Age at Work Exchange: Unlocking opportunities

By 2030 half of all adults in the UK will be over 50. This means that understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing workforce will be vital for businesses to thrive.

Since 2019, through the Age at Work programme in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Business in the Community and partner organisations Age NI, Scotland and Cyrmu have been helping businesses to look beyond age and see the opportunity that lies within supporting people over 50 to remain in or return to work.

The programme partners have also been working to support unemployed people over 50 who are farthest away from the labour market and facing barriers to returning to work through our digital skills workshops and work experience programmes.

About this event

We're bringing HR, D&I, DEI and Operations professionals together for a morning event and roundtable discussion with the aim of making new connections and to discuss the challenges and opportunities brought by an ageing workforce.

The event will take place on Wednesday 13 March, 9:00 am -11:30 am at Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Harbour Office Corporation Square Belfast BT1 3AL and is hosted by Paul Clark, Journalist and Presenter, UTV.

You’ll hear from our keynote speaker, Yvonne Smyth, National Specialism Director for Hays HR & Legal businesses and DE&I Practice Lead.

Yvonne will delve into more detail on the findings and trends from the recently released ‘What Workers Want 2023: Older Workers’ report.

Our line up of guest and panel speakers includes:
* Eddie Lynch, The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland * Kerry Hinks, Head of Culture and Engagement, Bank of Ireland * Susan Walker, Inclusive Diversity and Equity Manager, Allstate NI * Damian McAllister, Chief People Officer, Ulster University * A representative from programme funder the National Lottery Community Fund * Programme partners Business in the Community & Age NI

We’ll inspire you through best practice case studies, learnings and impacts from the Age at Work programme across the three nations; you’ll leave having made new connections; and we’ll provide you with helpful support and guidance on what your organisation can do to make sure this essential demographic of workers is supported to remain in and return to work.

As a project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, this event is open to both members and non-members of Business in the Community, and is free to attend.

About our Keynote | Yvonne Smyth, National Specialism Director for Hays HR & Legal businesses and DE&I Practice Lead

Yvonne is the National Specialism Director for Hays HR & Legal businesses and one of Hays DE&I Practice Leads.

Hays is very often the bridge between the employers in the world of work and professionals looking to progress their careers. Yvonne works closely with customers and Hays specialist consultant teams to shape, create, and implement end to end talent management strategies that effectively support and increase the representation of more diverse workforces’ profiles and inclusive workplace cultures.

Yvonne also co-chairs WELead, a highly regarded network for professional women which delivers a programme of personal and professional insights and events designed to support women to achieve their full potential as they progress their careers.

Having initially worked as a litigation lawyer at leading Law Firm Norton Rose Fulbright, she has enjoyed a fulfilling and varied career with Hays for the last 27 years.

Yvonne’s work and advocacy has led her to her being recognised as one of the Global 150 Women in Staffing by leading industry body SIA for the last 5 years.

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Wednesday, 13 March 2024

9:00am – 11:30am UTC
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