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RCSA to host World Employment Conference in Australia in 2019

For the first time in its 51 year history, the World Employment Confederation will hold its annual conference in Australia.  The conference will be held in conjunction with RCSA, Australia and New Zealand’s peak industry body for the recruitment and staffing industry.


The combined conference will see some of the world’s leaders and thought leaders in the employment, recruitment and staffing industry converge on the Gold Coast from 30th October to 1st November 2019.


The announcement was recently made at the closing of the World Employment Conference in Dublin earlier this month. Sinead Hourigan, president of RCSA, and Charles Cameron, CEO of RCSA, attended the conference and were proud to be handed the conference baton from the Irish.


Cameron commented, “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting the World Employment Confederation delegates and welcoming them in Australia next year.


“It is quite a coup that the World Employment Confederation has chosen to join with RCSA to hold the World Employment Conference as a combined offering to Australian, New Zealand and global industry participants and, having partnered with Destination Gold Coast, we are able to host the event on Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast no less.


“The World Employment Conference is widely considered to be one the premier events for the international recruitment and staffing sectors while RCSA’s annual conference is the major event on the Australian and New Zealand industry calendar. Bringing those two important conferences together into one event of this calibre is quite exciting for RCSA.


“In 2019, the World Employment Conference will focus on exploring and developing leadership in the new world of work, a critical topic in times of rapid change in the employment market.”


Denis Pennel, managing director of the World Employment Confederation, said they were excited to be bringing the World Employment Conference to Australia and working with RCSA on the global event.


And the theme for the conference is very relevant, as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will be presenting in 2019 the outcomes of its Future of Work initiative in the framework of its 100th anniversary.


He said, “This is the first time we have taken the conference to Australia or anywhere in the southern Pacific hemisphere.


“We have already had extensive interest from global employment industry leaders, who will be attending.


“Our annual conferences are unique opportunities for participants to further build a community of labour markets, to change best practices and to learn from the most country.


“We are convinced that our Australian colleagues will build a great program and will share their valuable know-how.”


The conference itself will be held at the Sheraton Gold Coast, one of the few venues on the Gold Coast where you are on the beachfront and being held at the end of a Queensland autumn, attendees can expect to enjoy an average temperature of 25°C.


“Destination Gold Coast is delighted to have helped bring this conference to the Gold Coast,” Destination Gold Coast’s executive director, corporate affairs and strategy, Dean Gould, said. “The world of work and the future of employment are part of a global conversation at the moment and to have the World Employment Confederation, RCSA Delegates and the wider recruitment and staffing industry on the Gold Coast to shape, interpret and forecast what lies ahead for us all is exciting.


“The Gold Coast was built on entrepreneurial spirit and is a city of new world thinking so it aligns very much with the values of the World Employment Confederation and RCSA.”


Cameron explained that at this year’s conference in Dublin, a ticket to the 2019 event was the first prize in a competition and was picked up by a lucky representative from a Bulgarian employment agency.


He shared, “While RCSA’s annual event always attracts a very healthy attendance from industry participants across Australia and New Zealand, combining the event with the World Employment Confederation Annual Conference will ensure there are also participants attending the 2019 conference from across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.


“It will be a fantastic opportunity for delegates from Australia and New Zealand to showcase our profession, knowledge and learnings while networking with global counterparts.”


The 2018 RCSA Annual Conference will this year be held at Noosa, from the 5th to the 7th September and is expected to attract more than 300 delegates, offering 18 hours of learning and information sessions as well as three conference events, two networking lunches and events such as surfing with world champion surfer, Layne Beachley.


Tickets for the conference are selling quickly but some are still available and can be secured here.


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