Title Overcoming Learning Obstacles
Project Number A/00/B/F/PP-124.015
Product Type website
a manual for the practice of HRD-Management
HR - Manager
Two companies and four consulting institutes from Austria, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Germany have been working for two years on a project sponsored by the EU. The aim of the project is to develop and test tools and methods for overcoming obstacles to learning, especially for older employees and R&D engineers. The main emphasis is on the development of holistic, sustainable concepts to promote the necessary human resource development. During this period, the importance of \\\"lifelong learning for older employees\\\" has grown significantly as a result of accelerated public discussion about demographic trends and their consequences for an ageing Europe.
The outcome of the project includes practical experiences based on a conceptual framework and proven tools that range from acknowledgement meetings for older employees to eight learning modules to promote knowledge management.
A manual documents all the project experiences.
Particularly in the case of lifelong learning for older employees, this reasoning must also be combined with a change in paradigms (ageing means a transformation of abilities, rather than their diminution!). Initiating this paradigmatic change in employees and companies is one of the critical corporate and social challenges of the next decade.
The manual compiled as a result of the project \\\"Overcoming learning obstacles - building and transferring knowledge for R&D engineers and generally for employees over 45\\\" would not exist without the support of the LEONARDO DA VINCI action programme and the active participation of the companies involved.
The dictate of practice-orientation made it necessary to orient each and all of the measures, tools and procedures contained in the manual towards specific business situations during the development and implementation phases. For this purpose, the companies involved selected target groups with an especially high need in the area of \\\"Overcoming learning obstacles - building and transferring knowledge\\\", namely:
· Employees over 45
· Research and development engineers.
Human resource development focuses on the one target group because a longer period of employment also means learning over a longer time span. Older employees are required to learn again how to learn and how to manage knowledge. The other target group contributes significantly to acceleration of innovations within a company.
In principle, the Leonardo Project Team assumes that there is great demand for solutions concerning this issue in many companies. Sooner or later, every enterprise will have to turn its attention to its older employees. Moreover, many companies today are confronted with the necessity of shortening processes and possibly also development periods.
As a consequence, the toolbox is primarily directed to companies that wish to focus on these issues. It is also intended for companies that presently wish to promote the development of other target groups, in which the need for development of knowledge management competence is especially high. The toolbox contains a sufficient number of learning modules, practical materials and tips for applications, which can be adapted to the specific situation of the respective company.
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