We are all living for longer which means, for the majority of us, we will also be working longer. Coupled with a reducing birth rate, this presents challenges and opportunities for both employers and older people.

Fewer young candidates entering the job market and significantly more people retiring later in life results in 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 and mature candidates are supported to seek and stay in employment.

Click here to find out how our Age at Work project in partnership with Age NI can help.

Age at Work aims to:

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

Support for employers

Age-Inclusive Learning Network

The Network recruits a limited number of diversity and inclusion professionals, health and wellbeing professionals, and senior HR representatives twice a year from businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

The Network brings participating businesses together over several sessions to learn from each other, share best practice and to hear from topic-expert speakers. The aim of the Network is for each participating business to develop their own bespoke age-inclusive action plan.

Network participants also benefit from: one-to-one consultancy from an organisational development professional; ongoing support; and exclusive Age-Inclusive Learning Network Alumni networking opportunities.

Click here to find out more and apply to be part of an upcoming Age-Inclusive Learning Network.

Resources and tools for employers

Mid-Career Review Workshops

Delivered to your staff by our Age at Work partner Age NI via Microsoft Teams, these one-hour group workshops help your staff over 50 reflect on their life and career-to-date, to help them develop and think through and make plans for a positive 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

Age-Inclusive Employer Toolkit

A guide for employers on how to support staff over the age of 50. The toolkit is broken down into four sections: Financial Wellbeing, Health & Wellbeing, Work-life Balance and Workplace Practices.

Age Inclusive Business Audit

A self-assessment tool to help businesses identify gaps in relation to being an age-inclusive and age-friendly employer.

Support for people over 50

Still Ready for Work

Online employability workshops and support for those older workers not currently in employment or those 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.