Ros Altmann to speak at NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review conference

29 September 2014

The UK Government’s Older Workers Business Champion, Dr. Ros Altmann CBE, will be speaking at a NIACE conference highlighting the full findings of the Mid-life Career Review pilots and their impact on both clients and providers.

This free event, taking place in London on 14 October, will also feature an update on current policy from Lis Robinson, Head of Fuller Working Lives, Department for Work and Pensions.

In June, the Government announced that it will be incorporating lessons learned from NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review Pilots and integrating the ‘50+ delivery model’ into existing partner practice, to ensure older workers can access an in-depth career review for the first time.

NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review Pilot Programme included reviews for over 3,000 people aged between 45 and 64, covering employment, training and health issues. Initial findings included that:

  • There is a demand for mid-life career reviews, but people need to be better informed of the benefits to take up the offer.
  • The ‘offer’ should be tailored to meet individual needs.
  • The approach can be embedded into provision by career guidance and learning providers, as well as by employers.
  • Mid-life Career Reviews can be supported by peer and voluntary efforts – ‘expert signposters’ in the community and workplace.
  • Partnership working is key to the delivery of the Mid-life Career Review approach.

Ros Altmann, said:

“As our society ages, it’s essential that we re-think retirement, casting old assumptions and prejudices aside and making it a process rather than an event. Mid-life career reviews are an excellent way of helping people to have longer and more fulfilling working lives and helping employers to make best use of the skills and experience that our older workers have to offer. I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to discuss in more detail how we can expand this practice across the country.”

David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said:

“People are living longer and can contribute so much to work and society into later life. We need to find ways though, to help people plan and prepare for later life, including helping them to develop their skills and participate in learning. That learning can help people stay productive, contribute to their employers success, as well as making the final years of people’s working lives dynamic and fulfilling. Our work has shown that a simple and relatively cheap intervention can provide the information and confidence people need to take more control of their work and life situation. With that confidence and knowledge, our Mid-life Career Review pilot programme showed that people can stay in work for longer.

“This conference will hear more detailed findings from our work and provide vital information for employers, providers and others who have a part to play in retaining older people in the labour market.”

In its manifesto, NIACE has called for Career Reviews – not just at mid-life but following other life events including redundancy, maternity leave and long-term caring responsibilities – to be one of six priority actions for the next Government to ensure a skills-led recovery which benefits the economy and society.