To tackle the problem of the bottleneck economy, the labour markets in Belgium must expand to include workers over 50. The VDAB project Together into the breach for 50+ initially extends the availability of employment counselling from 50 to 52 and subsequently from 50 to 55 years of age.
The Flemish Ministers for Employment and Education have concluded a cooperation agreement with their Brussels counterpart, the Minister for Employment, to bolster interregional mobility among jobseekers between Brussels and Flanders.
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?
The European Inventory 2010 provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion.
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.