The Fifty Plus working group, made up of business and public bodies, that reports directly to our Employment and Skills Board.  The working group meet quarterly to look for opportunities and solutions for ‘Fuller Working Lives’. Retention, retraining and recruitment are the three pillars we use to develop suitable local actions, helping to shape and deliver the Humber’s Employment and Skills Strategy (http://www.humberlep.org/strategies-and-deals/employment-and-skills-strategy/).

Hull’s Jobcentres recently delivered a pilot ‘Returneeship’ programme with 25 students, all aged over 40, participating in a 5-week pre-employment training course. The course was designed to meet the needs of older claimants by building confidence, teamwork and IT skills, using the BBC’s ‘Make it Digital’ traineeship programme content. Thrown in at the deep end, the students learned all the roles of a production team within the BBC, filming a local version of the One Show which included an interview with Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP on the employment and skills opportunities for those aged over 50.

The filming part of the programme included many new learning opportunities such as digital skills, editing, camera work, sound and lighting as well as facing the further challenge of actually presenting the show. The students had the opportunity to create their own digital profile including a LinkedIn Account and building their own webpage. A work placement followed the training programme to help build confidence and gain work experience. Tracey Jackson from the Jobcentre Plus Employer Engagement team, said: “The candidates really did themselves proud with their presentations. It was brilliant to see the massive change in their confidence in such a short period of time.”

Please contact the Employment and Skills team at the Humber LEP for more information about Fuller Working Lives, and find out how you can get involved.