On 21 July 2021, Business Forum was held within project COMMON in the Museum of Vučedol Culture in Vukovar. The goal is to influence the reduction of the problem of emigration and loss of labour force in the region by solving the perceived problem of insufficient skills and specific knowledge of workers.
Introductory lectures were given by Goran Rihelj, owner and editor of the most widely read Croatian professional travel portal Hrturizam.hr and tourism consultant, and Goran Dragaš, owner of InfraSound Trailer Music.
After introductory lectures and examples of good practice, an interesting panel discussion was held with the participation of representatives of the most successful entrepreneurial companies in Slavonia. This panel confirmed the necessity of the project and project activities because all entrepreneurs are struggling with a lack of professional staff and want to hire people from the region in which they operate.
Interesting entrepreneurial stories were told by panellists whose entrepreneurial ideas have resulted in great success in the global market. These companies have practically permanent job vacancies, but they lack adequate staff in the labor market.
Panellists agreed that education is needed for special skills that are lacking in the labor market in order to keep young people in Slavonia and entrepreneurs to get employees in the regions in which they operate.
A live stream video of the forum can be found here.