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Buzz or Benefit – Informal learning in the workplace conference

Buzz or Benefit – Informal learning in the workplace conference. York 6 July 2007.

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When Jul 06, 2007
from 08:35 am to 05:35 pm
Where York, UK
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Contact Phone +44 1609 781 782
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Informal learning could be in danger of becoming the latest learning mantra  – recited by the usual suspects in the usual places. In particular it is being touted as a likely panacea for “cost effective” work based learning. But does Informal Learning offer any benefits to the world of work or is it simply two of the latest buzz words?

Many researchers have confirmed that over 80% of new skills and knowledge acquired in the workplace has come from informal learning – the famous water-cooler syndrome. So if it happens anyway, what’s new and why should employers and learning professionals be interested in finding out more?  Couldn’t such a movement emphasising informal learning lead to the end of the training industry?

Not so! Informal learning offers massive benefits to both businesses and the training industry. The Inflow project provides a model that recognises the business benefits of informal learning and offers additional, new and exciting opportunities for the training industry.

This conference seeks to explore the background research from global, European perspectives, views of employers,  how a model has been developed  for the recognition, validation and accreditation of informal learning in the workplace and the potential for further exploitation of this model by employers and the training industry,

Conference Themes.
  • Informal Learning in the World of Work – overview from leading figures (USA and UK)
  • Recognition, validation and accreditation of informal learning in the workplace - challenges and opportunities  (Pan-European inputs)
  • Engaging employers and business benefits – supply and demand side contributions. (Inputs from Germany, France and the UK – diverse sectoral coverage)
  • Proposals for the roll-out of the model developed in the Informal Learning in the Workplace Leonardo Da Vinci project and opportunities for employers and the training industry.
A number of expert speakers have committed to contributing to this event. (See speaker folder.)
Speakers who have indicated a willingness to speak include
  • Jay Cross
  • Patrick Werquin
  • Michael Eraut  
  • Ray Dowd  
  • Cathy Parker
  • Jane Massy
  • Margaret Simmonds
  • Employers from Germany, France and the UK

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