Never un­der­es­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence in crowded jobs mar­ket

The West Australian - - OPINION - Michaelia Cash

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

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