Friday, 23 September 2011

What is WOL all about?

World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 2011

Social learning, managing conflict, outsourcing and developing and engaging talent –these are some of the many topics under discussion in a series of free seminars at the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition. The UK’s premier event for business learning, taking place on 27 to 28 September 2011 at the NEC Birmingham, brings together around 100 UK and international exhibitors, and hosts a world-renowned conference featuring industry-leading speakers from across the globe.

The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition features a comprehensive programme of seminars, sponsored by TrainingZone, offering practical advice on the issues affecting learning and development (L&D) professionals via case studies and experts detailing their own experiences. Bearing in mind the current economic climate, these sessions are particularly tailored towards how to run an L&D function when budgets are tight and the pressure to deliver is on.

Among the key themes under discussion are ‘More effective training for less’ with Graham David from Blue Beetle Training; ‘Lessons from the front line of social learning’ with Rob Hubbard from LearningAge Solutions; and ‘Seven trends of mobile learning’ by Martin Addison from Video Arts.

The topical subject of ‘The role of learning and development in supporting public sector change’ will also be explored alongside seminars on ‘Linking performance with talent management and succession planning’ and ‘Harnessing the power of informal learning without stifling it’. Visitors will get the latest news and views on industry developments as well as guidance that they can put into practice on returning to the office.

Alongside the seminars, a host of free features enable visitors to gain help and support to further their career in the L&D sector. At Professional Development Zone, advisers from the British Institute for Learning & Development (BILD) will be on hand to give one-to-one advice on topics from performance improvement to key challenges in the workplace. BILD experts will also lead tailored group sessions in the Skills Workshops taking place throughout the show.

Visitors interested in exploring the use of social media to enhance learning activities and knowledge sharing should head for the Social Learning Zone for presentations and one-to-one sessions.

A well-established feature at the show, the Experiential Learning Zone offers engaging and inspiring workshops that allow visitors to experience first-hand highly creative solutions for skills development.

The International Zone, in association with UK Trade & Investment, is dedicated to encouraging trade and growth on a worldwide level. Visitors can meet key decision-makers and potential partners from overseas who are looking to link with UK training providers or purchase UK products, services and expertise. Those looking to expand overseas can learn how to develop an international business and obtain advice from UKTI's overseas trade advisers on doing business in their country.

New to the World of Learning 2011, the Happiness at Work Zone looks at how to engage people on a personal and professional level in the workplace and how to create the right environment for positivity and productivity.

Visitors can meet trainers across a range of disciplines at the Trainer Base, or relax and meet new contacts at the Business & Networking Lounge.

To register to attend the World of Learning 2011, and for more details about the event, visit

Mike Morrison is director of RapidBI, A learning & organizational effectiveness consultancy. He has been involved in HR, OD and strategic development for over 20 years. He can be contacted via © This article is copyright RapidBI 2006-2011 – it may be copied providing the authors are credited and direct links maintained Blog - Business & L&D Blog Twitter - @rapidbi

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