Many years ago Alan set up Heatwise Glasgow and the Wise Group, helping long-term unemployed people get into work.  He was also the Senior Director for Skills and Learning in Scottish Enterprise.  Through working with unemployed people and in compiling labour market information for Scotland, Alan became aware that the skills employers want are the same skills that you need to negotiate life.  That is talking and listening, working with other people, and elementary problem solving - skills or attributes you get or do not get way before school.  Alan has two teenage children and recently wrote a book "Right from the Start".