Release type: Media Release

Date:

Match makers to get mature aged Australians back to work

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth
Minister for Employment Participation

The Federal Government has enlisted professional employment match makers to get mature aged Australians back into the workforce.

Employment Participation Ministers Kate Ellis said $2.8 million has been invested this financial year towards 19 projects as part of the Government’s Experience+ Program.

Organisations in every state will use the funds to seek out unemployed mature aged Australians and match them up with suitable vacancies in areas of need.

“This initiative will boost participation rates and help plug in frustrating employment gaps for business,” Ms Ellis said.

“In another win, it will find jobs for our mature aged unemployed who are able to give back decades of valuable skills and experience.

“The organisations receiving these funds are proven ‘movers and shakers’ in their community who specialise in achieving good employment outcomes on the ground.

“They have unrivalled intelligence in their local area about critical vacancies and those Australians who have not been able to re-enter the workforce despite their best efforts.

“These Work Ready projects will support mature-age job seekers aged 50 years and over to re-engage with the workforce.”

Ms Ellis said there were more than 3.8 million mature-age Australians not in the labour force and many of them were willing and able to work.

“Having mature-aged people in the workforce is crucial to maintaining our economic strength, which is why the Government has implemented this program,” she said.

“It will help business realise the benefits of employing mature-age workers and keeping their experience in the workforce.”

The locations for the first round of Work Ready projects were chosen to meet the needs of both mature-age job seekers and local employers.

For example, the Blacktown project in Sydney will help mature-age job seekers to take advantage of increasing employment demand in the growing health care, social assistance and warehousing sectors. It will help job seekers with relevant accredited training and assist them to make connections with local employers. Job seekers will also receive assistance with their career planning and job search preparation.

The Experience+ Work Ready program complements existing Government support for mature-age job seekers.

“We’ve already delivered more than 12,000 free career advice sessions through the Experience+ Career Advice service, and the $1,000 Experience+ Jobs Bonus has been helping mature-age job seekers gain employment,” Ms Ellis said.

“In addition, we’re supporting businesses who commit to employment and retention of their mature-age workers through the Corporate Champions program. This program has already attracted over 80 employers including Bunnings, Anglicare and Commonwealth Bank who have made a public commitment to move toward better practice in employing mature-age people.”

For more information on any of the Experience+ initiatives, including how you can express your interest in the Work Ready projects, go to: http://deewr.gov.au/experience

.

Location and provider for new Work Ready projects

New South Wales

  • Auburn - BeaconHill Consulting
  • Blacktown - Campbell Page
  • Coffs Harbour - Campbell Page

ACT/Queanbeyan

  • ACT/Queanbeyan - Nexus Human Services

Queensland

  • Redcliffe/Scarborough - Help Enterprises
  • Ipswich - The Bremer Institute of TAFE
  • Ipswich - Top Office Personnel

Victoria

  • Geelong - JobCo Employment Services Ltd
  • Maroondah/Ringwood - The Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Maribyrnong - Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
  • Maribyrnong - The Brotherhood of St Laurence

Tasmania

  • Devonport - Campbell Page
  • Hobart - Inner Northern Group Training
  • Launceston/West Tamar - The Salvation Army (VIC) Property Trust

South Australia

  • Onkaparinga - Heta
  • Port Adelaide/Enfield - DOME Association Inc

Western Australia

  • Belmont - Pernickety Pty Ltd
  • Gosnells - IPA Personnel Pty Ltd
  • Swan - Stirling Skills Training Centre