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Age Inclusive Workplaces(2)

Scotland's workplace demographics are changing

Age Scotland is working hard to make workplaces more age-inclusive

A third of our workforce are now over 50 and there are twice as many people aged 65 years and over in employment in Scotland today compared to 10 years ago.  This number is set to rise as changes to retirement and state pensions make working beyond 65 more common.

Ageism is any form of negative or positive discrimination, stereotype or bias relating to age.  Ageism functions at individual and organisational levels and remains a barrier to attaining and retaining work. 

With more generations working together than ever before, research shows that ageism is an issue that needs to be addressed.

  • More than a third of over 45s believe that ageism is a problem in their workplace with a quarter believeing age is a barrier to progression and development.
  • 82% of 55 to 64 year old see their age as a disadvantage when applying for a job.
  • One in 5 workers over 50 believe that people see them as less capable as they get older.

Age is a protected characteristic under the UK Equality Act, 2010.  However, to date, age had received less attention in comparison to other protected characteristics or workforce demographic factors.

Organisations need to become more age-inclusive.  Age Scotland defines an age-inclusive workplace as one where employees of all ages feel respected, valued and are able to fulfil their aspirations and potential.

Ageism in the workplace - the big picture

Watch our short research-based video for an overview of ageism in the workplace in Scotland and why organisations need to be age-inclusive.

How is Age Scotland driving change?

We have worked with over 7,000 individuals across over 200 organisations and are experts in helping organisations become more age-inclusive.  We are passionate about tackling ageism in the workplace and ensuring that employees of all ages feel respected, valued and able to fulfil their aspirations and potential.  We do this in lots of different ways:

  • We work on age at work in practice and in research.
    • Our Age@Work Employers' Network brings together organisations from all sectors who are actively exploring opportunities to increase age-inclusion.  The network meets 2-3 times a year and is run in partnership with University of Edinburgh Business School, CIPD Scotland and Business in the Community Scotland.
    • We conduct and share the latest research on ageism at work.  
  • We offer consultancy which offers practical advice and support to organisations looking to build age-inclusive workplaces.  This is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.
  • We provide a free online self-assessment tool and an optional fully-funded follow-up consultancy for organisations that are unsure where they are (and how to start) on the age inclusion journey.  
  • We offer a wide range of virtual and face-to-face interactive workshops covering covering key aspects of age inclusion in the workplace.



Our workshops

Age Inclusion

Our Age Inclusion workshops support organisations and their employees to understand ageism in the workplace and the steps they can take to be more age-inclusive.  Our Age Inclusion for People Managers workshop is available as an interactive and engaging virtual session. 

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Unconscious Bias

Our Unconscious Bias workshop is one of the first of its type that includes age-related biases alongside other protected characteristics.

Through the use of immersive digital media, this workshop allows us to focus on our own personal unconscious biases so that we can work towards creating safer, more inclusive workplace cultures.

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Dementia Awareness

As our workforce ages, more people will experience symptoms of dementia while in employment or work directly with others living with dementia. These CPD accredited workshops can be tailored to suit your organisation and the audience attending.  They will ensure your HR team, people managers and front line staff are better informed and prepared should dementia become a workplace issue.  We are currently offering these as as interactive and engaging virtual workshops

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Planning For Your Future

Our pre-retirement planning workshops are currently being delivered virtually whilst face-to-face workshops aren't possible.  Planning For Your Future sessions help employees over the age of 50 to plan for later life and future retirement.  With access to experts in money matters, tax, legal issues and health & wellbeing, this workshop is recommended by 98% of attendees.  

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Age Inclusive Matrix

Our AIM programme provides specialist HR support for an age-inclusive workplace.  Age Scotland has pooled it's knowledge with the expertise of HR professionals to help organisations identify ways in which they can become more age-inclusive.  The programme supports organisations to create workplaces where employees of all ages can deliver to their full potential. 

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Diversity Awards 2019 Finalists

We're proud to be finalists of the Diversity Awards 2019 for our work in helping organisations across Scotland to be age inclusive.

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