Capitalising On Our Ageing Workforce

Scotland faces an ageing population, with over-50s expected to make up half of the working age population by 2020. At this event we will look at the changing demographics of Scotland’s workforce, the implications for employers, as well as priorities for harnessing these changes for business advantage.

Supporting inclusion as a business priority

An age-inclusive workforce would add billions to the economy – improving workplace productivity, capacity and resilience. The benefits to retaining the skills and expertise of workers aged 50-64 alone are huge, with a £88bn economic boost predicted from increasing levels of employment among older people. This makes it essential that workplaces retain and support both older workers and an inter-generational workforce more widely.

Join Holyrood as we look at the challenges, potential and priorities in supporting and retaining an ageing workforce. We will share insights and good practice around positive recruitment methods, embedding flexible working practices, and ensuring ongoing development to help you support a diverse, productive and sustainable workplace.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • The changing demographics of Scotland’s workforce
  • Tackling unconscious bias in recruitment
  • Harnessing intergenerational working
  • Reasonable adjustments and approaches that can boost retention, equality and work satisfaction
  • Supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of older workers


9:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Brian Sloan, Chief Executive, Age Scotland

10:05 Session 1: An Ageing Workforce in Context

  • The changing demographics of Scotland’s workforce
  • Priorities for suppotr and inclusion
  • Key drivers for people working longer

10:05 Older Workers – Why bother?

Brian Sloan, Chief Executive, Age Scotland

10:30 Roundtable discussions and questions

11:00 Refreshment Break

11:30 Session 2: Advantages and Barriers

  • Tackling unconscious bias in recruitment
  • The role of leadership in creating an inclusive workplace
  • Harnessing intergenerational working
  • Priorities for continued development and knowledge-exchange
  • Supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of older workers

11:30 Healthy Workplaces For All Ages

  • Promoting sustainable work and healthy ageing from the start of the working life
  • Preventing health problems throughout the working life
  • Providing ways for employers and workers to manage occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce

Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland & Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

11:50 Intergenerational Practice in the Workplace

  • The presentation will introduce intergenerational practice, then look at the characteristics and challenges of the intergenerational workplace.

Ewan Fisher, Trustee, Generations Working Together

12:10 Peter Hunter, Head of Organising, UNISON

12:30 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Case Studies

  • Reasonable adjustments and approaches that can boost retention, equality and work satisfaction
  • The kind of support employees want
  • Innovative approaches to attraction, support, and retention

13:30 Closing The Gap: Bringing Employers and Older Employees Together

  • Presentation of recent research on employers’ and older employees’ views of later working life
  • Explore ways of closing the gaps to better capitalise on ageing workforce

Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean of the Business School & Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Edinburgh Business School

14:00 Understanding our Workforce

Nicola Ritchie, Head of Organisational Development & Human Resources and Learning & Development, Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street N. Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

30 August 2018
United Kingdom



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