Main Report - Page 2 of 10
Findings from such studies illustrated that older claimants, and in particular claimants in their 60’s, have issues that ranged from a lack of practical skills, such as IT proficiency and a limited ability to navigate job search and job applications online to more emotive responses to employment.
Issues such as confidence, motivation and a belief that employers routinely discriminate against older job seekers were highlighted often.
In the case of age discrimination this is not just a simple case of belief, myth or fantasy but a very real thing as many recruiters seeking a workforce will still on a regular basis shy away from taking on such people in this age group. To simply think that such a thing does not happen as it is illegal in this day and age would be very naive to say the least.
There are of course already provisions in place to tackle some of the employment barriers faced by older job seekers and some flexible approaches to helping them back to work but sadly most of these things are still based on methods used for decades for people in the 20 to 50 working age range and the attitude in many jobcentres by staff reflects this in various ways.
The assumption and attitude by many, if not all, jobcentre staff, recruitment and back to work providers still remains the same for both the younger age groups and 60 plus jobseekers alike when it comes to being treated as not wanting to work or not trying hard enough to get a job and with the constant threat of sanctions adding to the problems that 60 plus job seekers have in addition due to their age related situation does not help at all.
Often jobcentre staff, recruitment and back to work providers still fail to recognise that some 60 plus job seekers may of held very important positions of work in the past - long before jobcentre staff and back to work providers had even left school themselves in fact. This attitude towards the 60 plus jobseeker is often thought of as offensive and patronising by them and it does create a negative situation that will make them less responsive to any help or advice given in the future.
Job clubs, work experience and volunteering in many cases are looked upon in a negative way if they are a government run scheme as some, if not all, will find them a waste of time and not very helpful.
This is very much the case by those who are over 50 years old due to their past experiences of such things, when out of work for periods of time, over the years.
A perfect example of how it was back then were such things as I.T. courses that simply involved jobseekers left all day long to play 'Space Invaders' on the computer with no teachers around to help them at all to forklift truck training that lasted for weeks but no true training was ever involved in the true sense of the word throughout that time.
Anyone who experienced such training back in those days will forever remember what a total waste of time such so-called 'back to work training' was like and will keep that negative image in their minds forever
Even in recent times many 'job clubs' still only offer help with making a CV in the main while the rest of the time job seekers are left to get on with it on their own. Many job seekers will often be heard saying that they would rather do the same thing at home on their own laptops rather than spend time travelling to a job club. Although having said that a job club can come in very handy if they need help with a CV or if they don't have a computer of their own at home.
All of these various situations are often clear to see when Jobseeker claimants are forced to attend such things and pay no attention whatsoever to what is being said to them and would rather go home.
Although in all fairness there are those who clearly do not want to return to work for various reasons.
Therefore in-house training with a firm that may offer a real job position at the end of it all is often the best way forward for many people rather than spend time doing unpaid voluntary work or training courses run under government schemes that in most cases will never result in getting a real paid job.