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British Learning Association annual conference

The third annual conference of the British Learning Association (BLA) will take place on Wednesday 26 th April 2006 at the Institute of Physics, London.

Under the working title 'The Great Training Robbery?' the BLA says the conference will start with an exposé of the failings of much of training and learning, citing what they see as all too frequent low achievement and success rates. The conference will then concentrate on the four themes of performance management, pedagogy, evaluation and marketing, as positive steps to support effective outcomes.

David Wolfson, chair of the BLA said: "BLA members know that the amount of training is growing. But there's a feeling that it may be money badly spent. Is that because training isn't efficient, or is training the wrong way to get improved business performance? This is a conference looking at just those problems."

The BLA says the conference will help delegates to:

  • Look at personal pathways to develop performance management
  • Review the importance of pedagogy to support learning design, individual styles and sustainable performance improvement
  • Understand the vital role evaluation plays in justifying expenditure on training
  • Use marketing as an essential step for motivating people to learn
  • Review an approach to changing the way staff think about their organisation and their part in delivering its success

Speakers at the event include representatives from BBC Training & Development, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), First Group, DLA Piper, Cranfield University (Defence Academy), QA Training & Consulting, Academee and The Fourth Level.

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