This month on January 16th – 17th 2014 Documenta traveled to Scotland to further work on the implementation of Age Management Strategies at workplaces, priority of the European initiative LIKE, committed to combat age barriers in employment and promoting the adaptability of older workers to the changing business and social environment.
On Thursday January 16th LIKE project partners participated in the 5th project meeting, organized in Glasgow by the Scottish project partner the University of Strathclyde, to ultimate the ongoing project activities and developments, review the Age Management Strategies’ pilot experiment in real enterprises, and examine its first results.
On January 17th the partnership went to Edinburgh to take part in a Study Tour to Scottish Parliament, as part of the awareness raising activities planned within LIKE project. The Parliament visit was centered on a presentation of Scotland’s Futures Forum, created by the Scottish Parliament to help its Members, along with policy makers, businesses, academics, and the wider community of Scotland, look beyond immediate horizons, to some of the challenges and opportunities to be faced in the future. Looking beyond the 4 year electoral cycle and away from party politics, the forum seeks to stimulate public debate in Scotland, bringing fresh perspectives, ideas and creative solutions.
During this third year of life, LIKE project partners will compile the results of applying into two real enterprises the developed innovative Age Management Strategies, and will use these for the implementation in partner countries of various training seminars, with employers and workers 50+ for the introduction of the benefits of managing age, to promote lifelong learning, while suggesting strategies for workers and supporting unemployed about the type of skills they need to gain to be competitive and how can they get those.
This year the project will conclude with the development of a business manual based on Age Management Strategies implementation at enterprises, which will include the project findings, pilot experiences and materials.
Towards the end of the year in October, LIKE project will present the project conclusions during a participative final Conference planned to be organized in Brussels.