The practice of understanding and applying the beneficial use of people of different ages in employment, economic and social activity, plus being aware of their needs when developing and marketing goods and services and delivering public services.’ Chris Walsh Director Wise Owls employment agency ltd September 2012.
The 3 working age groups are commonly defined as younger - under 25 years old; middle aged 25 – 49 years; and older 50+ to state retirement age + .
The levels of unemployment amongst these groups in the UK IN 2012 are
The proportion of people in work-related training in the UK in 2012 are 
The proportion of people undertaking further and higher education in the UK in 2012 are as follows 
The Benefits of Age Diversity.
To a country - where people of all ages are in employment, working together, national productivity and employment levels increase( based on OECD and EU Economic and Social affairs Directorate research).. Older people can provide training, mentoring, support to younger ones. Ongoing employment and increased flexible working can prolong older working age people’s useful working lives, improve their health and benefit the economy. In addition extending working lives up to and after retirement age means people can continue contributing towards the economy and taxation after retirement age, as they wish ,supplementing what should be an adequate pension as of right. Where older people are retained there are likely to be more younger ones hired. Both OECD and EU Economic and Social affairs Directorate research indicates that where older workers are retained there are smaller numbers of unemployed young workers
The reverse is also true where older workers are laid off they are usually not replaced – it is part of a downsizing operation, reductions in public service and employment and where that happens in EU countries since 2008, there are higher levels of youth unemployment.
To a company - where people of all ages are in employment, working together, productivity and profitability increases. Older people can provide training, mentoring, support to younger ones. Flexible working can prolong their useful working lives for themselves, their health and the company. Where older people are retained there are likely to be more younger hired
The reverse is also true where older workers are laid of they are usually not replaced – it is part of a downsizing operation and where that happens younger people are less likely to be employed
To society. We need to have a fair and flexible society in which all generations can work, play, live and socialise in harmony taking into account the rising overall age of the population – seeing this as a basis for economic and social growth.
What Needs to Be Done
To ensure that we enjoy the benefits of longer and healthier age we need to plan positively for this
Educate. We need to inform and educate the wider society , older and younger people of these realities and to actively encourage participation in the economy and social interaction by all generations
Introduce legislation. This needs to be reinforced with wider equality laws which protecvt everyone from exclusion and discrimination on the grounds of age – the one equality group which affects us all
Best practice. We have to widen the networks and research and practice\al development of best practice in the fields of employment, self employment, training, access to goods and services, economic and social planning and research into the opportunities and economic and employment expansion inherent in the growth of the silver economy and of an age diverse society for old and young alike
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