Title K-start: Transferring knowledge from senior to juniors & startups
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2012-LT-0108
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text What comes to your mind, when you hear employee 55+? Someone reluctant to adopt change? Someone difficult to communicate with younger ones? Or perhaps a skilled worker who has been working for most of his/her life and gained knowledge that no school will ever deliver? And this employee is about to retire and take all the knowledge away from the business. It’s a loss for the co-workers, the company and the society. It’s a loss for a person who sees retirement as an end of active and meaningful occupation. There are about 6.5 mio people aged 55–64 in the EU. Their employment ranges from 29.6% in Turkey to 79.8% in Iceland. Lisbon agenda was aiming to have 50% of senior employees in labour market by 2010 resulting with 46.3% in the EU-27 compared to 60.3% in the USA (Eurostat 2010, 2011). The K-start project was dedicated to encourage well experienced senior employees to take on a challenge and engage into the process of knowledge transfer.
Summary The K-start project was designed to encourage well experienced senior employees to take on a challenge and engage into the process of transferring their knowledge to younger colleagues or business start-ups. This included improving their HR management and mentoring skills with the help of easy accessible e-book and training programs delivered by project partners. The K-start project developed a database for “mentors-wanna-be” and for those who seek help and guidance. The outcomes of the project should have a double effect – career and business starters will benefit from practical knowledge shared by seniors whereas seniors will feel reinforced by helping others to succeed. By merging different knowledge and unlike ways of thinking the background for creativity and innovation will be established. The partners continue to make a relevant input into VET systems in their countries and beyond through a wide network of trusted partners. In everyday business, the project partners also tackle a challenge to promote active aging, the culture of volunteering and mentoring, support appreciation of generations, and encourage the concept of „giving back to the society“.
The project “K-start: Transferring Knowledge from Senior to Juniors & Start-ups“ was implemented in 2012-2014 and pursued the following objectives and results:
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the barriers and issues facing senior employees in Europe through Training Need Analysis
- Create a new, multilingual, online training course which supplies the target group with HRM-tools and coaching skills to share and transfer their knowledge to younger colleagues & start-ups via e-learning platform with dynamic user interaction & on-line tutor support
- Assure the training course's quality and responsiveness to needs with the help of pilot trainings
- Ensure the widespread uptake and use of the training course through extensive dissemination tools.
Administrative and Support Service Activities
material for open learning
Products created during the lifetime of the project include:
-Report on training needs of 55+
-K-start e-book in 5 languages
-Dissemination database and tools
-Pilot seminars and evaluation report
-K-start platform www.k-start.eu