October's member meeting is themed around a subject we're seeing in the press and on social media, hearing about in conversations and is an essential for businesses: people. How do we build the best businesses here in Cumbria? What are the facts about the labour market locally? What are the practical steps we can take as businesses to ensure we build the best possible team for our organisation? How do we engage with qualified or developing potential employees who may not see themselves in our workforce?
We will hear from:
Deborah Naylor and Vicky Ritson from Inspira, experts in employability skills who work with employers and local economic partnerships and councils to solve local skills shortages, invest in the young people of our future and help reduce unemployment numbers in targeted areas.
Lisa Maynard-Atem is the Managing Director of The Black United Representation Network CIC (BURN ), an organisation focused on the economic and social empowerment of the black community. Lisa will be joining us to talk about the work her organisation is doing in relation to diversity at Board level and some of the challenges she has faced as a black woman during the course of her professional life.
Peter Fleming from Peter Fleming Business Consultancy will be against the egg-timer talking about the process to obtain the right structure, review existing roles and responsibilities and then either retraining and, or recruiting for potential to fill any gaps in capabilities. He is joined by John Baker from new member Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners talking about their goals and aspirations for the future and the impact that will have on the town and local community. Completing our egg timer slot we have Sarah Glass from Centre for Leadership Development talking about Dream Placement.
Joanne Chambers from Lakeland Capabilities Ltd and Elsa Mason from DMA Safety Management Ltd will talk to us about the impact of poor psychological health and safety on employees and the difficulties this poses to our businesses in terms of resource availability. Joanne and Elsa will be talking about ISO 45003 – the first global standard giving practical guidance on managing psychological health and safety in the workplace. They will be introducing PsychSafe, their online psychosocial risk assessment tool and discussing how this can be used to take a systemic approach to identify and control work-related hazards in relation to well-being and mental health.