Mature Age Jobseekers
The mature age worker has many strengths and benefits that are useful and too often overlooked by employers.
Here are just a few [i]:
- They are interested in training and will use it to build on their already great wealth of experience.
- They are often flexible in regard to their working conditions and working hours.
- Statistical research shows that the mature age, tend to take less sick days than younger workers.
- Older workers can relate to the requirements of older customers and have the experience to understand the attitudes of the younger person. Which is not the case in the reverse situation as the younger person hasn’t “experienced” mature age.
- Older workers have often developed an attitude of loyalty towards their employers.
- The goal of older workers is not necessarily to retire, many are very keen to continue working even if only on a part-time basis
Support for older persons
National Seniors Australia can assist in ensuring that mature aged workers have the skills needed to be successful in the workforce
Don’t Overlook Mature Expertise (DOME) is a community based not for profit Employment and Training organisation offering services to mature age unemployed and disadvantaged people in South Australia .
[i] DOME, The value of older workers, accessed 01/04/2016<http://discoverdome.org.au/employers/value-older-w…>
Self-employment—New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)
– Job seekers who are interested in running a new small business may be eligible to participate in the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS), delivered as part of jobactive. NEIS is a programme delivered by a network of 21 providers who provide individualised help for job seekers to become self-employed business owners