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TrainingZONE Newswire #329 – Bridging the Skills Gap


TrainingZONE Newswire - Issue 329
18 October 2004

1. Feature Article: E-Learning Styles
2. Godfrey Parkin Identifies Space Invader Syndrome
3. Paul Kearns: Seven Levels of Understanding
4. Employers Turn to Training to Retain Talent
5. New Resource: Sales Success Toolkit

Editor's note
On the day that former schools inspector Mike Tomlinson
publishes his recommendations for overhauling the exams
system, opinion seems split on what this will mean for
employers. Earlier this year, the CBI found that a third of
its members had to invest in training to improve young
recruits' numeracy and literacy. The CBI says it is not
convinced the proposed reforms will improve these basic
skills. The University Vocational Awards Council, however,
believes the reforms could be a major boost to vocational

Have your say on how the Tomlinson report will affect the
HRD agenda here:


Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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News and features
To keep up to date with training news visit TrainingZONE
This week's highlights:

Feature Article: E-Learning Styles
Claudine McClean looks at how Kolb's learning styles could
be the key to understanding how people approach e-learning.

Parkin Space: Welcome to the 21st Century Learning Arcade
"All employees have to learn more, more frequently, with
less available time." Godfrey Pakin is having that "space
invaders" feeling.

Paul Kearns: Seven Levels of Understanding
Paul Kearns demonstrates a tool to help "open management
eyes and distinguish between commitment and lip service".

Case Study: E-Learning Evolution in Higher Education
How Leeds Metropolitan University has expanded its use of
e-learning and blended learning to meet the needs of its
diverse student population.

Employers Turn to Training to Retain Talent
Employers are investing in learning and development rather
than wages to hang on to talent, according to this report
from the CIPD.

Managers Paint Dour Picture of "Out of Touch" CEOs
Employees want inspiration from their leaders, but just one
in ten say they are getting it.

Business Leaders Express Doubts Over Exam Reform
As proposals to over-haul the exam system are unveiled, the
CBI warns business is still to be convinced that it would
raise standards of literacy and numeracy.

Catch-up with the latest questions being asked by the

Gill Wright wants to hear your experiences of using e-
learning for management training.

Simon David wants to set up or join a forum for L&D
personnel in Bristol.

Jane Buckels needs some ideas for a fun energiser/
icebreaker for an away day.

Tony Treacy would love to hear your thoughts and
experiences of on-line language courses.

Sales Success Toolkit
From the creators of TrainingZONE's best selling TNA
toolkit comes the new Sales Success Toolkit. Packed with
advice and ideas for effectively targeting and motivating
individual and team performance this is an essential aid
for anyone training or managing sales teams.

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