The Australian Government’s Skills Checkpoint program is a successful, national program that assists mature workers (those aged 40 or over) to remain in or re-enter the workforce. The program offers eligible participants individualised, one-on-one career mentoring support. The Checkpoint is directly linked to the Skills and Training Incentive, which may provide up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) from the Australian Government to co-fund re-skilling or up-skilling opportunities through eligible courses identified in the participant’s Checkpoint Career Plan.
Since the program started in November 2018, BUSY At Work has supported over 7,000 participants to reinvigorate their careers and continue to contribute their much-needed skills and experience to the workforce. The program has seen incredible growth and demand over the past few years due to COVID-19 and the subsequent disruptions to our workforce, and has assisted people like Robyn Hallewell to continue in her field and progress towards her career goals.
It was while making enquiries about career paths in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that Robyn learnt about the Skills Checkpoint program. Apart from gaining career advisory support through the program, Robyn was also interested in accessing the Skills and Training Incentive to help with the training costs of undertaking her diploma. After some eligibility checks, Robyn quickly signed up for Skills Checkpoint.
Robyn said, “My career advisor was really knowledgeable across so many industries and helped me identify a qualification that will expand my knowledge and experience, and open up a whole world of possibilities.”
“I have recently been offered part time teaching work within a local indigenous community which I absolutely love and now that I am working for an RTO (Registered Training Organisation) I will have the opportunity to apply my skills in a workplace so that I can successfully complete the diploma level qualification.”
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Paul Miles, Managing Director at BUSY At Work said, “The Skills Checkpoint program is an important program to ensure our experienced, older workers are remaining in the workforce and supporting the new generation workforce. After successfully delivering this program in multiple states in Australia (including Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia and South Australia), BUSY At Work is really proud to be awarded the contract to deliver this program nationally from October 1st, 2022. We look forward to continuing to deliver successful outcomes for mature-aged people looking to transition, remain or re-enter the workforce.”
If you’re over 40 and looking to refresh your career path, the Skills Checkpoint program may be your best career move yet! For eligibility criteria or to find out more, visit https://skillscheck.com.au/skills-checkpoint-for-job-seekers/