A service launched by the businesses that set up South Bank BID is set to help local employers facing recruitment challenges by supporting more older people into work.
The Waterloo Job Shop’s Journey2Work project launches after the Government’s Business Champion for Older workers urged employers to tap into the talents of those in their fifties and sixties and hire 1 million more.
Based on Lower Marsh, the Waterloo Job Shop was set up by South Bank Employers’ Group, which launched South Bank BID. It will use its links to South Bank employers and knowledge of the job market to support more older people into jobs.
Journey2Work is a two-year programme delivered in partnership with G4S with funding from the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Waterloo Job Shop’s dedicated employment advisors will support all those eligible – residents of Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth aged 50 and above and out-of-work for six months – to help them overcome barriers to taking up jobs.
It will work with key sectors and companies undertaking recruitment drives including those in the visitor economy and business administration. Aviva UK’s Andy Briggs, the Government Business Champion for Older Workers, earlier this year urged employers to hire 1 million more older people as he highlighted that most feel there are fewer jobs available to them than when they were younger.
In Lambeth and Southwark alone, if 55 to 59-year-olds were as economically active as 45 to 49-year-olds, the labour market would be boosted by more than 2,000 people, the most recent official statistics suggest.
Nic Durston, Chief Executive of South Bank BID, said: “We are excited to be launching our latest employment project. Hiring more older-workers makes excellent business sense. Those aged 50 and above bring experience of the workplace, tend to be more flexible and more loyal to employers.”
Darryl Monfries, Employment and Skills Manager, of the Waterloo Job Shop, said: “We are pleased to be building on our 15 years of delivering back-to-work programmes with a special focus on older job-seekers. With support, they can access the many jobs created in South Bank and beyond.”
BID members interested in getting involved in the Journey2Work project should contact BID@southbanklondon.com.