Knowledge is potential power

Richard Denny

The untapped power within our young people must be addressed. Speak to almost any employer and they will voice their frustrations that our educational system is not delivering new entrants into employment that have “what it takes”.

What do employers want more than anything else from an employee? Attitude.... Attitude.... Attitude. Do we currently teach this at school, college or university? As Mrs Thatcher would say No.... No... No!

So here is my solution:

All teachers/lecturers/tutors should spend three days per year going into the workplace which would mean six different working environments in their year. This alone would manifestly help them to have the right attitude of what employers are looking for and would in turn have an impact on their own teachings. Not difficult to organise and treated a bit like jury service.

Secondly we teach life skills for all school leavers. Yes I have a vested interested as we have the tried and tested programme that has achieved amazing results.

Thirdly anyone in employment should be encouraged and rewarded with recognition to spend a couple of days a year with school leavers.

Finally 2013 is going to be the year of the customer. Some companies will be taking market share from their competitors. If your customers are satisfied with your product or service, hear it loud and clear from me – you are in trouble!

Do come to our BVAA Business Growth Workshop on 16h April and pick up some great pointers for not only keeping your customers, but nicking some new ones from your competitors. Contact karen@ for details.

Published in Valve User Magazine Issue 24

Summer 2020 // Issue 53
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