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TrainingZONE LearningWire #113 – Learning and Skills Bill passed, Knowledge Management and e-learning, special feature: reviews


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 113
7 August 2000
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1. Learning and Skills Bill is passed
2. Chief of TSC to be new chief of Adult Learning Inspectorate
3. Special Feature: Reviews
4. Knowledge Management and e-learning: two into one will go!
5. Lifelong learning: some food for thought


Editor's Note

This week, the Learning and Skills Council took a first step
towards becoming reality, with the passing of the Learning and
Skills Act through Parliament.

The Act will have far-reaching consequences for anyone with an
involvement or interest in vocational training and adult
education, not least because it sees the demise of the training
arms of Training and Enterprise Councils, brought into being in
the aftermath of the 1988 White Paper.

In their place will come the 47 local arms of the Learning and
Skills Council. Apparently existing support staff will know
whether they will transfer to the new Councils by October of this

In the past, TECS have been the target of criticism from a number
of quarters. Time will tell how twelve years of existence will be
remembered in the history books.

Stephanie Phillips
News Editor
mailto:[email protected]

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

Learning and Skills Bill is passed
Last Friday saw the passing through parliament of the Learning
and Skills Bill. Having received a number of last-minute changes,
the Bill has now received Royal Assent and becomes an Act.
The final provisions of the Act relating to vocational training
are summarised here.

Chief of TSC to be new chief of Adult Learning Inspectorate
Current chief inspector of the Training Standards Council (TSC)
David Sherlock is to become the chief inspector of the new Adult
Learning Inspectorate (ALI). Sherlock will have some familiar
and supportive faces around him - Nick Reilly, the current chair
of the TSC was appointed as chair designate of the ALI on 4 July,
and it seems likely there will be other similar moves.

Lifelong learning: some food for thought
Lifelong learning has become a universal panacea: the Holy Grail,
winning the lottery, a double Scotch, Viagra, whatever turns you
on. So says Maggie Woodrow, Executive Director of the European
Access Network based at the University of Westminster, in an
article entitled 'The Struggle for the Soul of Lifelong

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Knowledge Management and e-learning: two into one will go!
In an article for learning association ASTD's online magazine
Learning Circuits, Editor Tom Barron says that as a result of
technological innovation, learning and knowledge management
are converging into a new, technology-fueled creature.

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Special Feature: Reviews
We regularly publish reviews of new products, resources and
services written by training and HR professionals. Check out the
following new book reviews at

- 'Smart Things to know about Business Finance' by Ken Langdon
and Alan Bonham
- 'The Theory and Practice of Training' (4th edition) by Roger
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- 'Continuing Professional Development in the UK: Policies and
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Institute of Continuing Professional Development
This institute, dedicated to promoting and extending CPD
opportunities for professionals has relaunched its website. The
Institute offers a regular programme of accredited CPD activities
and offers excellent networking opportunities.

Community Features

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Many thanks.
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- Rick Martin needs the NVQ unit/element for TDLB C21 and C22
- Andy Smith seeks information on training brokers
- Lesley Somers is looking for advice on course costings

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