Timely lift for older jobseekers
“Anyone who tries to change jobs completely usually struggles unless an employer is prepared to offer work experience.
“I had to give up my car because I couldn’t afford to fix it when I was unemployed so now I depend on public transport, but I’m not complaining.
“The people at Globaltech are very friendly and the work is challenging and I have years of experience working as an electronics technician.”
The Perth North employment region of Hasluck, Swan and Pearce is one of five locations set to trial the Government’s Career Transition Assistance program from July 2018.
Mr Wyatt said short courses, including computer and technology training, would help older people identify strengths and gaps in their skill set.
“People receiving career transition assistance will be able to pinpoint transferable skills, reassess their approach to looking for a job, refresh their resume and, most importantly, gain the confidence to move into a new role,” he said.
“The program will also help local businesses by providing them with a greater pool of experienced and skilled potential recruits.”
The career assistance program is part of the Government’s $110 million Mature Age Employment package.
Mr Wyatt encouraged employers to benefit from the wage subsidy part of the program called Restart, which supports businesses with $10,000 to hire and retain a matureaged worker.
Ken Wyatt, Michaelia Cash, Alan Howard and Steve Irons at the Career Transition Assistance launch.