The proportion of people over the age of 50 in employment has risen over the last 20 years. One in three workers are now aged 50 or older. But this progress masks the large number of people who are still falling out of work prematurely. Older workers face a range of barriers – ageism in recruitment, lack of flexibility, insufficient support for their health conditions and managing caring responsibilities.
To help address these issues Business in the Community recruit a limited number of businesses, twice a year, to join the Age-Inclusive Learning Network, part of the Age at Work programme.
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.
It 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.
Interested in joining the Network starting in January 2022? To register your interest, click here.
Age-Inclusive Learning Network Content
Learning Sessions: Each session below is facilitated by an organisational development professional and includes a best-practice speaker and a topic-expert presentation.
Consultancy: Each participating business can avail of two one to one consultancy sessions with an organisational development professional.
Organisations currently participating in the Network starting in January 2022: Allstate NI, Derry & Strabane Council, Dowds Group, Haldane Fisher, JP Corry, NIE Networks, Progressive Building Society, South Eastern HSCT, The Cooneen Group and Veolia.
Session 1 | Introduction
- Action Plan
- Best practice examples
- Hopes and aspirations
Session 2 | Financial Wellbeing
Topic speaker: Gail Toal, Financial Wellbeing/Bank at Work NI Manager at Bank of Ireland
- Pensions and Savings
- Financial planning
Session 3 | Health & Wellbeing
Topic Speaker: Siobhan Kearny, Life and Executive Coach, Mentor and Wellbeing Trainer at At One Wellbeing
- Mental & Physical health
Session 4 | Workplace Practices
Topic Speaker: TBC
- Recruitment, retention and upskilling
- Work-life balance, carers
- Pre-retirement planning
Showcase & Celebration Event
- Presentation of Action Plans
- Official recognition from BITC Senior Management Team
- Exclusive access to two Age at Work networking events per year
- Profiling opportunities as an age-inclusive employer
- Ongoing support from the Age at Work Programme Manager
- Consideration to become a member of the Age at Work project Age Advisory Group (based on availability)
 ONS (2020) A05 SA: Employment, unemployment and economic activity by age group (seasonally adjusted). Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/ employmentandemployeetypes/datasets/ employmentunemploymentandeconomicinactivitybyagegroupseasonallyadjusteda05sa
 Centre for Ageing Better. The State of Ageing in 2020. Available at The-State-of-Ageing-2020.pdf (ageing-better.org.uk)