Evaluation of the programme Comprehensive support for businesses to encourage active aging of the work force
|Project||Evaluation of the programme Comprehensive support for businesses to encourage active aging of the work force|
|Financed by||Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities|
|Contact||Jasmina Mirčeva, MSc|
T: +386 1 5842 590
Evaluation of the programme Comprehensive support for businesses to encourage active aging of the work force is a four-year project (2017–2020) aimed at monitoring and evaluating the programme Comprehensive Support to Active Aging Enterprises (2017–2022), led and implemented by the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the effectiveness of the project in empowering older employees at the workplace, maintaining work and extending working life, which is in line with current national documents and the situation on the labour market.
The program focuses on a group of older employees who are defined as employees over the age of 45, and in particular those over the age of 50.
The evaluation follows the guidelines and goals:
- The extent to which the program helps to strengthen the competencies of older employees;
- Raising awareness of employers about negative economic trends and the necessary adjustments;
- The extent to which the program provides support to employers for the effective management of an aging workforce.
Evaluation of the program Comprehensive support to companies for active aging of the workforce takes place at three levels: at the macro level, where it examines to what extent the project is in line with international and national guidelines and documents and demographic changes in society as well; at the meso level, where effects are measured at the level of economic units in individual regions, and at the micro level, which evaluates the impacts of activities at the level of the individual.
Evaluation is based on the formative and summative levels.
Slovenia ranks among the EU countries with the fastest growing share of the elderly population. According to SURS, the share of the population aged 65 or over is steadily increasing; in the first half of 2016, the share was 18.7 % (SURS, 2017). According to EUROPOP (EUROSTAT, 2011), there will be twice as many older people than children in the EU in 2050, and Slovenia is expected to reach such a ratio in 2035.
The group of older people is marginalized for various reasons:
- due to the overrepresentation of older people in lower paid and lower valued occupations, as they are often seen as a less flexible workforce;
- due to lower investment in older workers;
- early retirement, which is often the simplest solution to staff changes.
Education and training are often key to bridging generational disparities and a key component of many solutions, strategies and policies aimed at improving the quality of life and work and maintaining higher-age jobs. More flexible and less vulnerable are those companies that systematically take care of the development of all employees. An appropriate level of education and training of employees, which enables the acquisition of a wide range of key competencies, is important for achieving higher competitiveness of companies and maintaining jobs. At the same time, it is important for personal development and achieving greater personal satisfaction.
Evaluation of selected activities:
- Evaluation of professional workshops of the programme Comprehensive support for businesses to encourage active aging of the work force;
- Evaluation of the Catalog of measures for the effective management of older employees;
- Evaluation of selected individual training plans and career plans;
- Monitoring the methodology used by the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for data acquisition;
- Review of public invitations and tenders for co-financing activities in companies;
- Monitoring the Elderly Friendly Company competition;
- Evaluation of strategies for effective management of older employees, intended for the introduction of measures in companies;
- Monitoring of the international conference and other promotional events of the programme Comprehensive support for businesses to encourage active aging of the work force.
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