Changes and Training of Older Workers
Tikkanen, T., Lahn,
L. C., Withnall, A., Ward, P. & Lyng, K.
VOX & European Commission. 2002. pp. 129.
report is the result of a three-year European study (WORKTOW), which sought
to examine how older workers (aged 45+)
in a working environment undergoing constant change. In particular, it
was one of the first studies to focus in any depth on
and training for this sector of workforce.
most HRD literature has been concerned with issues pertaining to larger
companies, WORKTOW concentrated on the
and challenges observed in small and medium sized enterprises.
study showed that the situation of older workers employed in SMEs is actually
more favourable than might have been
on the basis of the strong negative stereotyping to which they have often
been subjected. They appear to participate
learning in the workplace in the same ways as their younger colleagues
and are generally seen as a valuable resource.
it was also found that employers sometimes hold ambiguous views of older
workers and their learning activity and
awareness of the need for investment in HRD is poor or non-existent.
this study provides encouraging evidence concerning the returns on investment
in learning and development for older
in the form of increased commitment and motivation to learn as well as
an improved social climate in groups of
workers. Accordingly, the report challenges training providers to consider
new and more appropriate methods for
particular group of learners.
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