THERE is a need to bridge the gap between the elderly and the young in the work place, especially in terms of the hiring process. This according to the owner of Black Snowflake Productions and Graftpreneurs, Tremaine Naidoo, who, in cooperation with Business Partners, hosted a business networking experience at the Victoria Country Club on Friday. In speaking to the host of people who attended the event, Naidoo emphasised the need for the young and old to work together in this economy in an address titled “Ladders and Trampolines.”“What do we mean by Ladders and Trampolines? These words relate to personality traits of an individual in the business world. Where ladders signify the gradual promotion of individuals ideas, trampolines highlight the fast pace at which knowledge is attained these days and how we can use this to further ourselves in our careers. “There has been a shift in the way we ‘do business’ in this ever-changing ‘Digital Age’ or so called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. It’s time you seek out the trampolines,” said Naidoo, who added that in order to succeed in this day and age we need to incorporate both ladders and trampoline traits.Keynote speaker Laura Dodd, from Accountancy Placement, focused on the recruitment process followed by companies, highlighting how interviewers needed to approach the recruitment process as well as how candidates needed to prepare themselves to be scrutinised by potential employers. “We need to teach our candidates how to be visually appealing to their prospective employers and educate our recruiters on new methods and the technological advancements at our disposal in order to make the hiring process easier and make candidates more accessible,” said Dodd.