Title Training of older workers in Entrepreneurship
Project Number 2012-1-IS1-LEO05-01832
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project aim is to motivate and help the age group 50+ to get new skills which enables them to start own business. This has positive effect on work mobility, job creation and is also a measure to fight the negative consequences of demographic changes. The training methods will be adapted to the specific needs of this age group with emphasis on work-related activities, small groups and prior experience. The consortium are combined with parties from the VET system, private consulting companies, research company and a Directorate of Labour which possesses great expertise in the field of vocational and adult education and training, guidance and personal competence development and make it more responsive to the needs of the labour market. The training programme which will be developed through the project period is highly relevant to the world of work because the training, support and guidance of the participants will create new jobs with entrepreneurial initiative.
The Governments are struggling to find ways to enhance job creation and fuel growth after the global economic crisis. There is a growing acknowledgement among policymakers that entrepreneurship plays a key role in innovative societies, and that entrepreneurship is an important driver of wealth creation and economic recovery.
The training programme which will be transferred, adjusted and implemented is highly relevant for the Leonardo priority of promoting cooperation between vocational education and working life. Additionally will the training programme increase the possibilities of creating new jobs and support the economic growth in participating countries.
The results of the project will be strengthened by combining the knowledge and experience of the partners from different European countries.
The main aims of the project are:
-To integrate the program as a permanent training opportunity in vocational and adult education institutions;
-Create new jobs through entrepreneurship and innovation;
-Encourage people with long working experience to utilize their ideas and establishing their own business
The main objectives of the the proact are:
-Transfer, adjust and implement the Danish training program for Entrepreneurs;
-To improve access and availability of entrepreneurship education for people with long working experience;
-To gather knowledge and experience through the Partners network about designing efficient training programme for older entrepreneurs;
-To establish an internet based platform for the Entrepreneurs in order to create a European network for Entrepreneurs and for providers of training for Entrepreneurs;
-To make a Guideline for future Entrepreneurs, published on the internet based platform.
The Governments are struggling to find ways to enhance job creation and fuel growth after the global economic crisis. Like the Nordic entrepreneurship monitor points out, there is a growing acknowledgement among policymakers that entrepreneurship plays a key role in innovative societies, and that entrepreneurship is an important driver of wealth creation and economic recovery. The development of entrepreneurship activities in societies and the provision of favorable environments and framework conditions for starting and growing new businesses will be crucial drivers for economic growth in the coming years.
To ensure the future job creation and new entrepreneurs we have to develop an efficient training programme for all groups of potential entrepreneurs. In participating countries already exists education for young people in Entrepreneurship in Colleges and Universities. On the other hand, the focus hasn’t been on the group of older workers, this group has long working experiences and often a good understanding on how things work in the real business live. While Entrepreneurship is getting part in regular secondary and higher education’s it´s not provided in a large scale for people older than 50. Older workers do not have the same opportunities to receive an education in Entrepreneurship but by providing an attractive training for them through the VET system we prevent further discrimination.
The framework conditions for entrepreneurial capabilities and culture are weak in the Nordic region therefore are it essential to develop an efficient training programme. This project are cooperation between training institutions, business development centers and consultant companies where we will use our former experience to adjust and develop the teaching materiel in Entrepreneurship for the target group.
This project fits to the focus of European Union, which have made the year of 2012 as a Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity of Generation. The focus will be to keep the older workers in the workforce and share their experience, keep playing an active role in society and to give them opportunity to live as healthy and fulfilling lives as possible
Several researches have showed that the projects target group position on the labour market is different from others in some ways. Firstly, if they get dismissed they are more likely to be unemployed for longer time. Secondly, the group is less likely to use the lifelong learning education system as well as they are not as mobile on the labour market.
Every firm that is established can have multiple effects on job creation. The age group 50+ is least likely to take the step to start own business. By assisting, encouraging and training them to do so, new jobs will be created, work mobility will increase with positive effects both economically and socially. Every participant in this program will also be a role model and encourage others who are interested in taking the step.
Open and distance learning
Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods- and Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Financial and Insurance Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Information and Communication
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
open and distance learning
material for open learning
1. A report, need analysis both regarding the general situation of the age group but also their specific training needs
2. An internet-based platform, which will support the training and learning processes.
3. A training programme in Entrepreneurship for older workers
4. A Guideline for future Entrepreneurs
5. An evaluation report
6. Dissemination Report