Employment Minister Esther McVey recently announced that the government will roll out an ‘older workers’ champion scheme across every part of the UK to tackle age discrimination, from April 2015. The champions will complement the work of the government’s ‘Older Workers’ Champion’ Ros Altmann to ensure training is appropriate to those who may already have several careers behind them.
The scheme aims to tackle the age discrimination that can force Over-50s jobseekers into much higher levels of long-term unemployment than their younger counterparts. Intensive work support will be offered through the scheme with a ‘career review’, digital support for older jobseekers to get online and link-ups with local small and medium sized businesses with vacancies to fill.
Research shows if the 1.2 million workless over 50s who want a job were supported into work, it could add £50 billion to the economy as part of the government’s long-term economic plan.
This measure forms 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.
Employment Minister Esther McVey said:
“There are more and more older workers wanting to make the most of their skills and experience in a new career, and 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 Despite the recent impressive trends in those over 50 getting back into work, older workers still in many cases face outdated stereotypes when it comes to business hiring practices”.