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TrainingZONE LearningWire #97 – New IIP standard, TrainingNet comes to UK, distance learning barriers, more Jobs


TrainingZONE LearningWire - Issue 97
17 April 2000


1. New standard for Investors in People
2 TrainingNet buys UK Training Index
3. What inhibits distance learning?
4. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
5. How do I change the 'them and us' feeling?


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New standard for Investors in People
The IIP scheme has been relaunched with a new, simpler and more friendly set of indicators. The process of IIP accreditation has also been streamlined, with a greater focus on outcomes rather than processes, simpler paperwork, and greater flexibility to accommodate the circumstances of each company. Full details of the new Standard are available online.

DfEE staff access online learning
Are they trying to lead by example? All 4,500 staff at the DfEE can now access a comprehensive range of learning resources from any desktop PC or through one of four new Learning Zones.

TrainingNet buys UK Training Index
As trailed in last week's issue, the long established UK Training Index, cataloguer of course information for corporate buyers on subscription has been bought by TrainingNet as part of its expansion into Europe with directory services. TrainingNet has also acquired Trainers Village, a networking site for 1,500 IT contractors. At the present time, this makes TrainingNet probably the largest online provider of course information.

First interactive virtual training exhibition
With HRD 2000 behind us, attention now moves on to the Training Solutions and IT Training Show at the NEC in July. Show organisers, Hemming Group, are this year launching a virtual exhibition showcasing many of the stands in an interactive way - so you can browse without visiting!

Discussion forum on e-learning
One of the major US training forums has established a new discussion area around the evaluation of e-learning and the contribution which is, or might, make to staff development and individual learning.

360 degree online workshop
This week's online workshop focuses on 360 degree feedback and its use in personal development. Running on Tuesday at 13:00 BST, our regular opportunity for CPD at your desk is led by Andie Hemming who has previously run a number of successful workshops on TrainingZone. Do come and join us:

Are you working in a positive learning climate?
Only a month away, and the Campaign for Learning is firing up the publicity. If you're not sure what to do, have a look at some of these suggestions for promoting learning in your workplace.
The Campaign have also created a self-assessment instrument online to help you decide just how learning-friendly your work environment really is.

Learning and Skills Councils and the Voluntary Sector
A discussion paper looks at how organisations in the public and voluntary sectors might respond to the new challenges and opportunities created by the arrival of new Learning and Skills Councils next year.

What inhibits distance learning?
Staff from two US universities have conducted a survey with 2504 valid surveys into the perceived barriers to the increased use of distance education. The top 5 barriers were increased time commitment; lack of implementation money; organizational resistance to change; lack of shared vision; lack of support staff to help course development.

The new Jobs area of TrainingZONE is filling up with vacancies. In the last few days, the following posts have been offered by other users:
- Quantum Reading trainers
- Freelance primary school support staff trainers
- Financial Trainer / Programme Co-ordinator
- Freelance Trainer Assessors
- Project Manager, Learning Resources
Have you set up your alert to be notified of your dream job? Vacancy listing is still free this month.

Web-based personal development planning tool
Knowledge Associates have developed an interesting tool for capturing personal development planning and CPD, and linking it to specific competencies in a sector. Originally designed for use in the engineering sector, it undoubtedly has wider application.

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Any Answers?
This area of the site is taking off quite dramatically with a host of new questions and answers posted every week. It's a great place to seek inspiration and get help.

* Question of the Week *:
How do I change the 'them and us' feeling?
For too long now my organisation has suffered with bouts of a 'them and us' feelings. Some staff do not feel they have a worthwhile contribution to make to the business, and yet without them the image of the organisation would suffer - so they are an integral part of the organisation, yet when asked, they always feel 'different' to every one else. How do I overcome this cultural problem? I am a senior teacher within a large HE College.
Helen Roberts

A selection of other questions:
- What is the Sedona Method?
- Course outline wanted for a 1 day facilitation skills course
- Looking for information on Individual Problem Solving and Critical Thinking.
- Looking for ideas for Internal Auditor Training - ISO 9000

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The Linkage website identifies best practice in leadership development, coaching and mentoring.

More information on Individual Learning Accounts
An article on the Lifelong Learning website provides an easy introduction to the framework and operating procedures for ILA, introduced this year.

Domain names the easy way
If you haven't registered your own domain name yet, you may be disappointed. It seems like all the good Internet domain names are already taken and that may well include most variations on your own business name. However, the free service can mix and match keywords and concepts to see which combinations have already been applied to registered domain names and which are still available.

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