The huge crowd of 4,250 people who attended the Bundaberg Jobs Expo on 19 May demonstrates both enthusiasm of the region’s job seekers and need for more jobs to Keep Australia Working. Overall this was a popular and successful expo, with 60 exhibitors on taking nearly 2,200 resumes for 340 of the 400 job opportunities on offer.
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard officiated along with Parliamentary Secretary Jason Clare, hosted by Lorraine Pyefinch, Mayor of Bundaberg and member of the Keep Australia Working Advisory Committee.
APPRENTICE KICKSTART – Extension
A reminder that small and medium sized employers and group training organisations who take on a young apprentice in a Certificate III or IV level qualification in a skills shortage trade occupation may be eligible to receive the Apprentice Kickstart Extension which triples the first year incentive payment. This incentive is available now and will be available until 12 November 2010. For more information, including the list of occupations, see the Apprentice Kickstart factsheet, visit the Australian Apprenticeships website or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.
PRODUCTIVE AGEING PACKAGE
Two elements of the new Productive Ageing Package will commence from 1 July 2010. The Career Renewal ? Job Retention initiative will help mature age workers keep a job with their current employer and/or transfer their skills to younger workers. The initiative will provide support to mature age workers to help them retain a job, or, if they are retired, semi?retired or not working full?time, to transfer their skills and experience to younger workers. Assistance includes training packages to allow eligible mature age workers to retain a job with their current employer and training for mature age workers at risk of losing their job due to a health condition, disability or injury, to help them keep their job.
The Career Renewal ? Career Transition initiative will help mature age workers stay engaged in the workforce, especially those in physically demanding roles. Assistance for this element will initially be targeted at those aged 55 years and over working in construction or manufacturing in Employment Priority Areas. This initiative will assist mature age workers to remain engaged in the labour market, focusing on those in physically demanding roles for whom transitioning to another industry or occupation may be of benefit.
KEEP AUSTRALIA WORKING – Advisory Committee
The KAW Advisory committee met during the Centrelink Jobs Expo. The major item on the agenda was the final draft of the Regional Employment Plan. The plan has gone through some changes as a decision has been made to publish the plans from all the priority employment areas. The plans should be ready for distribution by early July.
NATIONAL DISABILITY AWARDS
Nominations are now open for 2010 National Disability Awards. If you have made, or know someone who has made, a significant contribution to their community either at a local, regional, state or national level, tell someone about it by nominating for the awards. There are six categories ? for individuals, businesses, local government, community and housing providers. Nominations close on 16 July 2010. For information on the award categories and to download a nomination form see the National Disability Awards website. Awards will be presented on the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) later in the year.
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