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Workshop 03

  1. 1. Enhancing Employability through Learning Presented by Graham Smith Senior Studies Institute University of Strathclyde
  2. 2. Senior Studies Institute <ul><li>The Senior Studies Institute, University of Strathclyde </li></ul><ul><li>was formalised in 1991 as a European centre of </li></ul><ul><li>excellence for lifelong learning for people over 50. </li></ul><ul><li>The Institute is engaged in: </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of daytime classes, seminars and access to University courses </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of opportunities for action by people over 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Research into issues of later life </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination of knowledge about the human resource value of the older population </li></ul>
  3. 3. 3 areas for discussion <ul><li>Think about the issues </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Look at solutions </li></ul>
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  5. 5. Changing Demographic Profile Scotland: 2000-2020 Source: General Register Office 2000-based population projections The over 50s population is projected to increase from 33% in 2002 to 42% in 2022. Also Scotland’s population is expected to experience a falling birth rate over the next 20 years.
  6. 6. <ul><ul><li>People are living longer and are healthier in later life. Extra 30 years life span over the last century </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth rate is very low, meaning less younger workers. (1,000,000 less aged 18 to 50 in the UK by 2022) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More older workers available than younger ones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Older workers will stay in the labour market longer </li></ul></ul>Demographic change: Identifying the implications for employers
  7. 7. Identifying the challenges <ul><ul><li>To maintain work force levels: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have more children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase inward migration e.g. Fresh Talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outsource work to other countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increase employment rates of older workers and work longer </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Potential solutions <ul><li>Introduction of Age Legislation in October 2006 provides an opportunity to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review recruitment procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve training and skills development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore flexible working practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create opportunities for market advantage </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Distance Learning
  10. 10. Module 1: Age Audit
  11. 11. Module 3: Recruitment
  12. 12. Module 4: Retention
  13. 13. Module 6: Work Life Balance (New)
  14. 14. Older workers <ul><li>Perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive to employ </li></ul><ul><li>Reluctant to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Uninterested in career progression </li></ul><ul><li>Health affects performance </li></ul><ul><li>Reality </li></ul><ul><li>Older workers keen to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of encouragement restricts participation </li></ul><ul><li>SME’s less likely to be ‘ageist’ </li></ul><ul><li>Increased retention of corporate knowledge </li></ul>
  15. 15. Increasing opportunity to participate <ul><li>What are the barriers to participating in life-long learning? </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Perception of ability </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of the learning </li></ul><ul><li>Need for support </li></ul>
  16. 16. Older Workers Learning Project <ul><li>European research into new approaches to engaging </li></ul><ul><li>and empowering older adults through learning. </li></ul><ul><li>3 Groups: Dumfries & Galloway, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow </li></ul><ul><li>Non traditional learners </li></ul><ul><li>Self directed & cooperative learning </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Support </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of personal interests / potential </li></ul><ul><li>Essentially a ‘study circle’ approach </li></ul>
  17. 19. Initial findings <ul><li>OWL Groups formed in both community and work settings </li></ul><ul><li>Significant participation from non traditional learners </li></ul><ul><li>Groups have an optimum size: more than 5, less than 15 </li></ul><ul><li>75% women / 25% men participate </li></ul><ul><li>Rurality reduces participation </li></ul>
  18. 20. Discussion questions <ul><li>What barriers do older adults face in accessing/continuing to work? </li></ul><ul><li>How can these barriers be overcome? </li></ul>
  19. 21. Benefits from Age Diversity <ul><li>Retain corporate memory </li></ul><ul><li>Outward looking culture </li></ul><ul><li>Positive succession planning </li></ul><ul><li>Labour & Skills needs smoothed </li></ul><ul><li>Work-life balance = productive staff </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce staff turnover </li></ul><ul><li>Return on training investment </li></ul><ul><li>Increase output / productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Retirement peaks reduced </li></ul><ul><li>Positive image </li></ul><ul><li>Better link to Product & Services </li></ul><ul><li>Customer empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Increased market awareness </li></ul>
  20. 22. More information? <ul><li>‘ Toolkit’ distance learning programme - Use the Age Positive web site - </li></ul><ul><li>Employment (Equality) Age Regulations 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Older People and Employment in Scotland’ Report </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 23. Enhancing Employability through Learning Presented by Graham Smith Senior Studies Institute University of Strathclyde