Sup­port for older work­force

Tafe par­tic­i­pates in trial

North Coast Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

NORTH Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tafe in Joon­dalup will be one of three WA providers de­liv­er­ing a pro­gram to in­crease em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for ma­ture-age peo­ple.

A na­tional trial of the Ca­reer Tran­si­tion As­sis­tance pro­gram started this month to help older Aus­tralians de­velop con­tem­po­rary skills they need to get on­go­ing em­ploy­ment.

Na­tion­ally, 10 or­gan­i­sa­tions will de­liver the trial pro­gram in five re­gions to help older work­ers be­come more com­pet­i­tive in labour mar­kets through work­shops de­signed to build on their trans­fer­able skills.

Jobs and In­no­va­tion Min­is­ter Michaelia Cash and Moore MHR Ian Good­e­nough launched the pro­gram at the Joon­dalup Tafe cam­pus on July 2.

“I am aware of con­stituents who find it dif­fi­cult to gain em­ploy­ment over the age of 50,” Mr Good­e­nough said.

“The av­er­age age in my elec­torate is 39 – just a few years younger than the group this pro­gram is de­signed for.

“I’m pleased that ma­ture Aus­tralians, some with decades of work­ing life ahead of them, are be­ing sup­ported to up­skill, re­train and build the con­fi­dence nec­es­sary to find gain­ful em­ploy­ment.”

Other providers in Perth are Out­care and Women’s Health Care As­so­ci­a­tion.

Visit www.jobs.gov.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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