Where are our IT technicians being trained?
Where do Graduates and their £9,000 per year fees see themselves in the marketplace?
Last week my business partner, Paul and I visited the University of Warwick (located ironically in Coventry - maybe no-one talks to them in Warwick?) to see a very useful presentation about resourcing for growth. The event was obviously geared towards SMEs in the Midlands to sell the university’s students and services to those businesses requiring the skills of the university's fine and upstanding students and fellows. This is a relationship which we intend to nurture because Warwick and other universities are a potential source of skills for us.
All this was, as I say, "most enlightening". Paul and I have found that advertising for internships within university departments and career services has, over the past 4 years, returned a very poor response.
One fellow attendee, a representative of the SME community in Coventry, said they face a remarkable shortfall in hands-on skills and expectations from degree candidates. These skills would have previously been found in the output from the old Polytechnics. Not all companies need someone with theoretical degrees that need to be industry realigned, and their owners retrained.
Here at Trust IV, we generally view a degree as proof that a candidate can study to a particular level. Some candidates have demonstrated that university attendance does not equal capability, intelligence, common sense or even breeds a desire to grow. There are exceptions of course.
So, where does this leave us? From our point of view we continue to look for bright individuals with an aptitude to learn, and have a sensible, problem-solving head on their shoulders. We look under stones, ask our friends and business colleagues, post notices on the internet, talk to universities and occasionally, just occasionally, we find a tadpole, becoming a frog, looking for the right company to turn it into a prince or princess.