Launch of 2011 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award

The annual search to find employers with innovative and creative ways of managing and attracting workers over 50 is now underway.

For the fourth year running, TAEN – The Age and Employment Network and the US-based AARP are calling on employers headquartered outside the US, as well as foreign subsidiaries of US-based companies, to submit an entry to the 2011 Best Employers for Workers Over 50 Award and highlight how they are taking positive steps to cater for older workers.

TAEN and AARP are keen to hear from employers about how they are adapting the workplace through recruitment, education and training, health initiatives and flexible working to meet the challenges of an ageing workforce.

2010’s winners from the UK and Channel Islands were BT Group, Centrica, Guernsey Post and the University of Central Lancashire.

Further details on the award and the online application form can be found on the AARP website at http://www.aarpinternational.org/bestemployers. Employers have until Friday 22 April 2011 to submit their entries.

Chris Ball, Chief Executive of TAEN, says:

“2011 will be a crucial year for workers over 50 in the UK as the default retirement age comes to an end and it is imperative that employers start gearing up to accommodate and manage an ageing workforce.

“We’ve seen some excellent examples in recent years of employers, large and small, with innovative recruitment policies, training and career development opportunities and flexible working policies that are helping them harness the skills and talents of older workers.”

“This award is a great chance for UK employers in the private, public and third sectors to be recognised for their innovative work in managing the ageing workforce and making provisions for older workers.”

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