• 13 May 2014

    Scotland the Blog: catch them young

    This month in CIPD Scotland, we have been focusing mainly on young people. We started the month with an HRD summit to inform the conclusions of the Wood Commission on Developing Scotland's Young People. Our HRD's gave the Commission some great insight into what employers want and need from skills policy so they can help young people. A month later we launched our Inspiring the Future partnership. This is about...
    • 9 Apr 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Scotland’s Skilled Future

    There were some choice April fool’s around last week. There was one about the Edinburgh pandas getting a new love chamber which seemed all too plausible until the article suggested they would be flown back to China for a “conception moon.” However with the pandas under renewed pressure to breed, the latest proposal is to fly in sugary bamboo to put them in the mood. Let’s hope they don’t...
    • 13 Mar 2014

    Scotland the Blog: CIPD Scotland on Show: Part One

    Having won the biggest accolade possible for a business conference at last year’s Scottish Events Awards, it was going to be hard to better the CIPD Scotland Conference experience, but the conference planning group rose to the challenge. >The tools and resources that Google deploy are awe-inspiring, and their vision and insight is powerful. We kicked off with a reception at Glasgow’s magnificent City...
    • 28 Feb 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Oil and trouble: the value of black gold and the hidden seam of skills and productivity

    On Thursday 27 February a 62 year old man died falling from a TAQA oil platform in the North Sea. I know TAQA's HRD Helen Stewart will be distraught, as will all the other professionals who work to keep the North Sea safe. They will do everything they can to ensure that lessons can be learned. That will be their focus rather than the cabinet cold war sideshow, as both the independence and unionist camps pitched their...
    • 17 Feb 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Project McFearson - A currency warning that could shock the job market

    Last week George Osborne came to Edinburgh. I was in the audience and expected a bit of the usual Westminster politicians unintentionally comic buttering up. I was looking forward to him saying something like his family had recently rediscovered a lost castle in Sutherland belonging to his Grandmother, and would be “visiting his granny’s heilan hame” soon. Or maybe he would reveal how he keeps his treasury...
    • 4 Feb 2014

    Scotland the Blog: England and Immigration: Why an Open world can lead to closed minds.

    As we reach the second month of the New Year many of us will, like me, be a vowing to some new health regime or healthy eating plan. If, like me, you watched BBC2's recent fascinating Fat V Sugar documentary you may think "what's going on? Who is right and wrong here?” It's a bit like that with migration. The first thing is to point out that migration is an issue in the UK, so we will focus on immigration...
    • 22 Jan 2014

    Scotland the Blog: Coming Home and Connecting

    This year is the year of homecoming in Scotland, a major initiative aimed at getting people to visit Scotland, especially that massive diaspora of Scots to be found everywhere from Boston to Bangalore. Its two pronged it’s a celebration of Scotland, its people and its heart stopping scenery, and it’s an opportunity to position Scotland as a business destination for those who have a connection with our nation...
    • 8 Jan 2014

    Scotland the Blog: After The Hangover and the Homecoming The High Stakes

    This will be a Hogmanay few of us forget. I don’t mean how wet it was! This could be the last Hogmanay we spend knowing Scotland is part of the UK. On September the 18th Scots vote on independence. There cannot be a more momentous issue in our lifetimes. I have been boning up on the Scottish History I neglected at University, given how the shroud of history is often waved in this debate. If you want to do likewise...
    • 25 Dec 2013

    Scotland the Blog: A second chance for Malky and a Christmas cheer for our volunteers

    Some cheering Christmas news. The Cardiff City Chairman Vincent Tan (known as "all-over Tan" since he micromanages everything), flew in like a hammy Bond baddie to sack manager Malky McKay. Fellow Scot Mackay has taken the team into the premiership and if he was left alone he would keep them there. Luckily a man who seemed impervious to the appeals of fans and fellow managers has untwirled his moustache,...
    • 10 Dec 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Prison works till people try and find work (Jonathan Aitken)

    It's doubtful a well connected politician like Aitken would have suffered the indignity of unemployment for long but it’s to his credit that he highlighted the issue. The employment of ex-offenders has been on my mind recently and I have been working with the excellent Charity Recruit with Conviction . We advertised their Scottish event schedule widely and I hope some of you managed to attend. Last week I was...
    • 2 Dec 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Scotland’s Future and the Skills Challenge of taking the High Road

    In Glasgow and across Scotland we are all shocked and saddened by the dreadful events which befell revellers in the Clutha vaults. Having been there and knowing what a jumping joint it is I know how rammed it would be on a Friday, when the police helicopter crashed into it. The terrible news just before Christmas for some families must be too much to bear. The united grief and sympathy of all of Scotland must be at least...
    • 22 Nov 2013

    Scotland the Blog: North by Southeast and West towards Scotland’s Skilled Future

    This week we launched CIPD Scotland in three cities. Blinded by the sun and unable to work on my laptop as the train galloped through fife, I reflected upon the regions covered by the Aberdeen event I was headed to. That event launched CIPD Scotland to our members in North of Scotland and Mid Scotland. As the train came into a dappled Dundee, with the vista up the Tay looking more like California I considered how Perth...
    • 14 Nov 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Kind hearts, kilts and cones: (plus a bit of Guinness)

    I wore a kilt last week to our ACE conference in Manchester which was a fantastic event. Superb opening keynotes by Goffee and Jones and Dan Pink's closing session on Drive where sandwiched by much great HR insight. After ACE I went off to Galway for a long standing engagement to speak at the University there and mingle with the west of Ireland's HR leaders. As I wore a kilt at two Centenary dinners. I will try...
    • 31 Oct 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Mortar Boards and Multipliers

    Walking through Glasgow last night, it seems Halloween has become an adult burlesque party here in Glasgow rather than a kids festival. At least as the pumpkins are lit up and our pivotal petrochemical plant is still smoking as I comfortingly notice from the train window. Yet had the shutdown at our key petrochemical plant persisted that 1.3% growth would have been wiped out. Interestingly the workers in another of...
    • 25 Oct 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Oil, Gas and Grangemouth: How management and unions can put their foot down too much in VERUCA World

    Many of you will have heard the term VUCA. Our CEO Peter Cheese uses it regularly. It reminds us that the world we operate in is Volatile, Complex, Uncertain and Ambiguous. I am often tempted to put a E And an R in front of the V maybe to stand for economics and the R for regulation. We would have VERUCA. To be honest that's the only thing I can find to smile about on a black day for Scotland. Ineos the global...
    • 16 Oct 2013

    Scotland the Blog: Restored Pride on the football field and some tricky skills to master

    More fantastic results. Scotland restored national pride at Hampden with a 2-O victory over Croatia. I was there with my nephew. We won the best non qualifier award. England of course qualified and I congratulate them. Really I do! I seriously want to congratulate Scottish based particle physicist Peter Higgs who won the Nobel prize and only found out when a neighbour stopped him in Leith and congratulated him! He shared...
    • 10 Oct 2013

    Scotland the Blog: How do you solve a problem like Scotland?

    In the last week of September before I took up my post as Head of Scotland, we had a great result in Glasgow when CIPD Scotland swooped the best conference category at the Scottish event awards. That was recognition in a field of professional event planners and it's so well deserved. Louise Harley for so long working with our Scottish branches to plan and deliver this event deserves special praise. The night before...