Rebels form breakaway instituteOn 29 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today A rebel group of trainers has set up its own institute in an effort to givetraining staff professional clout and represent their interests separately fromHR managers.The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL) was officiallylaunched this month. ITOL director Jeffrey Brooks said the organisation had thebacking to survive its first year by itself but would be looking for a”critical mass” of membership in its second year to ensure itsfinancial security. Basic membership will cost £69.Among benefits to be offered re professional qualifications, a regulartraining journal, a web site and an advice line.The group is currently considering how to develop certificate anddiploma-level qualifications. Despite a string of complaints from trainers last year about the IPD, Brooksdenied the creation of ITOL was a direct threat, saying, “It will have amuch wider audience than the IPD and a different composition ofmembership.”But he added, “We see training as a distinctly different professionfrom personnel – the IPD doesn’t seem to recognise that divide.”An IPD spokesman said the organisation was not surprised or concerned by thedevelopment.Most trainers in the IPD were happy with the organisation, he added.”It is important to trainers to see where people management anddevelopment fits into the business case rather than saying, ‘We are a specialniche and that is what we are going to focus on’.”Training managers gave a mixed response. “To have a splinter groupweakens the overall impact,” said Joe Eason, training manager at Corus.”But with all the government initiatives I can understand trainersquestioning if there is enough exposure.”Joy Heward, people development manager at Heathrow-based Gate Gourmet, saidshe would consider joining the new institute.Trainers need access to more specialised development, she argued. “TheIPD is very HR-based,” she said.By Tom Powdrillwww.itol.co.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.