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TrainingZONE LearningWire #116 – new freelancers advice page, access to certification, value of vocational qualifications


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 116
28 August 2000
Yell Awards 2000 Commendation - Best e-Commerce Site (B2B)


1. New! Freelancers advice page
2. DfEE proposals to improve skills of work-based trainers
3. Creating access to certification: the role of the NOCN
4. What value vocational qualifications?
5. Thoughts on the modern workplace - we should all be grateful!


Editor's Note

Here at TrainingZONE we're always keen to receive feedback from
our members on developing the content on the site. One of the
nice things in particular about shows like Training Solutions is
that we get to meet TrainingZONE members face-to-face rather than
virtually, and get some direct feedback from regular users this

One of the suggestions that kept cropping up at Training
Solutions was that the site could benefit from a freelancers page
- somewhere people could come for advice on any of the issues
affecting sole traders and those thinking about 'going
freelance'. Well, this week we can announce that we've followed
through the request and added a dedicated freelancers page to the
site. We're aiming to add other advice pages in the next few
months, too. Thanks must go to Ellen Lee, Derek Adams and
Malcolm Hornby, who among others responded to our call for input
to the new page and offered advice or content.

Hope you find the new page useful, and please do keep the
comments coming if there's something you'd like to add or see
added to it!

Stephanie Phillips
News Editor
mailto:[email protected]

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

Freelancers advice page
We're pleased to announce the launch of the TrainingZONE
freelancers page, which is building into a comprehensive resource
for those who are self-employed and those who are interested in
'going freelance' alike. In this one-stop shop, you'll find
information and links to agencies and sources of help to assist
you in going freelance and building a successful small business.

Online workshop: Freelancers Forum
Our regular Freelancers Forum is an opportunity for self-employed
training and HR professionals to chat together, learn from
each other's experience, and gain both ideas and support. If you
have any issues you'd like to discuss with fellow freelancers or
would like to get some advice before making the jump to becoming
a one-person business, come along on Tuesday 29 August at 13:00
BST by visiting

Managing performance virtually: issues with 'teleworkers'
An article from Human Resource Development Quarterly on the Zigon
Performance Group website looks into factors affecting the
success or otherwise of undertaking evaluation with teleworkers.

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Thoughts on the modern workplace - we should all be grateful!
The Guardian last week had a lovely story urging workers of the
world to stop moaning about their stressful, time-consuming
lives, and suggesting that 100 years ago things were far, far

DfEE proposals to improve skills of work-based trainers
The Department for Education and Employment has published a
consultation document setting out proposals to improve the skill
levels and qualifications of staff who deliver work-based

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KnowledgePool take over Maxim Training
KnowledgePool, the e-learning, IT and business skills training
company, has bought Maxim Training, developers of customised
CDROM and online multimedia training in personal and management
skills for the corporate market.

Seven tips for delivering performance feedback
Performance appraisal is often dreaded by managers, who view it
as an imposition on a par to having teeth pulled. This month, the
USA-based Zigon Performance Group offers some help with giving
honest feedback to employees on their website.

Creating access to certification: the role of the NOCN
The National Open College Network (NOCN)is one of the largest
awarding bodies in the UK. It offers awards to adult learners,
and in particular to those people for whom more traditional
qualifications are inaccessible or inappropriate. Find out more
about the work of the NOCN at

What value vocational qualifications?
The ongoing issue of the respectability of vocational
qualifications is again under the spotlight, following the recent
A Level results and the rush to fill places on both vocationally-
relevant and traditionally academic degree courses. In this
article, TrainingZONE uncovers the fundamental problems which are
set to plague the new Vocational Degrees.

Royal Bank of Scotland offer pay-for access to training service
ScottishPower and the Royal Bank of Scotland have added access to
Wide Learning's courses on the portal service they launched last
month for small businesses.

'can do' accreditation for work-based learning
The University of Derby and five FE Colleges in the area have
launched a project aimed at bringing technologies in training to
60 local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Community Features

Any Answers
*Question of the week*
Where can I get a standard 360 degree appraisal form?
I would like to be able to download or receive by e-mail
templates of 360 degree appraisal forms that are used by readers
for all levels of staff.

Many thanks
Antony Davies

Other questions posed this week:
- Sean Errington seeks help with identifying providers of
management development training
- Melanie Scott seeks suggestions for running an IT TNA
- Christine J Elgood wants help with designing a workshop for
100 people

To answer these and any other questions from TrainingZONE
members, go to

Thanks to Tony Hall, Rod Webb and Tim Neill, who shared
their knowledge with other TrainingZONE members this week.

Below you'll find a selection of new postings over the last week:

- Freelancers wanted to deliver SQL 7 and AS400 Admin
- Coaching required for senior executive in media interviewing
- freelance Notes Developer required to work on a wide range of
web delivered e-learning
- freelance trainer needed to specialise in providing e-commerce
and web site training

- find out more about these opportunities and others at

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