• 1 Jul 2015

    Transforming the Humber: How our CIPD Network Built Renewable Engagement on People and Development.

    Last week I participated in a brilliant event run by our colleagues in CIPD Humberside. About a year ago chair Chris Brown an apprentice trained fitter and later head of L&D at Hull City Council, had the idea that the CIPD Networks should get involved in some way with the regions new opportunity as the North of England’s Wind Energy powerhouse. The renewables energy is focusing on Humberside as its epicentre...
    • 23 Jun 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Collaboration for Capable People in the Shadow of the Castle

    Scotland Business Partnering Conference Edinburgh June 17 On Wednesday in Scotland's breathtaking Capital City at the lovely Roxburghe hotel overlooked by the castle, we held our first CIPD Scotland Business Partnering conference. It was a great demonstration of the capability that HR working on the right issues, and managing critical relationships, brings to business and public services. A great tour of the complex...
    • 1 Jun 2015

    Scotland the Blog: Politics, Powerhouses and Productivity - why people and development is all that matters

    The Proclaimers had a great song on their “This is the Story” album called “ The part that Really Matters ”. This week with the launch of our Interim Scotland’s Skilled Future project we focus on the part of the economy that really matters: people and development - because it’s the key to productivity. The Scottish government wants to take the high road, building skills, business...
    • 13 Mar 2015

    Scotland the Blog: March - Scotland on Show with brilliance and resilience

    Photo credit: David D'Souza This is the first of two update bogs on our Scottish Conference. Our CIPD Scotland 2015 conference took place on 6th and 7th March. It was a great showcase of the insight and impact our HR and learning community can provide to Scotland as we seek to move forward after both the referendum and a potentially divisive impending general election. CIPD Scotland is interested in solutions...
    • 23 Jan 2015

    Scotland the Blog: a minimum or a living? How wage floors are changing for Scotland and beyond

    On 21 st January I attended a major event on the living wage at KPMG's HQ in Glasgow. A new research report Living Wage Employers: The Business Case by Dr Andrea Coulson James Bonner from Strathclyde Business School, was the centrepiece. Strathclyde is at the forefront of the progressive workplace agenda and this intervention on the finance and reward side is in addition to the work on employment relations and work...
    • 15 Jan 2015

    Scotland the Blog: That’s what it’s all about for a that - Resolution and Resilience for the future

    >The spirit of Scotland is about debating and conversing, innovating and problem solving At the end of a great year, I think it's appropriate for us all to reflect on what has occurred in Scotland. All of us (regardless of our city or nationality) came together to show that a sporting spectacle can be both special and sustainable. Too many have been tawdry festivals of flogging especially in my favourite sport...
    • 1 Dec 2014

    CIPD Scotland Blog by Angela Elliott, Vice Chair West of Scotland

    This week we invite CIPD West of Scotland Vice Chair and network rail Senior HRBP Angela Elliott to blog on the vital importance of getting more women into engineering. > Back to School in Scotland on Equality, Engineering Skills Gaps and Building Our Talent Pipeline Nearly 18% of companies in the engineering and manufacturing sectors report problems arising from skills gaps. The UK has the lowest numbers of...
    • 3 Nov 2014

    Scotland the Blog: How attention to Skills and STEAM can help us clean up and create.

    Scotland’s skilled future will be shaped by a whole range of industries and a mix of skills. This month we had a fantastic engagement with two critical aspects.. The month started with a speech to the Scottish Training Federation. A body which brings together Scottish training learning and skills. Outlining our Scotland’s skilled future approach at their conference in Crieff, also marked the anniversary of...
    • 19 Sep 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Scotland Decides its destiny but going forward we need to work better together

    Yesterday's vote has changed Scotland and Britain forever. I know many people who will be in despair and many who will be relieved. Going forward (an overused phrase but one in this case clearly appropriate), I want to map out some of the issues which need to be addressed both in Scotland and the wider UK. CIPD has a major role to play in this emerging new Britain. Let's look in this first blog at Scotland. ...
    • 12 Sep 2014

    Scotland the Blog: STEM in the City - Gingering up STEM education by taking out on the streets

    Last week I told you about Irene and her cake factory job requiring STEM skills. The skills Irene needed were in maths but they are lumped in with Science, Technology and Engineering to form STEM skills. For Scotland STEM is huge. Some estimate 60% of our GDP is accounted for by jobs requiring these core skills. When you look the weight of oil and gas, renewable, and healthcare/life sciences in Scotland's economy...
    • 5 Sep 2014

    Scotland the blog: How new knowledge of numbers help Irene take the biscuit and get a quality job

    > We should support people who are both anxious and curious to learn these skills... Anxiety and ambition are equally powerful drivers for learning Years ago, whilst at Glasgow University I was tutoring in an adult literacy and numeracy class in Govan. I was going through phonetics cards with Irene who was probably in her early forties, and was clearly bored and embarrassed. She made barely audible signs of acknowledging...
    • 29 Aug 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Why my fish finger sandwich tells you more about Scotland’s future than the Salmond and Darling dogfight

    > The real issue of course is that Scotland needs more trained, and productive people in work to pay for whatever kind of country we end up choosing on September 18th Recently in a fancy railway pub in Glasgow, I was shocked out of my iPod browsing stupor when the posh fish finger sandwich I ordered was brought to my table. The pub is famous for having lots of twenty something staff many of the men sporting luxuriant...
    • 11 Jul 2014

