Councils need to take back Apprenticeships and Apprenticeship Programmes in order to make their Community survives……

Today, the world is very much a different place from when we were at school back in the 1990’s, 1980’s, 1970’s or even in the 1960’s, but we can bring many of the principles of the 1950’s and 1960’s plus even the 1970’s into how we get businesses engaging with and working together with schools again.

In the mid and late 1980’s, we saw the emergence of Training Providers entering both the world of Education and Business to start the process of disrupting the whole model of helping schools prepare candidates for the business community within their towns and cities.

These Training Providers were able to provide cost savings and efficiencies that both sides wanted but totally ignored what that Business/Education partnership offered.

You speak to the business community and you’ll see how much they say education has been dumbed down and people skills has been lost, hence when these schoolchildren/students leave school, college or university, they don’t have the life skills that were present up to the early 1980’s.

If we are to create a workforce ready for tomorrow, then Councils need to step up for a WinWin solution by acting as the conduit for the Business and Education communities coming together.

Whether it be an Apprenticeship Provider or a Training Provider, they seem to be coming up with nothing more than a factory turning out “Apprentices to meet targets” and gather Government funding to make profits for themselves over delivering what companies really need.

By having a Council lead team delivering Careers Advice programmes can really deliver huge success to the City/Town as a whole as this would help the Council deliver a much wider programme.

Companies delivering the right programme to the school, can really shape the future workforce whilst the Council will be learning the shortfalls the City/Town has and how to plug these gaps.

A Council lead CDO programme will really bring huge financial rewards to the City/Town with real IT benefits being delivered to meet the needs of every school and the wider community too. 

Having a CDO lead programme via the schools in partnership with the local business community, means that every City/Town will be preparing a workforce ready for the 2020’s, 2030’s, 2040’s and beyond!

It’s time to remove commercial organisations from the schools and college environment as they are doing more damage to the workforce of tomorrow and the City/town than Councils realise!

It’s time for Councils to wake-up and take back control and prepare their footprint to look after the their Community of tomorrow……..

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LinkedIn Help or should we say the lack of it when needed……..

Have you noticed that you have received the following on

‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ section of your LinkedIn profile :-

– Someone at ‘Company ABC’ has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer has viewed your profile

– Anonymous viewer, A LinkedIn member has viewed your profile

Who are you?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous #LinkedIn #Viewing #Members

Do I have something that you want?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous #LinkedIn #Viewing

What are you wanting to get from me?

#IanCalvert #Ian-Calvert #IanMCalvert #Ian-M-Calvert #ServiceAddress #Service-Address #Anonymous

Ever since I have been a member of LinkedIn, I have always had any of the above appear on the section of ‘Who’s Viewed Your Profile’ on my LinkedIn profile either on a daily basis or every two to three days. When you complain or raise the topic with LinkedIn via their Help Forum’s/Support Section, they always provide the standard stock answer:-

We do not have a way to block other members from viewing profiles, this includes anonymous members, I am sorry.  We are considering adding such a feature but I do not have release date to provide.  Should such a feature be rolled out there will be an announcement

More and more members are finding this to be totally annoying and in some cases a cause of concern as you don’t really who they are or why they are doing it. This can create immense distress sometimes, as one member placed in a comment, “I have a court order against someone but how do I know if it is these people who I have court orders or injunctions against?” Thus, this facility can distress them as they are unable to find out who or why they have been viewed. Examples of this topic being discussed include:-

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/83151/anonymous-viewers-1.html#comment-124781

or

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/32330/linked-in-member-or-anonymous.html#comment-121600

Both the links above, are just two of many questions that have been raised in their (LinkedIn) community groups, yet everyone seems to get the same standard stock response as mentioned above. So, what is there to be done? It would seem there is nothing that can be done except just keep asking and raising it to see if anything will be done….

Or is it……or should something be done?

Well the answer I would say is YES – something does need to be done and here is why…

LinkedIn recently lowered the age for joining LinkedIn from 18 (except China) as stated below:-

(details on the changes to their terms and conditions are here – plus here is the blog by Christina Allen on the reason behind the launch of  University Pages which then lead to the launch of lowering the age of joining LinkedIn to enjoy the benefits of “LinkedIn – Now for Education” )

With all the issues on the internet of stalking and trolling and together with stalking in the real world, we all have to be careful as to how we let and monitor our children on the internet. So, if I was allowing my two daughters to be on LinkedIn, and they came to me saying they were having lots of anonymous viewers, I would certainly want some answers and have to re-consider allowing them to be on LinkedIn.

When I raised this (on several occasions including this one) with other’s, they were of the very same opinion about their children too. In essence, whether it is teenagers who are the next generations of Professional Networkers, Woman or Men, the right to be allowed to view members should not be allowed in today’s modern society.

LinkedIn are clearly allowing people to operate like stalkers or trolls with their full support by continuing to allow this facility to continue. Yet why? Has LinkedIn not learnt anything from Twitter and the issues raised here:-

Whilst I can’t say that trolling or stalking has taken place here on LinkedIn (to my knowledge), I do think that LinkedIn really need to start thinking of not just the anonymous viewing but also the sign up method (example here about a 10-year-old?)

These are just my thoughts, but I would be glad to hear your thoughts on this topic of “Anonymous Viewing” or if you want to comment on “the new lower age for joining” via the reply section below or by completing this form:-