Many developed economies are in the doldrums and with new austerity measures, people may have to look for new ways to help themselves, rather than depend on governmental assistance. However there are ways we can help each other, by simply sharing our skills with others- A Skill Sharing Group.
What is a Skill Sharing Group? A group of people who are willing to share the knowledge and skills they learnt from a job or career with others. It could be a retired Electrician, who passes on his skills to a group of unemployed adults to a housewife who has business experience.Is Skill Sharing New? No, traditionally before the boom years in many Countries, skills were passed onto each new generation by their older relatives. For example a farmer would train his son, or a shopkeeper their children in ways to continue the business.What is Modern Modern Skill Sharing? Modern skill sharing follows the idea of the traditional approach to transferring skills, but is linked to social groups rather than individuals. One example could be a local group of people decide to form a “Skills group.” This group holds informal skill building workshops, that could include anything from bookkeeping to management skills. Each member in turn teaches their own skill practically, so all the group benefit.
During the good times, we became specialists. Now as our economies have changed, many experts agree that flexible, multi-skilled people are more likely to succeed in life than a specialist. Businesses today want employees who can multi-task effectively. Whilst a success company depends on employees with a mixture of skills rather than specialization.
Experts agree that to survive and thrive in a very new economy, we will all have to develop new skills, and become more self-reliant. Our corporations, governments and small businesses cannot provide employment for all in the near future- whilst they may be unwilling to retrain staff. A community skills sharing group, could bridge that gap, and provide a chance to create the skills people need to thrive in the next decade.