In brief

News in brief

Gala prizes learning

Bingo and casino operator Gala Group has announced the launch of four
learning centres across the UK. They will primarily be used by Gala’s 10,000
employees for management and IT training, with ancillary training in customer
service, trainer training, health and safety, food and beverage, and
independent learning. Staff will be able to book via Gala’s internal intranet

Apprenticeships agenda

Modern Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications for young people will
be the subject of the keynote address by education secretary Charles Clarke at
the new national conference Partners in Learning 2003. This and its exhibition
is sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council and will be held in Birmingham
NEC on 14 and 15 May.

Diploma launch

A Guide to the Diploma in Learning Facilitation Skills is now available for
both non-IT and IT trainers from the Training Foundation. The diploma extends
the short-course programme into a professional qualification and is awarded to
students who have successfully completed all three certification tracks – the
Training Delivery Skills or Delivery Skills Refresher, followed by Facilitation
Skills and Training Design and Development.

New look for Wolce

Venture Marketing Group, organiser of the World of Learning Conference &
Exhibition (WOLCE) and the e-learning Exhibitions & Conferences in
Manchester and London, has purchased the Training Solutions Exhibition &
Conference from Brintex. Training Solutions will be incorporated within WOLCE
and will take place at the NEC, Birmingham on 18 and 19 November 2003.

Skills research kicks off

The Learning and Skills Council has begun a survey of 70,000 English
employers – the largest skills survey of its kind. It aims to discover what
skills are necessary for businesses to survive and grow, and to give employers
a voice on their training and skills needs. "This is an opportunity for employers
to help shape the future of their own people and that of the nation’s workforce
as a whole," said an LSC spokeswoman.


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