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Industry leading experts to be keynote speakers at World of Learning Conference 2009

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Industry leading practitioners in the learning and development arena will deliver the keynote speeches at this year’s World of Learning Conference, which takes place on 30 September & 1 October 2009 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Industry leading practitioners in the learning and development arena will deliver the keynote speeches at this year’s World of Learning Conference, which takes place on 30 September & 1 October 2009 at the NEC, Birmingham.

The keynote addresses set the themes for the conference, which focus on the impact of the current economic climate on businesses, the role of learning and development (L&D) in contributing to business performance, and how L&D professionals can learn the necessary skills to face the challenges of today’s pressures and demands.

Opening Address: How can L&D contribute to better business performance?
The Conference will be opened by John McNamara, Chief Executive at the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils, with an examination of how L&D can contribute to better business performance. Covering issues such as the impact of the economic climate on skills and organisational development and retaining and developing talent in today’s business world, John will look at how to equip employees with the vital skills to build business during a recession and the responsiveness of L&D strategies to changing business needs.

John observes: “We are standing on a threshold of opportunity. There is no denying the breadth and depth of this recession but that is all the more reason why we have to invest in skills. The measures we take now to retain, re-skill and re-deploy the UK workforce can speed up recovery and prepare for future growth.”

Keynote Address: The engaged learner
Nigel Paine, Managing Director of NigelPaine.com, who has many years’ experience directing L&D within major corporations including the BBC, will discuss how L&D can play a fundamental and vital role in employee engagement, including understanding the motivations of employees and learners in today’s work environment and how to improve performance support on the job.

Nigel is a strategic adviser on leadership and talent development and comments: “In the rush for numbers, competences and new ways to deliver, learning leaders can forget about the most important component of the mix: the learner! The session will focus on how to engage learners so that they not only learn more, but also enjoy the process and are motivated to change the way they do things in the light of what they have learned. This address will help even the most battle-scarred leader feel that what they do is not only important, but can make a tangible difference in the workplace."

Closing Address: Driving performance improvements through learning
Penny Tamkin, Programme Director – Management and Leadership at The Work Foundation, will present the Closing Address. Penny will look at how learning can help drive performance improvements. This will include an examination of what makes for memorable learning and how to measure increases in productivity and performance delivered by learning.

Penny comments: “We all know that a lot of development makes no difference to individuals or organisations, and the way in which we react to that is to call for more evaluation. There are those who think that ROI is the only evaluation worth doing and others who believe it to be a curse that stops real learning in its tracks. This session will consider what we know about what makes for truly transformational learning, what it takes to embed it and how can you explore added value without killing innovation.”

In addition to these keynote addresses, the conference will provide a full programme of valuable, engaging presentations and case studies covering the key issues facing learning and development professionals today and responding to the increasing demands being placed on delivering more effective learning on restricted budgets. Among the major companies participating are Rolls-Royce, Marks and Spencer, Lloyds TSB, British Red Cross, BBC, BT Group and Sony Electronics Europe.

The Conference is part of the World of Learning Exhibition, which hosts over 110 major learning suppliers across a wide range of disciplines and features a number of valuable interactive areas, including the Experiential Learning Zone and Serious Games Zone, to further aid the skills development of L&D professionals.

The full conference programme will be announced at the start of June.

Notes to Editor:
• To exhibit, pre-register or to book conference sessions visit www.learnevents.com or call +44 (0)20 8394 5171
• For more information on all aspects of the event please visit www.learnevents.com
• World of Learning 2009 is organised by Venture Marketing Group


For further press information please contact
Helen Martindale or Chris Lewis
Clareville Communications
Tel 020 7736 4022
e-mail: helenmartindale@clareville.co.uk
 

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