Businesses encouraged to prepare for Wales’s older workforce

By 2020, one in three workers will be over 501

Wales’ future workforce will be an older workforce and preparations must be made to make the most of the experience and expertise of older employees.

Business in the Community Cymru encourages and supports businesses to build age-inclusive workplaces where older employees can thrive. It has formed a partnership with Age Cymru to support employers through the Age at Work programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Age at Work will work with employers to develop a more age-inclusive workplace and understand the benefits of an intergenerational workforce. It will also support older workers (aged 50-plus) who want to remain in work and begin planning for later working life. The programme will help create positive perceptions of older workers and the value they bring to the workplace.

Thank you to Legal & General Wales, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, South Wales Police, Bluestone Resorts Limited, Trivallis and Castell Howell Foods, which have already expressed an interest in being involved.

Jill Salter, Age at Work Programme Manager at BITC Cymru, said: "It makes financial and social sense to develop, train and nurture older workers, and all responsible businesses need to ensure that they know how to maximise their potential. This valuable resource must be suitably equipped and supported for today’s workplace, and this campaign aims to show the way." 

BITC Cymru is proud to be a part of the Age at Work programme in Wales.

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Contact

For further information or to share any stories of the positive actions your business is taking to support your older workers, contact Jill Salter at jill.salter@bitc.org.uk or 029 2078 0061. 

References

  1. Business Champion for Older Workers: Strategy and 2022 Target; Business in the Community; available at age.bitc.org.uk

 

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