Helping jobless older workers into workforce a good move
Among the many keys to a positive healthy life is having a job.
Employment provides us with the money we need to live — and hopefully with some left over for some treats — but it also offers much more.
Having a steady job provides focus, motivation, goals and a sense of self-worth. It also means we are paying our way. For some, finding work or keeping their job is not a given, and the social welfare safety net is there to help them through the challenges that unemployment brings.
Long-term unemployment can erode a person’s self-confidence and motivation.
This has ramifications not just for their financial status, but also for their emotional wellbeing and even their physical health, all of which can have an impact on their families, too.
Joblessness also means a potentially productive worker is not contributing to the country’s economic health.
As such, getting unemployed people back into the workforce is good for the worker and the country.
One group of workers who sometimes need extra help to get back into a job is older, more mature workers.
Sadly, despite their years of valuable experience, common sense and established work ethic, they can too easily be overlooked in a competitive jobs market.
With this in mind, a new Federal Government program to help get older workers back into employment is a good idea.
The Career Transition Assistance program, which targets unemployed workers aged over 50, will be rolled out in Perth’s northern suburbs from next year as one of five target regions across the country.
The Government says the program, designed to assist older workers locked out of the workforce after redundancy or job loss, will offer a short, intensive course that includes skills assessments, exploring suitable new types of jobs and information on the local job market, as well as “resilience strategies”.
Participants can opt in to computer and information technology training to help them into a new position.
The new training services for older jobseekers will be allied with an expansion of work-experience programs, with an extra 4000 places to be created and employers to be paid $300, plus a $400 completion fee, for taking on older candidates.
If the initiatives get mature-age workers back into the swing of regular employment, there are plenty of upsides for them, their employers and the nation.
And the money allocated to getting them back on their feet will have been money well spent.