Training program for older, unemployed Aussies begins

A new government training program offers hope to jobless older Australians.

Training program for older, unemployed Aussies begins

The Government has this week cast a lifeline to mature-age job seekers living in regions where there are fewer employment opportunities for older workers, with West Australians the first to benefit.

The Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program announced in the May Budget will be trialled across five locations around the nation, including Perth North in Western Australia, Ballarat in Victoria, Somerset in Queensland, Central West in New South Wales and Adelaide South in South Australia.

The program provides practical assistance to help older Australians gain the contemporary skills they need to move into a job, according to Minister for Jobs and Innovation Senator Michaelia Cash.

It will consist of tailored, intensive workshops designed to build on transferable skills. Participants will attend one or both of two career transition courses – Tailored Career Assistance and Functional Digital Literacy. They will also have an opportunity to work with other mature age people looking for work, and be led by a facilitator experienced in career coaching or professional development.

The minister this week launched the program at North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup, one of three providers in Western Australia that will deliver CTA.

Ten organisations will provide CTA in the nominated regions, which were chosen because they reflect a range of labour market conditions.

To be eligible for a CTA place, people must be aged 50 or older and be registered with a jobactive provider in one of the five available regions.

From 1 July 2019, CTA will be expanded nationally and will be open to those aged at least 45.

The initiative is part of the Government’s $189.7 million More Choices for a Longer Life package.

Joining Ms Cash at the launch, West Australian MP Ian Goodenough said: “I am aware of constituents who find it difficult to gain employment over the age of 50. The average age in my electorate (of Moore) is 39 – just a few years younger than the group this program is designed for.”

For more information, read the Career Transition Assistance factsheet.

Would you be keen to re-enter the workforce if you received specialist training? Do you know of anyone who has missed out on getting a job because of their age?

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    jennyc355
    5th Jul 2018
    12:20pm
    Thats great ,,, but my problem is - 40 yrs out of employment ..having raised family , supported hubby thru injuries, illness. Very hard to get a look in when they ask for last 5 yrs work history , recent work experience or qualifications .
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2018
    12:23pm
    jennyc355....You will do well to be trained as a carer...you already have the skills now you need the qualifications. They love mature age workers too.
    KSS
    5th Jul 2018
    1:24pm
    Jackie is quite right. There are no pre-qualifications or requirements to becoming an aged care worker. You can just do the Certificate III which is nationally recognised so even if you moved you would still get a job. And its one of the growth industries. You can be employed either in residential care facilities or be community based providing services in people's homes.
    KB
    5th Jul 2018
    3:38pm
    You have had personal experience of being a carer so this would more than qualify to be a disability worker. There is a shortage of decent carers.

    5th Jul 2018
    12:21pm
    I hope that this so called training gets them real work. So many people completing courses everywhere with few jobs to enter. This Government would be better off creating Australian industries or paying the unemployed money toward creating their own business.
    Triss
    5th Jul 2018
    1:11pm
    That's a great thought, Jackie. There are plenty of over fifties/sixties who could run a one man business successfully keeping them off unemployment figures. No age discrimination either when you're your own boss.
    KSS
    5th Jul 2018
    1:29pm
    Jackie there are already schemes providing support to people wanting to start their own businesses. Even some local councils have support for small businesses. You just have to look to find them.

    And Triss, the biggest number of small businesses and start-ups are in the over 50s who are having a go. They call them 'Seniorpreneurs'. You may be interested in reading this from the 'erstwhile' ABC:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-24/number-of-senior-entrepreneurs-increasing/8835978
    Hairy
    5th Jul 2018
    2:46pm
    True Jackie
    MICK
    5th Jul 2018
    12:31pm
    Are you a propaganda peddler for the current government Olga?
    Older Australians need jobs, not training and education nonsense. They are again using the well worn path of justifying their destruction of real jobs by offering a feel good bandaid which serves no purpose other than costing our country another bucket full of money down the literal drain.
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2018
    1:21pm
    Why would you knock a fantastic government initiative designed to help the older workers
    You’re attitude is disgusting
    So many older unemployed in disadvantaged areas are being helped by this program
    Hats off to the governmet
    MICK
    5th Jul 2018
    2:24pm
    Only you are disgusting Raphael.

