Contact

Lead Partner

Wirtschaftsakademie
Schleswig-Holstein
www.wak-sh.de

Hartwig Wagemester
hartwig.wagemester@wak-sh.de
+49 431 / 3016 – 138

Project Management and Communication

REM • Consult
www.rem-consult.eu

Hauke Siemen
bestagers@rem-consult.eu
+49 (0)40 657 903 78

 

Lead Partner

Wirtschaftsakademie
Schleswig-Holstein
www.wak-sh.de

Hartwig Wagemester
hartwig.wagemester@wak-sh.de
+49 431 / 3016 – 138

Project Management and Communication

REM • Consult
www.rem-consult.eu

Hauke Siemen
bestagers@rem-consult.eu
+49 (0)40 657 903 78

 

The Partnership

8 Countries

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden

8 Countries

  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Sweden
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Department of Work Science, University of Gothenburg

Department of Work Science, University of Gothenburg
Göteborg, Sweden

www.av.gu.se


Project Partner
Responsible for Work Package 3: Labour market and employment. We participate in all activities in this WP; we are responsible for Activity 4: Keeping Best Agers’ expertise in the company in a generation shift.
We are also represented on the Steering Committee.

About us
The Department of Work Science aims to promote, carry out and develop interdisciplinary research and education in the field of Work Science. An extensive amount of activity within the institution is commissioned and evaluative work.

The department was founded in January, 2000. It began as the Center for Work Science and has since 2001 become an institution with its home base within the Faculty of Education since 2002. At the institution there are a number of disciplines represented such as history, business economics, cultural geography, sociology and pedagogy. A research council is connected to the institution, which involves means that even professionals in medicine and psychology are represented.

The scope of the department means that Work Science is comprised of specializations of many kinds. Research is carried out within organization, business, integration and diversity, gender, competence/qualifications and conflict resolution. Currently work to expand borders is occurring to include areas that are connected to people’s private and work-related strategies. Our activities also include labour market policies, organisation of public sector activities, production system design, social sector work, and the ageing workforce. Current work concerning an ageing workforce includes labour market statistics, effect of incitements to continue working, and intergenerational relations at the workplace.

Approximately 40 people are employed at the institution whereof 8 are professors, 2 senior lecturers and ten or so researchers/teachers with a Ph.D.

Why we participate in Best Agers
The background of the project is that the EU population is aging. The EU has declared the Union’s age demographics one of its four principal challenges. The combination of older people leaving the workforce and an accelerating shortage of valuable competence can be witnessed all over Europe, and the trend is expected to continue as a result of the problematic age distribution. This is also reflected in our part of Sweden, the Västra Götaland Region.

The EU labour market strategy indicates both that the ratio between the number of people who work and those who don’t work must increase, and that those who work must remain working for a longer time than today. We need to know more about perceived barriers and what incentives may be successful in changing the practices of to-day.
We are interested to share with the partnership experiences from projects aiming at keeping the older generation in the workforce. Another important purpose of the project is to identify examples of how the competence of professionals aged 55 and over can be successfully transferred to younger generations. Small and medium-sized businesses are vulnerable to key competencies being lost when older professionals quit working. For example, there is a lack of efficient methods for businesses to identify critical competence and transfer it to younger generations.

What´s happening right now
Current activities include,
• Studying barriers perceived by employed and unemployed Best Agers with respect to remaining in the workforce.
• Studying Swedish employers’ attitudes with respect to Best Agers.
• Compiling information on competence transfer in a generation shift.
• Reporting on what is employability and what does it mean to be employable?
• Reporting on Swedish labour market statistics: in what jobs is the risk for premature pension largest?
• Reporting on perceived barriers of unemployed Best Agers.

On the website of University og Göteborg, you can read more about our work concerning Best Agers (in Swedish).
 
Contact person
Anders Östebo
anders.ostebo@av.gu.se
+46 31 786 54 51
 

Department of Work Science, University of Gothenburg
Göteborg, Sweden

www.av.gu.se


Project Partner
Responsible for Work Package 3: Labour market and employment. We participate in all activities in this WP; we are responsible for Activity 4: Keeping Best Agers’ expertise in the company in a generation shift.
We are also represented on the Steering Committee.

