The Mid-Life MOT project is being supported by: Black Country LEP, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, National Careers Service, Money & Pension Service and Public Health England. The project is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Midlands Opportunities is a collaboration between the Local Enterprise Partnerships of the Black Country (BCLEP), Greater Birmingham & Solihull (GBSLEP), and Coventry & Warwickshire (CWLEP). The Midlands Opportunities portal aims to achieve two outcomes: to make local apprenticeships, courses and jobs information easier to navigate and to provide a portal to launch the Mid-Life MOT programme in the Midlands.
What is the Mid-Life MOT?
The Mid-Life MOT is an opportunity to invest in yourself or for businesses to invest in their staff.
For people aged 50+, the Mid-Life MOT is a great way to take the time to plan your work, wellbeing and finances more actively, helping you to and can help you to make choices that will ensure the future and retirement you want. As many of us are working and living longer the free services offered by the Mid-Life MOT can help you to invest in yourself and prepare for the future.
For businesses with staff aged 50+, you can introduce the Mid-Life MOT in your workplace to support your employees with their skills, finances and wellbeing, and have wider business and productivity benefits too.
Why is this important?
At some stages in your working life, you could be at risk of losing your job unexpectedly, including through redundancy. Additionally, health problems and caring responsibilities disproportionately affect people over 50. Once out of work, it can be difficult to return.
Many people underestimate what they will need in later life. Planning ahead can boost your resilience in crucial areas. Start your midlife MOT journey now by asking yourself:
- My work: Am I confident I can continue in my current job, or do I need to protect myself by reskilling? Will caring responsibilities or other priorities mean I need to work more flexibly? Take a skills assessment
- My health: Am I taking the right steps to maintain or improve my health? Would workplace adjustments make it easier for me to stay in my job for longer? Get a free health check
- My money: Do I have enough savings to maintain my current lifestyle? I’m confused about pensions, what are my options? Check your State Pension
Information for Employers
Did you know that by the year 2021, one in three of the working-age population will be over 50?
You can realise the benefits of an older workforce by supporting a midlife MOT in the workplace. Toolkits are available for larger and smaller employers alongside an employer guidance pack (PDF) which details changes you can make in the workplace.
Want to find out more?
A series of webinars are being run to introduce the Mid-Life MOT and demonstrate the opportunities and benefits that implementing it in your business would bring:
Wednesday 24th March 2pm - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FS3W_sZQQlK6gAt8A7FUaQ
Thursday 1st April 4pm - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fm0IoOXDRXCsG6P0WuDYBQ
Thursday 8th April 10am - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pMQSDkj9QTO11T5Bqi-h4A
Wednesday 14th April 10am - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_av3SqBHwSFKwHJN6h80Q6g
Tuesday 20th April 4pm - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E-E2JacqSe6CDIBWMfLSTA
If you’re considering recruiting new employees, you can take a look at what government support is on offer and get tips on recruiting inclusively.