The inaugural event was the first to ever bring together more than 200 key stakeholders – including representatives from labour offices (public employment services), employers, the Ministry of Labour, government and the Parliament – with the aim of encouraging collaboration between public and private sectors in addressing unemployment challenges.
Outcomes of the conference included recommendations for further work on improving labour market policy legislation and for improvements to the effectiveness of professional activation services.
Participating in the conference were three Polish ministers: Minister for Labour, Jolanta Fedak; Vice-Minister for Labour responsible for the labour market, Czesława Ostrowska; and Minister Michał Boni, the Head of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee.
Sharing international experience was Jeremy Groombridge, Director for Transformation and Product Management for the Jobcentre Plus UK, who detailed the British experience in public private partnerships for employment services from the public sector perspective.
In addition, representatives from Ingeus Europe and Ingeus Germany presented the private provider perspective, stressing the importance of partnerships, not competition, to develop complementary services alongside public services to assist those furthest from the labour market.
The national conference was co-hosted by PKPP Lewiatan (the Polish Confederation of Private Employers) and Ingeus under the patronage of the Ministry of Labour.