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Call for older jobseekers champion

8 January 2020

Fraser Coast Regional Council is calling for Expressions of Interest to fill a new Older Workforce Advocate position designed to champion the contribution of older jobseekers across the region.  

Acting CEO Gerard Carlyon said the Older Workforce Advocate would be engaged for four months to promote the Regional Employment Trials – Older Workforce and Support Program.

“The successful person will be a public advocate for the skills and experience that people over 45 years of age bring to the workforce,” Mr Carlyon said. 

“The role involves forming links between the community and stakeholders to support older job seekers and to support the Australian Age Discriminations Commissioner in a local context. 

“One of the successful applicant’s first tasks will be Master of Ceremonies at the Fraser Coast Jobs Expo in February,” Mr Carlyon said.  

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said that in a region such as the Fraser Coast where the average age is about 48, everything possible should be done to harness the skills and experience of older workers.

The Fraser Coast Jobs Expo at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough on Wednesday 12 February, 10am to 2pm, forms part of the Older Worker Advocate employer forum for the Regional Employment Trials program. 

This program delivers initiatives that benefit unemployed people and improves employment outcomes in selected programs. 

It also provides increased training, professional development and skills education opportunities that align with regional priorities to support employment outcomes. 

Anyone interested in the new role is invited to email Kerry.Fullarton@frasercoast.qld.gov.au outlining their interest in the role and attaching a resume.  

The Fraser Coast Regional Council is partnering with the Australian Government to deliver the Regional Employment Trials Program.