On 14th March 2019, Melissa attended the CI Human Capital – The Future of Work summit organised by Bright Futures.
Bright Futures LBG is an exciting venture spearheaded by Susie Crowder with a high profile board. It’s a charitable organisation focussing on upskilling Guernsey residents to keep the island’s workforce ahead in the global arena. It can provide skills funding, research, data, analysis and career mapping.
There were a large number of high profile speakers throughout the event, including:
- Gavin St Pier, Chief Minister of Guernsey
- Financial Times panel discussion compered by Yuri Bender, Editor-in-Chief of Professional Wealth Management at the FT
- Sylvain Guigere, Director of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development)
- John Cope, Head of Education & Skills Policy at CBI (Confederation of British Industry)
- Jessica Roland, Managing Partner of Mourant
- Ed Jackson and John James of AWS (Amazon Web Services)
- Skills Scotland
- Jonathan Watmough, CEO of Quintillion, & Andrew Clements, CEO of Edease.
- Peter Seddon of NCUB (National Centre for Universities & Business)
- Valerie Winn – speaking on Building Resilience
Some key points Melissa garnered from the event are:
- Keeping up to date with IT, Cloud, Digital and Social Media Skills is vital for the future of Guernsey’s working population
- Personal service is key, something we pride ourselves on here at Situations Recruitment
- We must appreciate our wonderful island where we can achieve a real work-life balance
- We need to keep and attract residents in the 25-35 age range to ensure a long range working population for the island
- You don’t need to travel or have a large budget to study or upskill
- Work experience and mentorship is welcomed for those starting out in their careers
- When reviewing job applicants, consider the whole CV and personal statement, not just academic grades
- We need to continually anticipate and adjust to change