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

Each 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.

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.

Sponsored by KDM Events, the Team Building Zone offers colleagues the chance to work together on a range of exercises, such as solving cryptic clues, and delivers 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


Notes to Editor:
• To exhibit, visit or call 44 (0)20 8394 5222
• World of Learning is organised by Venture Marketing Group
For further press information please contact Melinda Lyons at Venture Marketing Group.
Tel: 44 (0)20 8394 5264

Published on 07/09/2018

WORLD OF LEARNING - The Learning and Development Event of the Year - 1st and 2nd October 2013

The World of Learning Conference and Exhibition is the UK's most comprehensive event for all aspects of Learning and Development. This year the event will be showcasing a wide-range of solutions in everything from e-learning and mobile learning to experiential and classroom learning, the event is a 'one-stop-shop' for Learning and Development professionals looking for a complete blend of learning solutions and inspiration. The Learning Architect will proudly be hosting The Modern Life Skills Zone and showcasing it’s new Team Tonic – The ultimate way to positively engage people in the workplace. For more information email

For information on free seminars – click here

WOL Conference Press Release – click here

Published on 09/08/2013

Resilience How to cope when everything around you keeps changing

Click here for a free mini ebook

Competition – email to enter a draw for a signed copy of Resilience by Liggy Webb

Click to this video link to find out more about Liggy Webb’s books

Published on 08/08/2013

How To Positively Engage Your People - VIP Invitation - New Dates Announced - Next Date 6th September 2013

The Learning Architect hosts a monthly VIP event at Farncombe Estate in Worcestershire. The event will help you to positively engage and motivate people through challenging and changing times and achieve the following:

• Improve resilience and stamina
• Reduce stress and absenteeism
• Support work - home balance
• Help people cope better with change
• Get people thinking more positively
• Save money on essential learning
• Keep things simple and effective

This is a morning event and will be followed by a complimentary 3 course lunch – click here to download the invitation

For more information – email to make a reservation – there is no charge for this event

For more information about Modern Life Skills – click to this video link

Published on 08/08/2013

Record number of delegates booked for autumn conference

The World of Learning Conference has attracted a record number of delegate bookings for the 2013 event in comparison with the last two years.

The industry conference taking place on 1 & 2 October at the NEC, Birmingham features key experts sharing their expertise on the major trends effecting the L&D professional.

This year's speakers include Rick Jackson, vice president at DHL, Sameena Bashey, country HR director for GE and will be chaired by education correspondent and journalist Reeta Chakrabarti.

Published on 05/08/2013