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New document of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training about the 'silver economy'

12/03/2013
New document of the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training about the 'silver economy' © Alex Proimos | Flickr

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) has just released the document “Silver workers – golden opportunities”, which builds on the data and findings of its latest studies on working and ageing, presented during the European Year 2012.

Europe’s ageing workforce, its “silver economy”, states Cedefop, may energise development and bring new opportunities for economic growth. However, “successful active ageing policies involve more than raising the pension age and restricting early retirement. Helping ageing workers to keep their skills up-to-date and preventing skills obsolescence is essential to preserving their work ability”, says the organisation.

In line with the messages transmitted during the European Year 2012, Cedefop stresses that effective active ageing measures should focus on approaches that support health and work capacity, age-friendly workplaces, and lifelong learning that takes into account the needs of senior workers

Cedefop, an agency of the European Union based in Greece, supports policy-making in the field of vocational education and training. Founded in 1975, its governing board includes representatives of EU Member States, employers associations and trade unions. 

The briefing note “Silver workers – golden opportunities” can be downloaded here.