Category Archives: Industry

skills development in specific industrial sectors

Hull and Humber needs to bring ideas to the table

This week the Cities Commission followed the Chancellor and Core Cities in backing a Supercity powerhouse of the North. The working title “ManSheffLeedsPool” may well grab the headlines but it is a bit late. In 2005, architect Will Alsop coined … Continue reading

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Thoughts on road transport

Commercial Motor magazine has had a few items recently related to skills in the transport industry. They shed a little light onto the issues that lie behind why the average age of drivers is continuing to move towards 60. First, … Continue reading

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The future is messy

Seth Godin’s short post, The Future is Messy, is thought provoking when you continue the thought process: anything that is messy is risky, while what has happened before is neat and consequently carries little risk. When we have organisations who … Continue reading

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Planting seeds for Horticultural jobs

Interviewed after Hull City were promoted to the Premier League, Manager Steve Bruce pointed out that the pitch had made life very difficult. In other words, a better pitch means more points. Then, Ash dieback, Dutch elm disease and sudden … Continue reading

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Making things can do more than increase GDP

Frequently, the media highlights the decline of manufacturing and the Government urges the need to reverse the trend but, the means to do so are proving elusive. Building manufacturing capacity is tough when banks don’t lend and SMEs are reluctant … Continue reading

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There is no talent shortage – part 3

The Corporate IT Forum has just found out that one result of offshoring entry-level IT roles has fuelled a shortage of experienced IT staff in the UK. Simply, if you offshore all the work that entry level IT staff would … Continue reading

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Antifragile and Skills

Reading a recent issue of New Scientist, I came across an interview with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, mostly about his antifragile concept. In essence, Taleb believes that the opposite to fragile is not robust, but antifragile – something that gains from … Continue reading

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There is no talent shortage – part 2

We recently came across this radio show conversation from the USA. Professor Peter Capelli, Director of Wharton Business School’s Center for Human Resources, was discussing his latest book – Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies … Continue reading

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Why buy equipment and ignore the skills?

I have given talks on skills all over the world and I use a particular slide frequently. On the left, there is a photo of an 11 year old and on the right a Stradivarius violin worth over $5 million. … Continue reading

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