HR & Management

Older workers champion scheme to help over-50s get work in 2015

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05 January 2015

Employment Minister Esther McVey has recently announced that from April 2015, the government will roll out an ‘older workers’ champion scheme across the UK. The intention is that over-50s jobseekers fighting ageism to get back to work will be given a new approach to preventing their talents from being wasted.

Government research recently revealed that if the 1.2m workless over-50s who want a job were supported into work, it could add £50bn to the economy. So, as part of the government’s long-term economic plan, work support will be offered through an ‘older workers’ champion scheme, alongside a career review.

This means a dedicated expert will champion their transferable skills from previous careers, and ensure jobseekers get the training needed to fill any skills gaps for a move to a new career.

McVey suggests that 50 is the new 30 as there are more older workers wanting to make the most of their skills. And, undoubtedly, “they have a hugely valuable contribution to make to any workforce”.

“Despite the recent impressive trends in those over 50 getting back into work, older workers still in many cases face outdated stereotypes when it comes to business hiring practices,” she said. 

“Not only is this a waste of valuable talent and ‘life skills’, but it’s a missed opportunity for businesses to make the most of their experience to support younger colleagues develop their careers.

“As part of our long-term economic plan, our champions will tackle outdated views that older workers are somehow ‘past it’ so that more people get the security of a regular wage in 2015.”

This announcement boosts recent measures announced as part of the government’s Fuller Working Lives strategy to make sure employers make the most of the skills and experience of those who change jobs mid-way through their career.