EMPLOYERS can take advantage of a new Australian Government initiative aimed at supporting mature age job seekers back into the workforce.

Minister for Jobs, Industrial Relations and Women Kelly O’Dwyer is calling for applications from organisations to deliver an expanded program which helps mature age job seekers re-enter the workforce or transition to a new career.

Career Transition Assistance is currently operating in five trial regions. It delivers tailored support to Australians over 50, boosting their skills, strengthening their resilience, teaching new job-search techniques, and helping them better understand their local jobs market.

Ms O’Dwyer MP said while both men and women will benefit from the scheme, mature age women stand to benefit in particular.

“Mature age women face particular hurdles when entering the workforce, particularly if they have spent long periods of time in caring or domestic roles,” she said.

“These women often need support to identify how their skills and experience would be valuable to an employer.”

She urged experienced organisations with demonstrated success delivering services that will ensure older men and women can re-skill and re-enter the workforce in their local communities to apply.

The government announced in the 2018–19 Federal Budget that it would bring forward the national rollout of Career Transition Assistance by 12 months, lowering the eligibility to now apply to those between 45 and 49 years old to help older Australians increase their job readiness and, if required, develop digital literacy. Assistance will be available for this expanded age bracket from 1 July 2019.

Respondents will need to demonstrate their experience to successfully deliver employment-related services that meet the needs of mature age job seekers in their local communities.

For more information about the tender process, click here. To register for an information session click here.

Applications open today and close at 12 pm on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.