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Give older job seekers a Fair Go!DOME (Don’t Overlook Mature Age) has launched its Fair Go! campaign designed to promote awareness of the value of the older job seeker.
“All most older job seekers want is a fair go when applying for jobs, they just want the opportunity to be considered and not dismissed because of their age. They just want a fair go to demonstrate their skills and experience.”
DOME has been providing employment services for people over the age of 40 here in South Australia since 1981. Over that period they have assisted over 15,000 people into employment.
Mr Goudie said, “when I joined DOME in 2001, there were about 1,000 people registered with DOME seeking employment and with new people joining and others finding work, it stayed at about that level for many years. Then after the GFC the number started to climb and today we have close to 2,500 people actively seeking work.”
Mature age people are losing their jobs and with less jobs available they are finding it more difficult to get back into employment in the current market.
Over the coming months DOME will be campaigning to create greater awareness of the value of the older worker. “They have valuable experience and strong life skills that would be of benefit to any business in any position.” Mr Goudie said
Part of this program is to refresh the DOME image and make the services more relevant in todays’ employment market.
“We want to communicate the various services that DOME can offer to not just job seekers, but also to employers generally. It will be our challenge to ensure employers know there is great value in older workers and help them to recruit, retain, retrain and promote them.” Mr Goudie said.
The economy at all levels is facing serious difficulties and by giving these people employment opportunities they will have pay packets and not dole cheques which will generate more growth in the economy which can further support more employment opportunities.
The Australian Human Rights Commission, via Deloitte estimates that a 5% increase in paid workforce participation by people over 55 nationwide would add $48 billion to Australia’s economy.
To kick start the campaign DOME has presented awards to 4 organisations who over the years have supported the older worker through the use of DOME services. The Minister for Ageing and Volunteers, Ms Zoe Bettison presented the DOME Fair Go Awards.