The announcement by the Federal government that it is likely to increase the pension age in the immediate future has caused a lot of concern amongst Australians with many suggesting it is unfair due the physical demands on certain occupations.

Coupled with the continuing issue of mature workers unable to obtain find gainful employment has the potential to exacerbate the situation in the next two decades. Dealing with the declining input of relevant skills to support our economy should be a major concern for all parties.

Something to think about in the coming years could be a national mentoring scheme where in later years mature workers can transfer their valuable skills. Whilst it is acknowledged it may not be suitable for some occupations and major volumes might not be achieved it could be effective in engaging workers in later part of their careers and slow the haemorrhaging of skills which are seemingly being lost. Mentoring has proved itself an effective method with several benefits emanating from its use.

It is unlikely this idea will be considered soon due to fiscal pressures but it could be a step in the right direction and all parties, government, business and people would derive benefit from such a proposal.

Ken Wood