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Media comment: We must avoid throwing older workers on the scrap heap

16 August 2021

Dear Editor, 

To be successful in both the post-Brexit and COVID-19 world, we must support workers across all generations in every region of the UK to learn the skills and competencies needed to thrive in the future world of work. 

If we want to truly build back better from the pandemic and address long-standing challenges such as our faltering productivity and widening skills gap, reskilling and retraining older workers who are unable to go back to their pre-pandemic jobs will be essential. To make the most of the digital revolution, drive business resilience and boost our country’s productivity, we must ensure that they can bring new skills to businesses and adapt to the rapidly changing nature of business and ways of working

Investing in developing a multi-generational, skilled, and tech-savvy workforce will make or break our success.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Harding, FCMA, CGMA
Chief Executive — Management Accounting
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, part of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants