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Pre retirement training is like taking a horse with an appointment at the abattoir to the beauty parlour!!

21st May 2010
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Why would you want to give training to people who are about to retire. Let’s face it the retired workforce is expensive and they aren’t going anywhere. So what’s the point in training them? A bit like taking a horse with an appointment at the abattoir to the beauty parlour!! As an employer who is ‘up against it financially’ this may be a reaction to pre-retirement training. To a certain extent this is true. The pre retirement workforce is older, a lot of money has already been spent on them and to be honest ‘they probably aren’t going anywhere’ as their pension rights could be threatened. 7 reasons why pre - retired staff are an asset to be treasured. 1) The retiree has a lot to offer. What if they were now included in the training of the newer recruits. In days gone by an apprentice was taken on and taught by the older, more experienced mentor who passed on tips and ideas to make the transition much smoother. 2) The retiree is probably not going to be looking for another job. This may be the only sector of your workforce who you can reliably say this about (especially as the green shoots of recovery become vigorous) as a consistent force in your team how can you use them to see through short to mid term plans and systems which will help the company’s long term future. 3) Having a vast age range of people in your company shows a maturity, publicise the fact to your local community when you are recruiting, it shows you are a caring employer and this may be the difference between good and bad future recruits. 4) Allows you to understand better the largest demographic in the world today. Having a more diverse workforce allows you to understand, engage and communicate with different communities. Use this group for market research and to test products, to give you a new perspective on the largest growing demographic in the world today. 5) Shows the entire workforce that you care. By offering them training for a time after they leave your employment shows you as a caring employer, how will this message effect the entire workforce? Those wishing to leave may think twice when they see how loyal you are to even the oldest people on the team. 6) Pre-retirement training pays back the employer and the employee. How many employers give training to ‘bright young things’ invest time and effort and money in them only to find that they leave shortly after to a ‘better job’ now they have the skills! Spending money on those who are pre-retiring gives you much better assurances that the money paid out will remain in the organisation and deliver back a more dynamic pre-retired workforce. 7) Inspire your older workforce and reap the benefits now. No one wants an uninspired person on their books and the fact that they are being given training in later life which will help them with their own later life will make them far more motivated to make the last few years count.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pre-Retirement seminars South West aims to provide the highest quality seminars for the pre retired professional. The seminars are aimed to give information and advice from Legal, Financial and lifestyle professionals who offer direction for the delegates making decisions and preparations for their retirement. We suggest that the pre-retirement training is undertaken around 4 or 5 years prior to retirement. Many of our previous delegates have even suggested that it would have been beneficial to have the training 10 years earlier as this gives them time to plan most effectively for a long and happy retirement. Here is what a selection of delegates had to say about the last programme run at the Met office In April 2010 

  • “I wish I had attended 5 years ago! A must for all 50+ year olds wanting to plan a happy retirement” DK Devon
  • “A really thought provoking and worthwhile course-it’s given us much to think about” Mr and Mrs D Bucks.
  • Many thanks for leading the pre-retirement seminar yesterday. Personally, I got a lot from it and I’m sure my colleagues did too. Dr JRE Exeter

 Next Open Course: Wednesday 26th 2010 June at Sandy Park Conference centre, Exeter Please contact us for more information. Spouse discounts. Early bird booking discount available.      If this is not relevant to you, please pass on to someone who you feel may find it of interest.

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