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An Employer’s Guide to employing and training older workers

Wales’ workforce is getting older and there will increasingly be a lack of young people to fill vacancies.

Simply put, older workers are vital for the future of our economy and our businesses and we need to challenge our perceptions of an older person and what they can do.

Surprisingly to some, an  older worker is defined as someone who is age 50 or above.

An ageing population and workforce means that making work more inclusive for older workers will be increasingly important for employees, employers and the economy.

Retaining people, developing their skills throughout their working life and recruiting older workers have never been more critical to business survival as well as growth.

The time to plan for an ageing workforce is now, not just for larger businesses but also for SMEs, where the loss of skills and cost of recruitment can be more consequential.

All the information here is drawn from the experience of employers who have seen the commercial benefits of employing a multigenerational workforce.

We’ve included case studies and research to show the reality of what older employees can bring to business, busting some ageist myths along the way.


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