The Department for Work and Pensions has launched its online Midlife MOT website.
The Government has launched its free Midlife MOT website which aims to encourage people to review their skills and help to break down barriers to the labour market.
The website signposts to key organisations and charities, including the NHS, Mind, MoneyHelper, Citizens Advice and the Department for Work and Pension’s find a job portal.
As part of this, MoneyHelper has created a financial tool which will provide a personalised report to help people understand what to prioritise to improve their financial position, from now through to retirement.
The Midlife MOT was originally launched in several Jobcentres in England with work coaches working with claimants face to face to encourage planning for later life and boosting their confidence. The online version aims to make advice accessible to everyone.
In the Spring Budget, the Chancellor announced that the Department for Work and Pensions would be increasing the number of people who can access in person Midlife MOT support via their local Jobcentre, from 8,000 to 40,000 a year.
Andy Briggs, CEO of the Phoenix Group and Older Workers Champion for the Government said: “The introduction of an enhanced digital MOT, that’s open to all, is welcome news and, with a focus on work, wealth and wellbeing, it will be an essential tool in helping people make the most of their longer lives.
“The desire to stay in meaningful work for longer is already important to many people. More experienced, older workers offer a wealth of knowledge but are often written-off or overlooked for no good reason. Age is no barrier to learning and I encourage businesses to invest for all, to enjoy the benefits of greater retention and more skilled employees.”