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New age rules must not affect opportunities for graduate employees

Published: Wednesday, 04 July 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Amid a welter of new age discrimination laws which has seen many UK company managers become ever more sensitive to the needs of older workers, a leading business professional has warned that the progress of graduate employees must not be neglected.

The government introduced new Employment Equality Regulations regarding age concerns in October last year, with figures from the Department for Trade and Industry showing that more than 600 claims have already been made under the new rules.

Now Jonathan Fitchew, joint managing director of training and recruitment firm Pareto Law, has warned that capable graduate employees must still be afforded the chance to learn and grow as they start their professional careers, or else be left lacking certain skills needed as they progress within their workplaces.

"At the core of this debate is the idea that there is a natural cycle for people to build their career, which is in danger of being eroded not by legislation, but by people's extreme responses to the changes in the law," Mr Fitchew writes on personneltoday.com

"In our quest for a level playing field for old and young in the employment market, let us not deny youngsters the opportunities that us oldies have had - to build knowledge, skills, contacts and confidence, with the guidance of experienced staff at hand," he added.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18200326-ADNFCR

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