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Initiative to support over 50s in work

11 February 2019

A new initiative to support people over 50 to remain in or re-enter the workforce has been launched by the National Careers Service in the West Midlands.

The 50+ Futures Project aims to promote and raise employer awareness of the benefits of recruitment, training and retention of those aged 50 and over, retaining the skills and experience of their older workers. 

Employers are being approached directly and through social media to engage with the initiative and support their older workers to remain in work. 

The service will engage with unemployed individuals who wish to return to the labour market.

The National Careers Service, delivered by Prospects in the West Midlands, is offering employed and unemployed individuals access to a range of services including careers guidance, mentoring support and development of a training needs and skills analysis.  

The package will feature workshops which will focus on digital skills training, mid-life career review, work-life balance and managing health and wellbeing.

Employers will have the opportunity to attend an informative event on 5 March, at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, where work initiatives as part of the project will be showcased.

The National Careers Service provides high-quality, locally tailored information, advice and guidance to adults and supports them to achieve positive work or learning-related outcomes, particularly for those who are furthest from the labour market. 

The 50+ Futures Project supports the government’s Fuller Working Lives initiative which encourages businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers and presents the benefits of a fuller working life.

Employers interested in the 50+ Futures Project or interested in attending the event can email Ranjit.sohal@prospects.co.uk or call 0121 262 3972.

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