Employment & Participation

We call for greater recognition of the potential and experience of older people in all their diversity in the labour market and in society. We cover policy areas such as employment, lifelong learning, volunteering and participation.

 

Credit: © Laura - Adobe Stock

The context

The positive impact of older people on society is clear. Older people are an enormous resource for the social sector, engaging in many voluntary activities and sometimes forming the backbone of the functioning of large NGOs as well as small local clubs. They often have higher rates of participation in elections, and their consultation on all issues that affect them is a prerequisite for the development of well-designed and sustainable policies. In the labour market, the experience of older people is an undeniable asset, while the diversity of ages in companies encourages innovation, multi-skilled team and the strengthening of the talent pool. More broadly, their involvement and participation undeniably contribute to healthier ageing, with better mental health and self-esteem.  

The right to live, participate in society, work and study must be guaranteed regardless of age.  

Tackling the problems that hinder older people’s participation in the labour market and society means first and foremost recognising and supporting their full potential. It also means adapting policies to different individual circumstances and contexts through a lifelong and person-centred approach.

Our key messages

We aim to tackle the barriers older people face in the labour market and to fully participate in society.

We seek to:

  • Change the policy narrative on ageing at work by promoting age diversity in companies/organisations
  • Adopt employment policies based on a life-course and person-centred approach to better support older people in the labour market.
  • Multiply adequate, accessible and affordable lifelong learning opportunities for adults, including beyond pensionable age
  • Better support the volunteering sector and create a formal status for volunteers linked to individual benefits, such as insurance coverage, partial compensation or tax-deductibility
  • Empower older persons to raise their voices about issues that concern them, such as in including systematically and statutorily a representative for decision-making processes
  • Adopt an intersectional approach to meet the needs of the population in its diversity

Some Figures

0 %
employment

was the employment rate of people age 55-64 in Europe in 2021.

0 %
of informal carers

are women. A gender imbalance that increases with age and has an impact on their work.

0 %
education

of  people aged 55-64 participated in education and training in 2016.

0 %
digital skills

of people aged 55-64 have at least basic digital skills, and 24% of 64-74 years old (2019 figures).

Useful links

Contact

sarah

Sarah Loriato

Policy Officer on Employment and European Parliament Liaison

Related news

Latest News

AGE is a partner in the EU-funded project ‘Mentoring Across Borders’, which developed an intergenerational, cross-border mentoring programme. As part of...

Our positions

our Publications
AGE Barometer assesses on a bi-annual basis the socio-economic situation of older people across the EU and how this situation...

Related projects

projects
Mentoring Across Borders implements an intergenerational, cross-border mentoring programme occurring between older, experienced mentors (50+ years) and younger mentees (18-30...
projects
Conscious that digital illiteracy and financial illiteracy make older people more vulnerable than other age groups, the FAITh consortium delivered...
projects
DIGITOL – generations united combatting fake news – developed older persons’ digital media literacy using innovative intergenerational educational practices while...

Other resources

Get involved

Together we can make a difference towards more age equality in Europe. Let’s join our forces!

Skip to content