The Silver Economy - A conference on older workers' contribution towards ec...

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32 Smith Square

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SW1P 3EU

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As more and more people are working longer, with 70% of the 50+ working age in employment and another 1.3 million working even beyond that age the importance and impact of older working age people is growing, yet is still disregarded. With the total of over 60s set to rise to 20 million by 2030 this is creating a new and powerful consumer class, and presents opportunities and challenges for life-long work, employment and investment.

Join Positive Ageing in London, Wise Age Ltd and Age Platform (UK) for a free, half-day conference and focus group to discuss the benefits and needs that older working age people (50+) bring to London and the UK through their paid and unpaid work. We will be drawing on examples of best practice from London, the UK and EU in ensuring that older working age people are recognised and supported

The Mayor of London’s draft plan for an inclusive and growing economy is currently out for consultation. The focus group discussion will inform Positive Ageing's formal response to the Mayor's consultation.

We want to ensure that older Londoners and other concerned people have the opportunity to raise issues, concerns and make recommendations.

Key questions we will explore include:

  • How can the mayor help to tackle age discrimination in the workplace?

  • How can the economic strategy tackle the entrenched long-term worklessness in the older working-age population?

  • What type of localised skills system is needed to help adult learners in London?

  • What could the mayor do to support older Londoners back into work?

  • What can the mayor do to ensure London benefits from the rise in the silver economy?


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10.30 Arrival & registration

11.00 Introduction and Welcome by Chris Walsh, Chair followed by a presentation on overview on older workers in London & the UK

11.40 New Lessons for understanding retirement and employment transitions in later life, Dr Brian Beach – Senior Research Fellow ILC - UK

12.10 Situation of Older Workers across EU – examples of Best practice, Phillippe Seidel – Age Platform Europe – Employment specialist

12.40 Best practice in helping organisations become age and employment experts. The lessons from their Resourcing Older People’s Employment Services project, Peter Murphy – Head of Projects, Wise Age

13.10 Lunch

13.50 How to get long term over 50s back into work, Jane Gibson – Age and Employment Consultant

14.20 Small group discussion / focus groups on key issues and concerns and recommendations

15.00 Large discussion – presented by group facilitators- followed by discussion on key points to be raised from the meeting. This discussion will inform our response to the Mayor of London’s strategy on Employment and Economic Development strategy.

15.30 End

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