Music and arts classes have been shown to improve wellbeing and life satisfaction at an older age. Yet formal training does not have the same effect. What is formal training doing wrong? Is it ill adapted to the needs of older workers? An international seminar takes a close look at what is needed to make the best use of an ageing workforce.

As several participants in Cedefop’s international seminar, learning later in life: uncovering the potential of investing in an ageing workforce (Brussels 21-22 September) stressed, prevailing attitudes about training for ageing workers - particularly employer attitudes - need to change.