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TrainingZONE LearningWire #118 – avoiding training disasters, in-house or external trainers, training qualifications, learning o


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 118 - 11 September 2000
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1. Which route to a training qualification is best?
2. Avoiding training disasters
3. In-house or external trainers?
4. Peter Senge's latest book on learning organisations
5. Latest Jobs and Contracts


Editor's Note
Holidays are over, schools have restarted and the nights are
drawing in. So, what is there to look forward to? For many
Training and HR professionals, this is a busy time of year.
New staff to induct, a busy autumn schedule of courses to run,
new material to prepare. It should also be time to take stock
of your own needs. Here are our prompt questions to help you

* What are the three key issues facing my function/role?
* How will the 'electronic revolution' change my work?
* Is my work/life balance right?
* How much time have I set aside for my own development?

We all need to review where we are going. In the months ahead
the 75 staff who bring you TrainingZONE and our other ten
professional communities aim to filter and bring you the very
best of what you need to know to stay ahead of the game.

Tim Pickles

Latest News
A small selection from this week's news stories; for more, see

Avoiding presentation and training disasters
Another in the popular series of Advice Pages offers tips and a
checklist for ensuring your presentations work well.

Where lies the boundary between training and learning?
Last week's contribution by Robert Gervais has provoked lots of
interest. This week Jon Kendall responds with his own thoughts.

Combatting bullying in the workplace
This week's free online workshop tackles a subject which is
attracting increasing interest - bullying at work. Jo Clifton
and Heather Serdar's new book on tackling bullying is published
this month. Here they present their ideas and answer your
questions on TUESDAY, 13:00 BST (prompt) at

In-house or external trainers?
Who offers the best support - the in-house trainer who knows or
the organisation but is part of the 'system', or the external
trainer who is objective but less familiar with the
organisational background?

DfEE offers training loans to small firms
The Government is making available twelve month interest-free
loans to small businesses under the Small Firms Training Loans
scheme. If you or your clients don't already know about the
arrangements, see

Peter Senge's latest work on learning organisations
We expect schools to be places of learning - yet so often they
have the reverse effect on their users. Peter Senge and
colleagues develop their thinking on learning organisations as
applied to schools (and by extension to training and education
generally) in this latest book due for release this week.

Revisiting adult learning
In a feature-length contributed article Javed Jamal looks at
adult learning today and explores both how adults learn and
the motivation they require.

Managing and Retaining High Performers - How to Win the War for
Talent CONFERENCE 3 October 2000 London Chamber of Commerce.
Focusing on how to recruit, reward and develop high quality
employees. Case story presentations from Bass Plc, Cornhill
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Community Features
These are just some of the areas you can post and find new
opportunities for yourself:

Every day, new contracts for training providers are published at
Here are some of this week's offerings:

- Instructional designers required for financial and soft skills
- Trainer with fluent Welsh required
- HR manager training required
- Workshop of European marketing required

now HR has a home page
Log on now!

* * * * * * * * * * * LATEST VACANCY * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Training Consultant, West Yorkshire, 22k - 25k + car
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ** * * * * * * *
Are you being paid what you're worth? CareerZONE now has
a salary guide supplied by PSD Financial Services at
165 people have set up their Alerts to be contacted when their
dream job is advertised. If you don't do the same, they'll beat
you to it!

Any Answers
Every week training and HR professionals post their questions at
and every week people like you provide the answers! Here are two
of this week's interesting questions in search of an answer:

*** To develop a qualification in training, am I better to
follow the CIPD route or is the Certificate in Training Practice
sufficient, asks Bandna Sidhu

*** Can anyone recomend good publications containing detailed
training and development strategies, asks David Fowler

You can check out suggested answers, respond yourself, or
post your own question at

ONLINE LEARNING Link learning to business strategy. 2 day conference
7-8 November 2000, London. Including case studies from BT, Unipart,
Royal Bank of Scotland, House of Fraser, PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
Motorola,, Henley Management College, VEGA
skillchange. See

There are several thousand books, manuals, activities,
programmes and solutions for trainers on sale at discount
prices in the TrainingZONE online Shopping Mall.

From the PressZone
The PressZone is the area where leading suppliers announce their
news. This week:

** Intuition release Web Tutor for Series 3
** Intuition, the elearning specialists, release IntuitionWeb
Version 3
** QVC buys into online learning

Find full details of these and other press stories at

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