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ERIC Number: EJ836661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
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ISSN: ISSN-1977-0219
Active Ageing in a Greying Society: Training for All Ages
Hessel, Roger
European Journal of Vocational Training, v45 n3 p144-163 2008
With the ageing of society, policy-makers are aware of the need to retain older workers in employment. Across Europe, lifelong learning is increasingly important. Adults who remain active longer need (re-)training to maintain their productivity. However, vocational training tends to decline with age. The article analyses European employment policy developments, the "active ageing" concept and life course changes, and examines the question of whether the productive potential of older people is substantially impaired by age per se. The role of the social partners regarding the possible benefits of vocational training for a high-skilled workforce is analysed. The article challenges traditional mindsets about older workers and advocates an age-neutral approach of vocational training: learning must become a habit that is not moderated by age. (Contains 3 figures and 29 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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