Unionlearns European project partners visit Westminster to discuss skills

Last week Mid-Life Skills Review Project Partners from across Europe visited London to plan the next phase of the project as well as meeting Bambos Charalambous MP at Westminster to brief him about Mid-Life Skills Reviews and the launch of the innovative online Value My Skills tool.

European partners visit parliament
Unionlearn partners visit Parliament as part of Erasmus+ Project

The Mid-Life Skills Review Project builds on unionlearn’s work around Mid-Life skills reviews and aims to share good practise supporting older workers to plan, progress and prosper in later life across Europe.

Europe is encountering a demographic crisis, with a shrinking workforce coupled with increased demands for social services, and it’s labour force projected to decrease by an average of two million every year between 2010 and 2030. Solutions need to be found to make work more sustainable, and to extend working lives to avoid old-age poverty.

The Mid-Life Skills Review Project has developed a digitally supported mid-life skills review (MLSR) that can help prepare workers to be more resilient to labour market challenges they face in the future.

The MLSR has an emphasis on reviewing skills and competences and targeted at those members of the labour market with low levels of basic skills in literacy, numeracy and digital. The project will also recognise the skills people have developed by accrediting learning through a new online digital badge.

Unionlearn Service Team Manager Ian Borkett said:

Unionlearn has been working with project partners over recent months to develop an online Mid-Life Skills Review that will benefit workers across Europe.”

We were particularly pleased to invite partners to Congress House to plan the next development phase of the project and showcase the online tool – which we will be launching this month.”

It was a brilliant opportunity for our partners to visit Parliament and discuss the benefits of the Erasmus+ Project with Bambos Charalambous MP.”

Bambos Charalambous MP for Enfield Southgate said:

The changing nature of work and an aging workforce are important issues for our economy. It was very interesting to hear from unionlearn and their Erasmus+ partners about the innovative work they are doing to support older workers to recognise their skills and have the ability to develop careers as work changes.”

The digital Mid-Life Skills Review offers practical help to older workers, and it is fantastic to see that an online tool developed by unionlearn in the UK is leading the way and being shared across Europe.”

 Across the partnership reviewers will be encouraged to become ‘mid-life skills champions’, with the support of online tools and a virtual e-network. This network will support its members and share ideas and experience.

Unionlearn will gain further sustainable impacts by; delivering a series of events in each partner country to highlight the new materials and support available; and by developing a series of employee case studies to highlight some of the positive outcomes from the mid-life skills reviews.

The project aims to:

  • Train a network of mid-life skills champions
  • Design and deliver an online training course for mid-life skills reviewers
  • Produce digital badges for training recognition
  • Deliver a national event to disseminate good practice
  • Deliver an international conference with the ILO to show the lessons learned from the projects work