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webcast highlights: training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in a webcast from the canadian management centre, the message was loud and clear: do not have a pity party about the state of the economy – support your people and retrain. now is an opportunity to prepare for strong positioning during recovery.

our society tends to employ a fear cycle (media –> gossip –> fear –> less productivity–> workplace changes) which makes people fear the worst. the recommendation is to break it by investing in employees though effective and swift communications, fostering solidarity through innovation, and developing employees. someone referenced maslow’s hierarchy of needs in that if someone fears losing their job which could lead to losing their home, they aren’t going to rock the boat at work. people who are fearing their jobs think that they are the ones who might get the next pink slip. why tip the scales with a bold idea if they think their ideas aren’t welcome? eliminate that fear and welcome ideas. keep employess comfortable and eliminate turnover and fear mongering.  invest in the employees now for a greater return later. it will be the people on staff that bring us out of these economic times. the government merely sets the stage.

and i was particularly pleased to hear someone saythat training is a process, not an event. you cannot train someone and expect immeidate changes. entraining employees by setting the stage and allowe them to practice their new skills and apply them on the job. offer support and reinforcement along the way. check in with them to see how they are doing or what they may need.

now is an opportunity to prepare for strong positioning during recovery.

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training and development in a recession

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by ruyoung

in the midst of downsizing, layoffs, and stimulus packages the training industry needs a reminder of just how crucial the right kind of training is necessary to survive the current downturned economy.

the canadian management centre will host a free webcast titled training and development in a recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times. 12:00pm to 1:00pm est.

the free webcast, promising prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, will focus on:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times

though this is free, registration is required.

training a large portion of federal budget

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian federal budget was tabled by jim flaherty today. between training and employment insurance there is about $1.8billion earmarked, laid out as:

Enhancing the Availability of Training

Budget 2009 will create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development by:

  • Increasing funding for training delivered through the Employment Insurance program by $1 billion over two years.
  • Investing $500 million over two years in a Strategic Training and Transition Fund to support the particular needs of individuals who do not qualify for EI training, such as the self-employed or those who have been out of work for a prolonged period of time.
  • Providing $55 million over two years to help young Canadians find summer jobs.
  • Supporting older workers and their families with an additional $60 million over three years for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and expanding it to include workers in small cities.
  • Responding to skilled labour shortages with $40 million a year to launch the $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant.
  • Providing $50 million over two years for a national foreign credential recognition framework in partnership with provinces and territories.
  • Investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) initiative, expected to support the creation of 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal Canadians.
  • Investing $75 million in a two-year Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

now, the majority of that is for EI, which i won’t deny is necessary, however, they only program in this list that isn’t exactly new is the strategic training and transition fund. this is key so that self employed individuals and others who do not qualify for EI can get some support, and $500million is a fair chunk of change.

the entirety of budget has come under scrutiny by the members of the pending coalition government. the next few weeks will be key to whether this funding for training and small businesses will surface in time to make a difference in our economic slump – or at least a difference that doesn’t leave very deep scars.

training and development in lean economic times

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 21, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian management centre announced today that they will be hosting a free webcast to address training in these lean economic times.

Training and Development in a Recession: what smart organizations do to survive in challenging times
Jan 28, 2009
12:00pm to 1:00pm EST

ken blanchard, scott blanchard, jim kirkpatrick, and edward t reilly will be poised to have a sincere conversation and q+a session to discuss the issues on every trainer’s mind.

What you’ll learn:

Join us for this energizing discussion which will focus on prescriptive wisdom and proactive actions, including:

  • Results of AMA and Ken Blanchard Company research on the effects of downsizing and the impact of training upon organization performance
  • “non-negotiable” skills/competencies that are critical to organization survival
  • Key insights into successfully managing through difficult change
  • Justifications for increased spending on training in lean times
  • And much more

this webcast is complimentary but registration are required. more info on the event listing.

upcoming industry conferences and events – part 2 of 2

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2008 by ruyoung

Canadian MoodleMoot
Apr1-4, 2009
Edmonton,  AB, Canada

2009 Oklahoma Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference
Apr 2 -3, 2009
Broken Arrow, OK, United States

EUROCLIO’s 16th Annual Professional Training and Development Conference
Apr 5-11, 2009
Nicosia, Cyprus

5-th eLSE 2009 – eLearning and Software for Education
Apr 9-10, 2009
Bucharest, Romania

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Art Educators Conference
Apr 20-24, 2009
Dunedin, New Zealand

5th EduMedia Conference 2009 – Creativity and Innovation Competencies in the Web (e-creativity and e-innovation)
May 4-5, 2009
Salzburg, Austria

Tourism Educators Conference 2009
May 5-9, 2009
Vancouver, BC, Canada

LIHE 09 – 2nd International Symposium: Improving Students Learning Outcomes in Higher Education
May 31-Jun 4, 2009
Aghia Marina, Greece

3rd Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference
Jun 1-3, 2009
Singapore, Singapore

2009 – 2nd Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning
Jun 17-19, 2009
San Francisco, CA, United States

E-Learning Baltics 2009 (eLBa 2009)
Jun 18-19, 2009
Rostock, Germany

Quality Education for All: Exploring Realities – Considering Options
Jun 23-25, 2009
Christ Church, Barbados

International Conference on ICTs in Education (ICICTE) 2009

Jul 9-11, 2009
Corfu, Greece

Learning Technologies Africa
Sep 21-23, 2009
Abuja, Nigeria

Thoery for Practive in the Education of Contemporary Society
Mar 25-27, 2010
Riga, Latvia

2008 bloggers choice awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2008 by ruyoung

i’ve been nominated for the 2008 bloggers choice awards in the education category.

if you’d like to vote for my blog as well, click on this badge:

My site was nominated for Best Education Blog!

what an honour – thank you veganbilly!

upcoming industry conferences

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2008 by ruyoung

e-learning africa
may 28-30
accra, ghana

managing e-learning
may 29-30
melbourne, australia

embracing innovative e-learning technologies
jun 2-4
sydney, australia

ed-media 2008 – world conference on educational multimedia, hypermedia, and telecommunications
jun 3-4
vienna, austria

4th annual e-learning for financial institutions
jun 5-6
rome, italy

cite research symposium 2008 – empowering communities and transforming learning
jun 5-7
hong kong

international conference on educational research and practice
jun 10-11
putrajaya, malaysia

the 2nd conference and exhibition of training managers
jun 10-11
tehran, iran

canadian e-learning conference
jun 17-20
calgary, canada

conference on european education
jun 21-29
riva san vitale, switzerland

celebrating innovative ict in education practices: from idea to impact
jun 24-26
bangkok, thailand

world education forum sa international conference
jun 26-28
adelaide, australia

into seminar on teaching and learning
jun 28
nilai, malaysia

ict and learning for net generation
jul 7-10
kuala lumpur, malaysia

e-learning asia 2008
sep 10-11
seoul, korea

international conference of education, research, and innovation
nov 17-19
madrid, spain

learning technologies 2008
nov 5-7
mooloolaba, australia

e-learn 2008 – world conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare, and higher education
nov 17-21
las vegas, usa