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WCG announces new free training for older workers

Workers aged over fifty and employed by a Worcestershire-based business can access free training thanks to a new project funded by the European Social Fund.

Train 4 Success, delivered by college group WCG, offers hundreds of different courses in a wide variety of subjects designed to upskill the county’s workforce. The project aims to address the untapped potential in older workers to aid their professional development and benefit their employer. 

Eligible workers must be 50+ and work for a small or medium sized business in Worcestershire.

Retaining, progressing and training older workers is vital to making the most of the UK’s ageing population. New research has shown that those aged over 50 already represent one in five of the UK’s workforce – and soon this proportion will rise to one in four as people continue to live, and work, longer.

Overlooking the upskilling of older workers poses a risk to UK businesses, with two thirds of employers reporting a skills shortage last year. A recent report found that the UK economy would benefit from a £125 billion boost if workers received the upskilling they require.

Courses range from accountancy, IT and computing to land-based and first aid training and are taking place at multisite college group WCG’s seven campuses across Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

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