PwC leads Government pilot to help mature age Australians re-enter the workforce

9 April

Mature age Australians struggling to find work in South Western Sydney will be given access to innovative online career management tools and other services through a landmark project being led by PwC.

“The Career Skills for New Jobs project is about increasing the ability of mature age Australians to self-manage their careers and re-enter the workforce by offering practical, accessible ways to boost their job prospects,” said Sara Caplan, National Skills Lead at PwC Australia who is leading the project.

The pilot is part of the Government’s $96.1 million Try, Test and Learn Fund, a Department of Social Services (DSS) initiative.

Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said: “The project will provide around 250 older job seekers in South Western Sydney access to an online Career Management Tool that enables connected, tailored support and training to improve their confidence and skills in finding and keeping a job.

Participants will receive one to one tailored career support through career practitioners, who will help them access appropriate vocational education and training where required, as well as health and financial services.

Career Skills for New Jobs is expected to begin recruiting participants from mid-2019.

Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman welcomed the funding for the South Western Sydney community.

“Employment has significant health and social benefits. Having a job helps build financial independence and leads to greater confidence and wellbeing,” Mr Coleman said.

“This project will improve digital literacy and give mature aged job seekers in South Western Sydney greater employment opportunities.”

The Try, Test and Learn uses insights from the Australian Priority Investment Approach to Welfare to trial new or innovative approaches to assist some of the most vulnerable in society onto a path towards stable, sustainable independence.

For more information, please contact the PwC project lead, Jessica Wong: jessica.b.wong@pwc.com

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