Creation of jobs

The 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW over the 8th – 9th October.

The conference provides the opportunity to be involved through presenting, learning, engaging, networking and collaborating with other professionals within the employment sector.

Joining us at the conference is Dr Pat O’Flaherty, Managing Director at Irescot Learning Services who will present on ‘Creation of jobs’.

Pat O’Flaherty


Creation of Jobs
The material in this presentation is based on my work creating over 250 jobs over the past 5 years.
I left a senior management position with a multinational organisation in 2013 and formed my own company. This provided me the opportunity to use some of the findings of my doctorial research together with additional observations and concerns that have surfaced while creating jobs.

Methods and outline 

My strategy for the creation of Jobs is based on a two-prong approach namely:
1. Creation of new jobs
2. Shifting the skills of current jobs
My work with Start-Ups account for about 40% of the created jobs and my work with existing small manufacturers accounts for about 60% of the created jobs. A great many widely-held assumptions about jobs of the future seem to be based primarily on simply projecting the prolongation of current trends instead of any deep analysis of what the industries of the future will really look like.
I value education very highly. The one thing people in Start-Ups and SMEs have in common is their thirst for learning. This applies to those who have not completed qualifications and those who never started academic study.


My presentation explores the important role of start-up in creating jobs. It will identify the elements that leads to start-ups becoming successful particularly in job creation.
My presentation also puts the case for SMEs who are currently the largest creator of jobs in Australia. I will argue that the role of SMEs is pivotal in the creation of jobs.
Both successful start-ups and SMEs avoid doomsayers and have little fear of complexity and technology especially in the start-up space. People who are unique with the ability to innovate and create are business owners I find energising to work with.


Pat was born on the Aran Islands off the Galway coast in Ireland. He was educated initially on the island before completing high school on the mainland. Pat then gained a scholarship to study at University in Scotland. In 1971 he emigrated to Australia and over the years continued studying while working to gain a Bachelor and Master of Business and a Master of Adult Education. In 2007 he was awarded a PhD in Adult Education at Deakin University Geelong. Pat now lives in the beautiful city of Newcastle where he continues work with start-ups and small business owners. He is a Director of Mentor Support Network a not-for-profit organisation who provide educational scholarship and career development to disadvantaged and refugee youths 15 years and above. Pat based his PhD research on second chance at learning for those who did not get a first chance.

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