There is no talent shortage – part 4

Archomai have been supporting the Hull based Cat.Zero project for over three years now. We ran a session with a group of young people yesterday. We cover an introduction to logistics and global supply chains with a look at supply chain technologies and hands on operating port cranes in simulators.

What is interesting is that over the three years and a few hundred young people, we can count on the fingers on one hand how many of them didn’t have “the right attitude”. They are interested, involved, engaged – even when a man with grey hair is talking to them.

Many businesses complain about the youth of today. Funnily enough, when these same people were in their teens, that was what businesses were saying also. I can well remember in the early 1970s newspapers running article on businesses complaining about graduates not being able to spell or write grammatically.

Perhaps the complaints about young people have more to do with unrealistic expectations from businesses about their recruits, and a strong aversion to training people to work to a company’s culture. There is a parallel perhaps with the growth of the throw away culture. You buy what you want and throw it away when it is of no use any more.

Gone are the days that an Ebbw Vale Steel Works knew how many people retired and how many apprenticeships to replace them with years ahead of the need. This meant that the valley primary schools, secondary moderns (for tradesmen) and grammar schools (for managers) were all linked to the factory that dominated the skyline. Now, we need to shape skills supply around a fragmented set of needs that are changing constantly.

This is a more complex world and the throwaway culture that dominates could be one that influences perceptions of talent available. Is that what we should be doing with people – especially when “people” could be you?


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