Policy Statements and Initiatives
DWP: 40% of older workers believe their younger colleagues teach them skills they previously did not have, according to a study of older and younger workers commissioned by Jobcentre Plus, whilst one third of younger workers believe older workers are more likely to work anti-social hours than colleagues their own age.
Jobcentre Plus has launched the ‘Wise Council’ - a dedicated, online advice forum spear-headed by inventor Trevor Baylis and supported by TAEN - The Age and Employment Network and BT for employers & individuals across the country, to enable older people to make the most of employment opportunities available.
In addition, this week saw the launch of 'GenerationXperience UK Older people's day' on 1 October 2007 - a celebration of the opportunities & aspirations of older people and their contribution to society. See also ‘General Reports and Other Publications’ below - Key findings have been published from DWP research into 'Employer responses to an ageing workforce',
Press release ~ DWP's Age Positive initiative ~ Free advice guides from Age positive ~ TAEN - The Age and Employment Network ~ ‘Wise Council’
DWP: Citizens Advice and Jobcentre Plus have announced a new partnership agreement to improve links between them and deliver better advice & support to people in England and Wales. Jobcentre Plus is also working with Citizens Advice Scotland on a similar partnership agreement.
Citizens Advice Bureaux advise over 2 million people each year on employment, benefits and tax credits. In the financial year 2006/07 the CAB service helped people deal with more then 5.7 million problems, the most common being debt and welfare benefits. Many clients that use a local CAB are also customers of Jobcentre Plus and many are amongst the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.