I'm very happy to disclose that our new G4C event, which is going to be on the topic of Employability, is taking place at Sheffield Hallam University on Thursday the 24th of January 2013, kicking off at 5pm.
If you don't know what G4C is, it's a construction best practice initiative backed by Constructing Excellence to give future leaders of the industry the skills and knowledge that they need to drive the change agenda in construction.
In other words, if you're new to construction or moving into construction, G4C (Generation For Change) is here to help you gain additional knowledge and skills to help you. I'm the G4C Co-ordinator for the Yorkshire & Humber region, and I work with a group of people arrange and manage regular events around the Yorkshire region. Do feel free to drop me an email to discuss.
Anyway, the event on the 24th is on Employability, all about helping people find out what they should and shouldn't do to secure that job, and to keep that job once they're in it. We've got some fantastic people speaking, a recruitment firm, Thorn Baker, who are specialists in construction recruitment, as well as Hayley Smith who won the Young Achiever of the Year award at the national Constructing Excellence awards at the end of November. There's also going to be a speed networking session (that's my particular bit to organise so as you can imagine I'm quite worried about it!) to help people build their contacts.
If you want to find out more about the event and register to attend, go to https://g4cyorkshire.eventbrite.co.uk/ - numbers are restricted so please do register!
And if you want to find out more about G4C, the home of G4C is at http://g4cnet.ning.com/ and they also have a LinkedIn group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1801083 - if that's not enough there's even a G4C Yorkshire & Humber LinkedIn group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4075124 - do join us and say hi.
Two other (non-work related) things to discuss today!
Firstly, I was lucky enough to catch on my way into work today a very good comedy on Radio 4 called Losing the Plot by Nick Warburton. The show starred James Fleet as Edward, a man who applies to take on an allotment. But what does it he do with when he gets it?!?
I won't spoil the surprise for you but it's very funny, and I think shows the English both at their best and at their worst. You can listen to the show right now on the Radio 4 website. But hurry - you've only got 7 days to do so.
The other thing I wanted to mention is a rather decent website of stories, storybag.com. I came across this website by virtue of its authors other website, http://www.requnix.com. The owner of both of these websites is no other than David Allen, creator of various excellent computer games. The one that particularly holds memory for me is the original Mordor, one of the very few (perhaps the only) shareware games that I actually paid for and registered. In Mordor you had a fifteen level dungeon to explore and conquer with your groups of characters. In the dungeon was all kinds of weird and wonderful monsters to kill, items that dropped (that you often had to pay to identify, only to discover that you couldn't use it because it was an Evil item and you were Good!), teleporters that usually split your party up and dotted them all over the place and the like.
I remember a trick me and my dad used to safely teleport ourselves was to leave dead characters laid around the dungeon. Then when you wanted to go to a certain level you searched for the soul of the dead character on the level you wished to visit - the game would tell you the co-ordinates to rescue that person, and you then teleported to those co-ordinates.
And then left the dead person to rot as you carried out slaughtering monsters!
Anyway I digress - David also has a story website, storybag.com and the stories are rather good. I'm currently working my way through 2203, a story set in the future about a human ambassador meeting a new alien race far in advance of our own.
Very good and very addictive. The only comment I would make about the website is that it isn't always obvious how to actually read a story - I'd advise going to the Stories page, choosing the genre of choice, and then clicking on the stories title from the list that appears.