Final Conference of the EU-project AGE-WORK-BALANCE

27. Feb 2013

On 20th February 2013 the final conference of AGE-WORK-BALANCE took place in Berlin in the premises of the gsub-Projektegesellschaft mbH.

We discussed with over 50 participants from 8 European Countries the significance of the relationship between the network structure (between different public and private actors on different levels) and a particular project to bring older people into sustainable employment.

One of our key finding was that the need for the existence of a network increases with the complexity of the service that an approach aims to offer.

This was lively debated by the project participants, by the representatives of the reviewed practices from “Berliner BÄr”Berlin, “jobcenter” – Hamburg, “Cantabria Employment Service” – Santander and the“Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership” – Dublin but also from external representatives from the AGE Platform Europe, the ESF-Age Network , the Ministry of Regional Development Poland, Warsaw, Italia Lavoro, Rome, Italy, the Association of Finnish Local & Regional Authorities in Helsinki and the Senate Administration of Berlin.

In respect to the key finding the main conference conclusions were as follows:

  • Only joint solutions will lead to sustainable integration.
  • A sound agreement between policy setting level and the local autonomous implementation in particular in terms of resourcing is of great importance.
  • Both, public and the private sector must feel responsible for unemployed senior citizens.
  • The finding and results of AGE-WORK-BALANCE in terms of the relationship of measures and networks are very much transferable to all other target groups.

The strategy paper (DE,  EN, IT) can be downloaded here.

Tags: ageing society, labour market

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