In this short episode, Owen chats with Olivia Pitt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/olivia-pitt-73537950/) and Jack, one of the volunteers, from TwentyTwenty (https://www.twentytwenty.org.uk/) about the various Skills Gaps that exist in industries and some things organisations can do to tackle that.
It was a great opportunity for Owen to get to know more about TwentyTwenty and the work they do in Derby & Leicester to help young people.
It's an interesting discussion with some insight in to how employers can engage with young people they may not have done previously in order to address the risks of Skills Gaps in their industries.
The insights from Olivia & Jack working in TwentyTwenty and helping young people that have found themselves separated from mainstream education are really inspiring & thought provoking. It's always interesting to get perspective from outside your normal sphere & it's powerful to learn that organisations may be pushing people with the right attitude & aptitude away simply because of the language they use about "must have" qualifications.
Have a listen and let us know your thoughts by getting in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can put your thoughts and questions to Olivia & Jack in a future podcast, maybe you could even join us? :)
TwentyTwenty are always looking for businesses keen to reach out and help in a variety of ways, from helping young people learn how to write an appropriate CV, doing mock interviews and right through to work experience placements. If you're interested in learning more, get in touch with us and we can pass your details on :)
In this Sofa Chat Podcast, Owen catches up with Rachel Hayward (Ask the Chameleon) from our very first Car Share Podcast.
Hot on the back of the news of Ask the Chameleon being picked for the Small Business 100, Owen & Rachel chat about why the time was right to apply, and what the plan is now Ask the Chameleon has been selected.
You'll also hear Rachel discuss her "Nomadic" work style and how Ask the Chameleon came to be and why she'd like to talk to other people & businesses that do things differently.
If you think you might be one of those, or you know someone that is, please feel free to get in touch so we can pass your details on to her.
On our way back from the East Midlands Chamber's Summer Celebration, where they announced the shortlist for this years awards, Sarah Loates (LoatesHR), Amanda Strong (Mercia Image Print) and Owen (Code 56) talk about entrepreneurship and what it means to them.