Project overview

To achieve more sustainable economic and social development, the EU has set itself the target of increasing the employment rate of older people. For this to be successful, governments, social partners and organizations need to work together to develop the skills and employability of older people. Education, guidance, training and employment opportunities must be adapted to an age-diverse workforce.

New pedagogical approaches are the key elements to facilitate extended workforce participation for older workers. Induction training for adult education providers to enable them design and deliver new educational content across a variety of learning platforms must be developed to support their continuous professional development.

Transition programmes that enable older workers acquire new skills, and a re-conceptualisation of employment both in terms of specific work areas and work practices are essential if future economic growth, competitiveness, social inclusion and efficiency are to be achieved.

Education must address today's issues and challenges with appropriate new learning partnerships and learning tools that are flexible, adaptable, and easily updated and upgraded. There is consensus among EU Member States about the need for active labour market policies aimed at raising employment levels among older workers and at postponing retirement.

Outcomes of the project

Although not working in such fixed patterns of employment as before, engaged in new roles and environments, Europe's older generations have a key and continuing role to play.

PAWT will develop:

A comprehensive pedagogic framework for addressing the skill needs of older persons that is person centred, appropriate and flexible and facilitates learning in a variety of environments and on a range of applicable platforms;
An induction programme for adult education tutors working with older persons to facilitate successful training outcomes;
New education partnerships involving target group members, workforce development experts and adult education professionals;
A new curriculum model to train older persons;

A robust business development model for older persons to support their self-employment as individuals or in cooperative groups in all partner countries;
A model guidance service;
A virtual workplace for maximum e-accessibility;

The project:

Duration: 1.10.2009 - 30.11.2011
Chief financier: The EU Lifelong Learning Programme, LLP
The overall budget: 400,000 €


Pielinen Karelia Development Center Ltd, coordinator, Finland
North Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Plungés suaugusiujų švietimo centras, Lithuania
Kadrovsko izobrazevalni inzeriring, d.o.o, Slovenia

Meath Commonity, Rural&Social Development Partnership Ltd, Ireland
Asociatia pentru Educatie si Dezvoltare Durabila, Romania

Studentsko Obshtestvo Za Kompyutarno Izkustvo/soki, Bulgaria
Elazig City Department of Education, Turkey

For more information:

Veli-Matti Hurskainen, Coordinator
Mobile: +358 50 303 1211
Skype: vmhpuhelin

Ari Tarkiainen, Project Manager
Mobile: +358 50 310 9871
Skype: AriTar2