Demographic change in Europe will have a major impact on its society and economy, but few companies are actually adapting their human resource practices to the ageing of the workforce. Despite encouraging results from initiatives that show the value of investing in ageing workers, better access to and more participation in lifelong learning remain major challenges. What can policy-makers do to encourage workers, employers and educators to take action? What are the key factors in successful active ageing policies? Where are barriers to investment in an ageing workforce, and what is its potential?
To ensure Europe's global competitiveness, the European Union's Member States need to provide their citizens with a wide range of combinable learning options. What are the challenges for policy-makers in charge of developing progression routes in education and training systems?
Resources for training are scarce, and employers are encouraged to provide training for their own employees. But how can they be sure they will have a good return of investment? And what about the time needed for training? Cedefop held a workshop on 6-7 June to discuss, validate and complement the results of its upcoming studies on two regulatory instruments designed to address these concerns: training leave and payback clauses.
Cedefop and the European Commission are jointly organising a two-day international seminar on learning later in life and the impact of investing in an ageing workforce.
Encouraging a culture of in-company learning for all isn’t just good for individual workers or companies – it can raise the skills and knowledge of the entire workforce. A recent Cedefop video presents some of the issues at stake.
Companies wish to improve employees’ skills for a specific job; employees have an interest in developing skills that can generally raise their career and employment prospects. But can these potentially conflicting goals be balanced? Encouraging a company culture that make it easier for citizens to keep learning, and promotes corporate responsibility and social cohesion is a smart strategy for government. The success stories that were collected in Cedefop's recent publication, "Learning while working: Success stories in workplace learning" illustrate some of the ingenious solutions that have been devised by social partners working together with national, regional and local authorities. Here, Rocío Lardinois de la Torre, Cedefop’s project manager for in-company training, talks about the conclusions of the study.