Employment for mature candidates
This new project run by Highgate Newtown Community Centre will support the 50 to 75 age group back into work.
- Older people who want to get back into work, or stay in work longer
- Employers, who benefit by employing older people
We’re living longer, healthier lives and have the opportunity to think differently about working as we get older.
There are more older people in employment than ever before, but many people over 50 are at risk of leaving the workforce early, and not necessarily because they want to.
Staying in work and taking control of when and how you retire can give you more money in later life as well as benefit your health and wellbeing.
Our services and support
- Join us at Highgate Newtown Community Centre specialist recruitment agency to get help and guidance in different fields. Our team are on hand to call employers on your behalf, to break the ice and be that first contact for you. We understand if you have not been in the workplace for some time taking those first steps can be daunting. We are here for you every step of the way.
- We will help you to create a new CV. It should be more than just adding your most recent and most relevant experience; focussing on your suitability for the jobs you are applying for. You have a lifetime of experience, and the right personal statement can go a long way to securing your ideal new job.
- Job searching is hard. We will assist you on your continuing career path by interviewing you, and assessing your wishes and profile. Above all else, don’t think you’re limited to any particular role. If you’re passionate about a career, there’s no reason age should stand in the way.
- Dress and presentation at interview is key. If you wish us to we will work with our partnered charities; Suited and Booted for men and Dress for success for women. This is a free service which will enhance your confidence and ensure you look your best for that important interview.
- Once you have found your new job a mentor will be on hand to support you in your first four weeks back in work
Our team is applying for grants to secure funding for a coordinator to manage this project, along with a part time team member. We hope to have news by spring 2018 and to be able to start this project as soon as possible. Please do look out for news on our blog page and in the press.
Talented over 55’s could fill skills gap, says REC
As older employees become more prevalent in the UK workforce, recruiters will need to improve their hiring strategy to entice the most talented in this age group, a survey of employers has said.
Research by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) showed that businesses need to adjust the way they advertise jobs and provide training opportunities, or miss out on the best candidates in the over 55-age group.
The survey of more than 200 employers asked respondents to identify the most important change firms should make to encourage applications from jobseekers in this demographic.
More than a third (37 per cent) highlighted issues around advertising, while 34 per cent admitted that they should be providing more opportunities for older staff to upskill or reskill.
A fifth said “thoughtful advertising”, for example simple changes to the tone and type of language used, was crucial to ensuring older workers were not discouraged from applying. For example leaving out terms such as ‘graduate’ or ‘energetic’ in job descriptions and emphasising the opportunity for flexible working. A similar proportion (17 per cent) also recognised that exclusively advertising jobs online fails to reach the widest pool of potential candidates.
Research from The Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise, published in October 2014, found that one million people aged 50 to 64 years who are economically inactive became ‘involuntarily workless’ through redundancy, ill health or early retirement.
But if employers reintegrated these people back into the workforce it could boost the country’s GDP by as much as £88 billion.
Commenting on the REC survey, employment minister Esther McVey said: “With 50 being the new 30, there are more and more older workers wanting to make the most of their skills and experience in a new career, and they have a hugely valuable contribution to make to any workforce.
“Despite the recent impressive trends in those over 50 getting back into work, older workers still in many cases face outdated stereotypes when it comes to business hiring practices.
“Not only is this a waste of valuable talent and ‘life skills’, but it’s a missed opportunity for businesses to make their most of their experience to support younger colleagues develop their careers.”
Kevin Green, REC chief executive, said: “The UK is suffering from skills shortages across the economy and at the same time businesses are telling us that they are at capacity and can’t take on more work without more staff.”
But to encourage older workers back into the labour market to plug this skills gap, employers need to be more effective at attracting them, as well as potentially structuring the work differently to suit this life style, he said.
Dr Ros Altmann, business champion for older workers at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: “People are living longer and want to work for longer, and it’s vital to our economy that they do. Businesses need to act now in order to benefit from the extensive skills and experience that older workers bring. It is important not to rule out older applicants when recruiting new talent.”