The Jobs Agenda. Join the Conversation.
Having a job you love gives you more than simply a pay cheque. It gives you meaning, purpose and allows you to contribute to society and to the greater good of this amazing country.
The Jobs Agenda has a sole focus – to break the back of the issues around employment, unemployment and underemployment and get Australians into the work they want.
To do that, we need the buy in of those in Government, Education, Corporations, Business and Industry to ensure that we have the jobs we need, and the skills we need for them.
Next Event: Wednesday, 22nd May, 2019
The Jobs Agenda for Regional Australia
Goulburn-Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan
Past and Current Sponsors of The Jobs Agenda
Issues on the Agenda
Jobs of the Future
Where do we go from here? Technology is making jobs that were once the mainstay of industry obsolete. Ensuring that we have a workforce equipped with the skills to support these technological advances is just part of the answer. We still need, and will need, skilled workers in the trades, human services, health and wellbeing and the arts.
Jobs Supply and Demand
It’s one thing to have skills, but it’s another to have the skills that are in demand for the jobs that actually exist. We need to get better at identifying the skills we need to have to fill the jobs in demand and work together to education providers to ensure that we’re skilling Australians for the jobs that exist – both now and into the future.
We’ve come a long way from the men’s club and shattering the glass ceiling for women – but we still have a way to go to achieve equality. Unfortunately, in Australia, the gender pay gap still exists, especially in the C-suite. Let’s keep the discussion going until we get equal pay for equal work. For everyone.
We talk a lot about diversity, but that often boils down to only gender. The diversity discussion needs to go a lot further. How do we embrace the abilities of those with a disabilities to have a more inclusive – and richer – workforce and recognise the talents of people who are often excluded?
Mature Age Workers
Australia has an aging workforce. Rising health care costs as we age, yet lower workforce participation rates are at odds with each other and changes in skills required means that we may have to retrain baby boomers so that they have the relevant skills for a changing job landscape. As the retirement age pushes out, we need to ensure that we have job opportunities available for mature age workers that suit their stage of life and their needs.
Young Australians are the future of this country, yet more and more of them are finding it hard to get into the workforce. Youth unemployment rates are up to four times the national average – and rising – in some parts of the country and many young people are over-qualified yet under-experienced for the jobs that are available. More education is not the answer. More work-related experience is. Both business and education needs to recognise this.
Indigenous unemployment is, on average, 16% in major cities and over 23% in regional areas of Australia. 63% of Aboriginal Australians say that inadequate training and qualifications are a barrier to gaining employment. Let’s start the discussion about how we provide more services to help our indigenous Australians to get into work in both metropolitan and regional areas of the country.
Traditional 9 to 5 jobs are fast becoming a thing of the past. Over 55% of Australians now work outside of these hours and the rate of flexible work is growing at twice the rate of full time. Add in telecommuting and remote working and it is envisaged that the workforce of the future will be more project based than permanent. What are the social and other impacts of this very different work style, and how do we ensure that it works for everyone.
Listen to the chatter and you’ll hear that there’s a lot of faith being put in Australian startup businesses to create many of the jobs of the future – but is that really the case? Studies show that jobs created by startups often pay less due to their lean methodology plus many don’t make it past the five year mark. While we need to foster the growth businesses of tomorrow, we also need to be mindful of supporting those businesses who are already large employers.
What do we need to talk about to ensure people remain employed in the jobs of the future?
Thought Leaders, Influencers, Game Changers and those with an interest in the future of the workforce are invited to join this data-driven forum and take a collaborative, action-oriented approach to discuss the strength and security of the future workforce.
What is THE JOBS AGENDA?
For the jobs of the future, identifying – and filling – skills gaps for workers, while improving workforce adaptability and transferability of skills across sectors, is paramount to ensure that we equip today’s generation with the skills needed for tomorrow. Knowing what skills are in demand, both now and in the future, is key to ensuring that people are continuously employed and that our economy can continue to prosper.
Each year, JobGetter hosts The Jobs Agenda. In 2016 we looked at the issues around unemployment and the growth of underemployment and what that means long term.
In 2017, the theme was “From Education to Employment” that generated incredible conversations about how the Higher Ed, VET, Secondary and even Primary education sectors needed to think about the future of work, and how to prepare students for it.
In 2018, we looked again at a myriad of issues, including those above, but at the community level in the Southern Inland region of New South Wales.
2019 will expand this micro-focus to other regional communities throughout Australia.
Change is hitting the job market at an unprecedented pace. Is your community ready for the future?
Workers around the world face a job market that is vastly different from the one that existed a generation ago — and it’s evolving at an increasingly rapid rate.
The theme of the event series in 2019 is Regional Employment and will cover a range of topics around skill gaps and local employment, at-risk youth, migrant talent, changing ways of working supporting an increasingly disruptive economy, demands on education to keep pace with the rapidly evolving demands of Industry, the role of data analytics in workforce planning and curriculum development, and the potential impacts of robotisation and machine learning on the future of regional economies.
Register your interest to attend or support The Jobs Agenda in 2019 now.
We invite you to be part of what will be an interesting and lively discussion about how we address the needs of all people in what is a changing work environment including how we ensure that we are adequately preparing them, through education, for the jobs available both now and in the future.
We look forward to hearing your views as a part of this interactive session, discussion – and the change.
To successfully support regional economies, all community stakeholders in the workforce and education ecosystem must work together to set the agenda for their region. By doing so, your community can:
- improve employment prospects for young people
- reduce staff skills shortages
- expand your recruitment options
- quickly target best-fit job applicants
- personalise career planning advice
- optimise curriculum management
- perfect industry training programs
- minimise unemployment / underemployment
- enhance regional sustainability