Key discussion points included
- The challenge of our ageing population in relation to workforce participation
- Illawarra examples of leadership in mature workforce participation
- Shifting community perceptions so people start to look at 60+ as active working years
- Changing organisational culture/perceptions to harness the benefits of employing older workers
With an engaging and interactive day of panel sessions and group workshops, pictured below, the Roundtable gave a clear direction for the region to improve participation rates for mature workers. As the Illawarra economy is in a state of transition, it was agreed that there was a need to support both employers and employees to better understand the opportunities through innovative employment strategies, and to build a stronger economy to provide jobs for both young and old.