02.03.15

New 50+ Works Guide for Older Jobseekers in High Demand

TAEN’s telephone lines have been humming with people asking for the new 50+ Works Guide. TAEN has been fielding a steady stream of telephone calls from members of the public wanting to try out the new 50+ Works: A Guide for Older Jobseekers

Within only a few days of the Guide being officially launched at an event in Westminster on 25 February, more than 100 people have called requesting a copy. And some 1,500 copies have been downloaded from TAEN’s website over the last four weeks.

The new Guide draws on material from the original 50+ Works website which jobseekers have found useful.  50+ Works is an online good practice guide designed by TAEN for welfare industry frontline advisers helping older people looking for work, but it is not intended specifically for individual jobseekers themselves.

Employment Minister Esther McVey, who spoke at the launch, said:  

“The Government has been aware that more needs to be done to support the older jobseeker, which is why we have announced a number of measures including the 50+ champions scheme from April 2015.”

The launch of the new Guide was sponsored by Shaw Trust, a national employment learning and skills charity operating across the UK that helps disabled and disadvantaged people back into work. TAEN and Shaw Trust have formed a new alliance to include TAEN’s expertise with older jobseekers in the range of work carried out by the Trust.

Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN said:

“Older jobseekers often spend months making painful mistakes and learning that things have changed since they were last looking for work. As a result, many remain out of work, growing increasingly depressed, disillusioned and more difficult to help. The new guide will help the individual who wants to be self-reliant, while being valuable to organisations like Shaw Trust, who support jobseekers through their programmes of structured help.”

Roy O’Shaughnessy, Chief Executive of Shaw Trust, commented:

“There has been a pressing need for information and advice to be easily available for older people so that they can better navigate the job market. We work closely with employers to help disadvantaged people into work. Whilst the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against people because of their age and employers are keen to recruit a diverse mix of people from all age groups, more must be done to signpost older people who are unemployed in the right direction. 50+ Works achieves this and we look forward to working with The Age and Employment Network to support more over-50s into employment.”

The Guide was produced with the support of the European Social Fund and is available online and in hard copy.  To request a printed copy, email: info@taen.org.uk