Ben­e­fits of ma­ture staff

Pilbara News - - News - Josh Stronach Josh Stronach is a Kar­ratha-based in­dus­try train­ing con­sul­tant with Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, a Statewide Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work Provider. If you have any ques­tions about ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships and train­ing

Re­cruit­ing new staff can be a costly and time-con­sum­ing process when the goal is to find the right per­son with the rel­e­vant skills, ex­pe­ri­ence, work ethic and en­thu­si­asm.

Many ma­ture-aged job­seek­ers fit this bill per­fectly, but have dif­fi­culty se­cur­ing em­ploy­ment be­cause they are of­ten vic­tims of un­con­scious bias and dis­crim­i­na­tion dur­ing the re­cruit­ment process.

Lena Constantine, man­ager of Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, be­lieves ma­ture-aged peo­ple need to be con­sid­ered for job vacancies.

“Ma­ture-aged peo­ple have highly valu­able skills and are able to make a very pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion in busi­nesses,” she says. “They have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge that busi­nesses would do well to draw upon.”

With an age­ing pop­u­la­tion, life ex­pectancy creep­ing into the mid-80s and pen­sion age mov­ing to­wards 70, we will all work longer.

“By 2020, it is ex­pected that four in 10 peo­ple in our labour force will be over 45. Choos­ing not to em­ploy older peo­ple will pose a very real prob­lem for em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees alike,” Ms Constantine said. She rec­om­mends:

Re­view prac­tices to de­ter­mine if age man­age­ment prin­ci­ples are be­ing ap­plied.

Re­move age bar­ri­ers from job ad­ver­tise­ments. Adopt age-friendly mes­sages. Avoid bias dur­ing screen­ing. Take ad­van­tage of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s jobac­tive re­cruit­ment ser­vice.

En­cour­age fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates.

Em­pha­sise the age-friendly con­di­tions of the role.

Con­sider trainee­ships to up­skill to as­sist ma­ture-aged work­ers.

Of­fer dig­i­tal train­ing to en­sure all work­ers are up­dat­ing skills.

Em­ploy­ers may be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a wage sub­sidy pay­ment of up to $10,000 for em­ploy­ing ma­ture-aged work­ers un­der the Com­mon­wealth Restart pro­gram.

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