Innovative programmes to assist mature workers
For many mature aged people who are looking for work, the restoration of self confidence involves helping them to identify their unique strengths and knowledge and how they can share this knowledge to contribute to the development of others.
As well as fundamentals, such as information technology skills, we focus on delivering workshops and one-to-one sessions that assist mature workers to reassess the relevance of their experience and abilities and understand how their skills and experience relate to the current labour market.
We know that experience counts. Mature aged workers are highly productive, have lower turnover and absenteeism rates, and possess good work ethics.
Our aim is to increase awareness amongst employers of the need to develop retraining and retention strategies including flexible working hours to assist with the management of health conditions and enable phased retirement; workforce planning to effectively manage succession and career advancement and progression opportunities for their workers; reskilling and upskilling workers; and developing safe and healthy workplaces that enable individuals to continue to use their skills and capabilities over time in order to stay in the workforce.
Changing demographics caused by the aging population: tackling youth employment
In the UK alone, the number of 15 to 19 year olds entering work or higher education is projected to fall by around 500,000 in the next 10 years. This is accompanied by a rising average age profile in the workforce with a projected increase of nearly 1.3 million people between the ages of 50 and 59 over the next 10 years.
This demographic shift will result in labour shortages and, in addition to keeping older workers in the workforce for longer, is leading to an increased imperative to engage young people in employment.
The reasons behind rising youth unemployment are complex and varied and differ from country to country. While the risk of long-term unemployment is particularly high among youth who lack education or are from migrant backgrounds, other contributing factors to youth unemployment include young people staying at home longer, studying longer and remaining dependent on their parents and family for longer.
The challenge is to ensure that the transition from education to work is made easier; to ensure that no young person is left behind.
We provide support and relevant training and work experience opportunities to enable young people to develop the necessary skills to succeed within increasingly competitive labour markets.
We have a wealth of experience in assisting young people into lasting employment. Through our programmes in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, and formerly Australia, we help young people to articulate and pursue their career aspirations, set achievable career goals, take personal responsibility for their future and develop a career path to suit their goals.