BACK TO WORK: The new Career Transition Assistance is being rolled out.
BACK TO WORK: The new Career Transition Assistance is being rolled out.

New in-demand work skills program being trialled

OLDER age workers will be offered valuable assistance to help them get up to speed with current work practices so they can prepare for a new career path.

The Federal Government's Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program is targeted at workers aged 50 and over and starts on July 2, 2018.  It is being offered by ten organisations in five trial regions - Ballarat, Victoria; Somerset, Queensland; Central West, New South Wales; Adelaide South, South Australia; and Perth North, Western Australia.

The program is planned to be rolled out nationally in 2020. 

"There is no cost to participants," a Department of Jobs and Small Business spokesperson said. "All training and assistance through the CTA program will be paid by a person's jobactive provider.

"The program will help mature-age Australians to re-skill and build confidence to seize job opportunities in their local area. It will:

  • Offer short, intensive courses to boost the chances of mature age workers to get a job by gaining a better understanding of their local labour market, updating their résumé and identifying their skills, strengths and any skills gaps they may need to fill to move into a job in an industry they may not know much about.
  • Strengthen people's resilience and help motivate them to access new career paths and potential job opportunities.
  • Improve digital literacy of people in this age range and, where needed, help them update their skills in commonly used software.
  • Help employers by providing them with a greater pool of skilled potential recruits in their region."

The Minister for Jobs and Innovation Michaelia Cash said, "To be competitive in the job market, in particular with technological change, mature-age workers will need support to develop new, in-demand skills."

"One of the aims of the CTA is to encourage innovative approaches to help older workers into work so I'm pleased the successful providers cover a real mix of small to large training, employment and community organisations."

The CTA is part of the government's $110 million Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

The locations for the program were chosen based on a range of labour market conditions and designed to cover both metropolitan and regional areas while ensuring that the selected regions had a sufficient number of mature age job seekers.

For more information, go to www.jobs.gov.au/career-transition-assistance


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