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Initiative to encourage employers to retrain and retain older workforce

16 April 2019

The National Careers Service in the West Midlands is launching a new initiative to encourage employers to retain and retrain their older workforce.

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. 

The National Careers Service 50+ Futures Project, delivered by Prospects in the West Midlands, is offering employed and unemployed individuals aged over 50 access to a range of services including careers guidance, mentoring support and development of a training needs/skills analysis. 

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

As part of the initiative, employers are being invited to a free breakfast networking event on 30 April, at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, where employers will discuss and share experiences and best practice.  

Providers which advise on older workforces will also be showcasing their offer to employers including free support for employers from the National Careers Service.

A keynote address will be delivered by Aviva, focusing on managing an ageing workforce.

Kalpana Patel (pictured), regional director of the National Careers Service in the West Midlands said: “We welcome this opportunity to provide a free bespoke offer to employers to enable them to retain and retrain their older workforce.  

“Employers will certainly benefit from their skilled workforce remaining in work for longer.”

The National Careers Service is a publically funded service which provides tailored information, advice and guidance about careers and skills.

Employers interested in attending the 50+ Futures event, please book via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50-futures-project-tickets-56032637126.

For more information contact Ranjit Sohal Ranjit.sohal@prospects.co.uk

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