Timely lift for older job­seek­ers

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

“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.

Picture: Lynn Gri­er­son

Ken Wy­att, Michaelia Cash, Alan Howard and Steve Irons at the Ca­reer Tran­si­tion As­sis­tance launch.

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