Jobs for the future

It’s clear from various media sources there is a talent shortage in key areas such as engineering and associated trades.  Equally, it’s understood jobs are becoming more automated but we aren’t training our children for a future in robotics…….

 

Children learn so quickly.  They absorb, adapt and invent quickly.  Just look at the amazing number of internet business owners still at school!

 

BBC Click’s programme reported on a great initiative Japanese schools use which is mixing traditional Sumo with robotics!  Children build robots and pre-programmed them – these aren’t radio controlled.  The programming details attack plans and is key to flipping the opposing robot out of the ring essentially becoming the winner.

 

As we have Battle of the Bands in our schools, why not Robotic Wars to give the interest and foundation for a career in this future industry…….

Sexism? Been around for decades…..

There is rightly a lot in the press at the moment about sexism across society and business.  Danny Cotton is pushing for the term ‘Fireman’ to be abolished and ‘Firefighter’ to be used.

Pay inequality is rife and across all industries.  Sometimes it’s hard to remember the Equalities Act is seven years old when we still have this divide going on.

 

Yesterday Theresa May invited five ‘Canary Girls’ to 10 Downing Street to say ‘thank you’ for their role in the war.  All in their 90s, they recollected the dangers they worked in without even thinking about it.

 

Cordite was the substance they worked with in the ammunitions factories to make the explosives for the front.  Exposure to this – remember, long before our stringent H&S laws, turned the users yellow like canaries.

 

Looking back over history we have many examples of women breaking barriers despite how impenetrable these barriers initially seemed.

 

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson – became the first UK female doctor in the 1860s.  Nancy Astor became the first female MP in 1919.  Caroline Herschel was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society’s gold medal in 1828.  In 1848 Mary Sommerville’s book on Physical Geography was used in schools for the next 50 years.  The list goes on. It’s clear these women and every woman throughout history who has become an influence in their chosen field, may not have set out to break any glass ceilings or sexist views, but what happy by products!

 

I remember one of the first Asian female CEO’s said she never noticed a glass ceiling, she just got on with the job.

 

Sir Nicholas Winton said ethics kept him doing his work.  When asked what he meant he explained humanity’s ethics of decency, kindness, acceptance etc which he also felt were now gone.  If we treated each other with dignity and respect would we have the inequality we do?  I doubt it.

 

Surely every child just needs to be nurtured to belief they can achieve anything if they believe in themselves.

 

What a great example the ‘Canary Girls’ and every other person of achievement is to all of us no matter our gender, culture, race etc.  Any human being can achieve if they believe they can.

Take a minute to think…..

16 October 2017 is #WorldFoodDay – a time to reflect on the food hunger in the world.  Do any of us in the West equate ‘spoilt’ food we had brought on the basis of ‘I might cook……’ with hard cash?

 

I know I don’t when throwing food away.  A lettuce past it’s ‘use by’ date goes in the bin and with it the £1+ I paid for it!  Whilst the outer leaves might be spoilt, the inner ones could be fine.  But I don’t check before throwing it away.

 

We absolutely need to be mindful of our health and the foods displaying ‘use before’ but why do we automatically throw it away instead of using our senses to check it’s not good to eat?

 

May be a better way is to shop mindfully.  Plan the week ahead’s menu and stick to it!  Buying only the ingredients for each.  Minimum wastage = efficient spending!

 

Of course, never shop on an empty stomach!  Like me you’ll end up with a basket of overpriced, processed, nutritionally questionable snacks!

 

Can we make small changes to deliver collective big improvements on our pockets, health and the environment around us?

 

Maybe it’s time to change……….

How do you recruit the perfect candidate without incurring any cost?……

Growing Talent!

Sounds simple doesn’t it.  A try before you buy for both the applicant and employer based on personality – no cvs, employment history etc.  With 116 success stories, we want more.

 

Amongst this 116 are people from diverse backgrounds – homeless, graduates, no education, solid employment history, no employment history, mental health issues etc.  This unique business funded initiative has seen diverse success studies.

 

There is a wide talent of unemployed people hungry to work and willing to learn.  Employers can’t see this talent in a short interview/assessment.  So we are spreading the work with a poster campaign.

 

Some things really aren’t too good to be true!  You just have to give it a go and see for yourself!

 

Although the cost table below shows HR Review’s breakdown of traditional recruitment costs from 2014 – it’s logical to believe these have risen over 3 years.  One solid fact the display below shows is Growing Talent remains completely free!

 

 

Check out http://www.growing-talent.co.uk and @Growing_Talent for more information.

 

Unacceptable Stats

It’s shocking to read BiTC’s report on mental health in the workplace 2017 – link below.  The feature photo shows two startling facts BiTC’s report has uncovered.

 

https://wellbeing.bitc.org.uk/all-resources/research-articles/mental-health-work-report-2017

 

Have we learnt so little?  For employers there is a huge positive hit to their bottom line when they address mental health in their business but raising awareness and delivering training.  As a Mental Health First Aid Instructor I know businesses are doing more.  Let’s consider some stats from MHFAEngland:

 

  • 31% of staff said they would leave their current job if stress levels didn’t decrease in the coming year
  • 70 million sick days are lost to mental health costing UK plc £70-£100bn
  • Presentism – underperforming at work due to mental health issues costs £15.1bn to UK plc
  • Awareness, training and openness on mental health in the workplace decreases the risk of being sued
  • Legal obligation – mental health issues including self-harm are protected under 2010 Equality Act.

 

We have evidence that suicide is thankfully reducing even though it’s a slight reduction.  The ratio remains three times more men than women complete suicide,   Clearly there is a lot more work to be done for both business and us individuals.

 

Can hearts and minds be changed quickly enough?

 

 

Is it too good to be true? Actually no – it really is free…….

‘How do you recruit the perfect candidate without incurring any cost?’

‘How can you be confident your potential new hire is right for your role, team & business’

Answer:  Growing Talent

Growing Talent is a business led and funded initiative to bring the unemployed and employers with permanent London-based jobs together.  Over a 12 week, mutually mentored period each gets to know the other well resulting in confident recruitment.

 

With four programmes planned for 2018 – who not get involved?

 

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