Extending Working Life -Pedagogy Assisting Workforce Transition,
PAWT -project

Information website

Europe is getting older. In 2007, 35.2% of the EU's 495 million people were over the age of fifty. The old age dependency ratio
in Europe is expected to approximately double from an initial 25% in 2004 meaning that by 2050 there would be about one inactive person for every two of working age.

In the context of this demographic change there is no doubt
that our social security systems' capacity to maintain today's
standard of living for future generations of older people will be severely challenged. For many individual Europeans the term retirement equates to living in poverty, with the risk of poverty of persons over the age of 65 increased by one third against national averages in most countries.

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Education and training

Businesses and public authorities face increasing demands to provide services and facilities that meet the diverse needs of an ageing population. Success will depend on how effectively countries can utilise their ageing work-forces. Supporting older persons to remain productive members of society through continued labour force participation is essential to reduce social exclusion and escape the poverty trap.