MATURE aged job seekers and those with a disability are being urged by Red Cross to consider heading back to the classroom to learn how to earn, now that Australians are living longer, retiring later and less likely to rely on welfare benefits.
Bureau of Statistics figures show the average retirement age has jumped by five years in recent times with only 9% of workers expecting to retire before the age of 60. The figures also show a big shift in the way people expect to pay for their retirement, with fewer and fewer relying on a pension.
Red Cross General Manager, Operations and Business Development, Chris Casey says “The trend towards part-time work means there will be plenty of jobs in Aged Care, Community Services, Cleaning, Hospitality, Retail, Transport and Warehousing.
“At Red Cross we have a range of training courses for job seekers to up skill, learn new skills or simply gain the confidence to re-join the workforce.
“Job seekers currently working with an Employment Consultant are urged to contact Red Cross for assistance with a back to work training program.
For more information about Red Cross ‘Learn to Earn’ training program phone 1300 367 428 or go to the Red Cross ‘Learn’ page redcross.edu.au