NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review part of new Government strategy13 June 2014
The Government will be incorporating lessons learned from NIACE’s Mid-life Career Review Pilots and integrate the ‘50+ delivery model’ into existing partner practice, to ensure older workers can access an in-depth career review for the first time.
In response to today’s publication of the Government’s Fuller Working Lives – framework for action, David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:
“We are delighted that the government has listened to us and sees that our proposals for Mid-life Career Reviews will help people have fuller working lives. Our population is ageing rapidly and as a country we are unprepared for the consequences and lack the mechanisms to realise the opportunities. To address current and future skills gaps and skills shortages – which is essential for the future prosperity of our economy and society – we must recognise the talent and potential of older people.
“However, we would like to see the Government go even further. In our Manifesto – Skills for Prosperity, also published today – we want to see a truly lifelong learning society which recognises and values the contribution of all individuals. Our proposals include a new Personal Skills Account for all adults linked to an entitlement to career reviews to put people in control of their own skills development. Such Career Reviews must become an entitlement at key transition points in life – such as redundancy, returning from long-term caring, and of course in mid-life.
“We are determined to play our part and look forward to working with the government to ensure that this is implemented successfully.”
The Mid-life Career Review Pilot Programme included reviews for over 3,000 people mostly aged between 45 and 64. They covered employment, training and health issues and were designed for those out of work, facing redundancy, wanting to adapt to a new way of working (part-time or self-employed) or for those wanting to stay in the job they have. Four-fifths of surveyed advisers said their clients had improved confidence or motivation to explore career options and make changes, following the review.