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Prestigious line-up: Barclays, PwC, Securitas to share expertise at World of Learning

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An exemplary programme of L&D practitioners and thought-leaders will come together to deliver inspiration at the World of Learning Conference taking place on 17 & 18 October at Birmingham’s NEC.


A highlight in the L&D calendar every year, World of Learning combines the world-class conference with an exhibition showcasing 100 L&D providers, The Technology Test Drive, Apprenticeship Zone, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations and free seminars.

Connecting those at the forefront of L&D innovation with an audience of senior-level L&D stakeholders, the conference programme covers key areas impacting the L&D industry today, from organisational agility to embedding learning within the culture of employers.

Opening the World of Learning Conference is Dr Fons Trompenaars, a well-known and highly respected name in the world of L&D. A consultant, trainer and author, Fons has more than 25 years’ experience helping Fortune 500 leaders and professionals from companies such as Shell, Nike and Merrill Lynch to increase their global effectiveness and performance.

In his keynote session, The future of workplace learning, Fons will share unique insights with the World of Learning Conference audience on how workplace learning must and will evolve, facilitating attendees to keep the future in mind as they accumulate knowledge and expertise during the rest of the conference.

Joining the list of prestigious keynote speakers is Geoff Stead, Director of Digital at Cambridge English, Cambridge University. With more than two decades of experience designing and developing digital learning products, Geoff will enlighten audiences on The latest developments in learning technology.

Geoff’s continued leadership in the development of innovative new digital assessment and learning products allows him to share a privileged insight into the possibilities that modern learning technology can offer today’s L&D functions.

Louise Brownhill, Chief Learning Officer at PwC, leads the first keynote address on day two of the conference as she examines What defines a strong learning culture, while later in the day Ben Betts, CEO of HT2 will present a thought-provoking session on Campaign learning: your strategy to deliver performance support.

The highly current topic of apprenticeships will be tackled by Mike Thompson, Director Early Careers at Barclays Bank, in his presentation: Building a successful apprenticeship programme.

Lorna Leeson, Global Head of Change at XPO Logistics, will address a theme at the heart of the conference as she examines the challenges of managing change. In her presentation, Unlearning, the challenge of change, Lorna will illustrate how to engage leadership and support the teams responsible for implementing change.

Attendees who are seeking extra motivation and tips to make an impact should attend Unleashing the power of the L&D professional, to be presented by Jane Daly, Head of Strategic Insights at Towards Maturity.

Jane comments: “We're seeing change on a huge scale and the pressure's on for L&D; we need to step up and deliver.

“At Towards Maturity we've been researching the concept of the new learning organisation, a concept and model introduced by Senge back in the 90s and described as an organisation that's 'continuously transforming itself.’ With increasingly global workforces, rapid changes in technology and a growing gig economy, now's the time to revisit these ideas.

“At World of Learning we'll be sharing our new research and tackling six areas that can help business success, including: growth, transformation, productivity and profitability. We're going to be giving attendees the tools to change - it's up to the audience if they run with them or not!'

Emily O’Mahony, Head of Learning Development at Securitas, will join Barry Sampson of The More Than Blended Learning Company to demonstrate practical steps to designing a flexible, future-proof and effective learning blend in their session: A modern approach to blended learning.

Robin Hoyle, author of Informal Learning for Organisations, will close the conference with his keynote session on Creating an effective learning environment. In his presentation, he will cement in the minds of the conference audience the practice of embedding learning within the culture of organisations.

As conference chair for the third year running, Robin comments: “The key theme for 2017 can be summarized as ‘how do we make a difference and how do we show others that a difference has been made?’ This goes beyond ROI calculations for individual programmes and looks at the value we in L&D can really bring to the organisations with which we work and the colleagues we serve.”

The conference runs in parallel with the free-to-attend World of Learning Exhibition where visitors can meet more than a hundred L&D providers. The exhibition also includes a comprehensive programme of free seminars and a range of interactive areas where visitors can receive practical advice and hands-on experience of tools and technologies.

Learning Design Live offers a conference programme for anyone involved in learning tech design, while the Technology Test Drive area allows visitors to sample the latest learning technologies.

Those keen to understand how immersive learning experiences are already delivering compelling outcomes for L&D can visit the Virtual Reality (VR) Suite and see VR in action.

Within the exhibition, visitors will also find several Inspiration Zones where they can explore mindfulness, team-building and resilience, while interactive bite-sized skill sessions on key areas including 70:20:10 learning can be found in the Experiential Learning Zone.

Those concerned with how best to deliver apprenticeships within their business should head to the Apprenticeship Zone. Experts will explain all there is to know about the recently launched Apprenticeship Levy and how to run a successful apprenticeship programme to support business goals effectively.

Ensuring the conference is accessible within a wide range of budgets and schedules, there are three delegate packages available, with Platinum Delegates this year benefiting from five exclusive pre- and post-event video presentations.

Delegates are encouraged to book early to benefit from a discount of up to 30%* until 15 September.

For more details and to book the World of Learning Conference 2017 visit or call 020 8394 5171.

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