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TrainingZONE LearningWire #141 – new HR and training academy, Happy Birthday ITOL, e-jobs for all!


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 141
26 February 2001


1. RESOURCES: TrainingZONE launches HR and Training Academy
2. NEWS and INFORMATION: Happy Birthday ITOL, ebc company profile
3. WORK OPPORTUNITIES: e-jobs for all!
4. COMMUNITY FEATURES: Got a question? Get it answered!


Editor's note
This week's theme seems to be all things 'e'. Although e-learning
has yet to fully establish a niche for itself in the world of
training delivery, it can't be denied that all manner of
activities, including learning, are likely to benefit in the longer
term from the technology made available by the Internet. This
week, we announce the launch of a new Academy for HR and training
professionals, which offers courses and workshop sessions online.
If you're unsure whether e-learning will work for your
organisation, how about using the Academy to try it out yourself

Collaborative tools have a great potential for sharing
information over the web, and we'll be looking to make good use
of these at June's H.O.T. conference. If you can't be there in
person, you'll be able to be there 'virtually' to hear the latest
views and opinions from some of those involved at the heart of
today's training practice. And if you can't wait that long to
get involved, there are two top job opportunities in the world
of the web currently on offer in the Career Zone.

Go online and enjoy!

Stephanie Phillips

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Psst....want to know who's H.O.T.?
HOT off the press, We can unveil the names of some of the session
leaders and speakers who'll be present at the Hands On
Training Event we're organising in June. All well known for
their work in learning and development, we've brought together
the likes of Professor Stephen Molyneux (Wolverhampton
University), David Wilson (E-learnity), Geoff Hall (Learning and
Skills Council), Tim Neill (Tim Neill Associates) to share their
thoughts and ideas. There'll also be a whole host of interactive
workshops covering topics such as effective trainers, drama, NLP,
story-telling, Roffey Park, open learning, action development,
healthy learning, change management, motivation, e-learning
solutions, interactivity and return on investment. Booking opens
in March - to find out more, go to

New advice pages on recruitment
Recruiting can be a minefield, as many who've been at either end
of the recruitment process know well. Two new advice pages offer
help with avoiding some of the common pitfalls associated with
attracting and taking on new employees, and ensuring that job
description fits the role.

MANAGING FOR SUSTAINABILITY - The penny is dropping in public and
private sector organizations: policies of sustainability are
critical to the survival of our way of life and to the prosperity
of national and regional economies. This dossier investigates
current best practice around the world and describes approaches
to planning and implementing sustainable strategies. More info:

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

Happy Birthday ITOL!
This time last year, TrainingZONE was reporting the launch of a
new professional institute for those involved in training. A year
on, the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL)
celebrates its first birthday this month. We take a brief look
back at the aims and achievements of the institute in its first

Company profile: ebc
Manchester and Milton Keynes-based ebc have been producing video-
based training since the early 1990's. Last year, the company
took the decision to move away from video to internet and CDROM
formats, launching into the e-learning market. CEO Jonathan
Satchell, who bought the company in 1997, spoke to TrainingZONE
about the company's new strategy.

FE college funding mismanagement hits the headlines again
The Guardian this week reports that the National Audit Office and
the Further Education Funding Council are carrying out a series
of investigations into financial irregularities at Barnsley
College. We look the way the Further Education Funding Council
has responded to the problems, and assess the future as the
Learning and Skills Council takes over responsibility for FE

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

Technology school to sell online courses
A City Technology College in the West Midlands has expanded into
online learning, in a move which could generate millions of
pounds for the school.

Online learning and learning outcomes
In this article for TrainingZONE, David Groom of online learning
developers Nelson Groom argues that different types of learning
outcome require different types of online learning.

Garage technicians learn the nuts and bolts of cyberspace
A new online Assessment System is being launched to help drive up
standards of car servicing and repair by allowing NVQ and SVQ
candidates to test their knowledge and diagnostic skills on the

FE and HE colleges get royal recognition
Banff and Buchan College of Further Education, Bridgwater
College, The Sixth Form College, Colchester, Greenhead College,
Lauder College and Hastings College of Arts and Technology may
not have much in common at a first glance, but they were all
invited to Buckingham Palace last week to receive awards in
recognition of their work to broaden the curriculum, support
industry and employment and extend learning opportunities to all.

Looking to get technical at the cutting edge? As a Multimedia
Specialist - E-Learning, you'll be required to design, develop
and implement computer-based training. Or you could grab the
opportunity to be part of a new 'dot com' venture being launched
by two big names in telecoms and consultancy - they're currently
looking for a Management Training and Development Specialist.

If working with the Internet interests you, find out more at


Any Answers
Got a burning question you want to ask 22,000 training
professionals? Try Any Answers for starters...

What other members are asking this week:
- Mark Outhwaite wants recommendations for online JiT training
- Janie Wilson seeks tools and skills for personal development
- Wendy Petty needs statistics relating training budgets to
headcount, turnover, salary and profit

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