Enhancing the employability and later-life career opportunities of older adults.

Silver Age Silver Sage Initiative – Later-life Careers (SASSI LLC)

Practice and counselling that enables and encourages older workers to remain in or re-enter the labour market


Age-sensitive careers guidance
and counselling
for older career changers

Learning Approaches

Reskilling older people
for alternative
employment options

Career Counselling

Developing tools
and products that support
the delivery of Later-life


Short-Term Mobility

Work experiences in other countries
to improve intercultural understanding and language skills


Good Practice

Sustaining and exploiting
the outputs
of the former SASSI projects

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Practical Rescources

Training Manual and Handbook
Digital tools
Guide to developing ‘Olderpreneurs’

Careers for
Best-Agers and Elderpreneurs

Europe’s future economic competitiveness and prosperity depends crucially on its ability to fully utilise its labour resources including through the extension of employment periods over the life course. In addition, demographic ageing is one of the driving forces behind the Europe 2020 employment target to increase labour force participation across the EU.

For social support systems to remain viable as Europe’s population ages, more people need to work and stay in work for longer over their lifetimes. To achieve this the adoption of appropriate, age-sensitive policies and practice that enable and encourage older workers to remain in or re-enter the labour market must achieved.

The achieved results will contribute a better understanding amongst C-VET providers and professionals of the need for Later-life career counselling and the competence requirements. They will also contribute to the development competences in the facilitation of later-life entrepreneurial skills development for self-employment, social enterprise, and digital enterprise. Working with older people in this way, and promoting their entrepreneurial skill development, will result in short and long-term gains for public budgets through reduced public expenditure and increased tax revenues compared with other methods of addressing the social and economic needs of older workers. Social Enterprises and Legacy careers can also be more effective in meeting the needs of community and public goals because of explicit social missions.

Our objectives are to raise awareness of the need for Later-life career counselling for longer and more meaningful working lives, and to stimulate action including through skill development support for aspiring Olderpreneurs. C-VET professionals will update their competences in counselling older learners and employees, entrepreneurial skills facilitation and the use of digital technologies for enhancing and innovating C-VET provision. Older beneficiaries will be better able to determine fulfilling and meaningful later-life career pathways and, through structured and self-directed non-formal learning experiences, gain the entrepreneurial competences that enable them to become self-employed or establish social enterprises and/or digital trading.

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