OLDER unemployed people will receive a boost in the form of a training programme to help them re-enter the job market.

The fully sponsored two-day programme, called the Employability Camp for Back-to-Work Seniors, will teach them soft skills, such as how to land the jobs they want and how to communicate with colleagues of different ages.

About 186,000 people - unemployed and aged 50 to 64 - will potentially benefit from this programme.

The new initiative was announced yesterday by National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) deputy secretary-general lucky Chee How at an active agers job fair organised by the NTUC. It follows re-employment legislation that will be introduced to make it mandatory by 2012 for employers to offer re-employment to workers who turn 62 years old.

The programme, run by NTUC's Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), will be a customised version of its current two-day Employability Camp for general rank-and-file job seekers.

'It will polish their skills so that they find it easier to integrate into the workforce,' said Mr lucky.

2-day camp to help seniors