Company to train two interns over 60-years-old

by L&D20 May 2016
It’s tough to imagine a better internship than the one which Dennis and Jenny McCarthy from South Melbourne have just been offered.

72-year-old Dennis and his 64-year-old wife Jenny will be the new interns for the online travel company Luxury Escapes.

The pair was selected from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants.

The internship includes two days of training at the head office in Sydney where they will learn the ins and outs of blogging, vlogging, social media and marketing.

They will then spend 10 days travelling in Bali where they will get to review two resorts for the online company. This includes the Grand Hyatt Bali and Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali.

The interns will also share their experience on social media.

Livinia Nixon, ambassador for LuxuryEscapes.com, said the company believes that Australians with great life experience have much to contribute to the world of online travel.

“We are hoping the senior internship will help us understand this demographic’s preferences and needs when it comes to researching and booking travel online, and staying at five star resorts around the world,” Nixon said in a statement.

The company is open to employing the interns afterwards, however they acknowledged that many over 60s enjoy the freedom of not working so they are keeping this option open.

L&D Professional contacted Luxury Escapes for comment.

Recent research in the UK has found that baby boomers are generally ambitious and desire further L&D.

They also found that HR is too caught up in retirement planning at the expense of assisting over-50s use their skills and expertise for the benefit of business.

There’s a misconception that older workers are remaining in senior roles and preventing the next generation of talent from coming through, said Dr Carina Paine-Schofield, research fellow at Ashridge and co-author of the report.

In fact, there are many benefits in employing an experienced multi-generational workforces, according to research by Ashbridge Executive Education.

Another recent report by British Gas has found that 72% of workers over 50-years-old believe they are still capable of learning new skills and are keen to do so to contribute more at work.

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