ERIC Number: ED326616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Training of Older Workers in the United Kingdom. Training Discussion Paper No. 23.
Figures for the United Kingdom show a slight increase in the population aged 55 and over. The number of people at or about retirement age has been slightly declining in the last decade; there is no "bulge" creating increased demands for employment and training. The British government has proposed a new Training for Employment program, which replaces the existing Job Training Scheme, but the 55 and over age group is still not in the priority group. Employers' organizations are mainly interested in changes in the retirement age, not in occupational training. A general and increasing trend is the temporary employment of those with particular skills who have taken early retirement. Some private organizations offer training and education for older people for example, the Centre for Policy on Ageing, Age Concern, and the Pre-Retirement Association of Great Britain. The University of the Third Age is a national network of self-help learning groups. The Niccol Centre provides artistic and recreational activities especially for people over age 55. People over age 55 are, of course, able to enroll in various kinds of adult education institutions, and two of these, the National Extension College and the Open University recently conducted surveys of olders students, the results of which are briefly discussed. (A list of 38 references and 7 tables are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers: United Kingdom