Can an employer offer a pre-retirement course to employees when they reach a certain age?

The purpose of pre-retirement courses is to provide information and advice for employees on the financial and lifestyle aspects of retirement. They are usually run by external providers such as accountants or independent financial advisers. Limiting access to these courses to those who have reached a certain age would amount to unlawful age discrimination, unless the employer can objectively justify treating one group of employees differently from another.

Alternatively, rather than offering pre-retirement courses to employees only at a certain age, the employer could inform all of its employees that courses are available to anyone thinking of retiring. It would then be for each employee to decide when they wanted to attend such a course. Some employees may well decide to take early retirement.