Europe’s future economic competitiveness and prosperity depend crucially on its ability to fully utilise its labour resources including through the extension of employment periods over the life course. In  addition, demographic ageing is one of the driving forces behind the Europe 2020 employment target to increase labour force participation across the EU. For social support systems to remain viable as Europe’s population ages, more people need to work and stay in work for longer over their lifetimes. To achieve this the adoption of appropriate, age-sensitive policies and practices that enable and encourage older workers to remain in or re-enter the labour market must be achieved.

The SASSI–Later-life Careers project is a transnational cooperation action for vocational education and training focused on career opportunities for older workers, including developing approaches for reskilling workers for purposes such as social enterprise, self-employment, and digital enterprise, and on promote short-term mobilities and volunteering for older workers. The project aimed at proving CPD for C-VET professionals on careers guidance and counselling for older career changers, and thus, practical tools for counselling and becoming an entrepreneur will be created.

The objectives of the SASSI LLC project are to enhance the employability and later-life career opportunities of older adults (aged 55+) by:
  • Developing and piloting updating (CPD) opportunities for C-VET professionals in providing age-sensitive careers guidance and counselling for older career changers, including a set of practical resources: 1)a Training Manual on later-life career orientation, 2)a Handbook to support mobility for later-life career development, 3) digital tools and 4) a Guide to developing ‘Olderpreneurs’
  • Designing innovative non-formal learning approaches to reskilling older people for alternative employment options such as social enterprise, self-employment and digital enterprise
  • Creating tools and products that support the delivery of Later-life Career counselling
  • Championing short-term mobility secondments and volunteering learning experiences, including work experiences in other countries to improve intercultural understanding and language skills
  • Sustaining and exploiting the outputs of the Erasmus+ 2015 and 2018 SASSI projects
Project Results
R1 Training Manual for supporting Later-life Career choices. This result consists of the development of practical Later-life Career Guidance and Counselling methodologies including blended learning materials and associated resources, tools and techniques, new competence frameworks and tools for validating non-formal learning.
R2 Ambassadors Guide to mobility for Later-life Career development. R2 will involve the development of a database for mobility opportunities for seniors, e-learning for intercultural working, competence development, practical procedures and tactics for championing mobility for seniors including through work experiences and transnational learning experiences.
R3 Guide to becoming an ‘Olderpreneur’. This guide will be a compendium of learning modules, learning and business support resources, practical guidance and counselling techniques for application by C-VET professionals in supporting aspiring ‘Olderpreneurs’ including through self-employment and digital trading support actions.
R4 Toolbox for supporting Later-life Careers. The Toolbox will be composed of an interactive repository of materials to support Later-life Career Choices.

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