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Western Sydney’s first career expo for mature workers coming to Penrith

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06 February 2019

Minister for Ageing and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies and Minister for Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres officially launched Penrith’s first Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers today.

The Expo, hosted by IRT Foundation and the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, will be held at Penrith Panthers on 20 February 2019, thanks to a Liveable Communities Grant from the NSW Government.

IRT Foundation Manager, Toby Dawson, said the Expo will be a one-stop-shop for people aged over 45 looking for advice on career planning, education and training, financial planning and job seeking services.

“If we enable Western Sydney’s over 50s to work for longer, the region can benefit from a large group of older workers who still have much to offer the growing Western Sydney economy,” Mr Dawson said.

“This in turn can lead to an improvement in wellbeing, as research clearly shows that flexible and fulfilling work can enhance our quality of life as we age.”

Minister Davies said that by 2031, one in three people in NSW will be aged 50 or over.

“The key is ensuring we manage the challenges and maximise the opportunities being created by the ageing population, and for many this includes having the opportunity to continue to work or to re-enter the workforce,” Mrs Davies said.

“As the NSW Minister for Ageing, I am delighted to support such a wonderful initiative.”

Minister Ayres said he was thrilled to bring this fantastic opportunity for our local seniors and the business community to Penrith Panthers.

“Older people still have so much to give and bring a wealth of experience into their careers, and the NSW Government is committed to tackling ageist attitudes by working with the business community to remove barriers to continued participation among older workers,” Mr Ayres said.

According to a 2016 report by National Seniors Australia, people over 50 who fail to plan for the next stage of their career are more likely to end up jobless, but the majority of older Australians don’t believe career planning is relevant to them.

“This is where IRT Foundation’s Career Check-Up Expo for Mature Workers can help, with a wealth of knowledge and information about planning an encore career all in one place,” Mr Dawson added.

President Simon Gould said Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud and excited to partner with IRT Foundation to bring the Career Check-Up Expo to Penrith.

“This event provides our members with a unique forum to present themselves as potential employers to a determined and skilled workforce, and is an opportunity for local seniors to explore potential employment options closer to home,” Mr Gould said.

Attendance for mature workers is free and registrations for employees and exhibitors are now open.

For more information, or to register, visit eventbrite or call 134 478.

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