Age, so they say, is just a number and is proving to be the case for the growing ranks of entrepreneurs over 50 years of age.
According to a survey by Business in the Community, some 62 per cent of workers in their 50s had not received training in computer skills.
It seems taking a back seat is something a lot of people are finding increasingly difficult to do and a return to work after retiring could be on the cards.
Prior research from Peldon Rose maintained businesses were creating a “forgotten generation” of older workers, who despite their knowledge weren’t being heard at work. This has further been emphasised in PwC’s Golden Age Index.
It’s a no brainer that eight big firms, including Aviva, Barclays and Atos, are going to promote the employment of older workers by publishing data about the age of respective workforces – it makes perfect sense.
It’s important for small businesses to understand the impact of an ageing workforce, whilst developing and integrating practices which can increase productivity and harness the skills and knowledge that older employees bring to the table.
With an ongoing skills gap, you may think the British workforce would like to learn new things, but 25 per cent of office workers believe it's increasingly more difficult to learn new software as time passes on.
Albert Einstein famously once said, "the only source of knowledge is experience" and while I’d have a bit of trouble getting my head around some of Einstein’s mathematic equations, that’s a statement every Tom, Dick and Harry will understand and know it’s true.
How old is too old to start your own business? Nigel Swycher was 53 when he launched Aistemos, a company that handles risk and valuation in intellectual property (IP).
Training and personal development helps companies and industries to grow. Without investing in people, businesses cannot expect employees to complete vital tasks, interact with clients at the right level or come up with great creative ideas.
New Hollywood movie The Intern revolves around a 70-year-old widower, played by Robert De Niro, who joins a fast-growing fashion business as a trainee. Just like the film reveals, however, companies and the leaders behind them shouldn't fail to recognise the importance of older professionals.
A new programme from Barclays called Bolder Apprentices will allow people aged between 24 and 65 start a new career or return to work in a number of divisions throughout the company by learning the ropes as a trainee.