- Thanks Sophie and Daniel for your feedback. It's an interesting challenge that I think will become more mainstream with time.I do have thoughts on what could be done to support a positive change Companies should be encouraged to offer re-training schemes which lead to employment for positions where the company is experiencing a skills shortage. The reluctance to do this is, companies are mindful that they will pay for the training, stay for a couple of months after and then will leave and go to their competitors - understood. However would it not be possible to draw up an employment contract stating that you had to remain with the company for minimum of 2/3 years and if you leave before 2/3 years (not due to redundancy/restructure) you have to pay back 50% of the cost of the course and if it is under 12 months it is the full amount. In addition the scheme is subject to 2-3 month notice period and allowing for the course amount to be deducted from you salary automatically during that notice period. There's a lot of fine detail and requirements to check with regard to employment laws etc, however I do think it's possible. Individuals who are serious about their careers I don't think would have a problem with broad terms I've suggested and perhaps it would deter people from taking the training and then leaving - don't know.
- The creative industries — and others as well tbh — would absolutely benefit from getting past their ageist biases. The EU has introduced their “Barcelona” and “Stockholm” targets which aim to raise employment levels among workers aged 55-64. It’s also set postponement targets like you mentioned previously. (Raising retirement by 5 years.)Ageism, like many other isms, has a massively detrimental impact on the economy at a macro level but financial well being at a micro level too.Retraining / reskilling is an issue that’s increasingly important not just because of aging populations but automation and AI too.
- This could also help to support parents returning to work after a slightly extended period away from work (or reduced work).Would be interesting to hear if people know of related mentorship schemes/programmes - as again, these can often be focused on those early in their careers/breaking in to industry.Super interesting topic Sharon :-)
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