    Scotland the Blog: insight (can) lead to impact

    This week in Glasgow I was a guest of UKCES the body responsible for driving skills and productivity in the UK. It's an organisation which more employers should be familiar with. They've released their Scottish data. About 6000 employers responded to their telephone survey. Maybe you were one of them. The survey looks at skills shortages, gaps and underutilisation. It focuses on Skill-shortage vacancies whereby...
    • 17 Jun 2014

    Scotland’s Skilled Future: Why Scotland’s workplace needs a strong constitution

    I can’t say it doesn’t hurt watching the World Cup yet again without Scotland. But we have the commonwealth games were we will be hoping for a strong showing. After what we hope will be a momentous and ”well medalled” Commonwealth games in Glasgow, Scotland will make its biggest decision ever. We will decide whether or not we want to remain part of the UK. The constitutional issues are of course crucial to our future...
    • 23 May 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Let's exploit those “hard to reach” talent fields

    >Aberdeen is also host to a thriving engineering sector and to many tourism and leisure businesses as well as food and drink manufacturing and local government Aberdeen, centre of the Oil and gas industry and of our vibrant North of Scotland and Islands branch is where I spent the tail end of last week. I was presenting on CIPD Scotland progress and strategy and witnessing the crew change in branch leadership from...
    • 13 May 2014

    Scotland the Blog: catch them young

    This month in CIPD Scotland, we have been focusing mainly on young people. We started the month with an HRD summit to inform the conclusions of the Wood Commission on Developing Scotland's Young People. Our HRD's gave the Commission some great insight into what employers want and need from skills policy so they can help young people. A month later we launched our Inspiring the Future partnership. This is about...
    • 9 Apr 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Scotland’s Skilled Future

    There were some choice April fool’s around last week. There was one about the Edinburgh pandas getting a new love chamber which seemed all too plausible until the article suggested they would be flown back to China for a “conception moon.” However with the pandas under renewed pressure to breed, the latest proposal is to fly in sugary bamboo to put them in the mood. Let’s hope they don’t...
    • 13 Mar 2014

    Scotland the Blog: CIPD Scotland on Show: Part One

    Having won the biggest accolade possible for a business conference at last year’s Scottish Events Awards, it was going to be hard to better the CIPD Scotland Conference experience, but the conference planning group rose to the challenge. >The tools and resources that Google deploy are awe-inspiring, and their vision and insight is powerful. We kicked off with a reception at Glasgow’s magnificent City...
    • 28 Feb 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Oil and trouble: the value of black gold and the hidden seam of skills and productivity

    On Thursday 27 February a 62 year old man died falling from a TAQA oil platform in the North Sea. I know TAQA's HRD Helen Stewart will be distraught, as will all the other professionals who work to keep the North Sea safe. They will do everything they can to ensure that lessons can be learned. That will be their focus rather than the cabinet cold war sideshow, as both the independence and unionist camps pitched their...
    • 17 Feb 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Project McFearson - A currency warning that could shock the job market

    Last week George Osborne came to Edinburgh. I was in the audience and expected a bit of the usual Westminster politicians unintentionally comic buttering up. I was looking forward to him saying something like his family had recently rediscovered a lost castle in Sutherland belonging to his Grandmother, and would be “visiting his granny’s heilan hame” soon. Or maybe he would reveal how he keeps his treasury...
    • 4 Feb 2014

    Scotland the Blog: England and Immigration: Why an Open world can lead to closed minds.

    As we reach the second month of the New Year many of us will, like me, be a vowing to some new health regime or healthy eating plan. If, like me, you watched BBC2's recent fascinating Fat V Sugar documentary you may think "what's going on? Who is right and wrong here?” It's a bit like that with migration. The first thing is to point out that migration is an issue in the UK, so we will focus on immigration...
    • 22 Jan 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Coming Home and Connecting

    This year is the year of homecoming in Scotland, a major initiative aimed at getting people to visit Scotland, especially that massive diaspora of Scots to be found everywhere from Boston to Bangalore. Its two pronged it’s a celebration of Scotland, its people and its heart stopping scenery, and it’s an opportunity to position Scotland as a business destination for those who have a connection with our nation...
    • 8 Jan 2014

    Scotland the Blog: After The Hangover and the Homecoming The High Stakes

    This will be a Hogmanay few of us forget. I don’t mean how wet it was! This could be the last Hogmanay we spend knowing Scotland is part of the UK. On September the 18th Scots vote on independence. There cannot be a more momentous issue in our lifetimes. I have been boning up on the Scottish History I neglected at University, given how the shroud of history is often waved in this debate. If you want to do likewise...
    • 25 Dec 2013

    Scotland the Blog: A second chance for Malky and a Christmas cheer for our volunteers

    Some cheering Christmas news. The Cardiff City Chairman Vincent Tan (known as "all-over Tan" since he micromanages everything), flew in like a hammy Bond baddie to sack manager Malky McKay. Fellow Scot Mackay has taken the team into the premiership and if he was left alone he would keep them there. Luckily a man who seemed impervious to the appeals of fans and fellow managers has untwirled his moustache,...
    • 10 Dec 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Prison works till people try and find work (Jonathan Aitken)

    It's doubtful a well connected politician like Aitken would have suffered the indignity of unemployment for long but it’s to his credit that he highlighted the issue. The employment of ex-offenders has been on my mind recently and I have been working with the excellent Charity Recruit with Conviction . We advertised their Scottish event schedule widely and I hope some of you managed to attend. Last week I was...