Older Workers and Carers – the key to employers’ skills gaps

Free live webinar 15th June @11am

Older workers and carers have left the workforce in disproportionate numbers since 2020. Let’s look together at what attracts and retains this important segment of talent. In the UK Spring Budget, those aged 50+ were among the three groups targeted to fill the skills gaps and drive UK economic growth (along with parents and people with long-term illness). Even before Covid-19, we were recruiting as employers from within an ageing workforce. By mid-2014, the UK average age exceeded 40 for the first time. By 2040, nearly one in seven people is projected to be aged over 75 (according to Government Office for Science figures).

50+ workers are people with experience, often seniority and increasingly complicated lives. According to Carers UK, out of an estimated over 10 million UK carers, one in seven are juggling work and care. Between 2010-2020, people aged 46-65 were the largest age group to become unpaid carers.

This timely webinar comes hot on the heels of Carers Week and focuses on practical steps employers can take to both attract and retain the talents of older workers and those who are carers.

Join this lively conversation, as we discuss:

  • The current picture on older workers, carers and their needs from employers – latest research and statistics
  • What works and what doesn’t – real solutions to make work attractive and sustainable for both 50+ workers and those who are caring for other adult dependents.
  • What does the future hold? Hear from the experts on coming trends to enable you to get ahead as employers.

Join our Expert Panel of Speakers

James Marsh

Hosted by: James Marsh

James is an organisational learning and development specialist and has worked as an HR manager, consultant, in-house recruiter and trainer with expertise in both management strategy and HR policies and processes. A former editor of HRreview, James then spent seven years at specialist retailer Planet Organic as the architect of their learning strategy and apprenticeship programmes before moving to Guardian News Media in June 2022. He has continued to work closely with HRreview as a podcast presenter and the regular chairperson of their award winning webinar series, InsideHR.

Jennifer Liston-Smith, Head of Thought Leadership, Bright Horizons

Guest Expert: Jennifer Liston-Smith, Bright Horizons

Highly credible voice on Employee Engagement, Corporate Affairs, Leadership, Inclusion. Special expertise in work-life integration, transition and change, employee life stages, working parents & carers as part of diversity and talent retention.

Kim Chaplain, Specialist Advisor, Centre for Ageing Better

Guest Expert: Kim Chaplain, Specialist Advisor, Centre for Ageing Better

Kim has over 30 year of experience in the employment and skills sector spanning both operational and policy roles. She specialises in community engagement and regeneration and has extensive experience of fostering partnerships between local authorities and employment services in both the third and public sector.

Katherine Wilson

Guest Expert: Katherine Wilson, Head of Employers for Carers, Carers UK

Katherine Wilson is Head of Employment and Specialist Delivery at Carers UK. Her work includes providing specialist support for Employers for Carers (EfC), Carers UK’s business membership forum, related digital services, and wider work on carers and employment. She has previously worked on employment and equality issues across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

On joining Carers UK in 2007 Katherine worked on the development of EfC and was its initial manager when it launched as an employer membership forum in 2009. She also led on the development of Carer Confident, EfC’s UK-wide employer benchmarking scheme. Launched in 2019, the benchmark assists employers to build a supportive and inclusive workplace for staff who are, or will become, carers and seeks to recognise employers who achieve this.



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