Making the case for employer engagement – Equity and Diversity in Employment

Ms Toni Wren, Employment and Social Policy Consultant, Cuttagee Consulting will be presenting at the Long Term Unemployment Conference on Making the case for employer engagement – Equity and Diversity in Employment.

The mismatch between the skills of disadvantaged long term unemployed people and available employer vacancies is a key issue driving rising long term unemployment.  Future employment and training systems need to prepare job seekers to more successfully meet the needs of employers.  Employers too need to better understand the business case for employing a more diverse workforce. The presentation will bring together the evidence around the business case for employers to widen their diversity push beyond gender to include other equity groups.  These include Indigenous people, people with disability, young and older workers and those from different ethnic backgrounds – many of whom have been unemployed for more than a year.

The presentation will outline recent and future labour market trends and include an analysis of growing industry sectors and occupations.  It will set out the business case for employing equity groups and argue successful strategies to engage employers and prepare disadvantaged groups for employment have more similarities than differences.  It will include relevant overseas and Australian case studies.

About the presenter

Toni Wren is an independent Employment and Social Policy consultant and commentator with expertise in research, policy development and advocacy, as well as non-profit management and strategic thinking.

Toni is recognised as an expert in demand-led approaches to employment.  She worked abroad for more than a decade from 1995, including as Research Director for the UK’s National Employment Panel, an employer-led organisation advising UK Ministers on labour market policies and performance.

During her earlier career in Australia, she advised Ministers and Shadow Ministers from across the political spectrum, and worked at ACOSS and the NSW Welfare Rights Centre.

Toni has a Masters in Non-profit Management from the US and undergraduate degrees in economics and business communication from Australian universities.  She is currently a member of the National Facilitating Group for Anti-Poverty Week and the National VET Equity Advisory Council.

long term unemployment logo aprilLong Term Unemployment Conference.

This conference will address the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at risk groups: Disability, Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Australian Long Term Unemployment Conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The 2 day conference will feature keynote presentations and  4 streams on long term unemployment issues. To register for the conference please visit the website www.longtermunemployment.org.au or call the conference secretariat on 61 7) 5502 2068.

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