Today the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, Andy Briggs, has announced that employers should increase the number of older people in the UK workforce by one million over the next five years to combat age bias.
We support the call for employers across the UK to increase the number of workers aged 50-69 by 12% by 2022. This target is aimed at supporting older people who want the same range of options and opportunities as younger colleagues, and to be recognised for their experience and expertise.
We recognise the skills older people bring to the workplace and are in no doubt that we benefit from the breadth and depth of knowledge that older workers add to our business in particular.
We are, therefore, delighted that our Managing Director, Martin Jones, has been appointed an Ambassador to the Government’s Champion for Older Workers, Andy Briggs. Martin will work alongside Andy to raise awareness of the opportunities available to older workers and people in the UK. Said Martin: “The over 50s are a key part of the UK workforce and all employers need to open their eyes to this talent pool.
“Age is no barrier to a career in care with Home Instead, we are proud to have many CAREGivers working with us who are in their 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s!
Octogenarian June works with our Sheffield office and has recently been celebrated as the UK’s oldest CAREGiver. June loves her job and her philosophy is that you are never too old to learn. June’s story was recently featured in The Guardian, click here to read more.
Similarly, at 70, Judi Waymouth suddenly found herself with two spare days a week having had her hours reduced at a local antiques dealer. Rather than taking it easy she set about finding something to fill the time and soon landed the perfect role – as a CAREGiiver for Home Instead in Exeter and East Devon. She believes that she is a better CAREGiver at 73 than she would have been when she was younger. Read Judi’s story here, also featured in The Guardian.
If you are interested in finding out more about a career with Home Instead visit our website www.homeinstead.co.uk/caregiver-jobs