Taskforces
Employment

Employment

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairman, Infosys, India

Jeffrey Joerres

Jeffrey Joerres

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manpower Group, USA

Members:

Kemal Dervis
Alejandro Bailléres
John Evans
Daniel Funes de Rioja
Alberto Espinosa Desigaud
Juan Rosell Lastortras
Lee Hee-Beom
M. Rifat Hisarciklioglu
Muhtar A. Kent
Emma Marcegaglia
Giorgio Squinzi
Subramanian Rangan
Stefano Scarpetta
Susan Segal
Bernard Spitz
Young Tae Kim
Tidjane Thiam

The B20 Task Force on Employment has proposed five “Priority Actions for Los Cabos” to G20 stakeholders. These have been developed based on three foundational principles: first, that the priority actions be scalable, hence able to make a significant impact on the challenge of unemployment; second, that they are able to be locally adapted to match the social, political, and economic environments of the different G20 countries; and third, that they be formulated and adopted in such a way that stakeholders can be held accountable for their implementation over time. While all five priority actions proposed by the task force represent sets of tangible, actionable ideas, two ideas in particular represent significant opportunities for G20 stakeholders to contribute to job creation.

B20 TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS, CONCRETE ACTIONS FOR LOS CABOS

B20 TASK FORCE PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDATIONS

I. Facilitate growth of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and innovative business models.

Concrete action

Business leaders and associations, with the support of local governments, should commit specific resources to supporting growth and innovation potential along value chains, including identifying and strengthening high-potential smes, cooperatives, and social enterprises.
In all G20 economies, significant employment could be created by targeting and supporting those enterprises with both the desire and potential for rapid revenue and employment growth. Larger organizations, particularly multinational corporations, have a unique opportunity to identify and strengthen such entities, using their knowledge and experience along value chains and building on existing supplier, customer, and community relationships.

Commitments needed

· We call upon business leaders to commit to setting aside a specific or increased amount of funding as well as leadership support for these activities, with the goal of investing such resources along their value chain in the coming 12 months.
· We call upon governments from pilot countries to commit to creating enabling local environments for such value-chain and community-related investing, and identifying local government champions.
· We call upon G20 governments and academic leaders to invest in research on a robust methodology for targeting those enterprises with characteristics that indicate high growth potential.

II. Scale internships and apprenticeships.

Concrete action

Business leaders and associations, with the support of national and local governments and academic institutions, should commit to a major campaign to scale and improve the image and quality of apprenticeships and internships.
The existence of a skills mismatch between the demands of business and labor-force supply creates unnecessary unemployment and retards growth. Particularly among young people, both general employability skills and specific technical skills are often lacking. This mismatch can be somewhat alleviated by scaling and improving the image and quality of apprenticeships and internships, whereby job-relevant and career-enhancing skills are imparted in a supportive environment.

Commitments needed

· We call upon business leaders to commit to a specific, incremental increase in apprenticeships and internships, with a suggested increase of 20 percent for the 12 months ahead.
· We call upon G20 governments to upgrade and scale local apprenticeship and internship programs by working with training providers, accrediting bodies, education departments, and businesses on the content, curricula, and design of apprenticeships and internships.
· We call for the setting up of a pilot coalition of interested governments, academic institutions, and businesses (in at least five countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and Latin America), that will commit to designing and testing a crossG20 internship and apprenticeship exchange scheme, similar to the Erasmus program in Europe and North Africa, by June 2013.

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