As globalisation makes the process of change a way of life, EU workers need to become more adaptable and open to change, so that they can improve their employability. Employers are also helping, with ESF support, to anticipate future skills requirements and offer workers the development opportunities needed to adapt to new technologies and markets.
Workers as well as enterprises are facing new challenges and changes in working patterns. To benefit from these changes, workers and companies must become more flexible and learn to live with change – to anticipate and manage it.
In addition, ESF projects are promoting ‘active ageing’ among older workers and job-seekers. These projects encourage them to upgrade their existing skills, which may be out of date – to train in new skills where needed, embrace new technologies and IT know-how, and discuss changes in working practices with their employers. Tailored approaches are being used to encourage older people to stay in work longer and continue to make valuable contributions – a vital factor in combating the consequences of an ageing workforce. Likewise, there are specific initiatives that encourage businesses to take on older job seekers.