4 December, 2018
VERTO has today announced that it has been awarded sole provider status for New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (VIC) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) under the federal government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers program.
This $17.4m program, announced as a part of the 2018/19 Budget, will provide eligible Australians with assessment, advice and guidance on transitioning into new roles within their current industry or pathways to a new career, including referral to relevant education and training options. Eligible individuals will be those aged 45 to 70 who are employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or recently unemployed and not registered for assistance through an employment services program.
Commenting on the successful tender, VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell said “This is an incredibly exciting win for VERTO. To be awarded sole provider status in NSW, VIC, and the ACT is a fantastic result for our entire organisation. This delivers another core component of our growth strategy, aimed at increasing our ability to deliver services for those in the community who require support, training, and guidance on entering the workforce. I would like to thank the entire VERTO team involved and the Australian Government for the opportunity to deliver these much needed services to older Australians.”
“To be able to deliver these services across a number of states and territories is something we’re incredibly proud of. Alongside our expansion of our Employment Services across NSW in July 2018, VERTO now covers more than 40 locations across Australia” Maxwell added.
The Skills Checkpoint Program is a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Jobs and Small Business, while it’s also linked to the latter’s Skills and Training Incentive. This incentive will be administrated by Skills Checkpoint Providers and is available to individuals who have been assessed as part of the Skills Checkpoint Program. The incentive will provide recipients with up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund suitable training to help them make a career transition.