Why now is the time for #AgeDiversity

Multigenerational teams are good for business; they bring a breadth of experience and viewpoints. As the population ages, organisations will need to have the policies and procedures that both attract and retain older workers and ensure their organisations are age diverse. Join us for National Older Workers Week where we will share best practice and celebrate success.

workingwise.co.uk has launched its #AgeDiversity campaign, sponsored by QA, which includes National Older Workers Week, that aims to help organisations manage multigenerational teams and ensure any possible ageism is eliminated.

With people working longer, the workplace is becoming more multigenerational, with the average workplace now spanning an unprecedented four generations. This brings many benefits in terms of knowledge and skills sharing, but it also means employers need to work harder to ensure all age groups feel included and valued.

Join us for a series of events during the workingwise.co.uk National Older Workers Week (#NOWW21) from the 22nd to 26th November 2021

With thanks to our National Older Workers Week sponsor:

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Thank you to our event sponsors:

National Older Workers Week Events

Older workers: Challenges & Insights

Sponsored by Phoenix Group

22nd November 2021, 1pm until 2pm

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Who should attend

HR and diversity leads, recruitment specialists and business owners.


Overview 

Our first event will take a look at the results of our candidate survey, presenting the issues older workers are facing. This event aims to give employers an up-to-date view on the current situation, including the impact of Covid, to help them to implement/improve current policies.

It will cover everything from the impact of Covid on self-employment intentions, confidence, promotion and job security to longer term issues such as access to training and career development, perceptions of the recruitment process and longer-term plans.

Panel

Patrick Thomson, Policy Institute Director, Shaw Trust Foundation

Patrick Thomson has recently joined the Shaw Trust Foundation as its first Policy Institute Director. Shaw Trust is a social enterprise with charitable status challenging inequality for people across the UK through employment and related support. Patrick has a background in the public, private and charitable sectors on policy, research, communications and delivery. He is a former member of the Government Social Research Unit, and was part of the Organising Committee that delivered the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Patrick joined the Shaw Trust from six years at the Centre for Ageing Better where he led their programmes on employer engagement and age-inclusive employment.


Allan Allison, Sales Director, QA

Allan Allison, QA

Allan leads on driving the engagement and uptake of funded learning solutions for QA – the UKs largest provider of Tech training. His role is to engage with stakeholders, employers, partners and learners to align and deliver funded training services; driving uptake of upskilling, reskilling and social mobility. Allan has over 15 years of experience in leading national training providers, and partnering with government stakeholders to support effective funded reskilling. This has ranged from leading Welfare and Employability provision such as the Work Programme, to leading the response from the UKs largest Apprenticeship providers to the Levy and Apprenticeship reform. Allan is passionate about creating careers across all demographics – and has partnered with both the government, and major UK business, to support diversity recruitment, retraining and returnship programmes. He is currently supporting some of the biggest funded programmes in the UK to provide career re-training for those across all ages and backgrounds.


Gillian Nissim, Founder, WM People

Gillian Nissim


Mandy Garner, Managing Editor, workingwise.co.uk

Mandy Garner

 

 

How to become an age friendly employer


23rd November 2021, 1pm until 2.30pm

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Who should attend

HR and diversity leads, recruitment specialists and business owners.


Overview 

This event will be focused on countering ageism within organisations. Drawing on best practice, we will take a look at how to eliminate bias in the recruitment process and we will review, with leaders in this field, the best policies and practices that attract, support and retain older workers.

Policies and practices will include:

  • Returner programmes
  • Retraining/upskilling/lifelong learning
  • Midlife MOTs
  • Menopause
  • Carers
  • Reverse mentoring
  • Flexible working

Panel

Our panel brings years of experience of working with employers and older workers.


David Blackburn, Chief People Officer, Financial Services Compensation Scheme

David Blackburn

David Blackburn from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today and listed as one the top 100 HR Directors in the World in the HRD Global 100 2021. Passionate about older workers, and with a number of policies and initiatives, David will be sharing what is working within their organisation to attract and retain this demographic.


Judith Wardell, Time of Your Life

Judith Wardell

Judith Wardell from the Time of Your Life works employers on midlife MOTs and has a in-depth understanding of the challenges older workers face within the workplace. She is also an expert in upskilling, what is needed to help people engage with training and development and what older workers typically need to aid learning.


Sana Ahmed, Senior People Partner, QA Ltd

_Sana Ahmed

Sana Ahmed is a Senior People Partner at QA, where she advises and partners with senior business stakeholders in developing people solutions supporting the delivery of the business’s strategic objectives. Sana has over 13 years of HR experience working across the tech, FMCG and manufacturing sectors in business partnering and COE roles in global/matrix structures. Her experience spans across various HR domains such as Talent Management, Compensation & Benefits, Employee Relations and Change Management which she has built working in the UK and India and partnering with businesses and teams in Latin America, Asia and Africa.


Louise Stibbs, Apprenticeship Development Officer, Clarion Housing 

Louise works within Jobs and training at Clarion Futures, where they support our Clarion residents (and none residents) in education, training and supporting them through their day to day lives. Her role is working with individuals looking to either start a new career, or at the beginning of their careers and taking the Apprenticeship route. She works closely with businesses to support them in developing their current staff; as well as working with them to incorporate Apprenticeship opportunities within their businesses which are tailored to all.

