Key Points
  • Retain: Incentives for Later Life Working, Tackling Inequalities and Encouraging Inclusivity in the Workplace
  • Retrain: Reskilling, Refreshing and Reforming the Adult Skills System
  • Recruit: Age Blind Recruitment, Specialist Support, and Experience vs Qualifications
Guest of Honour

Andy Briggs Chief Executive Officer, UK Insurance, Aviva, Chair, ABI, and Government Business Champion for Older Workers

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Overview

Following the publication of the Government’s Fuller Working Lives strategy, this event would be an opportunity for policymakers and delegates alike to discuss how, with an increasingly ageing population, older people can be supported for longer in the workplace. The event will focus on retaining, retraining, and recruiting older workers, and provide ample opportunity for back and forth recommendations between business and government.

The forum will also follow John Cridland’s recently published independent review of the State Pension Age, and his recommendations for supporting older people and harnessing their experience.

Delegates will consider how businesses can support those in most need including older women, those with long-term illnesses or disabilities and BAME groups, to ensure their working lives are not only improved but extended. Delegates will also discuss ways in which the government can work better with employers and education providers to identify skills gaps and support workers as they get older to undergo on-the-job training or up-skilling to ensure they have the necessary skills for evolving workplaces. Attendees will consider how to overcome age discrimination in the labour market, looking at current recruitment practices, as well as identifying and overcoming barriers to working later in life, such as healthcare issues or care responsibilities.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Welcoming Remarks

 

Speakers

Christopher Brooks Senior Policy Manager, Age UK

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09:05 - 09:35
Older People in the Workplace: Strategies to Reduce Barriers to Later-life Working

 

Speakers

Andrew Latto Head of Work, Welfare and Wellbeing in Later Life, Department for Work and Pensions

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09:35 - 10:20
Retain: Incentives for Later Life working, Tackling Inequalities and Encouraging Inclusivity in the Workplace

 
  • With 1 in 4 of the working age population over 50, why is it important to reduce early exit from the labour market?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of an ageing workforce, and how can both employees and employers benefit?
  • How could new legislation, such as reforms to the State Pension Age, help support the Fuller Working Lives strategy and encourage people to continue working in later life? How might the State Pension be reformed to introduce more flexibility and deferral arrangements, as recommended by John Cridland In his Independent Review of the State Pension Age Smoothing the Transition?
  • What more can be done to bring employers on-board, incentivise inclusivity and encourage businesses to consider the ageing workforce as a priority?
  • What more should employers do to retain their existing older employees, for example offering flexible or remote working, to make employment in later life more appealing to older people?
  • Are standardised employee benefits attractive for people of all ages and in what ways could they be adapted to better suit the over 50s?
  • What mechanisms, internal and external, are in place to support older people facing other workplace barriers such as women, BMEs and people with long-term illnesses or disabilities? Many over-50s have caring responsibilities outside of the workplace, whether it be for parents or grandchildren, so how can they be supported to stay in the labour market?

Speakers

Dr Jane Parry Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Southampton

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Yvonne Sonsino Innovation Leader, MERCER Europe and Pacific

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George Lee Co-Founder, Age of No Retirement

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10:20 - 10:50
Making the Labour Market Work for All: How should Businesses Adapt to an Ageing Workforce?

 

Speakers

Andy Briggs Chief Executive Officer, UK Insurance, Aviva, Chair, ABI, and Government Business Champion for Older Workers

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10:50 - 10:55
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Christopher Brooks Senior Policy Manager, Age UK

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10:55 - 11:20
Refreshments and Networking Break

 

11:20 - 11:25
Chair's Welcome Back

 

Speakers

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE President and Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK

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11:25 - 12:10
Retrain: Reskilling, Refreshing, and Reforming the Adult Skills System

 
  • With an ageing workforce, how can employers avoid skills and knowledge gaps and ensure access to training and professional development?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of overcoming digital skills gaps?
  • How can employers benefit from providing opportunities for reskilling or upskilling to existing employers?
  • Who are the trailblazers in utilising the experience and knowledge of older employees to mentor and train the next generation of recruits?
  • How are individuals being encouraged to refresh their skills or reinvent themselves with a career change? And what are the main barriers to changing your career later in life? What opportunities are available for people wanting to reskill or retrain?
  • How can the Government’s apprenticeship programme be used to support the reskilling and training of older workers, and what more can be done to develop bespoke apprenticeship programmes for adult and older learners?
  • What needs to be done in terms of reforming the adult skills system to ensure that older employees are appropriately equipped to succeed in the current labour market?      
  • The Industrial Strategy Green Paper highlights a need to improve for STEM skills but also claims that older workers are less likely to up-skill or re-skill; what more should be done to provide life-long educational opportunities and encourage people to refresh their skills or reinvent their career throughout their working lives?

Speakers

Ruth Spellman OBE Chief Executive and General Secretary, Workers' Educational Association

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Patrick Thomson Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

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12:10 - 12:55
Recruit: Age Blind Recruitment, Specialist Support, and Experience vs Qualifications

 
  • With a reported 1 million unemployed people aged 54-60 willing to work, what are the barriers to entering the labour market for those approaching pension age?
  • What does an inclusive recruitment process look like and how does age blind recruitment work in practice?
  • How can those involved in the recruitment process increase their awareness of age discrimination and what role should specialist recruitment agencies play in this process? Given that older people are more likely to have no formal qualifications than younger people, and some will have O-levels when a job specification calls for GCSEs, how can companies ensure they’re not indirectly discriminating against older jobseekers? How important is it to encourage all those involved in the recruitment process to be more flexible on required qualifications and use experience and transferable skills as measurement of employability? 
  • What help is available for older people who are wanting to re-enter the labour market? What are the main difficulties faced and how can older unemployed people be supported from the CV writing process to the interview?
  • What role do organisations like the Jobcentre Plus play in providing appropriate and effective support to older jobseekers and how effective are dedicated Older Claimant Champions in specialising in finding work for the over 50s?

Speakers

James Davies Divisional Managing Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP

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Steve Anderson Founder of Social Enterprise, Prime Candidate

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Duncan Keil CEO, The Age Positive Community & Age Positive Executive Search

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Final Remarks

 

Speakers

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE President and Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK

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End

Speakers

Steve Anderson Founder of Social Enterprise, Prime Candidate

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Andy Briggs Chief Executive Officer, UK Insurance, Aviva, Chair, ABI, and Government Business Champion for Older Workers

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Christopher Brooks Senior Policy Manager, Age UK

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James Davies Divisional Managing Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP

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Baroness Sally Greengross OBE President and Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre - UK

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Duncan Keil CEO, The Age Positive Community & Age Positive Executive Search

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Andrew Latto Head of Work, Welfare and Wellbeing in Later Life, Department for Work and Pensions

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George Lee Co-Founder, Age of No Retirement

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Dr Jane Parry Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Southampton

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Yvonne Sonsino Innovation Leader, MERCER Europe and Pacific

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Ruth Spellman OBE Chief Executive and General Secretary, Workers' Educational Association

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Patrick Thomson Senior Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better

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