Monday, February 01, 2010

United Kingdom: Report Released on Evaluating Return to Work Efforts on Behalf of 50 Plus

The UK's Department for Work and Pensions has released a report reviewing the literature to provide greater insight into how the Department's back to work provision supports the over-50s return to work has been published. The main findings of “50+ Back to work evidence review and indicative guide for secondary data analysis” prepared by Sandra Vegeris, Deborah Smeaton and Melahat Sahin-Dikmen, Policy Studies Institute, are:
  • Advisory support: Older customers valued regular meetings and support with job searches, IT skills and preparing CVs. Older people with professional or managerial backgrounds were less likely to find adviser services helpful. In programmes that involved a mandatory interview with an adviser, 50+ customers were more likely to have a health condition or disability which may have restricted engagement with advisory services.
  • Training: Studies reported lower than expected rates of training among 50+ customers. Few studies provided reasons for non-take up: these included perceptions of being ‘too old’ for training or disappointment with training options. Positive work outcomes attributed to participation in Work Based Learning for Adults (WBLA) (a voluntary programme) did not identify possible reasons for this favourable outcome among older participants.
Source: Department for Work and Pensions News Release (January 26, 2010)

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