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TrainingZONE LearningWire #161 – Toolkit materials for mentoring, get your tender filled – fast!


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 161
16 July 2001

RESOURCES: Featured Toolkit materials for mentoring
NEWS and INFORMATION: EC consults on professional qualifications
WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Get your tender filled - fast!
COMMUNITY FEATURES: Searching for MAST teamwork exercise


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This month's theme: coaching and mentoring

Featured Toolkit materials: Mentoring
This week, we feature two useful resources created by Stuart
Emmett for those introducing a mentoring scheme into the
workplace, or embarking on becoming a mentor themselves.

The 'How-To' mentor guide uses a checklist approach to give model
examples of how to conduct mentoring sessions. The six-page guide
covers: mentor preparation, mentee preparation, establishing an
agenda, reviewing, mutual feedback, accountability and autonomy
and dealing with problems.

Mentors can help to powerfully develop individual learning. The
second guide contains a useful questioning checklist to help
identify and develop suitable mentors, by highlighting effective
mentor and mentee qualities and build mentor skills.

Both items are available for download now from

PowerPoint Resource Centre: Recycling your PowerPoint slides
Frequent PowerPoint users probably produce a fair number of
PowerPoint slides in multiple shows. If you teach or present the
same material recurrently to different audiences, chances are
you'll have to copy slides between presentations or cut and paste
an entire new presentation together from several slide shows.
Find out how you can conserve effort by copying and reusing or
recycling your PowerPoint slides.

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Money Laundering, Teamwork skills, Intermediate QuarkXPress and
Preparing A Marketing Plan are just a few of the courses
currently on offer in the TrainingZONE courses directory, many of
which can be booked online. Save time trying to find a provider -
search now at

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EC to consult on recognition of professional qualifications
A trans-European policy on the recognition of professional
qualifications could be on the cards

Commons questions for new Education and Skills ministers
Education and Skills Minister Estelle Morris and her new team
faced their first major session of questions in the Commons last

E-Skills NTO launches IT recruitment tips
E-Skills NTO has launched 12 tips for the recruitment of IT

LSC Chair: Marketing is key to increasing involvement in learning
'It is patently obvious that we are not connecting with the vast
majority of the population' - damning words from Bryan Sanderson,
National Chairman of the Learning and Skills Council.

How to spot a lifelong learner
Can you spot a lifelong learner in the street? Peter Honey
thinks he can!

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Any Answers
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advice here!

A selection of questions posted this week:

- Steve Short is looking for a copy of the MAST teamwork
- Dilys Reynolds needs to convince office staff of the benefits
of 5S
- Jo Patten-Walsh wants to know how to put Japanese at their

Thanks to Christine Hurst, Gareth Pugh and Mark Spencer-Scragg,
who were among those sharing the benefit of their expertise this

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