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The right sort of jobs

One year ago, I was writing that the leather industry should do all that it could to offer jobs to young people. The young were suffering disproportionately from the problems of Covid-19 despite being the least likely to die from it. School leavers, college and university graduates were unable to find jobs and the under 30s were the most likely to be laid off.

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The future should be Africa

One thing which is certain in the world of geopolitics and demographics is that the population of Africa is set to grow rapidly. Having been held back by Aids, Africa has a very young population, and numbers are set to accelerate dramatically over the coming years. For reasons that are not well understood but may have to do with the age profile, the pandemic has not had a great direct impact and hopes are that richer countries will provide some access to vaccines before a new, more powerful wave can arrive.

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People are our most important asset

Rather too long ago, when I was studying for my MBA, a much-respected Professor raised the often-used phrase in Company Mission Statements that employees are key assets. His course was about recognising that the majority of business activity was routine and how the efficient company analyses and automates them. He was scathing that so many companies who trumpeted the “people are first” statement steadily released staff whenever their automation allowed it.

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Learning for life

The changing nature of work has pushed university education to the forefront in recent years as a prerequisite for survival during a life where few of the jobs available at the start of a career will exist towards the end. 

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