Skills and training
We want workers to have continued opportunities for development and training across their working lives.
We are encouraging employers to invest in and support their older workers through regular opportunities for training and development, including in the event of redundancy. We’re also working to develop support for people who are out of work and need to upskill or retrain.
Although almost a third of the UK’s workforce is over the age of 50, older workers are less likely to receive training than younger age groups in the UK.
And with redundancies related to COVID-19 expected to disproportionately impact older workers, those over 50 could be hit hard by job losses and struggle to find re-employment.
Currently, access to redundancy support varies widely depending on the scale of the redundancy and the willingness or ability of the employer to buy in support.
We’re working in the West Midlands, in a project funded by Barclays, to test different ways of retraining and reskilling older workers facing redundancy.