Government help to plan your career and become job ready
Career Transition Assistance supports registered job seekers aged over 45 even if you’re not on income support. It can help you identify your transferable skills (see above), build your confidence and target your job search. Find out more in the section below called “Career planning resources“.
If you’ve just lost your job (or think you might)
If you’ve recently been made redundant or feel you need help in finding direction in your current role, you can apply to Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers. This free program funded by the Australian Government is designed specifically to help people aged 45 to 70 with personalised career advice and subsidies for training. It’s only available if you’re not yet getting the JobSeeker Payment.
If you’ve lost casual, full-time or part-time work in the last 12 months due to retrenchment, downsizing or business closure, you may be eligible for Tasmania’s Rapid Response Skills Initiative. If so, you will be able to immediately access up to $3000 towards the cost of training to help you get back to work as soon as possible. This includes up to $500 for employment advice.
The related Rapid Response Skills Matching Service may also be able to help. It’s a free service established in response to job losses resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency.
If you’re at least 45, live in Burnie, have been unemployed for at least three months, and are registered with jobactive or a Disability Employment Service, you may be eligible for a program called Burnie Works: Building Bridges. Just ask your service provider to refer you. As part of this program, you’ll get to work with employers and go to networking events with bosses from local industries.