The National Lottery Community Fund is investing more than £2 million of National Lottery funding on a 5 year project to support older people to remain in or return to work in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Age NI, in partnership with Business in the Community Northern Ireland, have been awarded the £2,244,942 grant for the five-year Age at Work project which is raising awareness of an ageing workforce and supporting businesses to be more age inclusive.

By supporting older people to remain in or return to work, the project is helping them to have enough income, stay connected, develop new skills, lead a fuller working life and reduce loneliness and isolation.

Age NI and Business in the Community Northern Ireland’s counterparts in Scotland and Wales are also delivering the project in their countries.  

Listen to Siobhan Casey, Director of Business Development and Marketing, Age NI announcing the project:

Listen to Gillian McKee, Deputy Managing Director, Business in the Community, speaking about the project:

We're so grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery players for making this project possible. Listen to Kate Beggs, The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland Director:

About the Age at Work project

Age at Work, which is jointly led by Age NI and Business in the Community Northern Ireland will support older workers (50+) to remain/return to work in order to help them have enough income, stay connected and have a fuller working life.

Running for 5 years, the project aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the impact of an ageing workforce and the need for an age-inclusive agenda in government, business and wider society
  • Encourage and support businesses to be more age-inclusive in recruiting, retaining and retraining older workers
  • Support more older workers to remain or return to work

Key Activities

The project will provide support, advice and training to both individuals and businesses, including the following:

  • Mid Career Reviews: Age NI will support 1000+ individuals seeking a refresh of their current role, skills and prospects by providing tailored Mid Career Reviews. The aim of these is to increase the confidence, skills and opportunities to remain in work for those who wish to do so.
  • Still Ready for Work programme: As part of an Age Academy, Business in the Community NI will identify 250 people (aged 50+) to benefit from tailored training and employment support, with a target of 200 completing placements and 50% returning to employment. 
  • Skills Audit/Business Triage: Business in the Community NI will lead on carrying out age-focused skills audits with 100+ employers, to identify areas for support and develop and deliver tailored age-inclusive action plans, using Business in the Community NI’s network to identify participants.

Mid Career Reviews

Age NI will employ an Age at Work Co-ordinator to deliver Mid Career Reviews in both a one-to-one and group setting. The Co-ordinator will work closely with individuals to discuss their work experience to date, as well as assess their needs and aspirations for the rest of their working life. 

Initially, this support will be provided face-to-face, however as the project develops, Age NI will aim to support even more people through an online toolkit and downloadable resources.

If you are interested in a Mid Career Review, contact Age NI’s Age at Work Co-ordinator on 028 9024 5729 or email [email protected]