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TrainingZone LearningWire #181 – IiP interview, justify your training budget, free coaching diagnostic


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 181
3 December 2001

IiP coaching diagnostic activity...ILAs shut
down early for criminal with justifying
your training budget

Editor's note

The DfES put the final nail in the coffin for England's
Individual Learning Account scheme on 23 November with the
immediate termination of the scheme, which was due to remain open
to existing account holders for another two weeks. A DfES
announcement stated that officers from the Department's special
investigations unit had uncovered 'irregularities' the day before
after being contacted by an un-named ILA provider. It's a sorry
end for such a high-profile programme and presumably a huge
embarrassment for the government department. Have your say about
whether the scheme was doomed to fail by voting in our poll at
- we'll bring you the full results shortly.

Stephanie Phillips
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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News and features round-up from this week:

Interview of the month: Peter Russian, Investors in People

ILAs shut down early for criminal investigation

TUC launches new learning services website

Modern Apprenticeships for one in four young people by 2004

EC recognises UK success in sustaining employment

For more news stories like these, see

Correction: In last week's wire, we reported that AMED and the
Coaching and Mentoring Network had joined forces. They actually
remain separate organisations, but have introduced a mutual
agreement for members to share some benefits.

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We've received some great feedback from our first Any Answers
newswire. Here's a quick round-up of Any Answers this week - stay
tuned for more next Wednesday!

- Could anyone suggest how I could relate the cognitive learning
theory to online learning and learning in a learning centre?,
asks Felicity Ash-Boutall

- Can anyone suggest some easy-to-use software to train staff
across the country in various subjects?, asks Emma Haywood

Does anybody have any experience of creating a training solution
for training non-PC users to access information on an Intranet?,
asks Paul Bradley

Can you answer these? If so, donate your thoughts now at

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