Birmingham to welcome L&D professionals to World of Learning 2013

Learning and development (L&D) professionals will have the opportunity to hear from leading industry thinkers and sample the latest trends at the World of Learning conference and exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC on 1-2 October 2013.

The two-day event is one of the UK’s most comprehensive events for all aspects of learning and development and a “one-stop shop” for L&D professionals looking for a complete blend of learning solutions and inspiration.

Its annual conference features world-class speakers who are set to provide valuable insight and inspiring case studies demonstrating the latest best-practice advice and developments in the industry.

The conference, chaired by Reeta Chakrabarti, the BBC’s education and social affairs correspondent, features experts from GE, Admiral Group, Thomson Reuters, FirstGroup and many more. Rick Jackson, vice president and head of CIS at DHL Express, will deliver the opening address, entitled “L&D’s strategic role in transforming the business”, exploring how to introduce change that turns loss into profit and motivates across the business.

Visitors can also attend the Executive Networking Dinner, claimed to be the most exclusive networking event in the industry calendar. Held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the evening of Tuesday 1 October, it promises to be an enjoyable evening for delegates at the end of the first day.

Alongside the World of Learning conference is an extensive exhibition, enabling visitors to meet with a host of expert suppliers. Visitors will find companies showcasing the latest innovations across all sectors of L&D, from e-learning, mobile learning and social media in learning and consultancy, to experiential learning, coaching and informal learning.

There are a range of inspiring features on offer at the exhibition, including over 50 free seminars and workshops that are geared at ensuring L&D professionals are up to date with the latest knowledge and techniques.

The development of Oxfam’s ambitious eLearning programme is discussed in the seminar entitled “Developing global e-learning”, while “Resilience through change” features case studies from UCAS, the NHS and British Gas illustrating how to engage more positive and resilient employees.

At the exhibition, visitors can also sample learning technologies of the future at the Technology Test Drive and discover how the latest software can make the L&D processes more efficient. Software available to trial includes mobile technology, web-based applications and e-learning and cloud technology.

Andrew Gee, senior project manager for the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, said: “Both the conference and exhibition are designed to equip L&D specialists with new skills and knowledge that can be translated into the workplace. The event not only provides L&D professionals with innovative new ideas, but offers them the chance to hear from leading industry thinkers about current issues affecting their sector.

“The impact of the L&D sector is crucial – in the recent 2013 Global Assessment Trends Report, training and development was recorded as one of the top priorities for HR professionals, reflecting the continuing importance of maximising the contribution of existing employees.”

The World of Learning 2013 is held in association with the British Institute for Learning & Development, the Institute of Leadership Management and UK Trade and Investment.

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