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TrainingZONE LearningWire #99 – higher skills needed, unscrambling evaluation, coaching, interview techniques, ethnic minoritite


TrainingZONE LearningWIRE - Issue 99
1 May 2000


1. DFEE reports that skill requirements are increasing
2. Unscrambling evaluation
3. Coaching - what's the buzz?
4. Finding information on interview techniques
5. Action to boost job chances for New Deal ethnic minorities


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DFEE reports that skill requirements are increasing
The annual 'Skill Needs in Britain' survey published by the DFEE as
part of 'Labour Market and Skill Trends 2000' reports that over
two-thirds of employers with more than 25 employees have increasing
skills needs because of growing competition, changing work practices
and new technology.

IPD take law workshops on tour
The IPD in association with KLC advisory services are organising a
series of workshops around the UK on discrimination law in May.
The aim of the workshops is to provide a quick route to boosting HR
professionals' expertise in key specialist areas including the laws
on disability and part-timers.

Government's aim for over-60's to find jobs
The government's measures for combating the growing number of
over-50's out of work will include plans for over-60's to be
required to actively seek employment.
The Employers Forum on Age has been lobbying for some time to
achieve more balanced age spreads in the workplace.

SVi introduces new software for IT trainers
SVi has introduced two new programmes to assist IT trainers:
CompAssess 4.0 will assess students' PC proficiency in software
such as Microsoft Office 97/2000, Lotus SmartSuite 97 and
WordPerfect 8. Instructor-led PC software Customizer 2000 has
over 145 IT training topics which can be added together in any

Action to boost job chances for ethnic minority members on New Deal
Employment Minister Tessa Jowell announces that as part of a range
of measures to boost the chances of ethnic minority young people
moving into work, the Government will be using ethnic minority
experts to ensure that all young people on the New Deal are given
the best possible help whatever their ethnic background.

On-line workshop
The on-line workshops resume after the Easter break with a
debate on unscrambling evaluation.
George Edwards will be leading the discussion on distinguishing
between evaluation and validation, and the issue of cost-benefit
The workshop takes place on Tuesday 2 May from 13:00 to 13:45 BST.
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UfI appoints new chairman
The University for Industry has announced the appointment of Sir
Anthony Greener as chairman. He is currently UfI's vice-chairman,
and will take over the role of chair from Lord Dearing, who is in
the process of reducing his work commitments.

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SkillSoft offer seminars on training evaluation and measurement
SkillSoft are running a series of free presentations looking at
the thorny issue of evaluation using the Donald Kirkpatrick model.

Peter Honey revisits his schooldays to discuss learned compliance
Peter Honey considers the recent battle between Summerhill School
and OFSTED, and considers the shortcomings of the 'learned
compliance' encouraged by traditional schooling methods.

Swarbrick & Co offer 'law-bytes'
Solicitors Swarbrick & Co have put together a useful directory of
mini-briefing documents on a number of employment law issues.

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Any Answers?
This area of the site contains 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 *:
Finding information on interview techniques
Can anyone help me with techniques for making the interviewee open
up and give their best at an interview? I have to interview a lot,
and I would just like some good general information on how to get
the best out of the entire interview situation.
Suni Waterstone

A selection of other questions:
- Feedback requested on coaching training with BAC/CoachU
- Finding training packages for the competitive tendering
- Looking for interactive packages for performance management
training for teams
- Help sought for new training strategy - e-learning

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Freeserve - new offers
As the battle for unmetered access to the internet hots up,
Freeserve has released its contribution offering its members
free call charges.

Global/international/multi-national HR resource
Worth a long look if you're involved in international HR matters:

Coaching - what's the buzz?
An article exploring this increasingly important developmental
tool with suggestions on how to introduce it.

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