We are all living for longer, which means, for the majority of us, we will also be working for a greater length of time. This presents both challenges and opportunities for older workers.

We are all living for longer, which means, for the majority of us, we will also be working for a greater length of time. By 2049, it is projected that there will be an increase of almost 197,000 people aged 50 and over living in Northern Ireland when compared to 2019 figures (Office for National Statistics 2016). That equates to over half the population of Belfast.

At the same time, fewer children are being born. This means that the population profile of the UK is undergoing a dramatic shift as the total number of younger people compared to older people becomes similar, and people are living longer.

This means that there will be fewer young job candidates joining the job market and significantly more people retiring later in life, thus a greater number of workers who are over 60 years of age. It is therefore vitally important that businesses support older workers to remain or return to work.

The Age at Work project aims to:

  • Encourage and support businesses to be more age-inclusive in retaining, retraining and recruiting older workers
  • Raise awareness of the impact of an ageing workforce and the need for an age-inclusive agenda in government, business and wider society
  • Support more older workers to remain or return to work

All aspects of Age at Work are free of charge to all businesses and the project offers a range of tools and services that help support businesses be more age inclusive, these include:

  • Age Inclusive Employer Toolkit: the Toolkit provides a guide for employers to support staff over the age of 50 in relation to Financial Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing, Work-life Balance and Workplace Practices
  • Age Inclusive Business Audit – The Audit is a self-assessment tool that has been developed to help businesses identify gaps in relation to being an age-inclusive and age-friendly employer
  • Age Learning Network – Business in the Community will select 15 business per year, that complete the Age Inclusive Business Audit, to take part in a Learning Network. The Learning Network will bring HR and Equality professionals together to learn and share best practice from each other.
  • Mid-Career Review Workshops – Delivered by our Age at Work partner Age NI via Microsoft Teams,  these one-hour workshops are designed to help your staff take stock of where they are now and to help them plan for later life.

    Workshop 1 – Financial Wellbeing – pensions, budgeting and legal issues
    Workshop 2 – Health & Wellbeing – the impact of a sedentary lifestyle, managing your physical and mental health during COVID-19
    Workshop 3 – Career Support – career planning and transferable skills

  • Still Ready for Work – Online employability workshops and support for those older workers not currently in employment, or seeking a change of career.

Please click on the region below to find out what support is available across the nations, and how we can help.

Age at Work is not delivered in England by Business in the Community, but we can support your business to respond to our ageing population and the needs of older workers in other ways. Learn more about Business in the Community’s work on age in England.