BeOLD: Better Work in Old Age- Supporting Older Workers and Organizational Environment in Coping with Age Transitions and Work Requirements

Programme: Erasmus+

Key Action: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange Good Practices

Action: Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education

Project Total Duration: 24 months

Start Date: 01-09-2017

Project nº: 2017-01-RO01-KA204-037228

 

1.PARTNERSHIP

Project Promoter: Asociatia Habilitas - Centru de Resurse si Formare Profesionala, Bucharest (Romania)

Project Partners

UB (University of Bucharest), Bucharest (Romania); CNS Cartel Alfa, Bucharest (Romania); CARDET, Lefkosia (Cyprus); DOCUMENTA, Santander (Spain); ANZIANI E, Carpi Mo (Italy); KMOP, Athina (Greece).

 

2. OVERVIEW

Relevant Topics

-Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong) learning.

-New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses.

-Inclusion - equity

Description

The impact of demographic ageing (populations aged 65 years and over is estimated to increase in Europe from 16% (2010) to 25.6% by 2040, according to Eurostat) on employment in Europe is widely recognized as one of the main challenges facing the EU. In addition to pension reforms, the European Commission has recommended to the member States to raise participation of older workers, to promote access to training and stimulating lifelong learning to avoid skills obsolescence for older workers, and to improve working conditions to provide an attractive, safe and adaptable work environment throughout working life. Also, an intensive focus should be on policies that reflect actions taken in order to ensure employment of older workers. Despite these recommendations, many Member States do not have implemented support measures to support older workers participation and to foster an enabling work environment for them. Moreover, ageism is a current issue on the labor market, and older workers are facing low self-esteem, low work motivation, reduced training opportunities, unemployment challenges and early retirement options. Active ageing, one of the EC priorities, needs additional measures at national and European levels, from an integrated approach, for offering older people real opportunities to use their huge potential and to become sources of learning for the younger generations.

The BeOLD objectives are to update skills and to support older workers for a better adaptation at work place and for an enhanced employability and to engage employers in support measures for older workers, resulting an inclusive society and labor market:

- To propose an integrated approach for enhancing older persons participation at workplace: the elaboration of a vocational counseling methodology for older workers and of a training program for companies management. This will provide learning opportunities for older workers, an enhanced work motivation and will change organizational climate into an inclusive one.

- To promote social inclusion of older persons through their better integration at workplace, their empowerment through counseling and education.

- To combat ageism at workplace and to foster intergenerational learning and mentorate activities in companies.

- To develop educators competences in this area.

- To propose a model of policy for supporting older workers.

The project partnership includes organizations from Romania, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, having an extensive and complementary expertise in adult education and training, research, development of new training methodologies, public policies development. Together we will develop a vocational counseling methodology for older workers using different active and innovative learning methods, to update their skills and to face age transitions, and a training program for companies management, in order to combat ageism at workplace, promote age management strategies and foster intergenerational learning and mentorate. Outputs will include an E+Book regarding older workers situation analysis (needs, support measures, legislation etc.), a Handbook 'BETTER WORK IN OLD AGE' that will provide guidance to trainers for delivering the five workshops to the end-users. The results of piloting of the two educational programs developed within this project will be A Report will offer all information about the piloting of the educational programs and the lessons learned from participants experiences and feedback. A Guide with Recommendations for Public Policy for Supporting Older Workers will also be elaborated, as a basis for national and European policies on the issue. This will contribute at raising awareness for stakeholders at different levels on the relevance of integrated activities and measures for supporting older workers active participation, and will inform decision-makers for creating inclusive labor markets and combating age discrimination. Our common goal is to create new practices in the adult education field, targeting older workers specific needs, and to promote older workers rights among employers and other stakeholders, at large scale. The impact will be an inclusive labor market, improvement of public policies for supporting older workers, a better productivity in work, increased intergenerational cooperation and active ageing promotion at wider scale.

Main Intellectual Outputs

O1_ E-BOOK - TRANSNATIONAL REPORT: GENERATIONS @ WORK – Barriers and resources of different generations at work.

O2_ VOCATIONAL COUNSELLING METHODOLOGY FOR OLDER WORKERS 'BETTER WORK AT OLD AGE'.

O3_ TRAINING PROGRAM FOR HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGERS, MANAGERS, COORDINATORS, DIRECTORS OF ORGANIZATIONS / INSTITUTIONS.

O4_ GUIDE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PUBLIC POLICIES REGARDING SUPPORT FOR OLDER WORKERS.

 

3. TARGET GROUPS

- Older workers (55+ years old) from private companies.

- HR managers/managers/coordinators of private companies from different sectors (industry, cooperatives, services etc.).

- Different stakeholders at local/regional/national level (public authorities).