SILVER – Promoting a Career in the Third Age

A European project aiming for more age-friendly workplaces and more older workers with increased job-satisfaction.

Grant Agreement Number: 2020-1-UK01-KA204-078907

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 01/09/2020 – 31/08/2023   

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Challenge

EU faces a rise of labour force participation of older people. According to the European Central Bank, since 2000, the labour force participation rate of older workers showed the largest increase in the euro area when compared to other age cohorts. The participation rate has been increasing for almost all age groups. In contrast, while it has been rising only modestly for those below the age of 55, and even slightly decreasing for the 15-24 age group, the participation rate has increased since 2000 by around 15 percentage points for those in the euro area aged between 55 and 74. For those aged between 55 and 64 years, the rise has been well over 20 percentage points.

At the same time, EU faces challenges on promoting older people’s rights and respecting their added value in a “silver economy”, and should begin to focus the interventions on ageing also on the anticipation of the third age (AGE Platform 2015). Adult and non-formal learning are key to address societal challenges and the participation of older people in education is mostly employer-supported. Employers play an important role on active ageing practices, by providing “relevant and efficient training” or “measures supporting lifestyle adaptations” (Adult Education in EU 2019, Global Report on Adult Learning 2019, EU Employers’ organisations, 2012).

In this framework, there is a common need in EU countries that human resources policies must change and turn into a new approach that promotes active ageing, and introduce age management practices, which must change from reactive to proactive.

Innovation

The SILVER project aims to create a coordinated response for the promotion of a career in the third age. It seeks for more age-friendly workplaces and more older workers with increased job-satisfaction, raising awareness on employers and employees and increasing the ability of managers and HR staff to implement tailor-made measures.

Action

National reports will be conducted about age-friendly workplaces, in a form of collection of practices, stories and perspectives from employers and employees. These reports will be combined in one collection at partnership level, including a set of recommendations for policies at local and organizational level.

An online tool will be developed, which will provide a two-fold self-assessment questionnaire for employers and employees regarding active ageing in the workplace. This tool aims to identify how prepared organisations/employers are to respond to the needs of their older workers, and how aware older workers/employees are to early prepare their later years and the process of ageing.

The training course aims to offer an integrative structure, based on formal learning methodologies to managers, HR and professionals working in organisations, to promote an active ageing and retirement lifestyle among older workers, including an age-friendly workplace.

SILVER will create a series of 21 materials and resources to support the implementation of adapted plans and actions targeting older workers in the organisations. The toolbox targets facilitators, educators, managers and HR professionals to use them in workshops with older workers. It will consist of informational sheets, presentations, worksheets, exercises, awareness games and other types of resources to deliver individually or in group activities. The toolbox aims not only to provide knowledge but also to effectively induce awareness, empowerment and change, building older workers’ capacity to engage in an active ageing in the workplace.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre

Merseyside Expanding Horizons (UK) – Coordinator
The Trebnje Center for Education and Culture (Slovenia)
EaSI (Romania)
APROXIMAR (Portugal)
Transnational Together (France)
en3karriere (Denmark)

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