Survey shows gadgets are not your greatest asset

We know from your many letters and requests for help that mastering technology is a major preoccupation for the training specialist.

But take heart: you are not alone, as this edition shows. For example, if you turn to page 20 for the full results of the on-line learning survey undertaken by Training magazine and Xebec McGraw-Hill in June, you will see the obstacles that your peers are facing.

Hundreds of our readers responded to the survey in the magazine, allowing us to piece together an interesting picture of how new learning is being implemented. Thank you for your interest and congratulations to Richard Frost, training manager with Pirelli Cables, who won a multimedia laptop in the survey’s prize draw.

Technology is also seen by many as the main driver in the quest for better knowledge management. But people development specialists have a major part to play too, and at last one organisation has recognised this. You can pick up some tips from Tesco’s learning director Kim Birnie as she talks to Lucie Carrington on page 16.

The training landscape continues to change and the Learning and Skills Council will be with us next April. We asked some of the profession’s leading lights and its new chief executive John Harwood to share their hopes and fears for the LSC in Talking Points on page 4.

Also due for a new look is the Training Standards Council, which will become the Adult Learning Inspectorate in 2001. Has it been too tough in its short lifespan? Read our Analysis on page 9.

Perhaps the only constants in today’s fast-paced organisations are the entrenched attitudes of others. Would we reach a better level of co-operation if we ran single-sex training sessions? Read our thought-provoking Opinion on page 7 – and let us know what you think.

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