ERIC Number: ED308300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Reference Count: N/A
Training of Older Workers in the Federal Republic of Germany. Training Discussion Paper No. 24.
Following tremendous growth in the population of West Germany until the early 1970s, the population stabilized with a slower birth rate but higher foreign immigration. The population is becoming increasingly older. About 28 percent of the German population is aged 55 or older; by the year 2030, this figure will be about 44 percent. In 1985, the employment rate among men in the age 55-60 group was 97 percent; in the 60-65 age group, it was only 11 percent. The trend to less employment for older adults has been continuing and accelerating for many years. Since 1984, several acts and agreements have facilitated the transition from employment to retirement. There are no training policies by the government, employers, associations, or other organizations dealing with the further training of older workers. Those statements that do exist usually relate to workers of all ages or to retirement activities. Older workers usually feel that training programs are not worthwhile at their age. In the field of further education for the time after retirement or at retirement there are many offers at all levels and on all subjects in which older people may be interested. Among them is a university program for preparing people for postemployment voluntary activities for elderly persons. Some seniors also are employed in developing countries through a government program. Only one training program is targeted at unemployed managers over 50 to train them to manage small companies; companies that hire them receive wage subsidies. (39 references) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Demography, Employment, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Labor Market, Older Adults, Older Workers, Preretirement Education, Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Retraining, Unemployment
ILO Publications, International Labour Office, CH-1211, Geneva 22, Switzerland.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: West Germany