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TrainingZONE LearningWire #123 – MA funding issues, HR Zone live, Open learning ‘Oscars’


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 123
16 October 2000
Yell Awards 2000 Commendation - Best e-Commerce Site (B2B)


1. Modern Apprenticeships suffer because of TEC funding, says TSC
2. HRZone goes live!
3. Open learning's 'Oscars' announced
4. UfI watch
5. Whither Training?


Editor's Note

It seems that as the TECs begin to relinquish their
responsibility for training (and become ECs, perhaps?), criticism
of the role they've played is starting to become more audible.
Recently, the Guardian newspaper expressed concern that the new
Learning and Skills Council (LSC)would simply be another version
of what it calls 'the officially discredited' TECs. This week,
the Training Standards Council criticises the funding processes
used, saying that the success of the Modern Apprenticeship
programme has been compromised as a result. It seems a great
weight of expectation is already lying on the shoulders of the

One advance notice for the CIPD conference at Harrogate: All
TrainingZONE members are cordially invited to our stand (M51) on
Thursday 26th October at 3:30pm to join the TrainingZONE team for
drinks - it will be a great opportunity to put faces to names and
come and discuss some of the burning issues that face you in your

Stephanie Phillips

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

Modern Apprenticeships suffer because of TEC funding, says TSC
Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) have been thwarting the
success of Modern Apprenticeships as a result of the funding
methods they use, according to the Training Standards Council

HRZone goes live!
This week, our sister site launched for proper. Covering all the
latest news in employment law, recruitment and retention,
employee relations, equal opportunities and health and safety,
this is the first place to click on for HR news.

Wide Learning: combining classroom and e-learning
Given that Wide Learning's Head of Content Martin Mitchell
presented a talk at WOLCE entitled 'web-based versus traditional
training methods - is it really a competition?', it was
interesting to hear from him about a pilot programme the company
have been undertaking to prove this doesn't have
to be the case.

Learning and Skills Council - details of staffing arrangements
The Training and Employment Network reports that the Learning and
Skills Council has published an LSC Human Resources Briefing Pack
for staff in those organisations eligible for transfer to the LSC
under TUPE regulations.

"Managing Quality": A NEW PUBLICATION from Scitech Educational
that summarizes quality theory, practice, and planning
techniques. It covers ISO9000, BEM, TQM, Six Sigma, IIP etc, and
reviews 7 current models. Assignments CD available. Info at

Open learning's 'Oscars' announced
The WOLCE event was host to a tribute to the movers and shakers
in the world of open learning on 4 October. The WOLCE Open
Learning Awards saw black ties and gowns being donned for the
presentation of gongs to the lucky winners.

First employer skills summit to take place at NTO conference
Employers, members of the NTO network, key partner organisations,
government ministers and experts will be gathering next week to
meet to discuss the role of employers in driving forward a new
National Skills Agenda proposed by the government.

UfI watch
A summary of the progress of the University for Industry, the
government's initiative to push for lifelong learning in the UK
through the LearnDirect programme.

BAOL Flexible Learning - Edinburgh 2000
The British Association for Open Learning are holding a one-day
conference for open learning practitioners in Edinburgh on 1

ASTD's Learning Circuits Express - 5 October issue
1. Web Education Commission Fields Testimony
2. Special Report: Paying for E-Learning
3. New E-Learning Glossary Debuts
4. Email Turns 30, Goes Postal, Gets Reality Check
5. Free Interactive Tools
6. IBSTPI Online Survey
7. ASTD Wants You!

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Training Administrator, Docklands, London, salary neg.
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Whither Training?
If you are a training or HR professional you may be asking this
question. In this major review article, Leslie Rae sees training
and development at a roundabout: many entrances leading from the
past and several exits leading to possible futures.

Free computers to be used for training in deprived areas
A government scheme is pumping money into providing web access to
deprived homes in Liverpool so that residents can access training
and qualifications.

Attending the National Conference and Exhibition, 25-27 October
in Harrogate is valued by busy professionals as the most
effective and authoritative way keep up-to-date. Key speakers
this year include Michael Porter, Charles Handy and Lynda
Gratton. Visit for the full conference programme and exhibition
details, call CIPD Customer services on 020 8263 3434 or visit

Online workshop: New Leadership Paradigms
This week's workshop, hosted by Michael Mallows from Social
Effectiveness Training will draw on a number of different
theories to look at the qualities required of today's leaders in
the workplace.

To join, in log in on Tuesday 17 October at 13:00 BST at

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- Rebecca Neill gave details of the Online Learning Conference
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- Hugh Gibbons highlighted a thinking skills day being run by
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Any Answers
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need to know anything about the fund - I think it is called
either Socrates or Leonardo.
Keith Comley

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- Neil Grant wants to know if there is a directory of
multilingual trainers
- Sean Errington seeks help with benchmarking training
- Percy J Manuel is interested in the effectiveness of Internal
Portfolio Assessment for adult learners

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who took the time to respond to other TrainingZONE members'
queries this week.

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