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World of Learning Conference programme announced
How can learning and development (L&D) professionals help businesses revitalise and grow post-recession? This is one of a series of topics under debate at the World of Learning Conference 2011 taking place on 27-28 September 2011 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Valerie Todd, director of talent and resources at Crossrail and commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment & Skills, will deliver the opening address on Tuesday morning, tackling the impact of the recession and how L&D professionals can drive business growth following the recent downturn in her seminar entitled 'What does today's business need from L&D'?
In his keynote address on Tuesday afternoon, Charles Jennings, managing director at Duntroon Associates, will examine the issue of Transforming L&D through effective learning governance, covering how L&D professionals can secure management buy-in and ensure their work is closely aligned with business objectives.
Speakers from organisations such as Lloyds Banking Group, London Fire Brigade, NHS, Eversheds, Shelter and FirstGroup will also present seminars on a wide range of topics including 'The criticality of learning in delivering business change'; 'Investing in the leaders of the future' and 'Integrating the formal, informal and social in learning'.
In the Future of Learning Forum, taking place on Wednesday 28 September, a panel of industry figures will debate how to reengage organisations in order to deliver something new, and how to employ a flexible approach to L&D to allow for future change.
A host of subjects will be under the spotlight in Wednesday's seminars with contributions and case studies from British American Tobacco, Xerox Europe, VSO and St Mungo's. L&D professionals from these enterprises will, along with other speakers, discuss 'Constructing a compelling business case for L&D', 'Harnessing the potential of social learning' and 'Maximising the transferral of learning into behavioural change'.
The final keynote speaker will be Laura Overton, managing director at Towards Maturity, who will advise the audience on 'Adapting to change and influencing success - five new conversations for L&D'. In this interactive session, Laura will explain how to engage a range of stakeholders from peers to senior management, using material from the conference, audience experiences and the latest research.
Andrew Gee, senior project manager at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition, commented: "With an impressive line-up of leading names and key industry issues under debate, The World of Learning Conference offers just what L&D professionals need and represents excellent value. Visitors will come away with genuine and inspiring solutions for their day-to-day and long-term business objectives."
The World of Learning Conference is held in conjunction with the World of Learning Exhibition, which, the organisers say, will bring together around 100 UK and international exhibitors offering ideas across all sectors of L&D, from e-learning and using social media in learning and consultancy to experiential learning, coaching and informal learning. Organisations taking part include Thales Training & Consultancy, Kaplan IT Learning, Seminar Learning System, LSN, SalesAssessment.com, Priority Management and Jigsaw@work.
For further information about the World of Learning 2011 Exhibition & Conference, visit: www.learnevents.com
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