Introducing Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment.

Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment joins us as a Keynote Speaker at the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and will present on the topic of ‘Finding Solutions: Tapping Into the Talent Pool of Long-Term Unemployed Job Seekers’.

Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment.
Mr Martin Hehir, Deputy Secretary, Department of Employment.

Each year a significant number of Australians move in and out of employment. For most people, these transitions are part of the normal pattern of moving from one job to another or from education to work, which sometimes could entail short periods of unemployment. However, there are some individuals who experience longer periods of unemployment.

While some of these individuals find it difficult to compete in the labour market due to health or other personal issues, many are there just because they have been out of employment for a long period of time. These people may lack sufficient access to social or workplace networks that employed people enjoy; and are considered as having lost the currency of their work experience; or employers may have negative perceptions about their employability.

The latter is especially the case at this point in time where countries across the world including Australia are facing challenges due to economic volatility and uncertainties. The long-term unemployed are often ignored and left out from opportunities in the labour market.

While we provide the support programs to help long-term unemployed job seekers find work as soon as possible, it is important to realise the economic advantage of tapping into the valuable experience and skills of this particular cohort of job seekers and the valuable contribution the corporate and the community sectors could play in making it happen.

The 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 at the Mercure Brisbane. This year’s theme is Finding Solutions and focuses on business working together with employment facilitators and agencies to create positive outcomes for Australia’s long-term unemployed.

For more information on the 3rd Annual Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference and to secure your registration visit the conference website today.

 

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