28 August 2017

Helping Ballarat employment region mature age workers into work

The Turnbull Government today announced that the Ballarat employment region will be one five locations chosen to be trial sites for the new Career Transition Assistance Program, which will help prepare mature aged Australians for new jobs.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, said the Government is delivering on a commitment in the 2017–18 Budget to create more opportunities for those aged over 50 to re-skill and re-enter the workforce.

“Mature age Australians bring a lifetime of skills and experience to the workforce. It is critical for the individual and for the economy that this experience isn’t lost if older workers find themselves out of work,” Ms Henderson said.

“We recognise the immense capacity of mature age Australians and understand the need to provide unique support so they can upskill and fill key roles in Australian workplaces.”.

In the Ballarat employment region, 25.9% of those looking for work are aged 50 years and over and in Victoria there are 34,500 mature age workers looking for work.

Minister for Employment, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the Government was committing significant resources to address the fact that mature aged Australians can remain locked out of the workforce for long periods when leaving a job.

“By making this targeted investment we are identifying and removing barriers that may be preventing mature age Australians from returning to the workforce.”

“We know that the average duration of unemployment for people aged 55 years and over was 73 weeks, compared with an average of 45 weeks.”

The Career Transition Assistance Program is part of the $110 million Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Budget.

Participants in the program will be able to boost their skills, strengthen their resilience, learn new job-search techniques and better understand the local labour market. They can also opt in for training in computer and information technology, if that is one of their skills gaps.

“Every policy lever the government has at its disposal is being utilised to promote growth, encourage investment and stimulate job creation. Since the Coalition came to office there have been more than 730,000 jobs created for Australians and we are delivering on commitments to ensure employment growth continues,” Minister Cash said.

The Ballarat employment region includes Corangamite towns such as Linton, Smythesdale and Scarsdale.

For more information about the Career Transition Assistance please visit; https://www.employment.gov.au/career-transition-assistance-program

28 August 2017