Magazine article Management Today

MT Masterclass: Skills

Magazine article Management Today

MT Masterclass: Skills

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WHAT IS IT? The ability to do things well - speak languages, programme computers, serve customers, manufacture machine tools: this is what the skills agenda is all about. And although the best British firms have always understood that the skills of their staff are what they rely on to compete and win, a long tail of employers have never got it. They complain about 'skills shortages' but do little to train and develop staff. Schools and colleges do not produce enough 'job-ready' candidates. But now these skill-less wonders are threatened by the talented new workers of central and eastern Europe and Asia.

WHERE DID IT COME FROM? Ars longa, vita brevis, as they used to say in Rome. For those who don't know your ars from your elbow, this Latin word is the classical equivalent of our word 'skill' ('Life is short, but skill/craftsmanship endures'). Humans have displayed skills since our prehistoric ancestors first picked up a flint. …

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