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Goldmine of experience, knowledge and expertise to be shared within seminar programme

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The World of Learning Conference & Exhibition returns to Birmingham’s NEC, on 16 & 17 October. Alongside the exhibition showcasing over 100 L&D providers and offering interactive experiences, is a comprehensive programme of 40 free-to-attend seminars.

The seminar programme covers the full breadth of ambitions and challenges that L&D functions have to manage and delivers practical advice for attendees to make immediate and long-lasting improvements for the organisations they serve.

One of the biggest challenges facing L&D today is the ever-increasing requirement for change and adaptation in the workplace, and this subject is tackled across several of the seminars.

A highlight of the seminar programme will be the keynote presentation given by Richard McCann of The iCan Academy on Thursday 17 October. Richard has given over 2,500 keynote speeches to a quarter of a million delegates around the globe, inspiring audiences from Iran to Malaysia with his story of transformation.

Drawing on his own very personal experience of self-learning and improvement, and the vault of knowledge he has accumulated from other inspirational leaders, Richard will motivate his audience to pursue change within themselves and to support their staff to do the same. He comments:

“21 years ago, after leaving prison, I made the decision to change as a person and to change the course of my life. I look forward to compelling attendees of my presentation to pursue change, and I will share some key pointers which have empowered the hundreds of senior leaders I have coached to greater success.”

The effects of change on what is expected of and needed from workforces will be addressed by Nick Washington-Jones, Managing Director, TACK UK on Wednesday 16 October. He will examine the unique mix of challenges currently facing the UK employment sector in his presentation: Training for the future – the responsibility of the individual or the organisation?

Nick comments: “The current rate of change is drastically reducing the lifespan of employees’ existing skill sets, but whose responsibility is it to ensure employees have the skills required for the future?

“I’ll be discussing whether employers should be proactively looking ahead to identify skills gaps and put measures in place to upskill their current workforce, or if when a gap is identified they simply look outside their organisation, recruiting individuals who already have the required skills.”

Christopher Smith, Director at GP Strategies, will examine the challenges facing the leaders of organisations in a VUCA world, in his presentation: Developing leadership for transformational change. Chris comments:

"In an increasingly turbulent and uncertain world, many organisations are having to adapt their whole fabric, including strategies, business models, culture and structures. This is an immense leadership challenge and I look forward to offering insights into how leadership teams need to shift their mindsets, behaviours and ways of working to bring about successful transformational change. "

Using research from 4 million learners, interviews with industry leaders and case study examples, Simon Greany, Chief Learning Officer at Elucidat, will help his audience explore strategies to produce better online learning experiences in his seminar: How to deliver real-life impact from online learning: the six pillars of people-centred learning.

Liggy Webb, Founder of The Learning Architect will arm her audience with the knowledge and tools to support mental health and overall wellbeing in the workplace in her presentation: Burnout – how to avoid it. Mental wellbeing is also the subject approached by Nimble’s Training Manager, Dan Lane, in his presentation: Raising awareness of mental health in your workplace.

With such a wealth of experience and expertise to be shared by L&D thought-leaders and practitioners, the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition is the must-attend event of the year for L&D professionals.

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

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