WILLING TO WORK: The Federal Government's Career Transition Assistance Program is intended to help prepare Australians aged over 50 to re-skill before re-entering the workforce.
WILLING TO WORK: The Federal Government's Career Transition Assistance Program is intended to help prepare Australians aged over 50 to re-skill before re-entering the workforce. dima_sidelnikov

Government helps seniors get back to work

THE Federal Government has selected five locations for its Career Transition Assistance Program pilots.

The CTAP was announced in the 2017/18 federal budget as part of the government's Mature Age Employment Package.

It's intended to help prepare Australians aged over 50 to re-skill before re-entering the workforce.

The federal minister for employment Michaelia Cash said, "Mature age Australians bring a lifetime of skills and experience to the workforce".

"It is critical for both the individual and economy that this experience isn't lost if older workers find themselves out of work," she added.

The program will offer short, intensive courses consisting of skills assessments, exploration of suitable occupations, research of the local labour markets and learning resilience strategies. Participants will be able to opt in to IT training as well.

The pilot program starts from July 1, 2018 in Ballarat (VIC), Somerset (QLD), Central West (NSW), Adelaide South (SA) and Perth North (WA).

The five regions have been selected based on each of having different labour market conditions.

A national roll-out of the CTAP is planned for 2020.

The Federal Government is also planning to run a series of Pathway to Work pilot programs for selected growth industries and/or large infrastructure projects.

The Department of Employment advises the program, "includes industry specific pre-screening, targeted pre-employment training and specialised job matching assistance" and will roll out progressively from July 1, 2018.

The proposed 10 pilot programs will have two aims - to create additional pathways for those on income support to gain employment, and help combat negative perceptions among employers of certain unemployed people and encourage them to have a diverse workforce, particularly mature age and people with disability.


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