Do you be­lieve that per­sons over 50 years should go home and make way for younger peo­ple in the labour force?

Jamaica Gleaner - - GROWTH & JOBS -

Trudy Ann Kelly, 24, teacher, Hud­der­s­field

“I don’t think peo­ple who are aged 50 and above should stop work­ing just to give younger per­sons em­ploy­ment. Younger peo­ple don’t re­ally have any ex­pe­ri­ence, so they need the older folks to nur­ture and show them what is right, from what is wrong. If they want to get ex­pe­ri­ence, they should vol­un­teer so that em­ploy­ers will be able to know whether or not they should be hired.”

Va­lerie An­der­son, 51, prin­ci­pal

“I’m over 50 years old and only fin­ished col­lege a few years ago be­cause I did not have that op­por­tu­nity when I was young, so now I want to earn to re­coup the funds that I spent on my ed­u­ca­tion. I’m well in my prime to share the things I have learnt and more ready than ever be­fore to be a well-rounded cit­i­zen and con­trib­ute to so­ci­ety.Yes, young peo­ple do need work, but sup­pose I live to be 100? I think on a whole, the Govern­ment needs to put both young and old to­gether so that learn­ing can take place.”

Lin­coln Lik­ing (un­der 50)

“I would not agree with that. In­crease the num­ber of jobs, don’t pun­ish hard-work­ing peo­ple who still de­sire to or maybe even need to work.”

Al­wyn Bryan

“No I dis­agree. At 50, you’re just in the prime of your life. Some still hav­ing young kids and are pre­par­ing them for school. Some are just buy­ing a house at that age, too. One has to en­sure their kids are grown be­fore they re­tire.”

Nancy Hyl­ton-Coleman (over 50), self-em­ployed

No, the world needs bal­ance. The ex­pe­ri­ence and wis­dom of the ma­ture com­bined with the en­ergy, fear­less­ness and in­no­va­tive­ness of the youth (are needed).

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