In brief

This month’s Training magazine news in brief

Budgets rising

Training spend is set to rise in the coming year, according to the CIPD’s
Annual Training and Development Survey, due out during HRD Week on 20-22 April.
The survey is expected show that organisations are likely to spend more than
their current £600-£900 per head.

Mandatory development

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants( ACCA) has announced that
its new continuing professional development scheme known as ACCA Realise will
be a requirement for members working in all industries and positions throughout
their careers. The scheme, which will be recognised worldwide, will be phased
in from 1 January 2005.

Anyone for cricket?

Sussex County Cricket Club, is offering managers from across business the
chance to run its championship club. It has teamed up with leadership training
specialists The Third Hand to run a course designed to boost commercial, team
and individual development skills. Known as Sporting Leaders the course allows
individuals to make decisions through a computer simulation. Club players and
staff will also be on hand.

Partners in learning

Training providers, employers and government officials are expected to
gather under one roof for the Association of Learning Providers’ second annual
conference and exhibition next month.  Known
as "Partners in Learning" the conference and exhibition will be held
at Harrogate International Conference Centre on 19-20 May.

Matrix shows ROI

A training matrix framework developed by data engineering consultancy Rocket
Science is set to prove that training is "an investment not a cost".
The framework enables firms to plot each department’s existing skill set and
those they should be aiming for. Companies can then calculate the predicted
value of improvement from training, which is usually the amount a company can
spend on staff development.

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