When I think about the many amazing Futurist Activists out there, Lewis Pugh comes to mind. He literally puts himself on the front line to force us all to think about a “Living, tomorrow world”. Lewis Pugh is a leading figure in efforts to protect the oceans. He is the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. In 2007 he became the first to undertake a swim across the North Pole to highlight the melting sea ice and in 2010 he swam across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the disappearing glaciers in the Himalayas. To date he has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history. His mission: to inspire people around the world to protect our oceans, and all that live in them, for a peaceful and sustainable future.
So, what does this have to do with Apprenticeships?
For me a parallel might be drawn as to how disengaged organisations have become from developing home grown future talent and employees. For years organisations have paid lip service to succession planning with little thought to a strategy for growing their own skills and core competencies. This was not a priority when facilities were outsourced, moved or bought. If I look at the demographics of Hampshire over the past two decades this has never been more apparent. Once a thriving, high technology, communications hub with a working population of predominately highly skilled technicians and engineers. Today a recruitment desert for these skills. A job open search reveals more than 2,000 jobs open for experienced Engineers/technicians.
New technologies, BREXIT and the 2017 Apprenticeship Levy has put training back on top of the agenda. The levy has created a whole new channel of funds for colleges, universities and organisations. Those not ready will miss out on the benefits and challenges this education with employment revolutions will bring. What a great time to be part of this re-alignment of Education with Employability that traineeships, apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships will bring as we re-focus on the future possibilities.
What a time for inspirational leadership.
We are running free workshops on this subject over the coming months. For more details please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.