Adrian has worked in the Careers and Information, Advice and Guidance sector for over 20 years. He specialises in supporting clients not in education, employment or training to overcome their barriers and realise their aspirations. As an experienced practitioner, manager and trainer for the Connexions service, Ade took his passion for supporting staff and set up his own company, Develop-meant Training Consultants, in October 2009.
With a team of experienced professionals, Ade offers nationally-recognised qualifications in: Education and Training (what was PTLLS, CTLLS, DTLLS), Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance, Coaching and Mentoring, Business Enterprise, Customer Service, Team Leading and Management, Assessment and Verification.
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Excellent tips, I'll have a look at that "cheat sheet", too! I find Facebook for business to be a bit of a bind, if I'm honest. If I closed my Page down tomorrow, I don't think the bottom would fall out of my business world.
Twitter's OK. Like my colleague, Carol, I use it to Tweet what we're up to training wise, or signpost people to my website or other social media sites. If I spot an article that I think would interest my Followers from similar career backgrounds to me, I'll Tweet the links. I think I've only ever secured one piece of work off Twitter that I'm aware of in the five years or so I've been on the platform.
LinkedIn has CERTAINLY brought in work. Me an my colleagues have won quiet a few contracts because of my LinkedIn presence. I was SO cynical at first. I produced my profile and then let it hang in mid air. By becoming more proactive, little and often etc. slowly but surely people are noticing.
What about the rest of you? Is social media working for you?
Thanks Shonette! I was trying to be a bit "controversial" with the title to get juices flowing! I'm TOTALLY biased as I absolutely HATE e-learning. It just doesn't suit my style at all. I suppose I'm a "people person" and I love the interaction and the sparking of ideas you get from the training room environment.
David - you are spot on!
My experience of elearning has been utterly dreadful. Forced to sit - like the rest of the "sheep" in the room - facing a supposed all-singing, all-dancing package, bouncy graphics, poorly-acted and cringe-worthy case scenarios, clicking here, there and everywhere like I had some kind of uncontrollable twitch, not really giving a toss whether I'd selected the correct answer or not!
Before I became self-employed seven years ago, in the sector I worked, many organisations (including my own!) jumped onto the elearning bandwaggon. It was seen as a "quick fix", low resource, cost effective (ha!) alternative to face-to-face training.
I can bet, with confidence, that if I went back to some of those companies and asked how successful elearning had been, I'd get, on the whole: "It was a logistical nightmare getting practitioners who work with children and young people to sit in front of a computer and find the time to undertake the learning was nigh on impossible!" Or: "Administration of the courses was a disaster! Day in, day out, staff forgot their log-in details!" Or: "Requesting staff start a course under their own steam was a pain in the backside. However, once on board, getting those staff to COMPLETE a course? Horrendous!"
This approach i.e. "let's stick everyone in front of a computer like a row of battery chickens and expect them to benefit from elearning every time" doesn't work in my opinion. No consideration around how people learn AND, a you say David, no thought given to HOW people learn online.
Great article. "Thumbs up" from me!
A great article!
We've also asked about what's going on in schools. I've posed the question in the Linkedin Group for IAG professionals that I manage, whether or not members feel, with this latest government initiative, are we not going round in circles?! The majority feel we've "been there, done that..."
Back to schools. My colleagues and I attended a "Shropshire Business Summit" last year and ALL we heard for most of the evening from the business folk present was: "Young people are just NOT work ready!" That got us to thinking: "What is it they ACTUALLY mean by that?!"
We did our research and the answers appeared to be backed-up by those of a recent survey.
The survey of over 80,000 employers found that half of those recruiting young people aged 16 to 18 found them to be “poorly prepared” for work and said that “poor work ethic, punctuality, appearance and manners” were significant issues.
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), the government body behind the survey, said that, while many employers had a "positive experience" when hiring young people, small businesses in particular had struggled to find young people with the right attitude and skills.
What I tend to find is, a lot of work goes into writing a CV, preparing for interviews. Important? Yes! But - HOW MANY MORE TIMES?!?!? It's obvious that more than these elements are needed.
My colleagues and I have just produced a Work Readiness Programme that we are piloting with 100 young people in Shropshire to support their transition into Further Education, Training or Employment.
Anyone who requires more information, or would like to find out how the pilot goes, please get in touch: [email protected]