Mid-Life Career Review (MLCR) Project

Learning and Work Institute is pleased to announce the award of funding from the Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s ESF funded Active Inclusion project to deliver a Mid-Life Career Review (MLCR) project. The project started in January and offers the opportunity for individuals in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend who are in mid-life (54+) and economically inactive to take stock, review their options and plan for the future.  From April 2016 we will be expanding the support to include Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales and Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Caerphilly in South Wales.

In partnership with Careers Wales and the Open University in Wales, we will support and develop 135 individuals across the specified areas to:

Undertake job search and employability skills
Gain nationally recognised qualifications and skills to enhance their employability
Progress to further education or training to enhance their employability
Achieve full time sustainable employment

Work related questions, however, are not the only feature of a MLCR. Individuals looking to enter the labour market for the first time, re-enter after redundancy or a prolonged length of time out of work face a range of issues which effect their decisions in mid-life. These concerns could be financial, health-related, the need to work part-time or because of additional caring responsibilities for elderly parents or partners.

The Mid-Life Review can help individuals or groups to:

Assess their priorities
Address the life issues they face
Manage their careers in later life
Develop an action plan
Identify relevant Pre-employment skills development courses
Identify Employment opportunities

There is no definition of a single ‘ideal’ model of a Mid-Life Career Review, although it is understood that it should be rooted in a person-centred holistic approach to what affects the individual’s life.

The Mid-life Career Review will offer the opportunity for older people to review their current situation and options in a professional but non-threatening environment and develop a plan for the future, where most will still have a further 20 years of productive working life.

For further information contact:  [email protected]