IOE Secretary-General talks skills, business and the community and the future of business representation in Australia and New Zealand

The IOE Secretary-General visited Australia and New Zealand in September 2017. She met with various stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, as well as the local press, to bring to the fore important issues facing business in the region. 10th World Chambers Congress Linda Kromjong moderated a panel discussion focused on "skills for tomorrow" during the 10th World Chambers Congress, which was held in Sydney on 21 September 2017. The panel addressed a number of issues, including:
  • how demographic shifts and technological advances are changing the basic skill sets of workers
  • the need for government policies on youth development and skills, starting in early childhood
  • the need for economic data that shows the impact of early childhood programmes on producing workers with the requisite skills
  • business actions at the community, regional, national and international levels to impact early childhood skill-building
  • how public-private collaboration can give "those-not-in-employment-education-or-training" (NEETs) the necessary skills and support to enter the job market
The 10th World Chambers Congress covered many other topics that are also of interest to IOE Members. Access the World Chambers Congress website to find out more.  IOE Secretary-General meets with Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) members During her visit to Australia, Linda Kromjong met with ACCI's members to discuss engagement between business and the wider community and the future of business representation in a changing world of work. Chris Evans, a former Minister and current Government Strategist for the Walk Free Foundation, discussed the issue of modern slavery, particularly in light of current discussions in the country to establish an Australian Modern Slavery Act. Professor Sarah Kane from the UTS Business School stressed that the benefits of flexibility in labour markets need to flow to both sides: that of employers and employees. Access Linda Kromjong's presentation IOE Secretary-General's visit to Business New Zealand   Linda Kromjong explored business engagement with the community and the Future of Work at Business New Zealand. She also met with the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions; the Middle East and Africa Divisions of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade; and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprises. In addition, she met with International SOS, an IOE Partner. Access Linda Kromjong's presentation She held several interviews with the local press were held with her to discuss the Future of Work, youth employment, labour migration and modern slavery. The New Zealand labour market lacks skills in a number of sectors, including construction and the care industry. Linda Kromjong said that facilitating the movement of skilled labour is a must in this context. The dearth of skills, coupled with an aging population and an open economy make it that much more urgent to find solutions. She spoke about the benefits of labour migration for both business and society. New Zealand is an active participant in the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime. This is a forum for policy dialogue, information sharing and practical cooperation to help the region address these challenges. Together with other countries, New Zealand is following developments on legislative processes to reduce modern slavery. UN Global Compact Network Australia is "In conversation with Linda Kromjong, IOE Secretary-General", hosted by Deloitte Linda Kromjong engaged in a conversation with the Global Compact Network Australia. The conversation focused on corporate social sustainability and was facilitated by Paul Dobson of Deloitte. Linda Kromjong focused on the opportunities presented by corporate social sustainability for business but also raised concerns around increasing legislation, which can create significant additional burdens for business. For more information, please contact Linda Kromjong, IOE Secretary-General

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