Newrole was a three years project (2003 – 2005) supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Grundtvig Actions dedicated to adult education and training.
The project was originally conceived from some research studies that showed that workers over 45 years old face high risk of exclusion from the labour market; thus, the project aimed to avoid this risk, working with employers, local authorities and other organisations to support older workers in the training and workforce development activities. The project focused on relationships and interplays between older workers, employers, adult education providers and public authorities in local contexts and wanted to contribute to the development of new models for cooperation between all these actors. The Grundtvig Partnership Newrole mapped the situation in each partner country (FR, IT, NO, UK, ES, BG) so as to identify good practices in providing services for older workers and then to test the different models with partners acting as peer supporters.
Each partner established local partnerships with different kinds of institutions (such as hospitals, social organisations, employment centres), according to the learning needs of target groups; at the same way, each partner was responsible for dissemination of the project's results in their respective countries. Newrole partners organised international meetings and exchanges for local stakeholders involved in the project, during which the methodology was explained and two brochures were disseminated. Additionally, the project partners produced a poster and published press articles for the newsletter of one of the partners which improved information on the project and its results.
Project's partners and stakeholders involved in Newrole's activities improved methods of working through shared experience, understood better the situation of older workers in the local and international labour market and how it can be tackled.