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TrainingZONE LearningWire #124 – TrainingZONE news, CIPD preview, ILAs in SMEs


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 124
23 October 2000
Yell Awards 2000 Commendation - Best e-Commerce Site (B2B)


1. A whole host of TrainingZONE news!
2. CIPD preview
3. Xebec McGraw-Hill's survey: has the e-learning bubble burst?
4. Government to push for ILAs in SMEs, but who pays?
5. Wicks urges NTOs to think creatively


Editor's Note

This week's news is likely to be dominated by events at the CIPD
conference and exhibition at Harrogate - the largest such
gathering of HR and Training professionals in Europe this year.
Throughout the week we'll be bringing you reports, reviews and
updates, all summarised at

If you're planning to go, please do visit us in Hall M at stand
M51. Do bring any news you'd like other TrainingZONE members to
hear about - we'll be adding to the site on a daily basis. We'd
also like you to join us for the official launch of HR Zone at an
informal reception from 3.30 on Thursday.

This week, there's plenty of reasons for TrainingZONE to
celebrate alongside the launch of HR Zone, with a new 5 million
GBP investment for TrainingZONE's parent company Sift Group Ltd
and the launch of TrainingZONE Canada. New features are also
rapidly coming on stream, with a new fully searchable Courses and
Events Directory with online booking capabilities. Together with
our partner Thinq's resources, this gives access to a total of
350,000 learning events. There's also a revamped Contracts and
Tenders area complete with the facility to send alerts direct to
your e-mail inbox, and an ever-growing Toolkit download directory
- a great opportunity to put your training resources online.

Watch this space for further announcements next week!

Stephanie Phillips

Latest News
A selection of this week's news stories

Read more about our news:
TrainingZONE Canada launches

Sift Group receives 5m funding

New features on TrainingZONE!
- New! Enhanced trainer/consultants directories at
- New! Courses/Events at
- New! Sell your training resources online in the Toolkit at
- New! Enhanced Tenders directory at

CIPD Preview
Since we're participating in the event itself, TrainingZONE
thought it prudent to let you in on a sneak preview of the CIPD
National Conference in Harrogate next week.

Wicks urges NTOs to think creatively
Lifelong Learning Minister Malcolm Wicks has thrown down the
gauntlet to the National Training Organisations. Get thinking
about how the NTO network can best serve the needs of employers,
because things need to change.

Government to push for ILAs in SMEs, but who pays?
What is the aim of Individual Learning Accounts? To encourage
those not actively engaged in formal learning to participate, or
to take the place of company training budgets?

Xebec McGraw-Hill's survey: has the e-learning bubble burst?
At the beginning of this month, Xebec McGraw-Hill released the
results of their third annual survey conducted into the use and
take-up of online learning in the UK. Managing Director Michael
Smith spoke with TrainingZONE at the WOLCE event to explain why
the survey results are so important.

*Did you know?* 20,000 professionals receive LearningWire. To
reach our audience,see:

Provider cash problems due to 'extortionate' awarding body costs
A survey of members carried out by the National Training
Federation has found that 45% of providers have cash flow
problems due to the fact that they have to rely on funding based
on outcomes from government schemes.

Pilot Learning Gateway is failing to take off, says DfEE
The DfEE has expressed concerns about the uptake for a project
aimed at getting disadvantaged young people ready for work-based

Does your training function stand up to the challenges of the
Telecoms market? Learn how to provide effective and balanced
training from 12 expert case studies at IIR's Training and
Development in Telecoms, London 14-16 November 2000. See

Community features: Any Answers? questions of the week
How much time is needed to develop web-based training?
Can anyone provide an estimate of the time it should take to
develop one hour of web-based training? I remember that there
used to be a widely used estimate of something like 100 hours
development to 1 hour courseware for CBT and would like to know
if a similar figure exists for WBT.
Jane Hodges

Other questions posed this week:

- Paul Hobbs is looking for an update on ITOL
- Tom wants information on freelance work abroad
- Jo Braddock needs to know how to get audience involvement in a
presentation on culture change

Thanks to Malcolm Harper, Jeffrey Brooks and David Smith,
who took the time to respond to other TrainingZONE members'
queries this week.

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

TRDEV-L discussion list shut down
An e-mail discussion forum on Training and Development based in
the USA has been taken down amid a disagreement on reporting what
had been said on another website.

Skills shortages still on the up, says Reed
Problems with skills shortages in the UK are at a record three-
year high, according to recruitment company Reed.

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Training Watch: government announcements
Our round-up of government announcements during October which
impact on training and development.

Doing things by degrees........
One of the latest trends in the HRD world may be flexible
learning, but you could say one Open University student has been
in it for the long haul!

Online workshop: Equal Opportunities
Disability discrimination, sex discrimination, race
discrimination, Employment Framework Directive.......Is
political correctness going over the top? Is employment
regulation getting silly? Is the 'positive about disabled
people' logo just a marketing tool? Or is there a real
business case for being an equal opportunities employer?

This workshop aims to explore Equal Opportunities, allowing
you to swap experiences with other HR and training

To join in, log in on Tuesday 24 October at 13:00 BST at

now HR has a home page
Log on now!

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