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TrainingZONE LearningWire #172 – themed issue: trainer development


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 172
1 October 2001

RESOURCES: Special feature: Trainer Development
NEWS and INFORMATION: Paperwork causes college principals to quit
WORK OPPORTUNITIES: Associate Personal Coaches, to 40k
COMMUNITY FEATURES: Should MP's have their own NVQs?

Editor's note

This month, we take a special look at the development of training
professionals. Being focussed on the development of others on a
daily basis doesn't mean you need to neglect your own
development, and many trainers use the insights they've gained
through developing others to inform their own thinking. However,
there's more to working as a freelance trainer than workshops,
sessions and delegates, as anyone who's been snowed under with
paperwork and tax returns will know. This month, help with
managing your business is at hand in the Library. Look out also
for a number of special themed workshops on developing trainer
skills - details are available at

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

This month's theme: Trainer Development

Developing your business skills
If, like many training professionals, you've chosen to go it
alone in offering your services, you'll know how important - and
difficult - it is to manage your business alongside the demands
of training delivery on a weekly basis. Help and guidance to
help get on top of running a training business can now be found
in the TrainingZONE Library. Among the handy documents

- A risk assessment tool to help you establish whether it's
worth spending time on submitting a proposal to tender

- A guide on setting a fee for your services

- A checklist and accompanying advice on writing training

- A comprehensive online book and manual on designing,
developing and marketing online training programmes

To access any of these documents, simply go to the Trainer
Development subject category in the Library at

Are you thinking of beginning a career as a trainer? On
Wednesday 31 October, TrainingZONE is hosting a special session
aimed at all those starting off in the training profession.
We'll be bringing together a wealth of experience and knowledge
collected from other members and experts, together with advice
about routes to qualification and general guidance, based on our
popular expert guide to the subject. For more information, see

For the latest daily updates, see

DfES launches new consultation for 16-19 education
Education and Skills Secretary Estelle Morris has launched a new
consultation into the way that education and training is
organised for 16-19 year-olds.

Broadcasting the benefits of lifelong learning
A new report explores the contribution which TV broadcasters can
make in encouraging people into learning.

Paperwork causes college principals to quit
The Guardian reports that one in ten college principals has
retired or resigned since the beginning in the year, the result
of what it says is 'excessive interference and bureaucracy'
imposed on colleges by government departments.

Education and Skills in the shadow cabinets: Who's who?
In the wake of the Conservatives announcements of new names at
the helm, we take a brief look at the MPs representing the shadow
cabinets for Education and Skills.

New ETV survey
How well do you rate your IT skills for facilitating learning?

TrainingZONE welcomes blended learning specialists Clearworth to
the site this month, with the launch of their new Partner Page.
With a workshop area and discussion forum being hosted on the
site, Clearworth are gearing up to offer their learners great
opportunities to share their experiences of the f@sterclass and
m@sterclass programmes. To find out more about what Clearworth
can offer, see

TrainingZONE's CareerZone offers top quality freelance, contract and
permanent positions - a selection from this week's vacancies:

Associate Personal Coaches, to 40k, flexible hours/location

Soft Skills Trainer and Business Developer, based SE England,
competitive salary + bens + share options

For details of other positions like these, see


Any Answers
Any Answers offers a wealth of member-submitted advice and
specialist knowledge about many training-related issues. Search
the database for responses to more than 300 questions this year.
Here's a brief selection of recent questions posted:

- Should MP's have their own NVQs?, asks Garry Platt

- How is the Italian training market structured?, asks Ian Mills

- What are people using to help them in HR strategic planning?,
asks Clive Hook

- How does the SDI personality profiling tool work?, asks Martin

To read members' answers to these questions, or to add a question
or answer of your own, join in now at

Thanks to Clive Hook, Robin Jordan and Keith Bell, who were among
those sharing the benefit of their expertise this week.

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