The European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations kicked off in Copenhagen earlier this month. The conference was organised by the Danish Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and Ministry for Health with support from the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion).
The more highly qualified people are, the more likely they are to participate in learning activities. However, people also tend do less lifelong learning as they grow older, irrespective of their qualification levels. This is especially true in countries where overall participation in lifelong learning is low. This general pattern emerges from various surveys, even though the Continuing training and Adult education surveys suggest that participation is higher than the lifelong learning indicator shows (1). Older low qualified workers are especially difficult to reach, even though they need lifelong learning most. Almost 60 % of Europe’s 74 million low-qualified citizens are over 45 years old. This is a matter of concern, as most of the 2020 workforce is already on the labour market and qualification demands are rising even in elementary occupations.
How can we develop guidance policy, practice and research to help migrants throughout Europe enter the labour market? To find answers to this question, Cedefop organised a peer learning event on Labour market integration of immigrants in Europe – Implications for guidance policy, practice and research in Thessaloniki, Greece, on 29-30 September 2011.
How far has Europe come in coordinating guidance policy, and improving access to guidance services and career management skills? A policy review (2007-2010) identifies improvements and remaining challenges.
On 30 June four EU agencies held a joint seminar at the European Parliament on the all too topical issue of youth employment. The agencies, Cedefop, Eurofound, ETF and EU-OSHA, each presented their work, which ranged across several related topics.
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.
Peer-learning event investigates guidance and counselling on entrepreneurial learning and career management for the self-employed