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Skills and Employability Challenges in South East Asia Skills and Employability Challenges in South East Asia

Meeting the Skills and Employability Challenge in South East Asia

As rapid globalization brings ever more emerging countries into the world economy, embryonic employment and welfare systems often struggle to keep up. How do you create a system to effectively link the supply of workers to the changing needs of employers? How do you support those workers if there is a downturn and they are let go?

Shortly before Christmas 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Korean Employment Service (KEIS) organised a training event to help countries faced with these challenges explore possible solutions.

Hosted by the President of KEIS, the programme brought together government officials from ten countries including, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia to explore labour market trends and latest IT developments aimed at improving unemployment insurance systems.

Ingeus Korea was invited to draw on the group’s global experience to show how governments the world over are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships to drive change, improve performance and increase customer service in employability and skills. Focusing in particular on the company’s work in Korea, Australia and the United Kingdom Ingeus CEO, Jay Han, spoke about some of the challenges purchasers face in emerging economies when procuring services, particular in the areas of design and evaluation.

Jay Han showcased the Korea government’s flagship Employment Success Package for disadvantaged jobseekers as an example of an employability programme that has not only delivered consistently high outputs since its inception in 2009, but has successfully evolved to meet the changing priorities of the Ministry of Employment and Labour.

According to Jay, population growth and rapid industrialisation have made it difficult for a number of ASEAN countries to improve their skills bases, grow sustainable employment and deliver high growth. Only by creating systems to tackle unemployment, underemployment and informalisation of the labour market can governments generate the cash to pay for unemployment insurance and other welfare programmes.

Having experienced a rapid development cycle itself, Korea understands many of the challenges that its ASEAN neighbours face. And, as one of the world’s leading champions of best practice exchange in skills and employability KEIS is an excellent role model.

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