Wednesday, 27 January 2016

THE WORLD OF WORK MATTERS!

"When it comes to recruiting young people, most employers, particularly smaller businesses, value experience above all other criteria. Too few young people are gaining experience of the world of work while still at school, college or university. This is contributing to fewer employers recruiting young people and finding that many of those are not adequately prepared for the world of work."  

Sunday, 24 January 2016

WHAT REALLY MATTERS...

As The Sunday Times publishes the latest rubbish 
about the celebrities who are shaping our world 
remember why really matters...

Friday, 22 January 2016

'MADE IN SHEFFIELD' WHERE SKILLS MATTER!


'Made in Sheffield' developed as a response to concerns expressed by employers about school leavers lack of employability skills and builds on evidence and research about what local employers need and the skills that young people need to succeed in work.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

THE CUTLERS ENGINEERING SCHOOLS MEET AGAIN!

I was in Sheffield again yesterday with colleagues from the Cutlers' "Made in Sheffield" engineering schools who have worked with us, over the last three years, to develop this unique programme. A programme which helps young people develop skills, attributes and character and understand that anything can be achieved with persistence, determination and hard work.

THE CUTLERS ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MEETING!

I was in Sheffield this morning meeting with the Cutlers' Education Committee which is guiding the engineering strand of the Cutlers' Made in Sheffield scheme. 
Craig McKay, the current Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald, from the Cutlers' Executive committee, and George Kilburn, the Chief Executive of the Cutlers' Company are all passionate advocates for the scheme which now reaches around 500 young people from ten Sheffield secondary schools and Longley Park Sixth Form College and is working in ten key employment sectors.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

GO AND SEE OPERA NORTH'S ANDREA CHENIER!

Last night, I was at the opening night of Opera North's production of the Giordano opera Andrea Chenier and it was simply wonderful... if you get the chance, go and see it!!

Monday, 18 January 2016

IT'S ALL ABOUT WHANAU AND WHAKAPAPA!

I have just finished reading 'Legacy 15 Lessons in Leadership' by James Kerr which explains what the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life. And it's great stuff...