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TrainingZONE Newswire #341 – Investing in Skills


TrainingZONE Newswire - Issue 341
17 January 2005

1. Feature: Evaluation 2 - Methods, Models and Approaches
2. Parkin Space: Reclaim the Power of your Presentation
3. The Way I See IT... Weather Forecasting for Training Managers
4. Case Study: Royal Mail delivers First Class HCI Service
5. IIP Tells Employers to Invest in Skills

Editor's note
In the week that yet another report warns of a worsening skills
crisis in the UK, Investors in People is urging employers to
invest in the development of their staff to reap the rewards in
their business. The IIP appeal follows evidence that while
bosses recognise the importance of staff development in boosting
productivity, they are reluctant to invest in their employees to
achieve it. Indeed TrainingZONE member Patricia Cross is facing
this very dilemma this week and needs your advice on how to
persuade her MD that cutting back on the training budget will
hit the businesses bottom line.
To read more on the skills shortage, follow the links below, to
offer your advice to Patricia, go to:

Kind regards

Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE
mailto:[email protected]

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

Feature: Evaluation Part 2 - Methods, Models and Approaches
In the second part of this short series, Martin Schmalenbach
ventures beyond Kirkpatrick to look at other approaches to

Parkin Space: Reclaim the Power of Your Presentation
"PowerPoint is audience-abusive, presenter-addictive." Godfrey
Parkin presents his tips on how to avoid death by PowerPoint.

Case Study: Royal Mail delivers First Class HCI Service
So far 22,000 employees have signed up to the Royal Mail's Home
Computing Initiative, heralding the scheme a success.

The Way I See It... Weather Forecasting for Training Managers
Leave the barometer behind, Jim Sullivan argues that integrated
learning management and personal development systems can take
the guess work out of complex training needs.

Feature: Homeworking Is It For You?
Ever fancied a commute that takes a minute rather than an hour?
Sandra Beale looks at the pros and cons of working from home.

Bank Predicts Worsening Skills Gap in 2005
Research from Lloyds TSB predicts the UK's skills gap will
stretch this year, making it hard for employers to fill
technical positions.

IIP Tells Employers to Invest in Skills
Investors in People is calling on businesses to put their
employee's skills high on the agenda to boost productivity.

Free Seminars at Learning Technologies
A guide to the 14 free presentations offered at this month's
Learning Technologies Conference and Exhibition.

Learning Technologies 2005 - Olympia 2, London, January 26-27
Learning Technologies is Europe's largest learning and skills
exhibition and conference, covering every aspect of
organisational learning and learning technology. With over 100
exhibitors and free seminars every hour, Learning Technologies
is the single-most important event for learning and development
professionals. Entry to the exhibition is FREE.

Resources: Organisational Development
TrainingZONE has 20 organisational development toolkits and
documents. These can be accessed separately or as one folder -
saving at least a third off the price of the individual
documents. The folder includes: Organisations and the New
Science; The Learning Bank Professional development and
innovation Competence Culture and Skills Benchmarking.
Browse all 1500 documents in the TrainingZONE Library:

Catch-up with the latest questions being asked by the

Sara Barrett needs your advice on how to get the best out of a
limited training budget.

Amanda Williams has no less than six training qualifications,
but wonders where next?

Patricia Cross wants to know how to convince her MD that cutting
back on training and development is wrong.

Karen Collins would like to hear from anyone with experience of
training/developing managers and employees within self-motivated

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