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Government to launch older workers’ scheme to tackle age discrimination

From April 2015, the Government is rolling out an older workers’ champion scheme across every part of the UK to tackle the age discrimination which the Government believes can force them into the much higher levels of long-term unemployment than their younger counterparts. Employment Minister Esther McVey said that despite the recent impressive trends in those over 50 getting back into work, older workers still in many cases face outdated stereotypes when it comes to business hiring practices. Through the scheme, targeted and intensive support for older jobseekers will include a ‘career review’ with a dedicated expert to recognise and champion their transferable skills from previous careers, and to ensure jobseekers get the training needed to fill any skills gaps for a move to a new career, plus intensive digital support for older jobseekers where individuals identify a skills gap to moving into a new career.

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