Motivating Elderly Employees for Training and Change

Aims and objectives

The concrete aim of the project is to:

  • improve participation of elderly and low-skilled employees in company training, job-rotation and similar learning programmes,
  • improve the quality of measures in adult training/learning programmes for elderly and low-skilled employees (at company level)
  • enable HR managers, adult educators, TU representatives and other persons involved in company training measures to better understand and respond to the needs of elderly and low-skilled employees

In addressing these objectives, the project will respond to the educational challenge of an aging population in Europe and provide HR managers and other persons involved in adult education on company level with pathways to support elder and low-skilled employees in improving their knowledge and competences.

The trained HR managers, adult educators, TU representatives and other persons involved in company training measures will better understand the objections, doubts and needs of older and low-skilled workers regarding training measures and other changes in their work environment. They will learn how to motivate them to accept change and training. As consequence, we expect that more older and low-skilled workers will participate in training measures at company level to improve their skills and knowledge. This will in turn lead to better employability of these workers.

We also expect that the trained HR managers and adult educators (having learnt why older and low-skilled workers do not wish changes in their work environment and how to motivate them for change and training) will in the future prepare training measures that better respond to the situation and the needs of older and low-skilled workers. The for the needs of older and low-skilled workers adapted training measures will also lead to an increased participation of older and low-skilled workers in training and educational measures, again raising their level of skills and competences and enhancing their employability.