Age Scotland is the national charity for older people. One of its key focuses is tackling ageism in the workplace and ensuring that employees of all ages feel respected, valued and able to fulfil their aspirations and potential. To date, Age Scotland has supported over 14,000 individuals across over 250 organisations to become more age inclusive.
Older people in construction and the built environment
One study found that in 2020, 37.3% of workers in construction in Scotland are over 50 years old compared with 33.3% for Scotland as a whole. According to Age Scotland, this number is set to rise as changes to retirement and state pensions make working beyond the age of 65 more common. As our population projections also show a reduction in people between 18 – 24, older workers will become more and more valuable to Scotland’s workplaces.
However, there is a mismatch between the willingness to hire older people and the number of eligible older people seeking employment. A recent survey by the Chartered Management Institute revealed that just four out of 10 (42%) employers were open "to a large extent" to hiring people aged between 50 and 64.
How Age Scotland can support construction and built environment businesses
Age Scotland offer a range of both funded and paid workshops and services, all designed to help organisations become more age inclusive. For businesses operating in the built environment, the most relevant and useful of these would be:
We are really keen for the construction industry to know more about and really engage with our Age Inclusion workshops and webinars that are funded and endorsed by the Scottish Government. There are several factors that make Age Scotland’s offering special. As a charity, we prioritise helping our customers support their workers before profit. We look at age as a specific area of interest rather than trying to offer support across multiple topics, and as a Scottish-based charity we are tuned into the needs of organisations in Scotland and understand demographic challenges. Jonathan ParkBusiness Development Manager – Age Scotland