

Do contact us if you would like to have your own branded shop in the
Trainers Mall.

Win 500 pounds in the TrainingZONE Mall treasure hunt!
To encourage you to browse in our newly-relaunched Mall, we're
running a competition offering 500 GBP to the first name drawn
from a hat on 31 July with correct answers to these questions:

1 Who wrote Business Applications of NLP,and what does NLP stand for?
2 What's the lowest price for a training video from Gower?
3 What is 'The Superteam Challenge'?
4 How much discount could you get on the gift of a box of wine for a
5 What do SkillBoosters actually sell?
6 Who wrote "How to Lead a Winning Team", a book in the HR-Expert
Entrants must also complete their Personal Profile on the site.
All entries should be e-mailed to mailto:[email protected]

Army personnel to have online learning facilities
The University for Industry has announced that the Army is to be a
Ufi hub, making online learning accessible to all its employees.
The Army is the third of the UK's largest employers to make Ufi's
learning products and services available to all its employees,
following the announcements in February this year by BT and by
Unipart this month.


This week, TrainingZONE's team of intrepid reviewers has ingested
the contents of two publications for your benefit.

'The Ultimate Book of Business Creativity' by Ros Jay is reviewed at

Matthew Simkin reviews Multinational Action Learning at Work, edited
by Gordon Prestoungrange & Charles Margerison at

First chair appointed to Adult Learning Inspectorate
In a significant move towards the establishment of the new
Inspectorate, the DfEE has appointed its first Chair. The
Inspectorate will carry out workplace inspections of a range of
workplace and adult learning schemes, working together with OFSTED
inspectors when necessary.

The Campaign for Learning seeks your views on e-learning
The Campaign for Learning is looking for respondents for its survey
into what individual e-learners think of the learning they have done
online, and what employers and learning providers are doing to
prepare for the e-learning revolution. The survey,is an ideal
opportunity for individuals to voice their views on this subject.
The questionnaire is in three parts, two of which require a password
to access:
- 1. for individual e-learners
- 2. for corporate budget holders who are buying e-learning products
- 3. for learning providers (password=provider)

Register your views at

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