Published on Sep 16, 2019
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Everybody knows someone who has been retrenched. While it can be devastating for the person being retrenched, it can also be an anxious and upsetting time for the manager who has to deliver the news.
An Employment Facilitator (EF) for the Hunter region, Warrick Jordan, has been hired by the Australian Government to assist in this difficult process for businesses and employees.
Warrick’s role is to help retrenched workers, job seekers and employers access training and employment services, and to support workers and employers through workforce transitions.
He works with employer, government, service provider, and other community stakeholders to identify barriers to employment and training. He also develops activities to address those barriers, particularly for disadvantaged and vulnerable workers and jobseekers.
“We find it a real advantage to engage with employers as early as possible,” Warrick said. “This can provide an opportunity to get plans, information and services in place to ease the impact on workers and give them more options. “
He said he aims to make workers feel informed about their options in difficult circumstances.
“Clear information empowers workers and helps them avoid being overwhelmed by the difficulty of navigating services. We are fortunate to have excellent local providers, and having some help in understanding what programs and opportunities are out there has proven to be really valuable for workers in other regions” Warrick said.
He said he could provide information in the form of fact sheets, presentations, workshops, open door individual or group briefings on or offsite, and phone calls.
The EF is available to spend time at transition centres, workplaces, or off site locations to be accessible to workers at times suitable to them. The EF is available at short notice, or as part of a planned workforce transition, and can deliver regular assistance over time.
The EF also has access to data, studies, and experts who can present on issues such as local labour market demand and good practice in socially responsible restructuring.
Specific assistance available includes the following:
- Information provision: The EF can provide information on the range of available options and link employers to relevant services and providers regarding job seeking, skills assessment, training, small business programs, counselling, and welfare.
- Information on workforce transition planning. This includes information on existing services, best practice, workforce communications, planning and sequencing, and assessment of supply chain impacts.
- Jobs fairs. The EF is supported to deliver major Jobs Fairs that can be highly effective in providing access to available local employment. There are a range of specific services and quality providers in the Hunter who can assist employers and workers during retrenchments. Some of these services include:
- Early Access: Immediate job active employment services assistance for retrenched workers and their partners. This includes job search support, identification of type and availability of local jobs, and training and mentoring.
- Skills Checkpoint: a program for broadly defined vulnerable workers over the age of 45 to assess skills, career aspirations and personal circumstances; develop a career plan appropriate to local job opportunities; and access match-funded (by employer or worker) training assistance to the value of $2200.
- Career Transition Assistance: A job search and digital literacy program for jobseekers over 45 who are registered jobactive participants.
- Recognition of Prior Learning and onsite training: A number of providers in the region deliver on and offsite site RPL, upskilling and cross skilling. Experience shows this type of training is often preferred to longer term education and training opportunities.
- Off-site training and educational opportunities: There are a substantial number of options by location and training types for vocational and tertiary education, including those tailored to local job opportunities.
- Entrepreneurship (Facilitator/NEIS): The NEIS program provides training and 9 months of financial support for new small businesses. The Hunter Entrepreneurship Facilitator supports the establishment of small business, and other mentoring and business development services are available.
- Labour market analysis: The Department of Employment has access to comprehensive labour market analysis of growth sectors to inform employers and retrenched workers.
- Wage subsidies and relocation assistance: Wage subsidies of up to $10,000 and relocation assistance of up to $9000 are available for jobseekers to take up employment opportunities.
- Counselling: A number of free financial and psychological counselling and social work services are available across region.
- Mortgage relief: Mortgages and other household loans can create a substantial problem for retrenched workers, particularly in cases of unanticipated job loss. Most financial institutions have programs that provide mortgage relief due to adverse personal circumstances.
Email Warrick Jordan
or call 0451 633 197.
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