Posts By: Kirstie Walker

World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 2019 Announced

Posted on May 13, 2019 by - CPD Sectors>News

Learning and Development (L&D) best practice, thought leadership and the latest learning technology to be shared at Birmingham’s NEC on 15 & 16 October.       

An essential, one-stop event for anyone with high-level responsibility for learning and development, World of Learning 2019 provides the perfect platform to learn from L&D experts and to explore the latest methods and solutions to deliver successful learning outcomes.

The renowned two-day conference boasts a programme of presentations from senior L&D professionals responsible for workplace learning at national and global organisations.

Sharing their real-world examples of L&D in practice, the speakers will provide inspiration and practical advice covering topics including learning personalisation, evaluation and change management.

Alongside the conference is an exhibition of suppliers that allows evaluation of the full range of tools available to L&D, from Learning Management Systems (LMS) to virtual learning, and coaching to mindfulness.

New for this year is the Live Demo Zone. Andrew Gee, senior project manager for World of Learning, comments:

“In 45-minute sessions, visitors will not only be able to watch the tools and tactics in action, they’ll be able to use and experience them. They’ll come away with a deeper understanding of the solutions and their effects – a thorough assessment that could inform their decisions on future strategies and investment.”

The exhibition also boasts a comprehensive programme of free seminars and workshops. Visitors will hear from specialists about topics from managing organisational change to immersive learning, and learning content to mental wellbeing.

Andrew summarises:

“The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition has a well-established reputation for delivering, fundamentally, a really useful event.

“Visitors can learn about what works in practice for leading organisations, nurture existing and new connections with their peers, and they can scrutinise the latest solutions and technologies in a highly interactive environment. It’s an essential date in the diary for L&D and HR professionals.”

For more details and to register for free tickets to the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition, visit or to book the conference call 020 8394 5171

For the latest news and updates about the World of Learning 2019 read the World of Learning blog at, follow the exhibition on Twitter at #WOL19 and, and join the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition group on LinkedIn.

  • To book your place on the conference visit or call +44 (0)20 8394 5171
  • For more information on all aspects of the event please visit

Gradbase and The CPD Standards Office announce a new partnership to digitise Continuous Professional Development certifications across the UK.

Posted on April 16, 2019 by - CPD Sectors>News

Continuous Professional Development represents a crucial element of modern employment, especially in the manufacturing and services sectors: whether it constitutes seminar attendance, refresher course completion or specific professional training, CPD is often a compulsory element required to perform certain mansions, onboard specific knowledge and generally advance careers. For this reason, it is desirable for CPD issuers and holders alike to be able to highlight its attainment in an effective way.

Today’s methods of achieving this, sadly, are still heavily manual, and rely on receiving paper certificates. Apart from the friction and time involved, such a method relies on the candidate keeping the paper certificate readily available to present to the prospective employer. This lies at odds with the very nature of CPD Certificates, which are micro-accreditations that may fade in and out of relevance at different points in an individual’s career, and thus are easily lost, forgotten or unwillingly neglected.

In order to overcome these hurdles and improve the efficiency of both the issuing and verification processes, The CPD Standards Office, the UK’s largest independent CPD accreditation provider, has partnered with Gradbase, the first UK company to digitise personal qualifications on the Blockchain. As part of this partnership, the Gradbase technology will help up to 800 CPD Certification Providers affiliated with The Office to issue their CPD certificates digitally and make them instantly verifiable all over the world with just the scan of a QR code.

Any prospective employer wishing to verify CPD will now no longer require the paper certificate, but can simply access the digital certificate from a CV or LinkedIn profile. But it doesn’t end there: as the information encoded on Blockchain is immutable and eternally stored, any certificate remains verifiable even in the circumstance whereby its issuer goes out of business.

The problem of forgetting whether a specific CPD certificate was attained is also removed: our Portfolio feature allows any learner to record and manage their lifelong Gradbase-issued CPD claims in one personal page, which is accessible to employers again with just a QR scan. Ultimately, we envisage a future where anyone’s CPD certificates can be accessed this way, streamlining talent procurement, KYC processes and facilitating job mobility.

The service is already live. If you are a member of The CPD Standards Office and wish to take part in this initiative, please contact Kirstie Walker at

If you wish to know more about how Gradbase can help you issue your qualifications digitally and make your graduates/learners more employable, please contact Alberto De Capitani at

If you are a journalist with a media query please use the contacts given above.

