MAX's Mature Age Seminar - a great success

"Mature age workers bring so much to the workforce - they need to believe in themselves."

September 18 2014
Mature age job seekers on the Central Coast have had a confidence boost after MAX Employment’s Meaningful Mature Age Seminar, held on Tuesday September 16 at the Gosford RSL.


Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP with MAX Employment Placement Consultant, Kay Ryan. Image courtesy of Allamanda Gentle 

The seminar was organised by 71-year-old MAX Employment Placement Consultant, Kay Ryan who has assisted many mature age job seekers into work on the Central Coast.

“As someone who fully understands work at a mature age, it’s upsetting to see so many mature age job seekers feel that they’re too old to work and that no one will want to hire them,” said Ms Ryan.

“Mature age workers bring so much to the workforce – they have a strong work ethic, a lifetime of experience and the ability to connect with people from all walks of life – they need to believe in themselves.” 

The seminar was attended by more than 100 job seekers and let people know that they are never too old to find meaningful employment.

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP spoke at the seminar, and said the Government has introduced programmes to encourage people to put themselves in a better position to find and keep a job.

“The new Restart Programme offers a wage subsidy of up to $10,000 in assistance across two years to eligible employers who hire job seekers aged 50 years of age or over. We have also developed the Corporate Champions Programme for employers who hire and retain mature age staff. There are so many important benefits that mature age workers can bring to the workplace, such as reliability, initiative, skills, insight, leadership and mentoring,” Mrs Wicks said.

Other guest speakers included mature age workers, local employment consultants, and representatives from the University of Newcastle, NRMA’s Living Well Navigator, the Department of Employment, ET Australia and the Wyoming Community Centre.


Image courtesy of Allamanda Gentle 

Ms Ryan said that there were many options and opportunities available to mature age job seekers and recommended the following tips for returning to the workforce:

1. Be confident – mature age workers have a lot of experience and skills to offer
2. Remember that many jobs aren’t advertised – print off a resume and visit local employers
3. Extend your circle of contacts - you never know who could be looking to hire someone
4. Consider training or up-skilling to fill knowledge gaps, this could be done through volunteering
5. Identify transferable skills – what skills can be transferred to paid employment.

Local employers can access the Restart Programme through their local MAX Employment office, for more information phone 1800 625 350.

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