Under-rated over 50s

THE ageing of the population and therefore the workforce remains a real challenge in the manufacturing sector. 

But, while Australia struggles with a skills shortage, other countries are tapping into a particularly rich vein of talent: the over-50 market. 

Many reports have highlighted the economic benefits of having older people in the workforce.  

It is no secret mature-aged workers play an important role in any organisation, and the vast amount of intellectual property they take with them when they leave can have a serious impact on a business. 

Attracting and retaining aged workers is a key to fighting the skills shortage. 

The 2012 Manufacturing Skills Conference and Awards (to be held in Brisbane on Friday 18 May), organised by QMI Solutions’ Skills Division, Manufacturing Skills Queensland, will provide a forum for major industry players to discuss viable options to retain and attract workers. 

No doubt, flexibility is the key to retaining older workers.  

Phased retirement, part-time and job sharing arrangements are all good options, and are just some of the topics that will be covered at the Conference, designed to inform and help delegates make the most of this unrealised resource. 

Register for the Manufacturing Skills Conference and Awards.

[Erik Salonen is the general manager of Manufacturing Skills Queensland.]