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Our chair is:

Gillian Nissim, Founder of WM People

Gillian Nissim

Managing Multigenerational Teams

Sponsored by Corbin & King


24th November 2021, 1pm until 2.30pm

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Who should attend

Line Managers who are responsible for teams. Directors, HR and diversity leads will also find value being part of this event.


Overview 

The workforce is now made up of four different generations and managing multigenerational teams in an inclusive way that gets the best out of everyone can be challenging.

This event, sponsored by Corbin & King, will bring together those organisations that have successfully managed multigenerational teams. They will share the challenges they have faced and how these have been overcome, whether that is combatting ageism – both against young and old – in their processes and policies or promoting lifelong learning.

Areas of focus will include:

  • Reverse mentoring
  • Midlife MOTS
  • Flexible teams
  • Tackling ageism
  • Managing workers with a range of different needs

With thanks to our sponsor:

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Panel

Our panel brings years of experience of managing multigenerational teams and understanding the needs of older workers:


Kim Chaplain, Associate Director, Centre of Ageing Better 

Kim Chaplain

We are pleased to announce that Kim Chaplain will be joining us from the Centre for Ageing Better. Kim has over 30 year of experience in the employment and skills sector spanning both operational and policy roles.


Dawn Moore, Group Director of People, J Murphy & Sons Ltd

Dawn Moore

Dawn Moore from J Murphy & Sons Ltd has over 26 years of HR experience and has received numerous awards for her work on culture change, people strategy, learning and development and diversity and inclusion – work which has made a tangible difference to the organisations she has worked for and which others have learned from.


David Blackburn, Chief People Officer, Financial Services Compensation Scheme

David Blackburn

David Blackburn from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is one of the most awarded HR professionals working in the UK today and listed as one the top 100 HR Directors in the World in the HRD Global 100 2021. Passionate about older workers, and with a number of policies and initiatives, David will be sharing what is working within their organisation to attract and retain this demographic.


Ninoska Leppard, Group Personnel and Development Director, Corbin & King

Ninoska Leppard


Our chair is:

Gillian Nissim, Founder, WM People

Gillian Nissim

A graduate of Birmingham University, Gillian launched workingmums.co.uk in 2006, followed by workingdads.co.uk in 2018 and workingwise.co.uk in 2019.

How to find a job you love

Sponsored by Now Teach


25th November 2021, 1pm until 2pm

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Who should attend

Older workers looking to progress their career in their current role or change careers completely.


Overview 

Our final event, sponsored by Now Teach, will be for the candidates themselves. This will be a coming together of older workers to share their experiences. An uplifting event to help older workers to feel valued. We will also be joined by John Lees, career strategist and author who will offer advice for those who wish to change their careers or progress further in their current role.


John Lees

John Lees

John Lees is one of the UK’s best known career transition coaches, specialising in helping people who say ‘I know I want to do something different, but I don’t know what it is’. He has published 15 books on careers and work including the UK best-seller How to Get a Job You Love.


Lorna Valcin

Lorna Valcin

Lorna Valcin is a highly qualified solicitor with over 30 years’ experience in the legal field, the vast majority of which has been spent specialising in Employment and Immigration Law. More recently, Lorna has qualified as a life coach and has set up a life coaching business helping people make changes in their life and career so they can live to their true values.


Sue Eilfield, Vice President, People & Culture, Coca Cola European Partners

Sue from Coca Cola

Sue is Vice President, People & Culture based in Great Britain and also leads Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP)’s Inclusion, Diversity & Equity (ID&E) Centre of Expertise across 29 countries with 33,000 colleagues. CCEP’s Inclusion strategy includes capability building, listening to colleagues and embedding actions that upweight progress in the important business imperative of increasing inclusion, diversity and equity – and to represent the communities they serve.  An important aspect of CCEP’s philosophy is that Everyone’s Welcome and to encourage the best from their multi-generational, diverse workforce –  to be themselves, be valued and to belong.


Katie Waldegrave, Director Now Teach

Katie Waldegrave, Now Teach

Katie co-founded Now Teach in 2016 with journalist Lucy Kellaway. Now Teach recruits, trains and supports experienced career changers to become great teachers in challenging secondary schools. Prior to this Katie co-founded First Story with William Fiennes in 2008. A social entrepreneur at heart, Katie is also a trained teacher and a published author.


Jo Bishenden, Director Of Education, QA

Jo Bishenden has worked her entire career in and around the education, learning and training sectors. A former science teacher in South London, Jo has spent the last 10 years working in educational consultancy supporting universities, colleges and governments both in the UK and around the world who were looking to ensure their students, learners and workforces were equipped with the skills, industry experience and qualifications they needed for the 21st century. As Director of Education for QA, Jo now focuses her passion for lifelong learning to equipping people with the tech and leadership skills needed to embrace the digital revolution.

 

National Older Workers Week is supported by:

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Metrobank

Clarion Futures Logo

Knight Frank logo

Centre for Ageing Better logo

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Morgan Sindall Logo

Hilton

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Vistry Group

Scottish Widows logo

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British Transport Police logo

Maritime-&-Coastguard

Laing O'Rourke

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