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3January, 2017

Pauline Hedges, MBE!!

January 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|

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 [...]

  • Champion Age Diversity
3January, 2017

Meet one of our ‘Champions’ – TaxAssist Accountants

January 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|

We recently caught up with one of our Champions, Tax Assist Accountants in Weston-super-Mare. Headed up by John Mayer, John has instilled a culture of diversity and inclusion at his workplace, that is clearly evidenced by the multi-generational group of staff, and the commitment to continued training and development for all. Here's John, in his own words, sharing his views of how age diversity creates a balanced, fully functioning, and better performing environment....and one that reflects their customer base extremely well, so promoting more opportunities for sustainability and growth.   Click here for more information and to become a Champion

  • Champion Age Diversity
14November, 2016

Supporting an older – and Bolder – workforce

November 14th, 2016|Categories: News|

Mike Thompson, Barclays, Director Early Careers This month, we hear from Mike Thompson, Director of Early Careers at Barclays. "It has been widely reported that we are facing a chronic skills shortage in the UK. The Government has suggested that based on current employer plans we will need to fill 13.5 million job vacancies in the next ten years, but only seven million young people will leave school and college in that time. We have to address the gap left by the younger generation by providing opportunities to unlock the talent in older and more experienced workers – a sector that is currently heavily undervalued. Several studies over recent years have shown older workers to be more productive and reliable than their younger counterparts1; this comes as no surprise considering their length of experience. However, employers do still favour new graduates over older workers entering at the same level, [...]

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27September, 2016

Do You Value Diversity? Let’s Talk….

September 27th, 2016|Categories: News|

an invitation from Steve Anderson, Founder of Social Enterprise for Age Diversity, Prime Candidate, and Designer of the Champion Age Diversity charter We exhibited at the Weston-super-Mare jobs fair last week, a tremendous event where we met with many candidates and employers. We were pleased to welcome John Penrose, MP to our stand. John Penrose is a keen supporter of age diversity, and recognises the important contribution that mature workers can bring to an organisation. We are delighted that Mr.Penrose identifies Prime Candidate as the primary vehicle of hope, aspiration and delivery, for both employers and job seekers. Job seekers registering with Prime Candidate receive a wide range of employability support, that also includes a tangible opportunity to find work. This is achieved through our ever increasing engagement with employers who advertise their open job vacancies with us. These employers know the benefits and values that a balanced workforce can bring [...]

22August, 2016

Age Diverse Olympics

August 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|

Well, what a great Olympics, especially for Team GB!! It seems the investment in athletes, together with the experience and know-how of their support teams of coaches, physios, psychologists, technologists, nutritionists, and the technical and innovative gurus, over 20 years has paid off. The results in performance and productivity have improved each Olympic cycle since 1996, with 2016 being the best medal return in over 100 years. It demonstrates that diversity of competence, skills, and experience can have a hugely positive effect on outcomes. If we, as former Team GB Cycling Performance Director, Dave Brailsford would,  look at the marginal gains that can be attained through age diversity: loyalty; reliability; work ethic; and customer service; are all attributes that added value to the overall objectives and goals achieved by Team GB. It’s clear from the results that the integration of disciplines and diversity, together with a multi-generational team spirit had a cumulative [...]

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17August, 2016

Age Diversity – Time to Focus

August 17th, 2016|Categories: News|

A recent Foresight Project for the Government Office for Science highlights the inadequacies of a latent age diversity agenda across industries, in both private and public sectors. As the term suggests, diversity and inclusion is a key area of behaviour and resource focus, of which age has a place. However, it may prove worthwhile to raise the age profile. Age diversity awareness and targeting is clearly being shown to offer significant positive returns for organisations that adopt policy and governance to showcase commitment, both within the organisation and externally to the outside world of customers, partners and collaborators. People in the UK are living longer than ever before - a major achievement of modern science and healthcare. Older people make up a growing proportion of the population, and so make an increasing contribution to society. They are our workers, volunteers, taxpayers and carers. However, the UK is not making the [...]