Break the Ice, Don’t make Ice

Posted on February 18, 2019 by - CPD Sectors>News

Happy Monday everyone!

This week we have received some questions on using ice breakers within face to face training courses and workshops.

This is an area that CPD Standards doesn’t usually advise or comment on, as an icebreaker exercise normally sits within a ‘general introduction’ to a training course. However, we know that to ‘soften’ a room full of strangers (which can be quite challenging) particularly in the UK with the cool British reserve! – having asked some of our members, one thing for certain is that it needs to be simple and lighthearted. There will often be reluctant participants, so you don’t want to make any icebreakers too involved or too personal. “Over 500 icebreakers and games, hundreds of icebreaker questions, team building games and warm up activities.”

A great training tool that we recommend you add to your armory is this book; by Jennifer Carter called Over 600 Ice-Breakers & Games At £2.49 for the Kindle edition. See here for the link – The book provides hundreds of icebreaker questions, activities and team building games to use for them training course exercises!

What do you want to know about selling training courses? We bust 5 myths…

Posted on January 18, 2019 by - CPD Sectors>News

Here at the CPD Standard Office, we have been getting a ton of questions on how to sell training courses.  Having worked with hundreds of training providers, and seen best selling courses to complete flops, we have gotten to know a little bit about selling courses.

Would you like to sell more courses? Take part in our 2 minute member survey, and we will provide some market analysis for you next month.


 Myth No 1:  Colour and ‘pizazz’ are important. 

Whilst having good looking, up-to-date design and branding is crucial, the actual colour of your logo, training materials and website is not critical to selling more courses.  Potential buyers are more interested in the name of your course, and the perceived quality that you are going to offer them.

Myth No 2: Cheaper training sells quicker

Wrong!  In our experience, the cheaper your training course, the more difficulty you will have in convincing buyers it is worth purchasing.  Don’t be afraid to price at the premium end of your market, after all, if you have enough experience and offer learning that is going to make a real difference (and have the credentials to back that up) buyers will invest.   Also don’t forget, the more pricey your course, the better profit margin you will receive on it.

Myth No 3: ‘Long’ courses are dead

In the YouTube and video age, there is a misconception that individuals only want short bite size training.  Wrong!  Longer “modulised” courses are still as popular, particularly if they have a social element that links the student to a new community of peers, enable complete mastery of a new skill set, or provide a form of qualification.  As long as your prospective buyers have flexibility in how they undertake the course, and can log-in and out easily, there is no need to worry about creating a short course for the sake of it.

 Myth No 4: Emails and websites are enough to provide the ‘written stuff’

Successful training courses are generally sold following an in depth conversation with the training company, and where appropriate a personalised proposal.  Companies that simply rely on generic emails and their website often struggle to sell courses.  Remember, first impressions count, and your prospective students want to being building a relationship with their course provider before they undertake any learning with you.

Myth No 5: Money back guarantees are worthless

In our experience, training courses that offer a money back guarantee tend to sell well.  It seems that by providing a prospective buyer with a ‘comfort blanket’ that they can retrieve their investment if they felt that the course didn’t meet its objectives (or however you want to word it).  Plus, we have found that buyers rarely request their money back, so it really is a no-brainer.


Interested in finding out more?  The CPD Standards Office is conducting research on selling training courses during 2019.   Click here to take the 2 minute survey, and we will be in touch soon with the results   

World of Learning Conference & Exhibition 2018

Posted on August 13, 2018 by - CPD Sectors>News

Senior L&D and HR professionals will gather at Birmingham’s NEC on 16 & 17 October for the year’s must-attend L&D event.

Bringing together experts and innovators in the L&D community, the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition has established itself as a hub for sharing best practice, thought leadership and the latest learning technology.

This globally renowned two-day conference will host leading experts as they reveal and examine the latest thinking and practices to drive organisational performance and success.

An extensive exhibition will showcase suppliers of training and development services and cutting-edge technology. A programme of free seminars and workshops will allow visitors to gather specialist insights into topics ranging from leadership development and organisational culture, to immersive learning and virtual reality.

A dedicated conference co-located within the exhibition, Learning Design Live, will provide invaluable expertise and support for anyone interested in learning design and technology.

The range of interactive features and zones at the event ensure that visitors have ample opportunity to experience best practice and to network with their industry peers.

Andrew Gee, senior project manager for World of Learning, comments:

“The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition delivers a thriving and industrious platform for L&D and HR professionals to immerse themselves in current practices and the most exciting technology the industry has to offer.

