News & Views2019-04-06T20:57:57+00:00
15April, 2020

Age Diversity – the Employment Lifecycle

April 15th, 2020|Categories: News|

The business case for diversity is more prominent, but unfortunately, there continues to be challenges in breaking down barriers of age bias in the employment arena. Whether that is in the form of: negative bias, unconscious or otherwise; a lack of opportunity for employers to access key skills and talent; poor retention and retraining programmes; or for policy support requirements. No industry sector is immune to these challenges, and none are restricted by geography. Many businesses and organisations are now planning their strategies for sustainability and growth, considering a full and balanced view of the resource market, that includes: recruitment without bias, across all age groups; and a plan that is structured with training and development opportunities for all employees. When companies began jumping on the diversity and inclusion (D&I) bandwagon en masse in the late 80s and early 90s, it seemed a natural extension of affirmative action and equal opportunity [...]

26March, 2020

Instinctive Culture

March 26th, 2020|Categories: News|

Don’t walk by …. Walking by can lead to a shallower path that may never be fulfilled whatever ‘more’ is made, so stop to bend…and lend a hand. We are often asked how to bridge generations, how to be more inclusive, and we have significant provision scope to support organisations at whatever stage of their journey. With the challenges we are all experiencing now, it would be (more than) useful to consider, and in time, reflect on, some fundamental lessons. Join forces to mitigate and defend - in the business sense, ensure staff have the tools to perform well, structure training and encourage integrated teamwork. Such an approach provides improved retention and loyalty to optimise output. Share inclusive values across your supply chain and external partners, improving standards and achieving better value-for-money services. Collaborate to innovate and develop - encourage integrated working to share and distribute know-how, knowledge and experience, [...]

9March, 2020

Age Diversity for Lifelong Learning – Lifelong Learning for Age Diversity

March 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

It wasn’t that long ago that alarm bells were being rung, that not only were students studying for degrees that would be out-of-date by the time they graduated, but they could well find themselves applying for jobs that didn’t even exist when they became students. This dilemma is no longer confined to further education students, but to school pupils as well, when choosing their study options. The World Economic Forum estimates that two thirds of children who started school in 2016 will eventually be employed in jobs that do not yet exist. “different views, opinions and approaches of a multi-generational workforce can invigorate the workplace and foster a new environment of creativity and problem solving“ This raises the challenge of how to help young people gain the necessary skills for the ever-changing workplace, but it actually extends to all generations. The idea of a career for life has long since [...]

4March, 2020

POSTCARD SERIES – Age Diversity to Reflect your Customers

March 4th, 2020|Categories: News|

Another from our Postcard Series..... Here, our Partnership Manager, Jill, talks about the values to an organisation, of reflecting the customer base, to ensure the supply of products and services align to the demand. A simple and fundamental aspect of business, but one that we find to be regularly overlooked, particularly when considering the global mega-trend of a changing demographic of populations living longer,and healthier. To consider and develop an age diverse workforce that reflects your market, adds value and performance to your business. Click the pic below. Find out more: [email protected] Click to watch and listen  

2March, 2020

Institute of Coding Conference Sparks New Thinking about Lifelong Learning

March 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

The Institute of Coding (IoC), a national government-supported initiative designed to respond to the UK’s digital skills gap, hosted its second annual conference in London last week. Titled ‘Thinking differently about lifelong learning’, the conference focussed on how lifelong learning initiatives could change the digital sector in the United Kingdom and create better diversity and inclusion. The Age Diversity Forums, CEO, Steve Anderson, chaired the important session around age diversity, showcasing the correlation between Lifelong Learning and continued career development. The conference featured a mix of innovative content and contributions from organisations, including Google, BT, IBM and prominent universities across the country. The running theme of diversity and inclusion in digital skills development was well recognised as important factors towards improved performance. We expect to see new research from the IoC and Deloitte soon, on what factors motivate people to pursue digital education and careers. This will provide real insight [...]