New programs to create opportunities for mature aged workers

Released 18/03/2019

Mature Canberrans looking to get back into the workforce or change professions will have access to new opportunities with the announcement today of two new programs to be delivered under the ACT Government’s Mature Workers Grants Program.

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Canberra Business Chamber (CBC) have been selected to deliver programs that will address barriers experienced by mature workers—people aged 45 years or older and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or older—seeking to upskill or reskill.

“I’m pleased to announce this new grant funding of $500,000 that will go towards supporting mature workers who want to take advantage of new work opportunities, particularly in growth areas of our local economy,” said Minister for Vocational Education and Training Meegan Fitzharris.

“The two innovative projects that will be delivered under this program are CIT’s Mature Jobseeker Support project and the CBC’s Mature Age Workers in Tourism project.

“I am confident these programs will have a clear and immediate impact,” said Minister Fitzharris.

CIT will assist mature workers to overcome barriers to reskilling and upskilling by providing high-quality case management services, and provide access to tailored training opportunities and engagement with potential employers.

The CBC will train and support employers to recruit and upskill mature workers in the tourism sector, supporting the placement of 40 mature workers in local businesses over two years. Skill shortages are a major impediment to our thriving tourism sector and this project is well placed to have a significant impact on employer skills needs.

CIT Executive Director Industry Relations & Strategic Engagement Paul Ryan said, “CIT is proud to support mature workers as part of this fantastic initiative by providing a range of supportive measures and opportunities in collaboration with our industry partners. The program will also help address the needs of local businesses seeking to employ more people.”

CBC CEO Dr Michael Schaper said, “The Canberra region economy is growing strongly, but local businesses are finding it hard to recruit enough staff. This program will help businesses tap into an often under-utilised segment of the labour market – older workers, who bring immeasurable benefits in terms of skills and experience. It’s a win-win for businesses and local jobseekers.”

Further information on the Mature Workers Grants Program is available on the Skills Canberra website

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