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APSO wins inaugral SACCI Associaton of the Year 2011 award

Thursday, 13 October 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Natalie Singer
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Issued: 10 October 2011


APSO wins inaugural South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Association of the Year award

The Association of Personnel Service Organisations (APSO) was recognised and awarded the first ever Association of the Year trophy presented by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry at last week's gala dinner held at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The Association of The Year Award, introduced in 2011 will be awarded annually by SACCI to associations that through business worthy actions and commitments are outstandingly promoting the interdependent relationship between business and the community. SACCI believes that associations should be outspoken advocates of ethical and responsible business principles, and of social responsibility in corporate governance and that this award will provide a platform for recognition for those associations who meet these high standards.

APSO was recognised in particular, for the outstanding work undertaken in promoting the concept of Decent Work amongst its members and social partners. A range of different projects were successfully implemented over the past 18 months including a public-private partnership with the Department of Labour, a world-first dedicated temp call centre pilot with UASA and a variety of other compliance and best practice initiatives aimed at increasing the professionalism of the staffing sector.

There are currently low or no barriers to entry in the staffing sector and APSO continues to have, as its primary goal, the achievement of workable regulation that drives real professionalism and enables the South African labour market to operate more efficiently. A delegation from APSO will be attending the International Labour Organisation (ILO) global dialogue forum in Geneva to discuss the ratification of ILO convention 181 on private employment agencies and the role that the staffing sector can have in driving job creation and the decent work agenda. It is hoped that as a result of this forum, to which Government and labour delegations will also attend, South Africa as a member of the ILO, will agree to ratify the convention and develop a regulatory framework that embraces the staffing sector but also seeks to promote the highest levels of compliance, best practice and professionalism to protect vulnerable work seekers.

Tabea Magodielo, APSO President, was thrilled at the announcement of APSO's win and said, "I am really proud to lead an organisation with such a strong history of serving its members and raising the professionalism of the staffing sector. It is indeed an honour to be recognised by SACCI and to have been awarded the inaugural Association of the Year title.”

Tabea took the opportunity to extend her thanks to the individuals who, as volunteers, drive the success of the association saying, "I'd like to thank my colleagues who serve on the various APSO committees for their commitment to the organisation and the industry as whole. They have been instrumental in achieving the successes we have as an organisation and in making APSO's goals a reality.”

In 2012 APSO will celebrate its 35th anniversary and celebrate the dynamic nature of the staffing industry over the past three decades. In looking ahead, Tabea commented that in addition to celebrating past successes, this award provides an incentive to the organisation to keep up the good work. She says, "There are many exciting things on the horizon for APSO and we will continue to strive to be at the forefront of the drive for regulation and professionalisation.”

Tabea will lead the APSO delegation to Geneva later this month and promises to return with ideas on how the organisation can better partner with government, labour and civil society to drive the national agenda of job creation and skills development.

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