As per the re-runs of a popular television topical quiz show, so this week sees the release of another government report on age discrimination, ‘Older People and Employment’. The UK Parliaments Women and Equalities Committee (W&EC) have pooled input and feedback to highlight the continual problem of older people facing employment barriers. (You can view the report here.) We applaud such awareness to the issues and barriers, but this report: refers to last year’s report issued by the UK Governments Fuller Working Lives team, the 2017 Evidenced Based report, that highlighted employer engagement as an issue. makes reference to research completed over 3 years ago, research that highlighted a potential ‘missing million’ older people that wanted to work, but were not receiving the necessary support. references an even older government funded pilot project, for those aged 50+, to receive a mid-life career review, a project that was panned by a [...]
I recently attended a regional government business initiative meeting, where the UK’s Industrial Strategy was held up as presenting business and economic challenges. None more so than in one of the ‘Grand Challenges’ recognised by the Strategy report…an ageing society….here’s an excerpt: “The Industrial Strategy sets out Grand Challenges to put the UK at the forefront of the industries of the future, ensuring that the UK takes advantage of major global changes, improving people’s lives and the country’s productivity. The first 4 Grand Challenges are focused on the global trends which will transform our future: Artificial Intelligence and data ageing society clean growth future of mobility We are developing ambitious missions to tackle the Grand Challenges, bringing government, businesses and organisations together to make a real difference to people’s lives.” We truly believe that with such diversity challenges, there are huge opportunities for social and commercial communities to benefit from a revised [...]
Addressing age diversity in the work-place is not just a nice-thing-to-do….it can pay dividends. The ‘Champion Age Diversity’ employer engagement programme is designed to support employers to achieve the greatest value from holding, and instilling, age diversity values and behaviours. Being a ‘Champion’ attracts many advantages and benefits, including some of the more intangible values of presenting the organisation as a good place to work, and an organisation that is aware of the positive social and well-being attributes that a diverse work-force can bring. We are an accredited national provider to the UK governments Department for Work and Pensions, and the ‘Champion Age Diversity’ employer programme also lends support to our wider lobbying and awareness programmes that aim to remove employment barriers, which ultimately enhances opportunities for employers. As you can imagine, we try to keep up with information, and stay abreast of various articles and information, out there in [...]
Comedian and Television Presenter, Jason Manford, went out to social media this week, talking about his father who was made redundant. At 62 years of age and wanting to work, Jason’s father has found it impossible to find a new work opportunity. Jonathan Vernon-Smith at BBC Radio Three Counties, decided to highlight this situation, and as a topic for his daily radio show this morning, asked the question, “Are employers prejudiced against older people.” Our Founder, Steve Anderson, was invited to take part in the discussion, and talked live on Jonathans show about the challenges, and opportunities for employers to consider the older demographic. Prejudice, bias….ignorance….whatever you’d like to call it….it does exist in the older demographic employment environment, and on many different levels. Whether it’s negative bias instilled at the recruitment agency level, whether it’s a poor internal personnel development programme, or a lack of prioritisation in the diversity [...]
"In a society that worships youth, older workers are often unfairly overlooked. But as we live longer, it's time for recruiters and employers to think again. " Adam Gale/Management today Prime Candidate founder, and designer of 'Champion Age Diversity', Steve Anderson, features in this latest article from Adam Gale at Management Today. You can read the full article here.
We are very pleased to announce that our very own Pauline Hedges has been appointed an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List….and as you can see from the picture above, used in recent press reporting of the Honours List, Pauline is held in high regard. Pauline has worked tirelessly for various charities and her community for many years, and this recognition is richly deserved. Pauline, who also has a significant background with the Chamber of Commerce (where we first met), says how she was told the news some two months ago, but had to keep it quiet! "It’s unbelievable," she said. "I thought, 'why me?’, there’s hundreds who do things like this and there’s nothing that picks me out specially, I’m one of a lot of people.” I’m so pleased for Pauline, as part of our management team, Pauline has played an important part in the initiation and evolution [...]