The Australian Government has launched a program through which mature age workers can obtain a nationally recognised qualification. This program should assist in ensuring that the skills and knowledge of mature age workers continue to make a valuable contribution to the facilities management industry.
Mature age workers bring an enormous amount of knowledge and capability to the workplace. For various reasons, these skills have not always been formally recognised through accredited qualifications.
This can be a significant barrier to mature age workers securing employment in roles they would find challenging and rewarding. This, in turn, can lead to early retirement and career limitations. The net effect is that the economy is losing valuable resources.
In a move to formally address this and to give mature age workers the recognition they deserve, the Australian Government launched the Investing in Experience (Skills Recognition & Training) program through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. Through this program mature age workers can obtain a nationally recognised qualification.
Grants of up to $4400 (inc GST) are available to employers to assist their mature age workers to obtain their qualification.
“The facilities management industry features an expanding number of professionals who have grown into the role from a wide range of disparate backgrounds over a period of years. While these industry ‘elders’ have a wealth of experience, both they and their employers would benefit from the formal process of recognition that this program offers,” Martin Leitch, fmedge CEO, comments.
He believes that this program will assist in ensuring that the skills and knowledge of mature age workers continue to make a valuable contribution to business, the facilities management industry and the economy.