ERIC Number: ED327690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities for the Older Unemployed. An Investigation of Education and Training Needs and Opportunities for Unwaged Adults in Their 40s and 50s.
Browning, Genia; Linn, Pamela
A project was designed to assist older unemployed people in London, England, with the transition to education, vocational training, and employment. The project involved the development of a local tourist guide course at Thames Polytechnic (England), the accreditation of this course, and employment of some of the participants as local tourist guides. A survey that received 24 responses (of 285 questionnaires) and interviews with 11 unemployed adults identified the education, training, and leisure interests of people over 40. The tourist guide course was developed by the polytechnic's continuing education unit in cooperation with the borough of Greenwich (England). The main issues arising from the project were: (1) the cultural and economic problems of transition from paid work to unemployment and then to education; (2) the attitudes of employers toward older unemployed adults; and (3) how education can best prepare adults for paid work. It was recommended that: (1) educational providers should use a range of strategies and programs for older people; (2) providers should study the age profiles of their students and the target population; and (3) providers should keep abreast of forthcoming or recent layoffs in the community. (NLA)
Descriptors: Action Research, Adult Education, Age Discrimination, Community Education, Dislocated Workers, Displaced Homemakers, Foreign Countries, Job Placement, Job Skills, Job Training, Middle Aged Adults, Nontraditional Education, Nontraditional Students, Older Workers, Postsecondary Education, Retraining, Self Esteem, Tourism, Unemployment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Unit, London (England).
Identifiers: England (London)