Title Modern University in modern Europe. International transfer of innovation in the field of vocational education for people with extensive professional experience employed in public sector.
Project Number 2012-1-PL1-LEO05-27455
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The project aimed at supporting both people with extensive professional experience (over 45 years old) and those who are just entering the labour market (less than 30 years old) by developing the compendium of best practices and professional development path. The project was implemented in an international partnership between the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Finland, Hungary, and Poland as the leader of the consortium.
The duration of the project was 2 years; it was implemented in the period from December 2012 to November 2014.
In July 2014 there was a change in the consortium composition – partners from Hungary and Finland were replaced. New partners were welcomed and fully participated in the project implementation.
Europe is increasingly experiencing negative effects of population ageing. They are visible in the demographic structure of the labour market, situation of people aged 50+ in the labour market and the cooperation between representatives of this age group with younger co-workers (aged 30-). The situation is particularly difficult in the public sector, where many people aged 45+ are employed. They are rarely released from work which makes employment of young people very difficult due to "freezing of posts."
The growing gap between different age groups of workers makes it difficult to communicate; it also prevents the transfer of experience from older to younger workers and knowledge transfer of new technologies the other way round. Such a blockade leads to tensions between different generations of workers – older receive tasks which are considered uninteresting, just to enable them to survive till the retirement age whereas younger compete trying to develop new work schemes that have already been created.
Project addressed this problem – it provided support for both public sector employers and employees aged 45+ and 30- by offering them skills and knowledge which allow effective cooperation, and thus, benefiting from strengths of different age groups. The main objectives of the project were:
• diagnosis of the needs of people aged 45+, related to their activity and attractiveness in the labour market in eight European Union countries;
• support for staff with extensive professional experience (45+) and persons entering the labour market (30-);
• support for employers in the effective age management;
• creating a favourable climate for older workers employed in the public sector.
The project involved transfer of innovation from the LDV project "55+ Employability Learning Environment", which developed reports on the situation of older people in the labour market and a set of trainings dedicated to these persons.
The project consortium was composed of different actors performing an active role in shaping the realities of the labour market; these included: 2 universities (Poland, Bulgaria), non-governmental organizations (Greece, Italy, Belgium, Hungary) and small and medium companies (the Czech Republic, Finland).
Implementation of the project included 6 interrelated Work Packages:
• preparation of an inventory or knowledge base in the area of adult learning from the problems identified in the project target groups (i.e. 45+ and 30-) in all countries of the consortium,
• development of modern training concepts for the target groups with implementation of products and experiences from transferred project,
• pilot testing of the developed training cycle for both target groups,
• quality management and project evaluation,
• promotion and dissemination of project,
• project management.
In the project we have prepared an inventory or knowledge base in the area of adult learning from the problems identified in the project target groups in all countries of the consortium. Each Partner has developed a report in English and their national language. A common project report has been also prepared through cooperation of all partners. Moreover, we have developed modern training concepts for both target groups which involved preparation of test versions of compendia (translations to all project languages are being prepared), the concept of training cycle and training materials. The training cycle successfully went through the implementation stage – the trainings were conducted in seven Partners countries. The results of the pilot testing allowed us to amend and finalize the project product.
As far as promotion and dissemination of the project is concerned, promotional materials have been developed, among others a flyer in all project languages (which will be printed at the beginning of 2014 during recruitment period for test training). The first newsletter was sent by all Partners in their countries in October 2013; the remaining 3 newsletters were sent in 2014. Moreover, majority of the Partners organized two dissemination meetings.
In October 2014 we held a conference closing the project. Persons who attended the conference could hear presentations on Lifelong Learning Policy in Europe, intergenerationality in LLL, EU Initiatives and Human Resources Development, and the project itself; they could also participate in a workshop. The conference took place in Antwerpen, Belgium.
Quality management and project evaluation involved, among others, development of plan for quality management and project evaluation and a form assessing the quality of cooperation among partners. We have also evaluated the project results and functioning of the consortium.
Impact on target groups received during the project allowed achieving much better results than expected. The public sector employees confirmed their ability to cooperate with younger or older colleagues; the public sector employers confirmed that their employees are more efficient and self-confident at work; persons from older age groups are perceived to be more efficient. The project influence may be indicated by for example more confidence in implementing intermentoring at work, better work performance and job satisfaction, or filling competence gaps.
During the pilot testing, numerous partner institutions which cooperated with the project partners expressed their interest in using the project results. Another big group of institutions and organizations expressed their interest in using the results after their participation in dissemination activities organized with the use of different communication channels. Partners recorded interest from the public sector organizations like primary and secondary schools, vocational training centres, universities, ministries, county councils, municipalities, tax offices and tax chambers, hospitals and social support agencies. Moreover, some companies from the private sector expressed their interest in the project concept, which they would like to adjust to their sector and implement in the future for their employees.
After the end of project implementation, the project partners intend to use the project results in their future activities. The project results will be shared free of charge.
All information about project itself and project results are presented on our website. Please visit www.mume.eu
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Project main products include:
• “Compendium for the public sector public sector” addressed to public sector employers, public sector employees aged 45+ and 30-
• Training package for public sector employees aged 45+ and 30- which includes new technologies, foreign languages, cultural differences, modern technological vocabulary, motivation and cooperation between generations.