Newcastle hosts international awards showcasing innovations for the aging workforce

The world’s best innovations to support an aging workforce have been recognized at an awards ceremony in Newcastle this week.

The Work for Tomorrow event saw 11 teams, from start-ups to established companies, recognized for their ideas to influence the future of work at an event at the National Aging Innovation Center at the Helix site of the town.

Brazilian company Labora Tech was crowned the overall winner for its data-driven job matching and reskilling platform, while London-based community interest company Brave Starts won the community award for its program that helps adults who are unsure about starting a new career understand what they want. , and how to get there.

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Councilor Karen Robinson, Deputy Mayor and Sheriff of Newcastle, presented the awards.

The program is run by the International Longevity Center UK (ILC), which chose Newcastle as the site because of the role of the National Aging Innovation Center in helping employers turn an aging workforce into an opportunity .

Statistics quoted by the ILC show that across the G20, one in three workers are aged 50 and over, and that figure is expected to rise to four in 10 by 2040. The ILC too often says that Barriers such as poor health, family responsibilities or ageism in the workplace have excluded older workers from the labor market.

Lily Parsey, Head of Global Policy and Influencing at ILC, said: “Newcastle was an ideal location to host the Work for Tomorrow awards ceremony. The Catalyst-based National Center for Aging Innovation is a thought leader shattering the misconception that aging is a problem for our economy and helping businesses and employers turn it into an opportunity.

“The Center and Newcastle University are our close partners and we hope to continue the conversation with Newcastle and international employers – large and small – to shake up the narrative and transform the future of work in response to longer working lives and changing.”

Nic Palmarini, director of the National Center for Aging, was on the judging panel for the awards, which are supported by the Resource Center for Human Resources Innovation.

He said: “From supporting health in the workplace to innovative programs developing workforce skills and anti-discrimination policies in the workplace, the Future of Work competition received over 60 submissions. organizations and individuals from 17 countries.

“At the UK’s National Innovation Center for Ageing, we were involved in the whole process, partnering with the International Center for Longevity and hosting – in Newcastle – the awards ceremony which saw Brazilian company Labora Tech winning the main prize and UK-based Brave Start. of the NICA Community Award.

“This event further demonstrates NICA’s commitment to not only driving innovation in crucial areas of aging and longevity such as work, but also to using its role of national excellence as leverage to promote Newcastle. and its unique qualities internationally.”

Sérgio Serapiao, co-founder and CEO of Labora Tech winners, said: “I am delighted and honored to win this competition. The competition showed the quality and power of initiatives all over the world. I’m sure we can do a lot to co-design the future of work.

Other shortlisted organizations included Australian mental wellbeing specialists Aging Workforce Ready; The American podcast “Please Ignore Us” which tells the story of aging workers, and Layertech Labs, a Filipino program which helps rural women acquire digital skills.