Back on track: Improving employment support for over 50s jobseekers

'Back on track: Improving employment support for over 50s jobseekers' from the Centre for Ageing Better addresses the challenges faced by individuals in their 50s and 60s when seeking employment.

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  • As of April 2020, there were 3.27 million people aged 50-64 out of work in the UK.
  • The recession has highlighted a longstanding issue: unemployed individuals in their 50s and 60s face challenges returning to work.
  • The report provides insights from older jobseekers and support programs to address this challenge.
  • Older individuals are not the most affected by unemployment rates in the short term, but they are at risk in the long term.
  • There's a need to ensure that the government's response is tailored to the needs of this age group.

Key Findings

Barriers to regaining employment for over 50s

  1. Lack of confidence in their own ability and perceived employability.
  2. Changes in job-seeking methods requiring new skills.
  3. Unsuitable training that doesn't consider their experience and skills.
  4. Underdeveloped digital skills.
  5. Lack of access to flexible working.

Good practice for supporting older workers back into employment

  1. Support should consider individual experiences and responsibilities, such as health issues and caring duties.
  2. Training should build on clients' past experiences and skills.
  3. Support is needed to navigate new job application processes, especially online.
  4. Over 50s should be targeted in advertising and marketing of employment services.
  5. Clients need signposting to other relevant support and training at the end of any program.

Read the report for more information.

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