In the UK, almost one million young people aged between 16 and 24 are unemployed, with most of these neither in education nor training.
View spire of St Giles in the Fields Church London, through the windows from Centre Point CBI Conference centre. St Giles also acts as muster point in case of a fire
Many people in UK have indicated that they have given up on children a report commisioned by Charity Barnado's http://www.barnardos.org.uk/ has revealed today NOv 3rd.
It shows that nearly half the UK population (49 per cent) agree that children today are beginning to behave like animals.
ICM Research whose strap line clear thinking in a complex world http://www.icmresearch.com/ reveals that the UK public holds a negative view of all children, despite the majority being well behaved, attending school, taking part in activities and a significant number contributing to their communities and volunteering.
The findings also show:
- 44 per cent agree that children in this country are becoming feral
- Nearly half (47 per cent) agree that the trouble with young people is that they’re angry, violent and abusive
- one in four (25 per cent) of people think that children who behave badly or anti-socially are beyond help by the age of 10
- more people disagreed with the statement that children who get into trouble are in need of help (38 per cent) than agreed (36 per cent).
They could be viewed in a modern sense as potentially 'separated from the community.'
Regrettably few one might imagine would see their patron being saint as St Giles.
What can be done about this? What are the implications for the future for Selling and Business and the world of work?
Middlesex University – Institute Work Based Learning( IWBA) http://www.mdx.ac.uk/wbl hosted an event “ Getting the UK Working” at the CBI’s conference centre http://www.etcvenues.co.uk/venues/cbi-conference-centre at Centre Point , New Oxford Street, London on November 2nd.
|Prof Michael Driscoll Vice Chancellor Middlesex University opening the conference|
Learning that provides a flexible learning experience that is delivered
|The first Keynote speech was delivered by Jim Bligh, Principal Policy Advisor Employee Relations and Pensions, CBI,|
In his speech he selected some of the most pertinent material from the Getting the UK working – CBI Report for the audience. He streesed the Young Briton Credit
Yet even in these tough times, jobs are being created across the private sector. The stark reality according to the CBI is that too few of our unemployed people – especially among the young – are positioned to get these jobs.
|Colin Kemp , Network Director, Halifax Community Bank giving the audience an 'ugly' wake up call of the realities of business and learning.|
Colin was refreshingly direct even though as he explained to the audience what he was expressing was an ‘ugly truth’. What he said was both a reality check, blunt and yet most inspiring when mentioning the success of Halifax scheme winning their qualifications.
Business is constrained by cost. It must show returns to shareholders. " We are not here to train the world !"
Colin slides also summarised what employers are looking for from L & D work based learning and other training interactions in terms of ROI. Colin has sponsored the work based learning activities for over 1,300 Halifax managers.
To make this scheme work full commitment from the top of the organisation must be given Colin advised. The sponsor should be visible in regular company communications. There needs to be frequent internal recognition through company newsletters etc. Constant announcements through the website so it all becomes what you talk about.
|Paul Mackie, MRICS, Chairman, Rex Procter & Partners taking a drink after his passionate keynote address.|
£1,4 billion has been invested in National Apprenticeships. The scene has changed radically from just few years ago.
There is no age limit for Apprenticeships. There are over 1,100 organisations who provide NAS with a network of providers of training for programmes at three levels . 2, 3, 4.
In the Sales workshop highlighted their research into what selling should focus upon.
- Elevating the customer experience
- Unlocking your "cupboard" ie sell your client your capabilities
- Show how you can drive value to the Client's customers
- Be proactive and innovative
- Work with clients in a spirit of collaboration
When I presented the data to an executive forum of the ISMM in Cheadle last month I asked for views why they thought the number of respondents in the up to 25 year group was so low.
Perhaps it was due to less recruitment of young sales talent and the attendant investment in training in the recession. Maybe graduate sales intake entering the sales profession were not entering full time work before they were 25 years old
Related Links and Contact Information
CBI - The voice of business http://www.cbi.org.uk/
Action for Jobs report
CBI Conference on November 21st 2011 Grosvenor House .
"Accelerating growth -breaking and entering new markets2 http://www.cbiannualconference.org.uk/