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Fuller Working Lives, is a government lead partnership approach which encourages businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers.

As the workforce ages, employers are increasingly having to retain the valuable skills of their older workers. With many people leaving the workforce before they reach State Pension age, it’s important for employers to offer opportunities, such as retraining and flexible working, to keep them.

Evidence shows that multi-generational workforces are more productive and that businesses benefit from the experience, loyalty and reliability that older workers bring. For employees, making informed and timely career and retirement choices can ensure they are financially secure throughout their life.

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***We are currently working on refreshing some of the information on our 50+ Working Group content. While we work on updating this area, please see the information below on past projects***

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 (

  • Despite the fact that we are living longer, people are leaving the labour market earlier which has a significant impact for the economy, for business and individuals
  • If everyone worked 1 year longer GDP could increase by 1%, this could mean around £164 million in gross value added for Humber LEP.
  • Employment rates for 50-64 year olds are lower than those for 25-49 year olds across England – this is also evident in the Humber LEP area (68.4% 50-64 and 80.5% 25-49)
  • Over the decade to 2024 the number of people aged 50 to State Pension age will rise by 3.2m and there will be 200,000 fewer people aged 16-49. In the next 10 years in the Humber region, there will be 2% fewer 15-49 year olds but 7% more people aged 50-64. 

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.

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