Policy and Practice Issues in Mid Life Career Reviews 1.30 – 5pm LSE Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics

On 24th September TAEN – The Age and Employment Network – will be holding a further TAEN/ LSE seminar on Policy and Practice Issues in Mid Life Career Reviews. 

The Government’s Fuller Working Lives strategy gives a commitment to change careers advice practice, “to ensure that older people can access an in depth career review for the first time.” What would this mean and what kinds of policy and practice issues are thrown up by the experiences of older people seeking work as well as recent research? How could mid life career reviews play a part in managing the ageing workforce and how might an understanding benefit Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), employers and trade unions, to mention only some? What does research, including comparative research of mid-life reviews in other countries teach us? What sorts of practical issues have employers in France faced in implementing mid-life reviews in their enterprises and how could UK unions and union learning representatives contribute to such a process?

This seminar will look at these issues. It will feature a report of the results of a recent BIS funded pilot of Mid Life Career Review, conducted by NIACE, as well as examples of international research. In the process we hope to consider some practical and policy issues in relation to the delivery of mid-life career reviews, as well as careers advice and guidance of different forms, for people across the age spectrum.

Our speakers include people who have been involved for many years in careers guidance as well as in researching this innovative idea. We hope to develop the discussion looking at some of the policy and practice issues around the adoption of mid life career reviews both as an instrument of national policy and as company based initiatives.

Programme includes: 

Part 1

Introduction to the seminar: Chris Ball – TAEN

Chair’s remarks Professor Stephen McNair – NIACE,

Report from UK Pilot Review Project Manager Jane Watts – NIACE,

Case study of TUC Unionlearn – Ian Borkett

Part 2

Comparative Research on Approaches to Career Development in Mid and Later Life, Jean Marie Jungblut – EUROFOUND;

Review of French experience of Fabienne Caser – ANACT;

Discussion of policy and practice implications – Chris Ball – TAEN

There will be a short tea break taken during the session.

The seminar is free and is provided as part of the TAEN/ LSE seminar series, supported by the European Social Fund.

Only a few places are available so please register your interest quickly

To register please e-mail Joy.White@taen.org.uk





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