Visitors will take away inspiration, practical advice, and knowledge of the best methods and tools to meet the current and future needs of their organisations and their people.”

For more details and to register for free tickets to the World of Learning Conference and Exhibition, visit or to book the conference direct call 020 8394 5171.

For the latest news and updates about the World of Learning 2018 read the World of Learning blog at, follow the exhibition on Twitter at #WOL18 and, and join the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition group on LinkedIn.

The World of Learning 2018 is held in association with the Institute of Training & Occupational Learning.

The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition is accredited by The CPD Standards Office (CPDSO). Founded from the largest research project ever undertaken in the UK relating to CPD, in addition to a multitude of research across every employment sector, CPDSO have developed an accreditation / assessment process, overseen by an Independent Advisory Board, to ensure CPD provision available to all professionals is of the highest quality. The organisation and the logo are recognised both internationally and by 2,000 regulators, professional bodies and institutions in the UK. In collaboration with World of Learning, CPDSO will ensure that the Conference and Exhibition will maintain the highest of standards whilst offering all visitors an immersive and educational experience.

Impact Factory: Soft Skills CPD Programmes Breakfast Taster – 13th June 2018

Posted on May 16, 2018 by - CPD Sectors>News

How easy is it to identify your people’s L&D needs?

Perhaps the technical skills are clearly defined. But, how do you assess the subtler learning requirements that underpin how people communicate, interact and work together?

You’re invited to participate in our upcoming Breakfast Taster to get an insight of how CPD (Continuing Professional Development) soft skills programmes and personal pathways are created to make your people and your organisation thrive.

In this session, you will get an understanding of the importance of soft skills CPD programmes, the real fabric of an engaged, committed and shared vision organisation. Furthermore, we’ll be supporting your journey to help you establish trusted relationships with your people, so you can understand their individual needs.

Join us on Wednesday 13th of June 2018 (8.30am – 10.00am) and you will get a taste of our take on how to establish successful soft skills CPD programmes.

Places are very limited. We advise you to book in advance.

As Virtual Reality Training continues to take over, we have a look at what this means for the future of learning…

Posted on February 27, 2018 by - CPD Sectors>News

What is VR learning?

Virtual reality is an artificial environment that the user is submerged into when wearing a headset. This means that learners can put theory into practice immediately if they are learning new skills, or else practice emergency procedures in a simulated environment without the risk of a real emergency. They can even leave the work environment completely for a break by entering a simulated and relaxing environment.

For visual learners in particular, this technological progression is incredibly helpful, where lectures or webinars have been boring and unengaging, VR gives the opportunity to learn in practice and retain the information easier.

What is VR learning for?

The first thing that comes to many people’s minds when you mention VR is practical training because, after all, it is a way of putting a learner into a real time situation where they can simulate doing practical tasks. And certainly VR training can be used to simulate emergency situations for Health and Safety training, or else teach and practice technical skills once delegates have learnt theory. However, it does go further..

Virtual Reality learning can also simulate environments to teach soft skills, for example, an audience awaiting a presentation that the user must give or a customer service scenario to help learn communication skills. It doesn’t even have to stop at training, John Fecci of VR Learning Studio explained how they have developed a mindfulness programme with Channel4 to allow employees to escape their desk quickly and easily by entering an entirely different world using a VR headset.

Can VR be tailored?

The short answer is yes. The software used in VR training can track your engagements and actions during the programme. In my conversation with VR Learning Studio, John explains to me how they can measure how well the user is completing the tasks or tackling the situation and can use this information to gage how effective the training is or to see if users need more support. The content is then easy to amend where necessary with a software update if the statistics show there are areas that need improvement.

Is it all a great as it sounds?

There is no doubt that VR is changing the way we learn and work by allowing so many experiences and scenarios to be simulated in the workplace. However, VR is subject to the same criticism that elearning faced in its infancy – arguably some of the best learning happens in the classroom, when discussion and debate begins. So for all it’s advantages, is VR just another form of lonely learning and another piece of technology minimising our direct human interaction?

I discussed an example of how to overcome this with VR Learning Studio, they ensure that their VR training is delivered with allocated time afterwards for users to discuss and compare their experiences. This means they don’t lose out on the valuable, personal element and the opportunity to allow delegates to learn from each other.

John also stresses that the introduction of VR in education is not intended to take over, but to complement, current learning methods. Often the theory still needs to be delivered beforehand, either online or face to face, so the VR aspect is an immersive experience which enhances the existing teaching, rather than replacing it completely.