NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED505747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 56
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9214-1200-4
Skills Development for a Diverse Older Workforce
Ferrier, Fran; Burke, Gerald; Selby Smith, Chris
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
In the context of aging populations, governments in Australia and in other Western nations fear that slower growth in the numbers of people of working age (15-64 years) will have a dampening effect on economic growth. They are thus considering how to encourage older workers to remain in the workforce beyond the point at which many currently retire. Skills and qualifications are strongly related to workforce participation. Providing older workers with opportunities to update and extend their skills and qualifications may enable and encourage them to continue working. This project investigated the forms of skill development most effective overall for people in the workforce aged 45 years or older and the implications of some aspects of people's diversity for effective skills development, such as in their skills, qualifications, workforce experience and employment status, and in characteristics such as their gender and cultural and language backgrounds. Two major conclusions are drawn from the work conducted for this project: (1) Differences among older workers mean that skills development which supports and encourages their participation in the workforce should be targeted to the needs and circumstances of specific sub-groups; and (2) Appropriate and effective skills development for older workers, in all their diversity, is built on good practices in the teaching and learning of adults. Descriptions of seven case studies are appended. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.) [This work has been produced on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.]
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. P.O. Box 8288, Stational Arcade, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Tel: +61-8-230-8400; Fax: +61-8-212-3436; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia