ERIC Number: ED476321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Barriers to Training for Older Workers and Possible Policy Solutions.
Wooden, Mark; VandenHeuvel, Adriana; Cully, Mark; Curtain, Richard
This report covers a study of barriers for older workers in obtaining and benefitting from training and innovative policies to remove them. After an introduction, Chapter 2 reviews literature on incidence and determinants of older workers' participation in training; barriers to training; and employer and government initiatives to enhance older persons' access to training. Chapter 3 uses existing secondary data sets to provide an overview of older workers' labor market position; quantify differences in training experiences across cohorts; identify characteristics associated with relatively low levels of training participation and perceived barriers to training participation; and examine variations across cohorts in assessments of the value of training. Chapter 4 presents key findings from focus groups of older persons and human resource managers about their reactions to main findings from the literature review and data analysis and to canvas reactions to policy options to address barriers to training. Chapter 5 presents findings from case studies of three organizations representing "lighthouse" examples of management practice in dealing with an aging workforce. Chapter 6 synthesizes results showing older workers participate less in training and identifies these six barriers to training: absence of paid work; learning capacity; education; uncertain retirement age; employer discrimination; and self discrimination. Chapter 7 examines policy options addressing the barriers, including lifelong learning. (233 references) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Education, Age Discrimination, Developed Nations, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Labor Market, Lifelong Learning, Middle Aged Adults, Older Workers, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Personnel Management, Policy Formation
For full text: http://www.dest.gov.au/archive/iae/documents/olderworkers/olderwo rkersv4.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Canberra.
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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