Each partner carried out national research in order to identify current practice in terms of providing career guidance and career management for 50+ employees.
Research shows that in the partner countries there are no specific advisory or counselling programmes for older people. This means that this group uses the systems that are generally available for adults of all age groups. In contrast, most countries have put in place policies wich aim to support longer working lives.
The importance of the increasing retirement age does not go unnoticed. Companies that do not yet perceive this issue as important undoubtedly will in the near future.
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On 20./21. September 2018 the SASSI consortium met in Loughborough, UK, for the first partner meeting. The meeting aimed to set the ground for the future project develoment works. As SASSI – Working on is a follow-up project of the SASSI project the purpose of this meeting was also to analyse the elements that can be built on and those that will have to be developed anew.
SASSI-Working on aims at exploiting the innovation expressed in the previous project in terms of age-sensitive training to create innovative later career guidance methodologies.
As a first step the partners agreed to review the National and Comparative Needs Analysis Reports produced in the SASSI project, and to undertake targeted research to gain a more detailed understanding of the situation for Career Guidance/Career Management for older people in each country. Also it seems necessary to gather data on approaches and programmes that are put in place in the partner countries in order to find ways for coping with the increasing retirement age, as this is no longer something which can be ignored.
We are pleased to announce that the follow-up project of the project SASSI was approved by the National Agency in UK.
SASSI-Working On will exploit and further develop the products develped in the previous project in terms of age-sensitive training to create innovative later career guidance methodologies. It intends to extend and enhance the access to age-sensitive careers advice, skills updating and work experience opportunities for older workers, and develop innovative approaches to guidance for older workers and job seekers.
The approach on promoting and validating the competences of C-VET providers, trainers, HR professionals and line managers in providing age-sensitive approaches to career management/advice initiated in SASSI will be further customised and applied.