We are all living for longer, which means that the majority of us are likely to be working for longer too. In Wales, one third for the workforce is aged 50 or over and by 2023, half of all adults in the UK will be over 50 years old.
Both your customers and your workforce are ageing. So, recruiting, retaining and retraining older individuals in the workplace is essential for businesses and the wider economy. Businesses need to take action now to prevent early exit from the workplace, support later life working and make the most of benefits of intergenerational workplaces.
Business in the Community Cymru in partnership with Age Cymru (and counterparts in Northern Ireland and Scotland) are delivering the Age at Work Programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. We can support businesses to create workplaces where older workers can thrive.
The Age at Work programme 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 (aged 50+) to remain in or return to work to continue to earn, stay connected and develop new skills
All aspects of the Age at Work programme are free of charge to all businesses and the programme offers a range of resources and tools to help support businesses to become more age inclusive.
In Wales, this includes:
Business Age Audit
This is a simple, self-assessment tool to help identify gaps and highlight strengths in relation to being an age-inclusive and age-friendly employer. It will help assess how friendly your business is in relation to supporting your older workers; and you can use the results to help you develop an age inclusive action plan. The Age at Work programme manager will review your completed self-assessment and send you a short, bespoke report with suggested actions and other support available.
By developing an effective age inclusive action plan, your business and its workforce can benefit from a better work-life balance, increased retention, enhanced staff engagement and more satisfied and productive workers. Click here to access and complete the Business Age Audit.
Age-Inclusive Employer Toolkit
This Toolkit provides a guide for employers to support staff over the age of 50 in relation to four key areas: Financial Wellbeing, Health and Wellbeing, Work-life Balance and Workplace Practices and complements the Business Age Audit. Although primarily developed for older workers, this Toolkit contains recommendations for good practice that can be utilised and applied to all staff, regardless of age. If your business would like a free e-copy of the Age Inclusive Toolkit, please complete this simple form – Age Inclusive Employer Toolkit. A Welsh language version is also available.
Age-Inclusive Learning Network
Through the Age-Inclusive Learning Network, BITC Cymru brings together a small group of HR, inclusion and equality professionals to learn from each other, share best practice and provide support to help businesses develop an Age- Inclusive Action Plan.
The Network meets once a month over five months to learn from each other, discuss challenges and opportunities, share best practice and take advantage of support from peers and the Business in the Community team to develop a bespoke Age- Inclusive Action Plan for their organisation.
All Network member businesses are required to complete the Business Age Audit, detailed above. Each meeting is facilitated by an experienced professional with guest speaker(s) at each session, and takes place online.
We are aiming to start the next Age Inclusive Learning Network in early September. All participants will need to complete the Business Age Audit before then
Please click here to REGISTER for the Age Inclusive Learning Network #2. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Mid-Career Review Webinars
Business in the Community’s Mid-Career Review Webinars offer an opportunity for your staff aged 50+ to reflect and take stock on inter-related areas of their life. They provide an overview of four keys areas: Career; Health and Wellbeing; Finance; and Work-Life Balance, to help you consider what informed choices you may want to make for a positive future.
For further information about the programme, please call Jill on 07793 443893 or email Jill Salter Age at Work Programme Manager/Rheolydd Rhaglen Pobl Hŷn yn y Gweithle, Business in the Community Cymru.
Please click on the region below to find out what support is available in your area, 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.