Joondalup: trial program to help older workers expand job skills at North Metropolitan TAFE

North Metropolitan TAFE executive director Peter Ebell, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash and North Metropolitan TAFE  managing director Michelle Hoad.
North Metropolitan TAFE executive director Peter Ebell, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash and North Metropolitan TAFE managing director Michelle Hoad.

NORTH Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup will be one of three WA providers delivering a program to increase employment opportunities for mature-age people.

A national trial of the Career Transition Assistance program started yesterday to help older Australians develop contemporary skills needed to get ongoing employment.

Nationally, 10 organisations will deliver the trial program in five regions to help older workers become more competitive in labour markets through workshops designed to build on their transferable skills.

Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash and Moore MHR Ian Goodenough launched the program at the Joondalup TAFE campus on July 2.

“I am aware of constituents who find it difficult to gain employment over the age of 50,” Mr Goodenough said.

“The average age in my electorate is 39 – just a few years younger than the group this program is designed for.

“I’m pleased that mature Australians, some with decades of working life ahead of them, are being supported to upskill, retrain and build the confidence necessary to find gainful employment.”

Other providers in WA are Outcare in East Perth and Women’s Health Care Association in Northbridge.

Visit www.jobs.gov.au for more information.

Moore MHR Ian Goodenough speaking at the Career Transition Assistance program launch in Joondalup.