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TrainingZONE LearningWire #137 – TrainingZONE gets a makeover, new resources to manage your finances


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 137
29 January 2001


1. RESOURCES: Helping to manage your finances
2. NEWS and INFORMATION: Getting the best from New Deal
3. WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Freelance opportunities nationwide
4. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Online tutoring: fad or fantastic?


A TrainingZONE eye view

Regular visitors to the TrainingZONE site should have a surprise
today, as we unveil a new look for the home page on the site.
It's the first stage in a major revamp, aimed at helping you to
access the resources and information you need more quickly. As
well as making the major areas of the site instantly accessible
through 'headlines' and pictures on the home page, we've revised
the navigation bar into four key areas - Resources, Work,
Information and Community - to make the huge amount of
information on TrainingZONE more accessible. There's also a Help
area in case you want to find our more about TrainingZONE or
contact one of the team. We've also re-organised LearningWire to
highlight each week's key news and developments in each of these
key areas.

We hope you enjoy the new 'improved' TrainingZONE - do let us
know your thoughts and comments on the new layout by sending an
e-mail to the address below.

Stephanie Phillips

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A comprehensive library of practical resources is available at

How to avoid bad debts...
Bad debt is the most serious problem affecting small and medium-
sized businesses. For two years, we've been able to offer you
one way of checking the financial status of companies before they
become your clients. Now we're able to offer you a really
practical, time-saving solution to collecting money which is due
to you. You can check the financial status of all UK companies
and company directors online at

...And how to ensure prompt payment!
Once you've checked the credit status of your clients,
TrainingZONE can help you follow the progress of the financial
aspects of your contracts using PayMentor, a new online tool
which effectively tracks your payments system automatically. It
checks that clients are happy with your work; it reminds them
about due payment dates; it chases them if they don't pay on
time; it notifies credit bureaux of seriously bad debtors and it
uses specialist agents to enforce payment if that becomes
necessary. You remain in complete control, but don't have to do
any of the work - leaving you free to focus on the positive side
of customer relations. The new service is available now in the
TrainingZONE Toolkit or direct at

The world's number one e-learning conference is coming to Europe:
OnLine Learning 2001 Europe. Learn everything you need to create
and manage online learning. Craft a practical strategy for your
organisation. 30+ skill-building sessions, including case
studies, hands-on labs and demos. 30+ international e-learning
sponsors and exhibitors. Be part of the E-learning Revolution:

All the information you need to keep up-to-date is at

New working structures? We've never had it so bad...
Flexible working, teleconferencing, flatter working
structures...the world would seem to be becoming a brighter place
for today's manager. Not so, says a new study from research
organisation Roffey Park, which reveals that managers are
struggling to cope with the pace of working life at the beginning
of the 21st century.

Basic skills training doesn't add up, says new report
A report published this week by the Basic Skills Agency casts
doubt on the success of current provision for basic skills
training for adults.

Wicks announces plans to build on industry and education links
The government has unveiled new plans designed to counter skills
shortages in a key area of the economy by bringing the
Construction Industry and higher education closer together.

21st CENTURY COMMUNICATION: A new publication in The Universal
Manager range from Scitech Educational. For today's manager, this
resource looks at the utility of the World Wide Web and how
digital technology will shape the future. What this means for
day-to-day management and the necessity of traditional,
interpersonal communication processes and skills are also

How to: get the best from New Deal
The latest addition to the TrainingZONE advice pages aims to
provide background information and advice on the government's New
Deal scheme. Since it was launched in 1997, the New Deal scheme
has seen 254,000 young people into work, 55,000 workers over 25
into jobs and 80,500 companies involved. But what's in it for
you? Read on and find out....

Training Trends 2001 stirs up worldwide interest
Training Trends 2001 has attracted a huge amount of interest
since it was released last Monday. Key issues thrown up by the
report centre on the larger-than-expected uptake of online
learning, the poor practice in many organisations around training
evaluation and follow-up support, and the cynical attitude of
some organisations towards staff development. This up-to-the-
minute report into the state of training today is still available
to access at

Just a selection of the top opportunities currently available on

- Associate Trainers, nationwide, salary neg.
- Sales and Marketing Trainer, London, 25 - 27k, flexi-time

Full details of these and other vacancies are at


Online tutoring - fad or fantastic?
The live virtual classroom is a key part of e-learning, but what
are your experiences of it so far? If you're already a virtual
tutor, or think that cost or technology constraints are stopping
online tutoring from taking off, share your thoughts by voting in
the latest TrainingZONE poll at

Online workshop: Freelancers Forum
This week's free online workshop offers a chance for anyone
working on a freelance basis to come together and share
ideas and experiences. If you're a freelancer and would
like to gain support and inspiration from those in a
similar situation, come along on Tuesday 30 January at
13:00 GMT at

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