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World of Learning 2012: Preview


Registration is now open for The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition. WOLCE will return to the NEC in Birmingham on Tuesday 2 October and Wednesday 3 October 2012. 

Providing a compelling business case to secure your learning and development (L&D) budget, the use of technology and meeting the needs of a changing workforce will be amongst the topics discussed at the World of Learning Conference 2012.

The two-day programme which takes place on 2 and 3 October at the NEC, Birmingham, promises more sessions than ever before with a wide variety of topics relevant to the L&D professional. Insightful case studies will be provided from a host a major companies such as Hilton Worldwide, npower, Dixons, Tesco and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The breadth of subjects explored at the conference range from apprenticeship schemes, technology, workforce planning and developing the leaders of the future. Reflecting the demanding nature of L&D in a multi-channel world, the conference provides valuable ideas that delegates can take back to their workplace and put into practice.

Caroline Waters OBE, Director of People & Policy at BT, opens the conference with a keynote address entitled How will L&D have to adapt to the changing workforce?, covering the challenges often faced by L&D practitioners of the multi-generational workforce.

Other themes on the first day include Utilising coaching as a management technique to deliver business objectives, How to provide a compelling business case to secure your L&D budget and Harnessing open source resource.

There is also a strong emphasis at this year’s event on how L&D practitioners can best harness new technology. A seminar delivered by David Wilson, the MD of Elearnity and Conrad Hamer, business development manager of Jenison focuses on learning and talent in the cloud.
A compelling keynote address on learning innovation with tomorrow’s technology tools by Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Plymouth will complete the first day. A specialist in cutting-edge L&D technology, Wheeler is set to discuss issues related to social media for collaborative learning, mobile devices and ‘on the move’ learning.

Sue Miller, Metro and corporate L&D manager at Hilton Worldwide, opens the second day of the conference with an insight into how her company has developed a ‘Learning Organisation’ to drive performance and profitability and how this can be used to change attitudes and culture.

In addition succession planning, apprenticeships, blended learning and technology are all key issues which are explored in depth at sessions such as Mobile learning or mobile performance and Technology not just to cut costs, but to add value;  Integrating apprenticeship schemes effectively into your organisation’s learning strategy and Delivering blended learning results.

The renowned conference is closed by a demonstration of Pecha Kucha, a punchy presentation style delivering an exciting session where three experts talk about how to effectively engage learners – in allocated time slots of just four minutes each!

Andrew Gee, Senior Project Manager at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, comments:

"The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition is now celebrating its 20th anniversary and has established itself as the premier learning and development event, which continues to equip visitors with the skills and support they need to keep pace with the fast evolving L&D sector.

"We're pleased to see a positive climate in the learning and development profession, with rapidly changing technological developments and adapting requirements of the workforce, the demand for L&D knowledge and solutions is bigger than ever. This has been reflected in the increased conference programme and extended exhibition at World of Learning 2012, which is set to be one of our most exciting events yet."

The World of Learning 2012 is held in association with the British Institute for Learning & Development and The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), a sector-led body formed to accelerate quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the Further Education and Skills sector in England.

The event is also supported by the following associations and industry titles: Personnel Today, HR Magazine, Training Journal,, the eLearning Network, and Learning Magazine; Government Business and Government Technology.

For more details about the World of Learning 2012 conference and to take advantage of the early booking discount of up to 40% off on bookings before 29 June, book online now at For the latest news and updates about the World of Learning 2012 follow the exhibition on Twitter at #WOL12 and, and join the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition group on LinkedIn

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