Skills can be acquired in many ways through qualifications, training or development. Mott MacDonald is a global management consultancy which provides an advisory service to help other businesses in specific areas such as planning and project management. It requires people with a wide range of skills and specialisms to cover its diverse projects ranging from construction to education. To ensure it has transferable skills within the organisation it encourages its experts to help other staff develop their skills. Tarmac on the other hand, has a specialised team to take care of training, learning and development opportunities for its staff. Tarmac wants its people to be able to contribute across all levels of the organisation to mutually benefit both parties.

Skills are not only gained through a work environment but also through hobbies and interests. Bear Grylls, an adventurer by profession has just been appointed the youngest ever Chief Scout. Some of his professional achievements as a survival expert include being one of the youngest climbers to reach the summit of Everest and taming wild horses(The Times, 18 May 2009).

The appointment of Bear Grylls demonstrates that his skills can not only be applied to his professional career but are also valuable for leading and representing the scouts. The Scout Association is desperate to improve recruitment, not so much of youngsters – there are already record waiting lists – but of adults who can provide leadership for local groups.