What they say about TEREC
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powers we believe Mystic Meg to have - especially on Wednesday and Saturday
That's how George Kerr, a senior trainer at Moray College in Aberdeen felt
when assessing what work would be coming into the district so that students
could train in the right skills to maximise their chances of getting the
He was so determined to find that `mystical' way of finding jobs he gave up
his career to concentrate on finding it.
Now that he has developed the software idea which he has copyrighted, he is
selling it to major companies as a cost-effective business tool.
"I used to win bets with colleagues and students about the number of jobs
in the daily paper in a week.
"They'd look at the jobs pages and find 100 or so. I'd look at the business
pages, the letters pages - where people would complain about new
developments on their doorstep, public notices for planning permissions and
news stories of companies moving," said George who lives in Fraserburgh.
"I'd count as many as 3000 new jobs about to be made available."
His job at the further education college was to motivate people through
training and back to work.
"They need this kind of information to know there is a job at the end of
NOW he has a database of more than 200,000 unadvertised jobs about to come
on stream around the UK.
Under his company name of Terec - Training and Educational Requirements for
Employment Choices - his system enables people to check out the job market
early enough to give them time to secure the appropriate training.
It also provides companies with a valuable resource in knowing which
possible competitors are on the horizon. Other companies would find the
information useful to enable them to knock on the door of an in-coming
business early enough to secure important, new contracts.
"This is all about giving people employment choices. They can see the job
they want to do and will know from the data it will be up for grabs in a
specific period of time," said George.
"If the person doesn't have the appropriate skills they have time to
acquire them. A college or training provider has time to organise courses
to suit and the future employer knows they can save on recruitment costs as
there will be a pool of trained workers ready when they open their door.
"The market for this is massive," said George. He has already signed up
major companies such as Hanson & Robertson Insurance and Aberdeen College
to sponsor the electronic pages. Others are currently at advanced stages of
Leading UK training providers - including some in London - have been given
demonstrations of the Terec system and are also expected to sign up
"From pilot studies we've done, around 70 pe cent of people using this go
into employment," commented George.
The Federation of Small Business has also expressed interest in the scheme.
While he has been disappointed in the lack of interest in the idea from
careers people in schools and colleges, George believes this is the way to
find a job in the future.
A Paisley man, who supports St Mirren, George is convinced his system will
be commonplace by the time his five-year-old grandson is job searching.