There are two opinions that are definite no-go zones amongst the liberal left twitterati.
Opinions that , if you were to express them openly , could see you banished to the most remote, uninhabited and hostile parts of the social media planet.(Linkedin…..or even worse, Google+)
What are they?
1 – Saying you think the NHS is a bit wasteful really and maybe reform isn’t a totally bad idea
2 – Saying that despite the economy being tough – you think that there are jobs out there
Well , I feel like starting the week with a bang. So I’m going to say that , I , Paul Taylor , believe that there are jobs out there.
OK – before you press “unfollow” let me explain:
- There are millions of jobs that have yet to be invented. I’m not going to expand that point here. You can read my previous blog on this. In fact if anyone knows a window cleaner who also cleans the house/irons clothes/and cuts hair please pass on my details.I’m recruiting.
- There are jobs – but often people don’t feel they have any skills , or feel terrified at the prospect of even applying.
- There are jobs – but people get fed up of applying when they get zero feedback and never hear anything about their application.
- And even in the area’s where jobs are very few -there are loads of volunteering and training opportunities that provide people with confidence , and improve their skills.
Very very few people don’t want to work – just sometimes it looks like it’s too much of a challenge. It feels like they will never make it.
Today see’s the launch of a new project that I am proud to be part of.
Connect , as we call it , opens it doors today as a private beta site. It’s a Social Network for Jobs, Skills and Opportunities. A virtual marketplace for the user to share their skills and develop their confidence , and get access to priority work opportunities. And it will also offer loads of volunteering positions, and give access to innovators who might just help people develop the next big idea. The jobs of the future.
We want it to be a supportive community which is about hope rather than despair. It’s about helping everyone be the very best they can be.
Initially all new Bromford tenants and their families will be given access to Connect. Additionally they can access a Skills Coach, whose job it is to inspire them to do the things that they thought they couldn’t. Whether its getting online for the first time , or preparing for an interview – we are hoping we can remove some of the many barriers that people face as they enter or return to work.
We’ll be letting you know how its going here and on the Connect Blog.
If you haven’t unfollowed me, of course.