About this Project
Work for Tomorrow is a global innovation competition, led by the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), which seeks to identify and reward the most promising innovations to address the challenges and opportunities of an aging workforce.
Across the world, societies are aging – and so are our workforces. We know that 1 in 3 workers in the G20 is already aged 50 and over – and this is set to increase to more than 4 in 10 by 2040. Alongside technological advancement, this will fundamentally transform the workplace of the not-so-distant future for workers of all ages.
Living longer can bring benefits for individuals, society, and the economy. Far from being a cost or drain, an aging workforce brings with it a host of opportunities.
However, poor health, caring responsibilities, and ageism in the workplace are pushing far too many older people out of the workplace early – costing not just individuals, but employers and societies. To maximize a potential “longevity dividend”, employers and governments need to wake up to the reality of an aging workforce and make sure our jobs, our workplaces, and our working patterns adapt in line with these changes.
- Maintaining good health
- Building knowledge, skills, and competence
- Addressing discrimination and supporting diversity
- Adapting the workplace
The innovation competition launched on May 20th, 2021, to coincide with the second annual International HR Day. If you have a bright idea or an existing product or service that is designed to address one of the challenge areas, please consider submitting an application! Applications will be accepted until September 1st, 2021.
We also would love to hear from you if you:
- Would like to share key challenges of an aging workforce that you have identified
- Are interested in writing a blog or creating a video on one of these issues
If you would like to get involved in our program, or need more information, please contact: LilyParsey@ilcuk.org.uk.
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About the ILC and the Work for Tomorrow program
International Longevity Centre (ILC)
The ILC is the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society, and what happens next. It was established in 1997 as one of the members of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance, an international network on longevity.
Since its inception, ILC has published more than 250 reports and organized more than 300 events, including the annual Future of Ageing conference.
The ILC works with central government, local government, the private sector, and professional and academic associations to provoke conversations and pioneer solutions for a society where everyone can thrive, regardless of age.
Lily Parsey, Global Policy & Influencing Manager/Work for Tomorrow Program Manager
Lily leads ILC’s policy, public affairs and influencing activity in the UK and across the world. Her work spans all policy areas, from health and care, to intergenerational relations, to vulnerable consumers.
She has a particular interest in the prevention of ill health and has spoken on the topic at a number of conferences, workshops and webinars. Lily has been quoted in the media, including in The Guardian, BBC Radio Scotland, and BBC Radio Oxford among others, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Age Action Alliance. She previously managed the Innovating for Ageing Awards.
Below is the Consultation Paper that identifies the challenge areas that form the basis of the innovation competition. We invite you to read the paper, whether or not you plan to apply to the competition, and to share your comments and feedback.
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IRC4HR® Upcoming Webinars
As part of the innovation competition, ILC will host a Challenge Workshop on June 24th, 2021. Please join us for this interactive session, where we will unpack some of the challenges and opportunities of an aging workforce; how these trends intersect with changes in technology and AI; what we’ve learned from COVID-19; and what the potential for innovation is in this space, to ensure our workplaces and policies are aligned with the changes happening around us.