South West Opportunities for Older People - Age & Employability Lindsey St. John - Project Director
The South West
Profile of SW England <ul><li>Population of nearly 5 million </li></ul><ul><li>Higher proportion of residents over 50 + th...
Rises in employment rate
Decline in unemployment
Little change in inactivity in SW
Reasons for inactivity
Objectives of SWOOP <ul><li>Focus on Age & Employability (45+) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20 partners involved in £2.5m funded...
SWOOP :  Helping older workers become or remain economically active   <ul><li>Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)  </li...
SWOOP Activities- Employers <ul><li>& employer agents </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising (workshops) </li></ul><ul><li>Ag...
Findings from SWOOP - Individuals <ul><li>By 31 st  December 2006  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>254 beneficiaries in total </li><...
Findings from SWOOP - Employers <ul><li>Compliance with law rather than a change of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Have respon...
Thank You! <ul><li>Contact us at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.swoop-project.org.uk </li></ul>
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    1. 1. South West Opportunities for Older People - Age & Employability Lindsey St. John - Project Director
    2. 2. The South West
    3. 3. Profile of SW England <ul><li>Population of nearly 5 million </li></ul><ul><li>Higher proportion of residents over 50 + than other UK regions </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing faster through inward migration (45% by 2024) </li></ul><ul><li>73% 50-65 yr in work (30% of SW working population) </li></ul><ul><li>11% over 65 </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of urban & rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>Many small and micro business </li></ul><ul><li>Low reported unemployment </li></ul>
    4. 4. Rises in employment rate
    5. 5. Decline in unemployment
    6. 6. Little change in inactivity in SW
    7. 7. Reasons for inactivity
    8. 8. Objectives of SWOOP <ul><li>Focus on Age & Employability (45+) </li></ul><ul><li>Over 20 partners involved in £2.5m funded project interested in the economy, productivity, jobs, older people </li></ul><ul><li>Anticipating effects of demographic change on a region </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at sustainable options – infrastructure development & programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping people in work or helping them back to work Creating employment opportunities – self employment and start up </li></ul><ul><li>Raising issue with employers – trying to effect change in attitude and behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>Work with key regional agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Learn from Europe - 2 transnational partnerships </li></ul>
    9. 9. SWOOP : Helping older workers become or remain economically active <ul><li>Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal development, coaching, training </li></ul><ul><li>Employment advice & guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Interview training </li></ul><ul><li>Application & CV writing </li></ul><ul><li>Work experience/voluntary placements </li></ul><ul><li>Self employment & business start up </li></ul><ul><li>Health & wellbeing </li></ul>
    10. 10. SWOOP Activities- Employers <ul><li>& employer agents </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising (workshops) </li></ul><ul><li>Age Legislation – information & advice (helplines) </li></ul><ul><li>HR processes – Recruitment & selection; staff training; promotion; succession planning; revitalisaition; flexible working; retirement planning </li></ul><ul><li>Age positive practice </li></ul><ul><li>Workforce planning/LMI </li></ul>
    11. 11. Findings from SWOOP - Individuals <ul><li>By 31 st December 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>254 beneficiaries in total </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>191 aged over 50, 63 aged 40-50 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>31% no qualifications, 22% qualified at level 4-5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30% have been unemployed for over 3 years </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value of IAG for older people – in work & out of work </li></ul><ul><li>Inability to adequately represent skills, knowledge & experience </li></ul><ul><li>Discrimination V poor job hunting skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of jobs is an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes still persist </li></ul><ul><li>Self employment/start up is important </li></ul><ul><li>Greater flexibility is needed </li></ul>
    12. 12. Findings from SWOOP - Employers <ul><li>Compliance with law rather than a change of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Have responded negatively in some respects to the new law </li></ul><ul><li>Have not grasped implications of demographic change </li></ul><ul><li>Persist with desire to recruit young workers, although may value the older workers they have </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes persist </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediaries have a key role to play in encouraging employment & training </li></ul>
    13. 13. Thank You! <ul><li>Contact us at: </li></ul><ul><li>www.swoop-project.org.uk </li></ul>

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