Yesterday, Boris Johnson called for a “revolution”. It didn’t involve tanks or flag-waving but, to those who feel they’re on the midlife career scrapheap, it might prove just as radical. “We know that having the right skills and training is the route to better, well-paid jobs,” said the Prime Minister. “I’m revolutionising the system so we can move past the outdated notion that there is only one route up the career ladder, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to retrain or upskill at any point in their lives.” The Queen’s Speech outlined a new Lifetime Skills Guarantee, entitling everyone to a Government-backed loan – for up to four years’ study, for part- or full-time higher education and training at a university or college – to allow everyone to retrain so they can move careers or get a better paid job. More details will be revealed next week, in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, but the direction of travel looks promising. This new reskilling initiative couldn’t have come at a better time – especially for midlifers. A year of home-working has caused many of us to rethink whether or not we want to return to the working life we’d had for the best part of three decades. Many don’t have the luxury of that choice. A couple of months ago, I wrote about how unemployment rates in those aged 50-plus had doubled during the pandemic; how a generation of strivers felt put out to grass long before they felt ready to retire, with senior women being hit particularly hard. The response was overwhelming – an outpouring of anxiety and frustration, but also an abundance of resilience and optimism.