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TrainingZONE LearningWire #134 – new workshop schedule, nominate your top website!


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 134
8 January 2001


1. RESOURCES: new workshop schedule, top website awards
2. NEWS and INFORMATION: New Deal, skills shortages
3. WORK OPPORTUNITIES: New year, new job? read on..
4. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Skills analysis questionnaire wanted


A TrainingZONE eye view
This week, it seems people all around the country have been
struggling to get back into their work routines after the
Christmas break. Particularly hard-hit, apparently, are those
south of the border, who didn't have the luxury of an extra bank
holiday on 2 January and as a result have been suffering from
'Post Bank Holiday Depression Syndrome'. There have been calls
for more bank holidays in the UK and for the introduction of
'duvet days', apparently common in the US, where staff are given
a set number of days on which they can ring up and declare
they're staying in bed all day.

This week, TrainingZONE gives you a number of reasons to fling
off that duvet and log in to your computer, including the launch
of a new workshop schedule for the coming months. The weekly
sessions have proved a great help to many who've logged on in the
past - why not make it your New Year's resolution to come along
and contribute, and pick up some useful ideas of your own!

Stephanie Phillips
mailto:[email protected]

All the practical resources you need to work effectively and
quickly are at

New - workshop schedule
Today we launch a new schedule of workshop sessions on
TrainingZONE. Over the next few months, our workshop schedule
will provide an opportunity to share thoughts, views and opinions
and gain knowledge on a whole range of Training and HR-related
topics. It's easy and convenient to log on - to find out more,

TrainingZONE recommended site awards: what's yours called?
Got a really useful website you return to time and time
again (other than TrainingZONE!) and think it deserves an
award? Over the next year, TrainingZONE will be handing
out the gongs to websites and services we think deserve
recognition for their content and functionality.
Find out how to nominate your favourites at

Tons of courses!
Great news for people wanting to find courses, seminars and
conferences on TrainingZONE. In addition to the wide range
of training courses from leading providers that was featured
at the launch of the service in October 2000, the new facility
has seen over 500 training courses added directly to it by
TrainingZONE members. Among the providers signing up at the
launch in October were Hemsley Fraser, Training Solutions,
Spearhead Training, Phoenix Training and CIMA Mastercourses,
but since that time over 70 providers have taken advantage of the
opportunity to feature their courses free of charge. As a result,
TrainingZONE's courses database now provides details on over 3,000
training events covering everything from successful budgeting and
Microsoft Office skills through to training the trainer and NLP.
The service complements TrainingZONE's partnership with Thinq,
one of the world's largest databases of courses and events.

TrainingZONE members can access both services at:

Has your company asked you to run a programme of change?
Do you need a practical survival kit for change managers under
pressure? On The Change Works Effective Change Manager programme
participants learn tools to ensure successful business change.
Next course 27th February to 1st March. For more information ring
07000 400 330 or visit

A selection of this week's news stories, updated daily at

Have you got Post Bank Holiday Depression Syndrome?
If you struggled to make it back to work this week after the
Christmas break, be assured you're not alone!

New Deal not helping those most in need, says new study
The Daily Telegraph reports that a new study finds the New Deal
scheme is having little success in improving the lot of those
unwilling or unqualified to work.

CBI Chief: literacy and numeracy standards 'a disgrace'
Digby Jones, director-general of the Confederation of British
Industry, has strongly criticised standards of adult literacy and
numeracy in the UK, calling for greater levels of investment and
incentives for smaller firms to encourage training to take place.

Skills shortages in London a major problem
A survey of London employers conducted by FOCUS, the TEC for
Central London, finds that one in three employers are finding job
vacancies difficult to fill.

It's all clear now on the buses...
A Training Officer working for a bus company has been praised by
the Plain English Campaign for helping to unravel some of the
jargon found in company training materials.

Government launches womens development event
The government is running a career development conference and
exhibition aimed specifically at women in London next month.

New year, new job? If that's your plan, how about one of these
top vacancies from the CareerZone this week:

- IT Applications Trainer, Midlands inc. pension + car
- Training Manager, Croydon, 20-22k + car + health ins.
- In-house Trainer, Yorks, car + share opns + pension

Want the full details? visit


Any Answers?
Got a burning question? Got advice to offer? Any Answers is the
place to go! This week:

- Glenda Martin wants assistance in putting together a skills
analysis questionnaire for Careers Counsellors.

- Camilo Mendoza would like suggestions as to how to change
customer service culture in his company.

Can you help provide solutions or suggestions, as Arthur Homes
Maggie Mosley and Brian Hunt did this week? If so, go to

*Did you know?*
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