Europe’s future economic competitiveness and prosperity depend crucially on its ability to fully utilise its labour resources including through the extension of employment periods over the life course. In addition, demographic ageing is one of the driving forces behind the Europe 2020 employment target to increase labour force participation across the EU. For social support systems to remain viable as Europe’s population ages, more people need to work and stay in work for longer over their lifetimes. To achieve this the adoption of appropriate, age-sensitive policies and practices that enable and encourage older workers to remain in or re-enter the labour market must be achieved.
The SASSI–Later-life Careers project is a transnational cooperation action for vocational education and training focused on career opportunities for older workers, including developing approaches for reskilling workers for purposes such as social enterprise, self-employment, and digital enterprise, and on promote short-term mobilities and volunteering for older workers. The project aimed at proving CPD for C-VET professionals on careers guidance and counselling for older career changers, and thus, practical tools for counselling and becoming an entrepreneur will be created.
- Developing and piloting updating (CPD) opportunities for C-VET professionals in providing age-sensitive careers guidance and counselling for older career changers, including a set of practical resources: 1)a Training Manual on later-life career orientation, 2)a Handbook to support mobility for later-life career development, 3) digital tools and 4) a Guide to developing ‘Olderpreneurs’
- Designing innovative non-formal learning approaches to reskilling older people for alternative employment options such as social enterprise, self-employment and digital enterprise
- Creating tools and products that support the delivery of Later-life Career counselling
- Championing short-term mobility secondments and volunteering learning experiences, including work experiences in other countries to improve intercultural understanding and language skills
- Sustaining and exploiting the outputs of the Erasmus+ 2015 and 2018 SASSI projects