About us
The Department of Work Science aims to promote, carry out and develop interdisciplinary research and education in the field of Work Science. An extensive amount of activity within the institution is commissioned and evaluative work.

The department was founded in January, 2000. It began as the Center for Work Science and has since 2001 become an institution with its home base within the Faculty of Education since 2002. At the institution there are a number of disciplines represented such as history, business economics, cultural geography, sociology and pedagogy. A research council is connected to the institution, which involves means that even professionals in medicine and psychology are represented.

The scope of the department means that Work Science is comprised of specializations of many kinds. Research is carried out within organization, business, integration and diversity, gender, competence/qualifications and conflict resolution. Currently work to expand borders is occurring to include areas that are connected to people’s private and work-related strategies. Our activities also include labour market policies, organisation of public sector activities, production system design, social sector work, and the ageing workforce. Current work concerning an ageing workforce includes labour market statistics, effect of incitements to continue working, and intergenerational relations at the workplace.

Approximately 40 people are employed at the institution whereof 8 are professors, 2 senior lecturers and ten or so researchers/teachers with a Ph.D.

Why we participate in Best Agers
The background of the project is that the EU population is aging. The EU has declared the Union’s age demographics one of its four principal challenges. The combination of older people leaving the workforce and an accelerating shortage of valuable competence can be witnessed all over Europe, and the trend is expected to continue as a result of the problematic age distribution. This is also reflected in our part of Sweden, the Västra Götaland Region.

The EU labour market strategy indicates both that the ratio between the number of people who work and those who don’t work must increase, and that those who work must remain working for a longer time than today. We need to know more about perceived barriers and what incentives may be successful in changing the practices of to-day.
We are interested to share with the partnership experiences from projects aiming at keeping the older generation in the workforce. Another important purpose of the project is to identify examples of how the competence of professionals aged 55 and over can be successfully transferred to younger generations. Small and medium-sized businesses are vulnerable to key competencies being lost when older professionals quit working. For example, there is a lack of efficient methods for businesses to identify critical competence and transfer it to younger generations.

What´s happening right now
Current activities include,
• Studying barriers perceived by employed and unemployed Best Agers with respect to remaining in the workforce.
• Studying Swedish employers’ attitudes with respect to Best Agers.
• Compiling information on competence transfer in a generation shift.
• Reporting on what is employability and what does it mean to be employable?
• Reporting on Swedish labour market statistics: in what jobs is the risk for premature pension largest?
• Reporting on perceived barriers of unemployed Best Agers.

On the website of University og Göteborg, you can read more about our work concerning Best Agers (in Swedish).
 
Contact person
Anders Östebo
anders.ostebo@av.gu.se
+46 31 786 54 51
 

Project Activities

Watch the "Best Agers" documentary film!

The film "Best Agers - Meeting Demographic Change" portraits four persons from four countries at the crossroads between working life and retirement. Watch the four episodes and see how exciting and full of important decisions life can be even when you think you have seen it all!

All Activities

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Watch the "Best Agers" documentary film!

The film "Best Agers - Meeting Demographic Change" portraits four persons from four countries at the crossroads between working life and retirement. Watch the four episodes and see how exciting and full of important decisions life can be even when you think you have seen it all!

All Activities

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"Innovation is not an exclusive domain of young people - we support Best Agers’ entrepreneurship in the Baltic Sea Region"

"The nineteen Best Agers partners work towards a cross-generational innovation environment in the Baltic Sea Region"

"Best Agers are well-educated, motivated and healthier than ever and can be mobilized to counteract brain drain and the loss of human capital in the Baltic Sea Region"

"Best Agers are a valuable resources for the Baltic Sea Region: They possess valuable experience, know-how and skills which we cannot afford to neglect"

"Best Agers defy the consequences of demographic change: Cities and regions of the Baltic Sea Region find creative ways of disclosing and utilizing the unused potentials of the age group 55+"