The workforce in the UK is changing. By 2020, 1 in 3 workers will be over 50 and by 2030 half of all adults in the UK will be over 50. This means a change to the working population, impacting employee health, working patterns, recruitment and retention, workforce planning, and much more.

The Age at Work project will encourage and support businesses to value older workers as part of a diverse, inclusive and dynamic workforce.

The Age at Work project encourages businesses to provide work placement opportunities, as part of the Still Ready for Work programme, to support people aged 50+ who are seeking to return to the workplace. By providing a work placement you will be helping participants gain confidence, learn new skills and gain valuable work experience that will help them achieve their employment goals.

The Still Ready for Work programme consists of different elements such as pre-employment training and up to two weeks work placement.

Business benefits include the following:

  • Bespoke Still Ready for Work programme, designed to suit your business needs (for businesses that can accommodate 5 – 15 placements)
  • Demonstrate your commitment to your local community
  • Cost-effective recruitment
  • Increased staff diversity

If your business is based in Belfast and can provide a placement for someone over 50, please complete the form below:


For more information, contact Eamon Clarke or call (028) 9046 0606.