Age Work Balance: Time For Dissemination

AWB FINAL 8The proportion of older workers in the European Union will increase in the coming decades. The trends of the working population in the EU-27 suggest that the age group from 55 to 64 years will increase by 16.2% (9.9 million) between 2010 and 2030. Population ageing is one of the most important aspects of the future of European societies. Therefore, it is essential to boost the integration of older people into sustainable employment and the implementation of effective employment measures addressed to older unemployed and especially to long-term unemployed aged 50+.

Seeking the successful activation and integration of older long-term unemployed into sustainable employment, the European project Age – Work – Balance: Balanced Approaches for an Ageing Workforce in Metropolitan Areas examined measures, programmes and projects which target people above the age of 50 in metropolitan areas (Graz, Berlin, Hamburg, Santander, Dublin) in order to identify approaches that have proven successful in integrating older people into the labour market, and to discover the common factors that determine the best balanced relationship between a particular approach and the ‘network-structure’ in which the practice is embedded.


GETIR Final Steering Committee Meeting in Timisoara (Romania)

GETIR TimisoaraThe final meeting of GETIR European DOI project took place in the city of Timisoara (Romania) on the 17th December 2012. This city moved members of the entities that have worked closely since 2010 in the design of professional profile and training curriculum of European Manager of Intelligent and Responsible Territories, with new professional competences of local and regional territorial management strongly demanded in the European labour market.

If you wish to read more about this meeting, visit GETIR project website on

YES: Youth Unemployment: Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills


YES EstambulUnemployment in Europe has considerably increased as a result of the global economic crisis. This increase is felt in all countries, although the severity varies widely between countries and age groups. In Spain youth unemployment rate is of 45%, in Greece it reaches the 56%, in Lithuania it is of 33%, and youth unemployment rate in Portugal is 29% while Turkey has the 18%. Nowadays unemployment rates are generally high in every country however, the highly rated unemployment affects young people.

Seeking a solution to unemployment suffered by European youngsters through the promotion of entrepreneurship, several organizations, education centers and universities, joined their experience and knowledge in the fields of education, new technologies, and entrepreneurship development in European project YES, Youth Unemployment: Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills.


Documenta Tests a Specialized Curriculum in Social and Civic Competences for Groups at Risk of Social Exclusion

On Tuesday 18 December took place the ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop of CERF European project which invited the community of experts in different user profiles to evaluate the methodology and content

CERFTallerSdr2Trainers and guidance practitioners from various entities (Santander City Council, Red Cross Cantabria, Cantabrian Association for Combating Unemployment (Brumas Workshops), IFES Cantabria, Gypsy Secretariat Foundation, Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Centre or The German Centre) participated in the conference organized by Documenta and held in CASYC, to test the curriculum and trainers package on Civic and Social Skills developed within the project CERF (Certification Standard For European Reference Framework Key Competences).

The aim is to develop a complete training package in Competences that will improve employability, or maintaining employment in disadvantaged groups. Through past experience it has been found that the development of Key Competences defined in the European Reference Framework help this goal. Within the project underway training packages in the following Competences:

  • KC2 Communication in Foreign Languages.
  • KC4 Digital Competence.
  • KC& Social and Civic Competences.
  • KC7 Sense of Initiative and Entrepreneurship.
  • KC8 Cultural Awareness and Expression.

The curriculum developed by Documenta in KC6 aims to develop Social Skills through the development of Soft Skills (Teamwork, Assertiveness, Active Listening, Proactivity, Emotional Intelligence, etc.), and Civic Skills through awareness of the student as an Individual, Social and Political Being.