Call to provide more training schemes for older workers
Written by centralfmnews on July 10, 2019
Businesses need to do more to support older workers – that’s the message from charity Age Scotland.
It comes as research by the Open University’s found skills shortages are costing more than £360 million a year.
Nearly two-thirds of businesses across Scotland say they’ve experienced trouble hiring workers due to candidates lacking the required skills.
Adam Stachura, Age Scotland’s Head of Policy, said: “Supporting older workers and investing in their training is essential to plugging this skills gap.
“As our population ages, working longer is becoming part of life, but too many older workers feel that their skills and experience are not valued. Our research found that one in four aged 40 to 64 feels they have been treated negatively at work because of their age.
“Employers are missing out by not supporting older workers with career development, health support, and flexible working arrangements. Getting that right doesn’t just help employees, but benefits their bottom line as well.
“We’ve already helped more than 200 Scottish companies and 4500 people create more age-inclusive workplaces and plan for their future effectively.
“We’d also like to see the Scottish Government tackling barriers to working longer and offering all workers a ‘Career MOT’ at 50 to help them prepare for their later working lives.”