Title Supporting the Needs of Older, Vulnerable Employees (SNOVE)
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-441
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text This project will protect the employment interests of older workers as they face workplace change and the transition into retirement. Available products allow older workers to gain skills relevant to employability and to prepare for financial security in oolder age through an understanding of welfare provision in their respective country. All project products are available free of charge to use. Please contact Judith Jackson to access these products: firstname.lastname@example.org
The aim of the project was to refine and review the innovative UK experience of the GFTU in positively supporting older, vulnerable workers as they approach retirement and/or unemployment. The UK experience offered vulnerable workers the opportunity to gain accreditation within the national qualification framework as an aspect of developing their competencies in a range of areas including modern job search techniques and confidence building. These workers were supported to engage in lifelong learning initiatives and were often non-traditional learners with a minimum level of educational or vocational qualifications.
This learning addressed the basic needs of workers who had little or no experience of changing jobs, seeking work and/or applying for work. This resulted in these workers have low levels of self-esteem, confidence and also under-rating their own job skills gained over many years of employment.
The project objective was the development of a comprehensive training package available for delivery via trade unions or employer representative organisations. It will embed training outcomes within vocational education and training accreditation systems within the respective partner countries.
Workers will gain the capacity formobilty as a a result of engagement with the project and the delivery of the transfererd products secure employability.
The rationale for this proposal was the success the GFTU has had in developing and accrediting educational and advisory initiatives for older, vulnerable workers. The project brings significant European added value to the EU policy context of both the European Economic Recovery Plan, in the short-term, and provides long-term support for the ET2010 aims of the modernisation and adaptation of education and training systems as articulated further in the Bruges-Copenhagen Process.
The aims of this project were to:
1. Transfer the innovative VET experience of the GFTU in working with older workers around employability and financial literacy where workers face vulnerability in their employment or in re/entering the labour market.
2. Work with partners to enable the VET accreditation of materials transferred and to share this experience
2. Enable the French consortium member to develop educational materials to support the employability and long-term financial stability of older workers and working specifically in partnership with employers.
3. Enable the Finnish and Bulgarian consortium member to develop educational materials to support the employability and long-term financial stability of older workers specifically working with trade unions.
4. Enable the Netherlands consortium member develop educational materials to support the employability and long-term financial stability of a specific group of employees facing certain redundancy.
5. Provide, via dissemination and evaluation data, evidence of good practice in the transfer of competences and qualifications from highly different settings and with differing social partners.
The type of transfer proposed is that which will increase the long-term capacity of trade union and employer-based organisations in the partner countries of Finland, France, Bulgaria and the Netherlands to support older, vulnerable workers across employment sectors and within labour markets to maintain employment or gain new employment through an improvement of their knowledge of VET systems. It will give these organisations better capacity to support workers to gain skills needed to maintain employability through a package of training. It will aid the personal development of their motivation, self-esteem and assertiveness crucial to maintaining confidence in seeking and maintaining employment.
Main activities and results achieved:
All partners, excluding Toulouse Business School, have undertaken the transfer and adaptation of at least one of the GFTU’s original five training programmes for older, vulnerable workers. In the case of the Bulgarian they were able to transfer and adapt the entire suite of GFTU training materials.
This adoption followed a significant period of testing and piloting involving each of the partners target groups.
A key reason for the variance in the number of programmes transferred has rested largely on the GFTU’s original heavy focus on UK pension systems. As such partners across the EU, with varying pension systems, and degrees of prior knowledge on the part of workers, have not required these programmes.
Despite this, project partners have found the core GFTU focus on the provision of advice and guidance to workers facing employment precarity and vulnerability a substantive requirement of theirs.
The French partner sought and gained a variance in their project role and seeks to undertake further research and dissemination in the field of employment precarity facing vulnerable workers.
The project was completed in September 2013 and as a result of completion the project achieved:
- Transfer activity across the majority of partners, including innovative research activity by the French partner on the extent of employment exclusion in the French labour market.
- The establishment of mechanisms in partner cuontries where the transfer took place for the on-going sustainability of project activity through the establishment of mechamisms for on-going training/education delivery.
- Access to training delivery on the part of older, vulnerable workers - except for France - on the basis of project sectors/workplaces.
- In the case of Finland, the development of allied, bespoke training resources to develop the pilot role of union learning representative to (a) encourage older workers in training/educational activity and (b) secure employer support for allied initiatives e.g. paid release to enable access to training of the adapted products in the workplace and during working time.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
The products transferred within this ToI initiative were:
Getting to Know Your Pension
Pensions for Beginners
Women and Pensions
Dealing with Life Changes
Planning for Retirement