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New drive to help the over-50s find work

By Alan Jones

Support is to be offered to older jobseekers as part of a Government drive to tackle ageism.

A UK-wide scheme set to launch in April will provide "intensive" help to the over-50s, focusing on getting online and finding jobs will smaller firms.

Ministers said that if the 1.2million older unemployed people were to find work, it could add £50bn to the economy.

Employment Minister Esther McVey added: "There are more and more older workers wanting to make the most of their skills and experience in a new career.

"Despite the recent impressive trends in over-50s getting back into work, older workers still in face outdated stereotypes.

"Not only is this a waste of talent and skills, it's a missed opportunity for businesses to make their most of their experience to support younger colleagues."

And Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, said: "For too long the plight of unemployed older workers has gone under the radar despite evidence that it's harder for people aged 50 and over to get back into a job than any other age group."

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