A hub of knowledge-sharing, support and networking for L&D professionals

WOL 17Each autumn, senior learning and development professionals from global and national organisations converge at Birmingham’s NEC for the most comprehensive event in the L&D calendar –  the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition.

Taking place on 16 & 17 October this year, the event offers multiple interactive attractions within its exhibition. These have been carefully designed to help visitors explore matters at the heart of L&D through interactive experiences, one-to-one advice and educational workshops and seminars.

The Experiential Learning Zone will support visitors to change, learn and grow in a VUCA world. Facilitated for the tenth year by Pearlcatchers, the zone offers a programme of 11 seminars covering topics including emotionally intelligent leadership, how to minimise the negative impacts of remote working and digital communication, and how to supercharge design and delivery to achieve learning impact.

Sharon Young, Director at Pearlcatchers, comments: “We’re looking forward to providing real-time guidance to visitors to World of Learning as our experienced consultants share practical advice and proven methodologies for operating successfully in a VUCA world.”

In response to the challenge of rapidly changing work environments and the resulting impact on the workforce, a new feature at this year’s show is the Agility Zone.

Liggy Webb, founder of The Learning Architect who will facilitate the zone, comments: “In the fast-changing and agile working environments employees face today there is the potential risk of increased anxiety, stress and, ultimately, burnout. This is can have a huge impact on wellbeing, morale and productivity. The Learning Architect has developed a range of useful resources and pragmatic advice to help organisations support their people and help them to adapt and flourish through uncertain and volatile times.”

Seminars and one-to-one consultations will be offered by Jigsaw@Work in the Mental Wellbeing Zone, as their team support event visitors to discuss mental health and teach them how to create healthy workplaces and develop managers who are trained to identify employees with the early signs of mental illness.

Michelle McArthur-Morgan, Managing Partner at Jigsaw@work, comments “It takes more than a discounted health-club membership and mindfulness programs to move the needle on employee wellbeing. Seventy-five per cent of people say that the most stressful part of their job is their immediate manager. The biggest cause of chronic illness is stress and the biggest cause of stress is work.”

Michelle will be discussing why psychological safety is the key factor in high performing teams, wellbeing and engagement. What organisations can do to improve  psychological safety and how insights from neuroscience can be applied to create a safe and healthy workplace.

Visitors are invited to Join iTOL, the UK’s professional body for trainers and L&D professionals, in their dedicated VIP and International Lounge. An open space designed to encourage conversations with and among international visitors, guests in the lounge can also find out more about iTOL and the services they provide. A series of short seminars will allow visitors to get a taste of iTOL’s learning and training style.

The Apprenticeship Zone brings together specialist training providers so that visitors can have all their questions about the Apprenticeship Levy answered. In a dedicated theatre, a programme of free seminars covers all aspects of the levy, including structuring and delivering an effective apprenticeship programme.

Those visitors wishing to get hands on with the latest innovations and technology can do so at the Technology Showcase. Here attendees can learn how cutting-edge technology can support their organisation’s learning objectives and deliver business value.

Colleagues can build on productivity, motivation and communication through a series of team building exercises at the Team Building Zone. Sponsored by KDM Events, teams can enjoy a range of team building exercises such as solving cryptic clues and a series of activities to support productivity within an organisation.

Sponsored by Rising Vibe, the Business and Networking lounge gives visitors the chance to keep in touch with the office, meet new contacts or just relax with colleagues.

The exhibition runs alongside the renowned World of Learning conference which offers inspiration from the industry’s leading thinkers and practitioners in a two-day programme of presentations and panel discussions.

The World of Learning 2018 is held in association with the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (iTOL) and the event once again promises to act as a catalyst for inspiration, action and progress in the fascinating sphere of L&D.

For more information on all aspects of the event please visit Learnevents.com









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