    Older Australians need a REAL JOB. Not a feel good load of BS which achieves what the current government is wonderful at producing: huge debt and waste. Your pay being included under both.
    Kato
    5th Jul 2018
    4:12pm
    Raphael! Being Helped is yet to be proven. Disadvantaged areas are there because Governments were responsible for making them so.
    Industry is needed and where there is none there are no Jobs.
    Sundays
    5th Jul 2018
    5:30pm
    Anything Michaelia Cash is involved in is only a photo opportunity for the woman. Many older workers already have the skills needed, but the jobs aren’t there. Instead of work for the dole its training for the dole. A friend did a similar govt course in retail a couple of years ago. Passed the course, got a nice certificate, had some work experience with KMart. The boss said he was great but surprise, surprise no actual job available. The other retail outlets he approached told him that at 60 he was too old.
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2018
    9:17pm
    Agree, anything to do with Michaelia Trash is just that - rubbish! It would have been much better for availability of jobs to stop / minimise Outsourcing by taxing it (say at 15%), stopping overseas companies unfairly shutting down local companies (by taxing them), and limiting 457 visas only to the very, very few cases of specialised knowledge definitely not available here.

    Yes, just a very poor smokescreen option when the Govt doesn't have any idea what to do.

    Involving "job active" agencies is yet another waste of taxpayer money - those were a creation of Tony Abbott when he destroyed the original CES (which actually helped people into jobs, unlike Centrelink or these private agencies) when he was the Employment Minister under Howard. They could save a lot of money simply by shutting down these job active agencies as nowadays most use Internet / social media / networking to find jobs anyway.
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    12:22am
    I agree with Mick, Sundays and George, no one wants to employ older people no matter what training is given. Will be interesting to see how they justify spending the money on training and how many actually get jobs and stay in jobs for at least 5 years.
    Rae
    6th Jul 2018
    8:35am
    Money is tight so even Government Industries are not employing older workers but choosing young staff who are cheaper.

    After 65 there is also the insurance issues which haven't been addressed yet to catch up to the 67 pension age. Something Ms Cash has forgotten about I expect.

    I wouldn't employ a worker I was responsible for and who I couldn't insure either no matter how good they were.

    Tossing money at all these "training" businesses will move a bit of money around but in my opinion the old TAFE system was cheaper and more efficient.

    Damned if I get the hundreds of public money sponsored business model thing going on when just employing people on decent salaries from a centralised agency allowed workers to buy a home and raise a family.

    Now we have one rich owner of an agency with a home and everyone else involved struggling along on stagnating wages.

    Win/lose deal right there.

    At some point this Government must accept that the ideology is flawed and make changes.

    Or let the "private" businesses go it alone. Let business pay the job agencies and train their own staff once again. It shouldn't be a tax payer responsibility surely.
    Triss
    5th Jul 2018
    1:19pm
    If there are fewer employment opportunities for older workers how is 'practical assistance training' going to help them? Just using up taxpayers money and older people's time uselessly.
    Anonymous
    5th Jul 2018
    1:23pm
    Wait till the results from the program are released before you make such ignorant comments
    A lot of research has gone into this Initiative before it was agreed to be implemented by the government
    Sundays
    5th Jul 2018
    5:34pm
    Research by who Raphael. Advisors from Senator Cash’s office perhaps. Unelected representatives accountable to no one. It’s another program to make the Govt look good, but with no real outcome for the person applying for work especially an older worker!
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    12:27am
    Its not practical for the trainees but more jobs for the trainers, then they can say they are creating jobs, so older people will be given false hope, use up their energy and time thinking great I will be able to get a job after training only to be disappointed in the end.
    Rae
    6th Jul 2018
    8:40am
    Let's hope they have it right. Building up hope just to squash it again when no job appears is despicable and dangerous.

    How is the $10 000 an employee thing going for business I wonder. Have we the results of that experiment yet?
    Misty
    6th Jul 2018
    3:06pm
    Haven't all these training inititives been around for years for older people?, I thought they were available for people of all ages, I think the whole problem is there are just not the jobs for all the unemployed in Australia, regardless of their age.
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    4:20pm
    That is correct Misty, the jobs are only casual, temporary or low paid. Real jobs are hard to find even for younger people and no one wants to employ older people.
    Hairy
    5th Jul 2018
    2:32pm
    How about this goverment stops finding ways to persecute older workers and retirees. Train the young people for a job . But they only get JobStart don’t they so it’s not as profitable as getting pensioners to work. I am a welder 6 certificates for different welding skills .no one wants to know it’s a dangerous game you are a liability at 65..I have worked for 53years goverment would love it if I died on the job. One more less pension to pay what a mob of mongrels we have destroying this beautifull land and the people in it.no party is innocent they are all tarred with the same rorting theiving lieing brush . Traitors and a total disgrace to humanity.
    Hairy
    5th Jul 2018
    2:43pm
    Ps those goverment agency’s that do the training just shuffle dollars from one to the other . You used to be able to front for s job now you are forced to go to an agency and compete with overseas workers brought here and managed by this agency. Guaranteed payment every week and acomodation.you can’t negotiate anymore you earn $25hr they will sell you for $70.and treat you like garbage into the bargain.im happy im retired .i earned it so all you lefty’s and righty’s and crazy greens people enjoy your life if you can because these inhuman bastards will take it from you by stealth.ask yourself how many pensioners lives have been cut short by the continual persecution of this so called goverment.
    Triss
    5th Jul 2018
    7:57pm
    So true, Hairy, it’s time everyone acknowledged that pensioners paid their taxes for forty or fifty years in Australia...not salted their earnings away in the Cayman Islands like some we all know.
    Rae
    6th Jul 2018
    8:46am
    Yes MS Cash has best get moving on raising the insurance age from 65 to at least 70. Must have only young people working for her to have missed that one.

