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TrainingZONE Newswire #351 – The Value of Accreditation


TrainingZONE Newswire - Issue 351
29 March 2005

1. Feature: The Value of Accreditation
2. Parkin Space: Selling Skills for All
3. Third of Employers Don't Train Staff
4. The Training Department as Investment Centre
5. White Paper Pledges to Close Skills Gap

Editor's note
The TrainingZONE newswire is a day later this week due to the
Easter bank holiday but it's still choc-full (sorry!) of
features. My pick of the week is Larry Murphy's feature
exploring the value of accrediting in-house courses and
trainers. Drawing on his own experience at Centrica, Larry
explains that this value goes beyond benchmarking and providing
quality assurance, it can also help demonstrate the benefits of the
training department to the organisation. In this age of outsourcing,
Larry's article is one not to miss.

Kind regards

Claire Savage
Editor, TrainingZONE

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

Feature: The Value of Accreditation
Larry Murphy explores the benefits of accreditation, including
quality, consistency and the ability to demonstrate the training
department's value to the wider organisation.

Parkin Space: Selling Skills for All
"Do we really want people in our organisations who are more
persuasive, who listen to our situation, who probe to understand
where we are coming from?" Godfrey Parkin praises the art of

The Training Department as Investment Centre
Andrew Mayo explains the danger of trying to run a training
department as a "profit centre".

Third of Employers Don't Train Staff
A study of 13,000 UK companies finds that while two-thirds of
employers consider skills development to be a high priority
within their organisations one-third do not provide any formal
training for their staff.

White Paper Pledges to Close Skills Gap
The government sets out the proposals it believes will help
England become "a high skills, high value-added economy".

LSC Learns Lessons from ETPs
The Learning and Skills Council evaluates Employer Training
Pilots as the government announces its plans for a new National
Employer Training Programme.

Mentoring Development Group - Coaching and Mentoring Conference
Interest in coaching and mentoring is a rapidly growing
phenomenon, accompanied by an explosion in the range and types
of coaching and mentoring available. Is this valuable diversity,
or just befuddling complexity? A conference in April will offer
practical advice on effectively managing this complexity at a
personal and organisational level.

Resources: Managing Change Exercises
Assess an individual's ability to cope with change with this
resource designed by Dr Richard Hale. Managing Change Exercises
can be used as a self-assessment to help individuals explore and
understand their thought processes and identify ways to improve
their ability to manage change. The exercise is particularly
suitable for use in coaching or mentoring programmes.
Browse all documents in the TrainingZONE Library:

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Ben Hardman wants some advice on best practice for training
assessments and evaluation.

Patricia Cross would like some advice on introducing e-learning
into her insurance company.

Maria Humphreys needs some tips for training sales managers who
think they know best.

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