Skills, productivity and the ageing workforce

Thu, February 13th, 2020

Join a roundtable discussion centred on the opportunities of an ageing workforce

As the workforce ages, employers are increasingly having to retain the valuable skills of their older workers. The statistics are compelling with the number of people aged 50 years and over as a proportion of the adult population projected to increase from 42 per cent in 2010 to 50 per cent (29.4 million) by 2035, and one in three of the working age population projected to be age 50 and over by 2021.

Chamber members from across all sectors consistently tell us about the problems they face in recruiting staff with the right skills and with fewer younger people coming from education and training, there will be more reliance on retaining and recruitment of older people.

The government is keen to engage with employers to promote the benefits of retaining, retraining, and recruiting older workers, particularly in the wider context of potential skills shortages. They are also providing practical advice on how to achieve an age-inclusive workforce, particularly for SMEs who are often constrained in terms of time, resources and expertise in order to prepare for the ageing demographics.

In partnership with DWP the Chamber is hosting a lunchtime discussion on Tuesday 25 February and we are delighted to welcome Mary Bright, who is the specialist policy advisor to Andy Briggs, the Government’s Business Champion for Age, and Group CEO of Phoenix Group. Mary has worked extensively with business, 3rd sector and policy makers on issues relating to our Ageing Society. In 2018 she was appointed by the Women and Equalities Select Committee as a specialist adviser to their enquiry into age discrimination at work.

The discussion will explore the impact and the opportunities presented by an ageing workforce and how businesses can capitalise on the skills of older workers. On a practical level there will also be an opportunity to understand more around the range of considerations when formulating and implementing HR policy and practices relating to older employees as well as the legal responsibility employers have towards mental health.

This will be a small round table event to enable participants to engage on a one to one basis with Mary, DWP colleagues and other attendees and places will be limited. It will take place at Liverpool Chamber, One Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L3 9HG from 12.00 to 2.00pm.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information please contact Michelle Cameron

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