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‘OAPs working overtime is inspiration young Brits need to gain employment’ – unemployment bootcamp pioneer on Wed 14th January, 2015
A recent national study found that there is an increasing number of over 65s who are opting to work part-time rather than retire. It has been predicted that those still working in the next few years could quadruple from 1.2 million to 4.8 million.
According to Will Davies, the MD and founder of property maintenance and refurbishment company aspect.co.uk, has said that seeing a larger number of older people in employment is not only good for the economy, but they would also be seen as inspiration for young people struggling to seek employment.
Davies, who pioneered the unemployment bootcamp concept for young people to acquire the skills for work, has said we need our mature workers to dedicate their final working years to prepare young people for their long-term careers.
“I find myself agreeing with people like celebrity chef Jamie Oliver about ‘wet’ British youngsters. They don’t have the work ethic of Eastern European migrant workers and we need our over 65’s to stay on in work to teach youngsters that you should receive a decent day’s pay for a hard day’s work,” said Mr Davies.
“There has to be a shift in how we think about retirement. Many older workers, quite rightly, don’t feel ready or aren’t financially prepared to retire at 65 any more. Many older workers enjoy their work and still want to contribute.”
“It makes sense to me that older workers should move into part-time work which takes the pressure off their pensions and can make the best use of their experience by working with and mentoring youngsters,” said Mr Davies.
It has been estimated that by 2030, there will be 15.5 million people over 65 in Britain that will place huge pressure on our ability to provide state pension support.
“Keeping mature workers in part-time work will have huge benefits for our benefits system. Also, as our economy turns the corner and the government talks about major spending on infrastructure projects, the UK is facing a huge skill shortage in the construction sector,” said Mr Davies.
“We need to be providing more apprenticeships for youngsters and keeping more of our experienced workforce.”
John Price, Hillgrove PR.
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