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TrainingZONE LearningWire #140 – payroll without pain, legal learning reps, the e-learning debate continues…


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 140
19 February 2001


1. RESOURCES: Take the pain out of payroll
2. NEWS and INFORMATION: Legal status for union learning reps?
3. WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Come and write for TrainingZONE!
4. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Workshop report: the e-learning debate


A TrainingZONE eye view

This week, the government unveiled a new White Paper, the result
of a joint consultation between the Department for Education and
Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry. In it, the
government sets out its plans to help individuals to develop the
skills needed to meet the needs of a changing economy. The White
Paper lays out plans for new University Innovation Centres and
Technology Institutes, to concentrate on researching and
developing skills and knowledge for hi-tech industries. While
it's easy to be cynical about the sheer number of new initiatives
being announced by the DfEE currently, it will be interesting to
see how these plans translate into reality.

On a more important note(!), TrainingZONE is currently looking
for a new contributor for our IT training news and information
pages. If you have a thorough knowledge of the IT training world
and fancy writing about it, why not come and join the team!

Stephanie Phillips

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Government launches new centres to help businesses develop
The government has unveiled new plans to help industry become
more competitive and grow regionally by creating new formal
partnerships between business and education and creating new
dedicated study centres for ICT skills training.

Union Learning Reps may get legal status, says government
The government is looking at establishing legal status for Union
Learning Representatives to give them greater influence in the
workplace, according to the new White Paper on Enterprise, Skills
and Innovation published yesterday.

NTO National Council supportive of plans for NTO shake-up
The National Council for National Training Organisations has
declared its support for the governments plans to undertake a
comprehensive review of the way that NTOs are currently
structured and organised.

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Irish 'New Deal' is a waste of money, says survey
There may be much debate over the effectiveness of the New Deal
scheme in the UK, but in Ireland equivalent programmes in place
have received a damning report which concludes that it is failing
to help those who really need it.

Behind learning - the role of learning styles and environment
Ever wondered why some of the training sessions you've attended
have been better received by some than others? Can you explain
why some formal learning you've undertaken has remained with you,
while other sessions have completely passed you by? Research into
learning styles and the environment can be the key to
understanding why this happens.

Training plays a crucial role in employment in SMEs, says study
Training in small and medium-sized organisations plays a
significant role in helping them to survive and thrive by
stimulating employment growth, according to recent research
undertaken by Cambridge University on behalf of the Department
for Education and Employment.

Appraisals overloaded and outdated, says IEE
The appraisal process may be widespread, but it's failing to
deliver and is overdue an overhaul, according to a new report
from the Institute for Employment Studies.

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Online workshop report: Online learning vs classroom training
Last week's workshop has been generating a fair amount of
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members think about e-learning, read the full report at

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