Unemployed over-50s offered skills training
As part of an initiative to help older people into employment, the UK government has launched a plan to offer training to those aged over 50.
There are an estimated 1.2 million people aged over 50 who are unemployed and willing to work. If they all found jobs, they would collectively contribute an additional £50 billion to the UK economy, BBC News reports.
In the past year, long-term unemployment among the wider population fell by 16 per cent, but joblessness among the over-50s decreased by 3.5 per cent.
The latest trial is set to commence in April this year and will include training in a range of topics, such as CV and interview skills, the internet and social media, and career reviews with a professional to identify skills obtained from previous work and any training requirements.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, employment minister Esther McVey said: "The plight of unemployed older workers has gone under the radar for too long.
"There's something fundamentally wrong with so many skilled and experienced people finding themselves locked out of the workplace simply because of their age."
Job Centre staff will be appointed in seven areas of the UK - costing the government £250,000 - to ensure small and medium-sized enterprises are aware of the benefits of hiring older employees.
Ms McVey highlighted the fact that more than 250,000 people aged over 50 have found work in the past year, emphasising that older workers aren't replacing their younger counterparts, but simply adding to the workforce.
She added: "Where there needs to be laws, they have been brought in, this is about working with businesses and encouraging people that this is the right thing to do."
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