Expanded support for mature-aged job seekers in Wide Bay

Mature-aged workers in Wide Bay can now access funded training more easily and quickly to help them find work, Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien announced today.

Changes to the Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program will provide more opportunities for job seekers aged 45 and over to access training and support to improve their digital literacy, job opportunities and identifying transferrable skills.

“Importantly, the Career Transition Assistance Program will be available online during the COVID-19 pandemic, so mature age Australians in all areas of Wide Bay can continue to access this valuable program,” Mr O’Brien said.

“To be competitive in today’s job market some mature age workers may need support to improve their digital skills, and it’s important, practical skills like these that the program delivers.”

The program has been boosted by $41.7 million from early May until June 2022. This means jobactive providers can more readily refer mature age job seekers into the program. 

“The CTA program is effective and is popular with participants and the facilitators who deliver it. We are increasing the number of people who can access it, particularly during these challenging economic times.

“This means more mature age job seekers can build their confidence and gain experience in using a range of technology and platforms, like smartphones, tablets, apps, social media and computers.”

The CTA program empowers mature-age job seekers in Wide Bay to build confidence and learn new skills and enables participants to become more competitive in their local labour market through a short form, targeted training. 

New funding arrangements will be available until 30 June 2022. More information can be found at https://www.employment.gov.au/career-transition-assistance