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Career Transition Assistance (CTA)

What is CTA?

If you are 45 or over and would like to return to work or up-skill to meet the demands of the current industries Career Transition Assistance (CTA) is the prefect training for you. CTA is an Australian Government initiative supporting job seekers 45-years and older to build confidence and identify current skills to transfer to industries on demand.

North Metropolitan TAFE delivers CTA across the northern region of Perth employing a team of practiced professionals working together to identify your skills, previous experience and vocational fields so you can explore opportunities to re-enter the labour market confidently.

The Career Transition Assistance (CTA)(opens in a new tab) program is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

How CTA works for you

As a Career Transition Assistance participant you will undertake active project based learning to be able to:

  • Critically analyse your current skills
  • Research particular industry requirements and skills sets
  • Work collaboratively and assess your team working skills
  • Assess your current skills and identify training gaps to work in a particular industry
  • Identify your current skills and how they are transferable to different industries.

As a CTA participant you will also undertake relevant employer visits and have the opportunity to undertake work experience.

As a CTA participant we help you get:  

  • Assistance with transferring your current skills and experience to a competitive industry
  • Assess your employment options considering your skills and life experiences
  • Identify your skills set and  address the selection criteria to apply for suitable jobs
  • Use digital technologies and social media to market yourself and to create networks
  • Update your resume to make it current.

Then talk to your Jobactive provider about taking part in CTA. If you aren’t already, register with a Jobactive provider.

This flowchart (166 KB) (PDF document) sets out the steps to follow in determining your employment or training goals.

Preparing your pathway plan

After initial referral, as a participant you will meet with a pathways advisor, and then with the facilitator, to map out a suitable career pathway plan. A range of career advice software programs suitable for mature age worker, such as JIIG-CAL, is available to assist you. Dedicated and comfortable rooms at each campus location make participants feel comfortable throughout the process.

You can be assured you have ongoing support after the completion of your training so you can fulfill your career pathway plan. In addition, an exit interview will establish possible suitable work experience opportunities.

Currently North Metropolitan TAFE successfully places around 100 participants each term with local employers.

Course description

Tailored career assistance

CTA participants will undertake active project-based learning in the following areas. This modular approach allows for flexible rolling intake. Throughout, participants will be actively involved in:

  • Critical analysis of current skills
  • Research of particular industry requirements and skill sets
  • Working collaboratively and assessing their own team work skills.
Duration and study mode
75 hours over eight (8) weeks

Participants understand the job market for mature aged job seekers. Inbound guest speakers from the relevant NMT portfolios help to build client confidence and motivation.


10 hours


Through group and peer work, participants learn about the changing world of work and their transferrable skills. Outbound local employer visit assist clients to understand the Australian job market.    


10 hours


Identifying skills gaps and planning to up skill. Group or individual projects will be based around setting work timelines.


10 hours


Focus on the key core ‘employability skills’ and work on preparing resumes, referees and qualifications.


10 hours


Participants learn how to prepare, and maintain a job search contact list to place in their Career Pathway Plan and research online sites.


10 hours


Role plays and watching authentic material allow for interview preparation and practice.


15 hours


Participants learn about self- marketing as a mature age applicant and practice various approaches.


10 hours

Training and employment

Technology and digital skills

In this modern world, digital literacy is very important to stay competitive in the labour force.

As a CTA participant, you will have the opportunity to experience technology hands-on and work closely with an experienced facilitator. Learning will be an action-based project, in which you'll gain confidence by working together. You'll also use a range on North Metropolitan TAFE technologies such as PCs and multifunction devices, withy all computers having access to the full Microsoft Office suit.

We are partnering with Be Connected to support older Australians thrive in a digital world and share the passion for digital inclusion.

Short courses and skill sets

At North Metropolitan TAFE, we offer a variety of short courses and skill sets. Talk to us about how you can be involved or browse our comprehensive list of offerings. Application and enrolment information is included on individual course pages.

Our skill sets usually provide certification for specific workplace skills and are made up of one or more units of competency which link to an industry need or regulatory requirement, such as a licence. When you complete a skill set, you will receive a statement of attainment and in some cases this may count towards a higher qualification with further study.  Skill sets are usually identified in the course title.

Mixed mode course in response to COVID-19

What this means for you

Access to library

As a CTA Program participant, you will have access to all North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) libraries located at Balga, Joondalup, Leederville, Mt Lawley, Midland and Perth campuses.

This includes:

  • An Office 365 account
  • Computer access
  • Access to online learning resources
  • Facilitator (teacher) and library staff assistance as required
  • Access to the Jobs and Skills Centres.

You will experience direct engagement with local employers through alternative delivery methods.

Online participation

Once familiar with Office 365, you will be able to participate online with a Facilitator through Microsoft Teams.

Self- study

One day a week is self-study - allowing you to do parts of the program online in your own time.

Paper based resources (optional) for additional support

Upon request participants can have access to printed resources.

Jobactive providers

Want to see your jobseekers confidence improve and boost? Download our service delivery plan.

Information sessions

Jobactive providers can request an information session about the program for potential CTA participants by calling us on 9207 4840.

Potential employers

If you are a business interested in hosting a Career Transition participant for a work placement please contact us.


Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

North Metropolitan TAFE is now an approved provider for the Foundation Skills for Your Future Program.


North Metropolitan TAFE delivers the CTA program from the following campuses

North Metropolitan TAFE
Balga campus (K Block)
18 Loxwood Road, Balga WA 6061

North Metropolitan TAFE
Joondalup campus
35 Kendrew Crescent, Joondalup WA 6027

North Metropolitan TAFE
Midland campus
Cnr Lloyd St and Eddie Barron Dr, Midland WA 6056

North Metropolitan TAFE
Perth campus
Level 3, 25 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000