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Unionlearn Supports Older Workers with Mid-life Skills Review
September 18, 2019
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Unionlearn will be holding a national dissemination event this November to showcase exciting resources and share lessons from the Mid-life Skills Review Project.

The UK population is ageing, and people are living longer than ever before. Today, the average life expectancy is 81. Government research predicts that half of all adults in the UK will be over 50 by the mid-2030s.

Workers today can expect to change careers several times during their working lives. Effective career support to retrain and upskill will be essential for older workers to continue to be active in the labour market.

Ian Borkett, Unionlearn Service Team Manager Ian Borkett explained:

“A substantial body of evidence exists that shows people over the age of 50 in Europe exiting the labour market find it more difficult to re-enter. The Mid-life Skills Review Project was set up to develop a digitally-enabled mid-life skills review that can help prepare workers to be more resilient to labour market challenges they face in the future.”

“The project developed a good practice model for the delivery of a mid-life ‘skills’ review – with the emphasis on reviewing skills and competences and targeted at workers in the labour market with low levels of basic skills in literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.”

Unionlearn will be holding a National Mid-life Skills Review dissemination event on Thursday 7th November at Friends House, London to showcase the new resources and share the lessons learnt.

Participants will hear about the project results and the new online Value My Skills tool which helps workers to think and plan for their skills development. The event will also highlight how to conduct an effective mid-life skills review and how this intervention helps support older workers to thrive and progress at work.

The day will be a chance to hear about the mid-life skills review project achievements and see a showcase of the new Value My Skills online tool.

By the end of the event delegates will:

  • Gain an insight into the Mid-life Skills Review project and the good practice model developed
  • Understand how to conduct an effective Mid-life Skills Review
  • Explore the benefits to employers and ways of getting employer buy-in
  • Hear the experience of Union Learning Reps involvement in the project and their support for mid-life colleagues
  • Look at how Mid-life Skills Reviews and the National Retraining Scheme are intrinsically linked
  • Consider the sustainability of mid-life skills reviews.

The dissemination event takes place at Friends Meeting House in central London on Thursday 7th November, starting at 10 am and finishing at 3:30pm with lunch provided.


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