About Ropes

Ropes LogoWise Age, in partnership with Trust for London, provides training for staff and volunteers from organisations that have the potential to develop, extend or enhance employment support for over-50s through ROPES - the Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support project. ROPES is a 2-year ‘train the trainers’ initiative which aims to increase the availability of quality, empathetic employment support for over-50s.

We offer this training and support to organisations based or working in Barking and Dagenham, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster.

Organisations joining the ROPES project receive 3 days training, access to a comprehensive online Resource Toolkit, a newsletter, quarterly training events and one-to-one consultancy support.

Over 50 London-based organisations have completed the training and joined the Age and Employment Experts Network (AEEN)

Click here for the full list: AEEN members

Training Details

The course consists of three modules, which take place one day per week over three weeks. The days typically start at 10:00 and end at 16:00.

This three-day course is ideal for your staff and/or volunteers who deal with workless 50+ clients. We offer practical training from our experts in the field of employment support to this age cohort, as well as a range of other topics, including: best practice in relation to the situation of older workers, the benefits they offer employers, tips on how to recruit, inspire and support over 50s into employment or self-employment. We aim to make the training as interactive as possible to ensure participants derive maximum benefit from the course and take their new expertise and enthusiasm back into the workplace.

At the end of the training you will be given access to our web based Members’ Online Resource Manual of useful information relating to employability skills, job search and best practice in working with over-50s and a comprehensive Policy Toolkit of relevant research and policy relating to Age & Employment. Individual training participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and organisations will be registered as members of the Wise Age ‘London Age and Employment Experts Network’ which will offer regular training workshops, updates and briefings. Members will also be able to call on Wise Age expertise throughout the
programme to address any delivery issues.

As well as helping you offer the best quality advice and support to the large and growing number of over-50s looking for work or considering self-employment the specialist knowledge and skills your organisation will acquire through our training should also help you in future funding bids either as individual organisations or as part of a network of age and employment expert providers.


Is the training really free?

Yes, the training is funded by Trust for London so there is no cost to you or your organisation, as long as your organisation is based in/operates in one of the 19 boroughs listed: Barking and Dagenham, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, WalthamForest, Wandsworth, Westminster.

Do I have to attend all three days?

Yes - in order to become a certificated ROPES age and employment expert you need to complete the full 3-day course. We strongly suggest that anyone registering is able to attend all three dates.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll get back to you. Include a telephone number in case we need to discuss your query with you.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If your organisation decides to send someone other than you after you have registered, just email us with the new person's name and contact details and we will amend our records.


What participants have said about their training:

"The training received was of great value to me and our organisation"
"The training was well done, very informative from all of the facilitators. I feel motivated and passionate about the cause of raising the profile of over-50s and their benefits to the workforce. Look forward to working with Wise Age"
"Excellent training"
"I feel that I am now more aware of the barriers faced by the 50+ looking for employment"
"You have given us lots of handy/interesting clues to follow up (in terms of possible funding /projects, etc.) that I feel really optimistic about exploring ".

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