THIRD AGE FOUNDATION AND GREEN MEP COMBAT AGEISM IN UK
London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert last night celebrated the achievements made by the Third Age Foundation to combat ageism and help mature people up date their skills to find a new direction at work.
Even in today’s modern Europe ageism is rife across the UK and other Member States. Hundreds of experienced, mature people are struggling to work and contribute to society simply because of their age. New anti-age discrimination legislation will come into force later this year in the UK as a result of an EU Directive.
Speaking at the Third Age Foundation presentation event Jean, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee for Employment and Social Affairs will say; “To those over 50 years of age our society seems to be designed to benefit the youth without any support or need for the knowledge and skills of the more experienced, mature person.
“Many industries are just not interested in employing older people and need to realise that they are missing out on experience and reliability. The opportunities to decide on your own retirement age are simply not there. We should all be able to choose when to stop working with a flexible retirement age in place.
“The Third Age Foundation is offering fantastic support encouraging everyone to study and gain new qualifications in IT. With such opportunities and continued support we will be able to tackle ageism across the UK.”
The Third Age Foundation provides mature people with up to date skills such as computer technology. It is part funded by the European Social Fund.