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Pathways to employment for young and old – a free panel

Nov 23, 2021


On Friday November 26, Jobsbank’s CEO Corinne Proske joins the CEOs of the Victorian Skills Authority, Startup Victoria and partners from EY and SGS Economics & Planning to discuss emerging economies, and how they can create employment opportunities. Be part of the conversation.

Even in periods of relative calm, employment dominates the news cycle. But rarely has the debate around what work looks like been as fascinating – or urgent – as right now.

The concept of a “great resignation” has captured the imagination of economists across the US, and while a lot of thoughtful work has been done into why it’s not likely to play out here in Australia, it’s clear that for both employers and employees, the future of work will look very different.

The CEO of one of the country’s larger employers, Telstra’s Andy Penn, appeared on ABC’s Q&A last week, making the point that the pandemic “has caused people to reflect on why they work and who they work for.”

As Harvard Business Review pointed out recently, buzzwords like “flexibility” and “hybrid work” have taken over the way we speak about the future of employment, “and constitute a whole series of new ways to think about the further integration of work and life.”

That point was made in a report explaining that, “For organizations looking to remain competitive in the hybrid future, enabling and empowering employee autonomy will be the single most important enabler of flexibility. By ditching policies for principles, investing in competence and relatedness, and giving employees the tools they need to do their job well regardless of location, leaders can create a culture of autonomy and flexibility to the benefit of the organization, teams, and individual employees.”

While this rings true for many thousands of us, it’s also true that many thousands of others don’t have the luxury of these reflections. Sharing last week’s Q&A panel with Andy Penn, George Megalogenis explained how the pandemic has widened Australia’s workforce gender gap, and writer, disability advocate and musician Eliza Hull articulated the further impacts on those with other barriers to work.

Into these discussions Jobsbank’s CEO Corinne Proske will be part of a Metropolitan Partnerships discussion on Emerging economies and pathways to employment for young and old. Joining Corinne will be Dr Marcus Spiller, Principal and Partner, SGS Economics & Planning, Judy Anderson, CEO, Startup Victoria, and Craig Robertson, CEO, Victorian Skills Authority.

Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to join discussions with both the speakers and other audience members on the challenges, gaps and opportunities in our job market.

The panel begins at 10am Friday 26 November, and attendance is free. Register to join here

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