Employability for the over-50s
Launched in 2017 ReStart targets over-50s who have been unemployed for between six months and a year.
Through online workshops, digital modules, mentoring by A&O volunteers and one to one coaching by professional coaches from the Executive Coaching Consultancy, participants are supported to rediscover strengths and to build the knowledge, skills and confidence to help them get back into work.
ReStart supports people from any background or profession, particularly those who have a fresh outlook on their future employment and would consider changing roles or industries.
‘The Missing Million’ – why focus on older generations?
With an aging population, long-term unemployment in the over-50s age group is an issue of growing concern in the UK for the impact it will have on individuals and their families. This barrier to employment is most difficult for those individuals aged over-50 who are from lower-socioeconomic backgrounds.
According to a Business in the Community (BITC) report - 'The Missing Million'- there are 3.3 million economically inactive people in the UK aged 50-64. In response to this, BITC has been working hard with responsible businesses to get one million more older workers into employment by 2022. In doing so, BITC estimates that over GBP 80billion could be added to the UK economy by keeping the over-50s age group in employment.
The difficulty for those over the age of 50 to get back into work after a period of long-term unemployment is a significant barrier to social mobility.
ReStart is a skills development and mentoring programme which helps minimise the impact long-term unemployment has on individuals and their families.*
ReStart extends A&O's long-running social mobility work with Smart Start and PRIME and complements our wider workplace diversity programmes.
ReStart is an annual programme and the application window to participate in ReStart 2021 is now closed.
*Please note that ReStart is not an apprenticeship nor a guarantee of employment.
Past participants opinions
100%said they would recommend the programme to someone in their situation
100%said that they would be able to apply what they learnt from all workshops
100%rated all workshops and coaching sessions either ‘good’ or ‘great'
96%said they now understood how to apply their skills and abilities to the job market
Our ReStart Experience
a short account by past participant Beverly
Gaining a new perspective with ReStart
Since completing ReStart I have been offered a part time, 12 month contract as a Funding Advisor to not-for profit organisations, identifying grants and partners, writing their funding applications and supporting them with their strategy and planning. It’s a very worthwhile role that I have the skills and experience to do.
This role will take me down a new path that is more sustainable, and I believe I have made the right move and will really enjoy the role. Hopefully it will positively impact the funding and future of many organisations.
a short account from past participant Barbara
How ReStart helped to kickstart my career again
Barbara embarked on the A&O ReStart Programme to help her to refocus her professional goals and remove personal barriers that were impacting her future. Speaking of her experience Barbara said “I will be forever grateful to the wider team for allowing me the opportunity to learn, refocus and remove barriers that were impacting my future."