    Yes Hairy far too many workers are being paid around the $20 an hour while the customer gets charged that $70 to $90.

    The very low wages and lack of jobs is a direct result of government policy and they need to be called to task about some real way they are going to fix it up for those Australians paying the price.
    Kato
    5th Jul 2018
    3:18pm
    Nothing new just old ideas rehashed. In my fifties I was injured and went through CRS did computer courses left right and centre . even one on how to build a computer . Got all these lovely certificates left there and still didn't know what I was doing. They even did up a resume for me oh the things I could do. They even found me a job interview to go to. When I filled out my work history and any previous injuries the shop owner said you have to be kidding me. I said no ask them. He told me that he had had a gutful of JSP'S etc . And that was in the day's when they were given money to take you on. As soon as a person is registered to go to this BS off the unemployed stats they go. Smoke and Mirrors.
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    12:30am
    The trick is to do courses that you are personally interested in, I have a couple of computer courses and it has helped me use computers better.
    Charlie
    5th Jul 2018
    7:18pm
    Who needs a training programme. By retirement age there are many who are over qualified for the jobs they are seeking.

    The jobs labelled as casual are not casual enough for a person wanting to stay on full pension.
    Quite often they are just a try-out when an employer is seeking a full time young employee.

    What is needed for pensioners and the aged, is more jobs with short days and half days and take home work.
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    12:31am
    Work from home is a great idea if you can get it.
    KSS
    6th Jul 2018
    10:01am
    So Charlie you want work AND the pension! Right!
    Rae
    7th Jul 2018
    8:02am
    Actually KSS the way prices are rising people need the pension and a job just to pay the bills. Wait until the GST rises and the Land Taxes arrive. We might need a pension and two jobs just to pay the taxes.
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    12:46am
    Just another feel good scheme and job creation for the so called facilitator who is supposedly experienced in "career coaching and professional development".
    For a start there are not enough jobs with so much industry going overseas, young people even with university degrees cannot get jobs, so training it not going to help much.
    I will be interested to see how many will get work after wasting their time, being made to feel inadequate and without knowledge, and actually stay in jobs for more than 6 months. I am very skeptical about any training schemes that Governments are involved in, and would like to hear about those in the past that have been successful.
    Misty
    6th Jul 2018
    3:09pm
    I think this government just wants you to work until you drop by the sound of things.
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    4:14pm
    Yep, it's pretty much what they want and that is why they want to raise retirement age even further, claiming people are living too long, might be longer but not necessarily healthier. Many are already living very poorly without proper nutrition because they are always buying cheap food, and marked down food which is lacking in nutrition.
    Tzuki
    6th Jul 2018
    4:00pm
    At 63 and having been out of work for 3 years, I hope they hurry up and start it up in other states!
    Incognito
    6th Jul 2018
    4:15pm
    You don't have to wait there are many courses you can do already and get Centrelink to pay for it. My sister recently was doing an online Tafe course.
    JustGus
    6th Jul 2018
    11:02pm
    Ok. Enough is enough your life choices has become propaganda distributed for The LNP. What a load of codswallop this announcement is. Window dressings pre election strategy is what it’s about nobody hires old workers when they can hire young people first and have the government pay their wages for 3 months. Then they sack the young ones when the scheme runs out and hire a new batch... and this all adds numbers to the so called job creation figures of the LNP
    Incognito
    7th Jul 2018
    12:40am
    I agree, it all might sound good on paper but in reality it is just false hope for the older unemployed, wasting energy, money and time.
    Adrianus
    8th Jul 2018
    11:05am
    OH dear, such negativity.
    Misty
    8th Jul 2018
    3:49pm
    With good reason Adrianus.
    Adrianus
    10th Jul 2018
    9:05am
    There is never a good reason to be a constant recalcitrant, trading off your future happiness for your "victim" name plate .


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