Webinar: The Age Divide in Employment

The Age Divide in Employment: Why Mentoring is Key to Retaining and Supporting Older Workers


The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) recently released their fifth report on the employment climate for older workers. Despite making up 20% of the workforce, workers aged 55 and above only account for 4% of employment growth. Ageist employment practices were found in one-sixth of organizations, while only a quarter of HR professionals are open to hiring workers aged 65 and above.

The report recommends employers prioritize older workers when developing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Only half of organizations surveyed offer training and development opportunities for older workers, which is the lowest rate since the survey began.

Utilizing older workers can alleviate employment shortages and contribute to diverse workplaces and economic performance.

In this webinar, Melissa Richardson is joined by AHRI CEO, Sarah McCann-Bartlett, to discuss the report’s findings and how mentoring and other initiatives can help address the problem.

Melissa and Sarah explore:

  • Highlights from the study, what it means and why it matters
  • How mentoring can help retain older workers
  • Strategies for developing targeted mentoring programs
  • Discover additional tactics utilized by organizations to attract and retain skilled professionals in this demographic.

Presented by:

Melissa Richardson, Founder, Art of Mentoring
Sarah McCann-Bartlett, CEO, Australian Human Resources Institute.


A guide to unleashing the hidden value in your organisation through high impact strategic mentoring programs.

Most human beings and organisations have one thing in common – they both want to do better. But it’s hard for one to achieve without the other. When you can harness both you can achieve great things.

Unfortunately, most organisational structures are hierarchical, which may aid efficiency but not necessarily “real” human interaction.

Solving the human equation is the cornerstone of great culture and the larger and more diverse the workforce, the more challenging it becomes, even before we factor in things like location, technology and pay rates.

Well designed and managed mentoring programs can have a dramatic impact on workplace culture and people engagement. A strategic mentoring program transcends hierarchy, creating relationships and interactions to build individual and hence organisational value.

In this guide we present you with proven practical insights on how to design, build, implement and automate a high influence mentoring program and create your own ripple effect.

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