Never underestimate experience in crowded jobs market
Like in any good football team, younger players can deliver speed and agility but it is the seasoned players who provide the experience that can produce a premiership.
Similarly, any employer, large or small, will confirm that mature-age workers bring a lifetime of invaluable skills and experience that are critical to a successful workplace.
We are living and working longer than ever before. It is therefore vitally important we don’t lose the experience and expertise of older workers. This is an economic necessity and critical to the wellbeing of the individual.
The Turnbull Government recognises mature-age Australians require unique support to upskill and take advantage of the jobs of tomorrow. We are committed to delivering it.
This is why we are launching the Career Transition Assistance Program trial to help mature-age Australians boost their skills, strengthen their resilience, help them to learn new job-search techniques and better understand their local jobs market.
The Career Transition Assistance Program will be tested in five regions; Ballarat in Victoria, Somerset in Queensland, Central West New South Wales, Adelaide in South Australia, and in Perth’s north.
We have chosen regions with distinctly different labour market conditions so we can maximise the lessons that can be learnt and applied to the national rollout of this innovative program. The program will help people as part of the Turnbull Government’s $110 million Mature Age Employment Package, announced earlier this year.
The package includes the expansion of the successful National Work Experience Program and the Pathway to Work pilots which will assist workers take up recruitment opportunities in major projects.
We understand the desire mature-age Australians possess to return to work as quickly as possible when they find themselves out of the workforce. With refreshed skills and updated knowledge they will be much better equipped to take up job opportunities, including in sectors they may not have considered before.
The cost of allowing our most experienced Australian workers to remain out of the workforce is unacceptable. We are making a significant, necessary and targeted investment in mature-aged Australians that will ensure some of our best players on the field can return to the game.
Michaelia Cash is Minister for Employment