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Future of Work: How to recruit, train, and retain employees.


Nicholas Wyman is an internationally renowned speaker and workforce expert on applying real-world solutions to the challenges companies face in finding skilled employees.

Nicholas has delivered over 500 workshops and keynote presentations to thousands of people in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China and Australia.

He has designed and implemented skills programs with Governments, Educators, Workforce Boards through to small, medium and large companies including ESSO, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, BAE, Barwon Health, Bendigo Bank, Datacom, DXC Technology, Ergon Energy, BMW, Jetstar Airways, Mars, PwC, Saab, Thales and Wilmar Sugar.

Nicholas has a charismatic and down-to-earth presentation style. He holds an MBA and has studied at Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. He started his career as an Apprentice. He wrote the international award-winning book, Job U: How to Find Wealth and Success by Developing the Skills Companies Actually Need and contributes to Forbes, Fortune and CNBC.

Talking Points

STEM Gets All the Good Press, But Here's Who Gets the Good Jobs

Automation, big data, robotics and artificial intelligence, are profoundly changing the way we live. More importantly, they are changing the way we work and the way we learn. Jobs in many industries are being altered, if not wiped out, by applications of technology.

Though politicians rail against globalization and the offshoring of work, half of lost jobs in U.S. manufacturing have been the direct result of automation. And there’s more to come. A recent Oxford University study predicts that 48% of existing jobs will be eliminated in the next decade as a direct result of automation and technological change.

Think about that: almost every other person you pass on the street will be affected! But perceptions about where work will be is not reality. It’s time to identify and covet the skills that are in need, not just the ones that are popular. You may think it’s all about your company getting on board with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) as well as tech skills to assure yourself of a job tomorrow. But there are plenty more sweet spots out there in the future workplace. Nick will give an insight into new research, his conversations with educators and employers and practical solutions to make sure that you know the key fundamentals to succeed in the 21st century workplace.

Skilling Up. Where to Find Your Next Great Hire.

Are you a hiring manager having a hard time finding people with the right skills to do the jobs you need filled? Or are you an executive or business owner having trouble recruiting people with the skills needed to innovate, grow your business, and compete in a tough economy? If so, there may be one obvious place you haven’t thought to look yet: inside your own organization. Today’s smart companies are finding the valuable human capital they need to accomplish business objectives and get a leg up on their competitors - while saving money on recruiting costs and turn-over - by growing it from within. In this talk, skills expert Nicholas Wyman shares all he has learned helping companies develop their state-of-the-art skills training programs to show managers and HR professionals how to find productive, motivated, talented people for any position without having to look any further than their existing roster by investing in training and developing the talent they already have.

People Without Jobs & Jobs Without People. Bridging the Skills Gap

Today, 14 million Americans are unemployed, while 5 million positions remain unfilled.

Why? Because businesses can’t find people with the right skills to do the jobs they need. Meanwhile, costs are rising exponentially, yet 53% of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. Geared toward industry leaders, policy-makers, educators, or anyone interested in our collective economic future, this lecture looks at the issues behind this often quoted “skills gap” or as Nicholas Wyman refers to it, the problem of
“people without jobs and jobs without people.”

Drawing on his work with the organizations, governments, and educational institutions who are pioneering the most cutting-edge solutions to the skills-gap problem, Wyman offers a roadmap for how organizations, communities, and educators can come together to develop the human capital needed to keep our businesses innovative and profitable, our economy healthy and humming, and our nation sustainably competitive in
today’s global economy.

Why Skills-Based Training is the Perfect Fit for Millennials.

Skills training is a natural match for the entrepreneurial mindset of this generation. Getting a cluster of skills that can evolve, ensuring young people don’t obtain just one degree and become ‘locked in’ is a critical ingredient to a successful and rewarding career.

Studies support that Millennials say outright, they don’t want to have the same job for a lifetime. They want the opportunity to change and grow; they want to cultivate an “entrepreneurial attitude” towards their work life. Nick’s presentation will explore how to connect motivated students to the jobs of the 21st Century. Nick will give an insight into his conversations with employers. How they think and how they hire.
With over 650 attendees, we were delighted that you focused on the skills gap in Nova Scotia and our region. The amount of Nova Scotia-specific research that you did was noted and appreciated. It was refreshing to hear your “Yes!” stories. Typing your points to our Yes Campaign hit a positive chord with the crowd as we always encourage business leaders to find ways to say yes to reignite Halifax’s economy. Your focus on apprenticeships strongly resonated with our membership as well. Throughout the evening, you reminded the audience that success can be found beyond tests and schooling. The five recommendations to close the skills gap were tangible take-aways that businesses can put into action right away. We are focused on retaining our youth and nurturing our skilled workforce, so your message is an important one for the business leaders of Halifax to hear. Halifax Chamber of Commerce

Your presentation on bridging the skills gap was thought-provoking, engaging and very relevant in the current VET environment. It was refreshing to hear your insights on youth and pathways, in particular choosing the right education at the right time. Thank you for your valuable contribution to the success of the conference.

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