The Budget didn’t have much going for it for older job seekers but if you’re aged 50 or over, did you know about the Restart wage subsidy?
Restart was announced by the Federal Government back in the 2014 Federal Budget and it’s still going.
The scheme offers a financial incentive of up to $10,000 for employers to take on a worker aged 50 or older.
Similar to the JobMaker scheme, the employee must average 20 hours of work per week.
The worker has to be employed for 26 weeks before the employer receives the money. That’s so the employer keeps them on.
There is also a training program for those over 45 who are seeking a job. More than 6,000 people have participated in the Career Transition Assistance (CTA).
Career Transition Assistance
Career Transition Assistance (CTA) aims to increase their job readiness by identifying their transferable skills and better targeting their job search to local industries and available jobs.
It may give job seekers a better understanding of available job opportunities in their local area and support them to tailor applications based on their skills and experience.
This program provides practical assistance to develop technology and digital skills to use smartphones, tablets, apps, social media and desktop computers, as well as applying for jobs online.
CTAs are provided by an employment service provider (beware of dodgy providers).
The government website for more information is here.