Many older Australians looking for work have spent years working in industries that are now in decline, while others may simply be looking for a new occupation. To be competitive in the job market, they will need support to develop new, in-demand skills.
The Career Transition Assistance Program is part of the Government’s $110 million Mature Age Employment Package announced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget, and will provide greater opportunities for mature age people to reskill. The program will deliver a short, intensive course consisting of skills assessments, exploration of suitable occupations, research of local labour markets and learning resilience strategies. This will be followed by IT training where appropriate.
Who will be eligible
Individuals will be eligible if they are:
- registered with a jobactive provider within one of the five trial regions; and
- 50 years of age or older.
The Career Transition Assistance Program will be trialled in five locations from 1 July 2018, ahead of a national rollout scheduled in 2020.
The five trial regions are Ballarat (Victoria), Somerset (Queensland), Central West (New South Wales), Adelaide South (South Australia) and Perth North (Western Australia).
The lessons learnt from the five trial regions will be incorporated into the programs national rollout.
Implementation – Next Steps
The Department will be consulting with selected key stakeholders over the coming months to develop the program.
Further details on the program (including guidelines) will be released closer to the program start date of 1 July 2018.