Government boost to upskill seniors into 20,000 jobs

ARE you looking for a new career before retirement but are having a rough time matching your skills to the dream job?

Don't worry - the Australian Government is here to help!

The Morrison Government has announced a $17.4 million boost to help mature-aged Australians to upskill or transition into new careers through the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program.

"Older Australians are our most experienced workforce, contributing greatly to the economy and we want to make sure we are providing access to the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow," Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said.

The four-year commitment is expected to provide 20,000 eligible Australians - between the ages of 45 and 70 - with advice and guidance on taking the next step in their careers.

"The Skills Checkpoint Program uses individually tailored assessments and referrals, to provide workers with advice on how best to use their existing skills in the workforce, or identify opportunities for upskilling," Minister Cash said.

"It can also refer participants to educational and training opportunities to assist with transitioning to a new role in their current industry or switching to an entirely new career."

Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations Kelly O'Dwyer said seniors would also be able to access more than $2,000 to "proactively take control of their careers".

"The Skills and Training Incentive will offer matched funding to ensure that older Australians have access to upskilling and reskilling opportunities to enable them to remain in the workforce," Minister O'Dwyer said.

"The $19.3 million Skills and Training Incentive will provide funding for up to 3,600 places per year."

"It will provide vital funding to assist older Australians to proactively take control of their careers so that they can stay in workforce for as long as they choose."

The participant or their current employer must match the Government's contribution, ensuring a joint investment in the skills development of older Australians.

More information about the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers is available online via http://www.education.gov.au/skillscheckpointprogram. Information on the Skills and Training Incentive is available via http://www.jobs.gov.au/skills-and-training-incentive


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