Skills training

Call for Abstracts close in July for the Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference will be held 9 -10 November 2015 in Melbourne and will focus on improving transitions for job seekers to help them achieve positive outcomes.

If you are interested in presenting at the Conference, the Call for Abstracts will be closing 31 July with the Program being designed around the following topics:

  • Tackling unemployment for at risk groups – disability, regional, youth, mature age, and indigenous
  • Other at risk groups including CALD, ex-offenders and those with mental illness
  • Whole of family approach and earlier intervention including jobless families
  • Return to work strategies
  • The new welfare reform environment
  • Federal government policy and programs
  • Employer engagement and diversity programs targeting employing the long term unemployed
  • Labour market trends and research
  • Job Creation
  • JSA, DES other Employment Programs
  • Education, training and skills for employment
  • Building personal networks and relationship form partnerships, alliances and shared experience


For more information on submitting an abstract, please click here.

For more information on the Conference, click here.

Technology skills threat to older workers

Original article full title Technology skills threat to older workers: Staff risking long-term unemployment because training is ‘heavily-geared’ towards young people Published by Daily Mail Australia 16 April 2015 by Louise Eccles Business Correspondent

A generation of older workers are risking redundancy and long-term unemployment because of poor technology skills, it is claimed.
Experts said training was ‘heavily geared’ towards young people, meaning many older workers were left behind in the workplace. This left them vulnerable when companies start ‘shedding’ jobs.

While older generations often pride themselves on their numeracy and literacy skills, even these could ‘go stale’ with age, a study warned.
The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) said research showed that over-55s had the same literacy and numeracy skills as those aged 16 to 24 – and were worse at these skills than colleagues in their 30s and 40s.

The AAT said the death of a ‘job for life’ meant workers could no longer rely on loyalty to their company and experience to take them through to retirement with the same employer.

A survey by the AAT found that, while people in their twenties, thirties and forties aspired to take a master’s degree in the future or a vocational qualification, this stopped at 55, when most respondents said they were unlikely to undertake a formal qualification.

A third of over-55s cited their age as the reason for not wanting to take a new qualification.

Source Daily MailThe majority of older workers did not believe better computer skills would help them in their current job, while an astonishing one in 10 have never used a computer.

But the AAT said the reality was they may have a ‘lack of knowledge of what modern and technological tools there are available which could assist them carrying out their tasks’.

Mark Farrar, of the AAT, said: ‘Older generations are faced with the greatest barriers when it comes to reskilling.

‘Given rapid economic and technological changes, many traditional jobs are less secure than in the past and older workers are increasingly facing the threat of redundancy.

‘The UK’s ageing population is growing and the increased retirement age means people are working for longer.

‘The challenge is therefore to ensure people can continue to participate in the labour market at the later stage of their working lives.’

According to the Office for National Statistics, workers aged 55 and over are less likely to be unemployed than younger workers.

But older unemployed people are more likely to have been out of work for 12 months or longer, suggesting they find it harder to find a new job if they do find themselves out of work.

The accountancy body said older men were particularly vulnerable to job losses in the declining mining, agriculture and manufacturing industries, while women were heavily over-represented in the public sector so could face risks from cuts to civil servants.

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Unemployment surges to 12-year high in Australia

6.4 per cent –  youth jobless figure hits 14 per cent

Economists had expected an extra 13,000 new jobs in July, leaving the unemployment rate steady at 6 per cent, but total employment fell marginally while the pool of unemployed swelled to almost 790,000 people.

Michael Janda from ABC News has reported that Bureau of Statistics figures show the jobless rate has surged from June’s reading of 6 per cent to 6.4 per cent over last month. This is the worst reading since August 2002.

Young people have been particularly hard-hit, with unemployment for 15-24-year-olds hitting 14.1 per cent – the highest level since October 2001.

The jobless rate for the 15-19-year-old subset jumped even more to 20.4 per cent – the highest since April 1997 – and was 30.1 per cent amongst those looking for full-time work…


Michael has further reported that politicians are playing the ‘blame game’ over the rising jobless total with each side of politics blaming each other for the jobs figures released yesterday.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz admits the 6.4 per cent unemployment figure is a very high rate, and says he does not know when it will fall.

“As to when unemployment figures will turn around will depend on a host of factors, our task as a Government is not to predict the future,” he said.

Queensland, youth hit hardest


  • NSW: Unemployment up from 5.7 to 5.9 per cent; participation steady at 63 per cent.
  • Vic: Unemployment up from 6.6 to 7 per cent; participation up from 64.2 to 64.7 per cent.
  • Qld: Unemployment up from 6.3 to 6.8 per cent; participation down from 66.3 to 66.2 per cent.
  • SA: Unemployment down from 7.3 to 7.2 per cent; participation down from 62.8 to 62.3 per cent.
  • WA: Unemployment up from 5 to 5.2 per cent; participation steady at 68.4 per cent.
  • Tas: Unemployment steady at 7.5 per cent; participation up from 60.9 to 61 per cent.
  • NT: Unemployment up from 4.5 to 4.8 per cent; participation down from 74.8 to 74.4 per cent.
  • ACT: Unemployment up from 3.8 to 3.9 per cent; participation steady at 71.2 per cent.

Source: ABS. All data seasonally adjusted, except Tasmania, NT and ACT which are trend, due to small sample size.
The full story by Michael Janda can be read on ABC News

Join the discussion on Youth Unemployment at the Longterm Unemployment Conference to be held 18-19 August at the QT Gold Coast. It is paramount to Australia’s future to pull in our unemployment rate and reduce the impact on key at-risk groups.

The conference will address further, the causes and programs needed to provide opportunities for at other high risk groups: Disability, Mature Age,  Indigenous and Regional Unemployed.  It will focus on “Building Capability” to create employment in the future with over 50 presentations on research, policy, programs and case studies.

Skill shortage Australia

Skill Shortages Australia report –  ‘A well-skilled future: Tailoring VET to the emerging labour market’

This report is part of a suite of research projects entitled ‘A well-skilled future: Tailoring VET to the emerging labour market’ conducted by a consortium of researchers from the National Institute of Labour Studies and the Centre for Post-compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning. This report aims to clarify the term ‘skill shortage’ and to explain how skill shortages can be resolved naturally by market forces. It also provides some guidance on determining when a skill shortage requires public-policy intervention. Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), it aims to investigate future work skill needs and work organisation arrangements, and their implications for VET.

Research summary:

  • Skill acquisition and use across the life course:
  • Current trends, future prospects
  • Changing forms of employment and their implications for the development of skills
  • Demographic impacts on the future supply of vocational skills Research report
  • Changing work organisation and skill requirements
  • Social area differences in vocational education and training participation
  • Participation in vocational education and training across Australia
  • A regional analysis
  • Current vocational education and training strategies and responsiveness to emerging skills shortages and surpluses
  •  Matching supply of and demand for skills:
  • International perspectives

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Skill shortages and Job Creation will be discussed at a Long Term Unemployment Conference at the Gold Coast in August.


The Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014 is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment, being held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.