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Upcoming event in June on improving working lives of older workers: Westminster Employment Forum

by on February 15, 2016

We received an invitation to an upcoming event later this year organised by the Westminster Employment Forum. The event is entitled ‘Older workers and the labour market: extending and improving working lives‘ and will take place on 21st June 2016 in central London. Further details can be obtained via this link to the Forum’s website.

The event coincides with the first anniversary of the publication of Roz Altmann’s report A New Vision for Older Workers, which set out recommendations for Government, employers and others.

The focus of the event is to look at what further steps can be taken to improve the working lives and incomes of employees over the age of 50. According to the invitation, they also hope to discuss ‘challenges for re-skilling and re-training older workers, such as the availability of Mid-Life Career Reviews, helping jobseekers over 50 back to work and the future for Apprenticeships and other vocational training schemes for older workers’.

Speakers include Chris Ball (specialist Adviser on the Ageing Workforce, Shaw Trust and former Chief Executive of TAEN), Richard Exell (Senior Policy Advisor, TUC), Christopher Brooks (Age UK), Helena Feltham (B&Q),  Tom Hadley (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) and Shaun Meekins, (Barclays Apprenticeship Programmes). We recognise many of these names from news items that we’ve covered on this blog, for example, we covered the news last year that Barclays were introducing apprenticeships specifically targeted at the over 50s.

The bad news is that the conference is a ‘pay for’ event. Places cost £210 plus VAT though there are some concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances which are £80 plus VAT.

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