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TrainingZONE LearningWire #138 – IMCA interview, video offer, the LearningWire archive


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 138
5 February 2001


1. RESOURCES: Learningmatters/TrainingZONE video deal!
2. NEWS and INFORMATION: Interview of the month: IMCA
3. WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Distance Learning Facilitators and more
4. COMMUNITY FEATURES: The LearningWire archive


A TrainingZONE eye view
This week TrainingZONE gained an insight into the world of Action
Learning, thanks to Dr Richard Hale of the Institute of Management
Centres Association. Often shrouded in mystery as some kind of
spiritual process or seen as an academic endeavour, in our interview
Dr Hale helped to explode some of the myths and misunderstandings
around the subject.

As we reported a few weeks ago, The IMCA are joining forces with
TrainingZONE and its sister communities to launch an Online CPD
Business School, which will allow people with common professional
interests to work together on Action Learning qualifications
based on real work challenges, accessing business journals and
information from anywhere in the world. Thousands of managers
have benefited from the Action Learning approach through the IMCA
over the last 30 years: we're excited to be able to offer this
opportunity to TrainingZONE members over the next few months.

Stephanie Phillips
mailto:[email protected]

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A comprehensive library of practical resources is available at

Learningmatters and TrainingZONE video deal!
Stuck for inspiration? The learningmatters area of the
TrainingZONE Toolkit has a wide range of support materials
designed to run as complete training sessions for 2 or more
delegates. To celebrate the launch of new activities using Video
Arts clips, learningmatters are offering TrainingZONE members a
special deal...

How to get unmetered access to the Internet: newly updated
When our advice pages on unmetered Internet access went live
last summer they attracted plenty of interest. Since then,
things have moved quickly, with a number of ISPs finding they
couldn't cope with demand, and pulling services altogether. In
the wake of the recent announcements from ntl and others, we've
brought our pages right up to date with the latest information on
obtaining the best deal online. Find out more at

THE LEARNING ORGANIZATION: a NEW publication from Scitech
Educational available this month. A comprehensive guide to key
developments in organizational learning theory, this companion to
"Managing for Knowledge" also covers practical techniques for
developing organizational capability. Order advance copies at

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

Interview of the month: Dr Richard Hale, IMCA
For the first of this year's TrainingZONE interviews, we speak to
Dr Richard Hale about the work of the International Management
Centres Association and explore some of the thinking behind the
principles of Action Learning.

Skills audits for construction and engineering published
The results of the first reports commissioned in the wake of the
National Skills Task Force to examine industry sector skills
shortages in detail have been published today, revealing the true
extent of skills supply and demand in the construction and
engineering sectors.

Peter Honey articles by e-mail
Peter Honey's personal musings on learning and behaviour have
long been a key part of his output. In the last few months, he's
launched a bi-weekly newsletter aimed at condensing some of his
thinking for an internet audience. We take a look at some of the
content so far..

Women! The government needs you to get wired!
The Internet holds a much greater attraction to men than women,
according to new research published this week, which seems to
have left the government very worried...!

Focus Quality Services has developed a FREE Online Investors in
People diagnostic questionnaire. This is a simple, quick and
effective way of measuring how your organisation could be
assessed against the UK's only national quality standard for
human resources. All users of the questionnaire will be entered
in to a FREE prize draw to win a Palm Pilot. Go to

Frustrated with the government? Come and do it yourself!
If your contact with the Department for Education and Employment
leaves you feeling you could do better, well now you can!

European study calls for input on e-learning
The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
needs your help in establishing trends on e-learning across

More money for community-based learning, says Wicks
More money is on the way for adult learning, following an
announcement from Lifelong Learning Minister Malcolm Wicks this

New e-learning feature from Don Clark's 'Big Bowl of Biscuits'
One of TrainingZONE's favourite training websites has added a new
section devoted to 'reflections on e-learning'.

This week's new vacancies include:

- Personnel Officer, Bristol 20-25k + pension
- Distance Learning Facilitators, London, to 35k

Full details of these and other vacancies are at


Any Answers
Any Answers is your free hotline to 25,000 training and HR
professionals, many of whom are happy to share their experiences
and knowledge to make your life easier. This week, TrainingZONE
members asked:

- How do I undertake an IT Training Needs Analysis?
- How do I include role plays in a customer service course?
- Where can I find courses on Statistical Process Control?

Want to know the answers, or think you can help? Go to

LearningWire: take a trip back in time...
Did you know? LearningWire came into existence even before
TrainingZONE did, on 16 January 1998. We've archived every
weekly edition since then, and the back catalogue makes for
interesting reading! Take a trip down memory lane (and find out
whether our predictions for the future in 1998 really were
right!) at

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