Addressing an ageing workforce – seminar on opportunities and challenges for the Baltic Sea Region

Often an ageing population is referred to as a challenge to our societies but instead, we should view the fact that the region’s population lives and stays healthier longer as a competitive advantage. The effects of this ageing population call however for investments in lifelong learning supporting the labour force to adjust to the needs of the labour markets as well as helping employees to stay longer in the labour markets. Besides, labour markets witness generational changes in employment patterns: older generations have been used to having only one or just a few jobs during their working life. but today’s generation must be prepared for a much less stable labour market, and to upgrade competencies in order to be able to stay
in the present job or to meet the requirements of a new one.

On 31 August 2018, the CBSS Secretariat hosted the seminar “A labour market for all using resources of longer lives” which was organized in the framework of the project BSR SMART LIFE. The project starts now its second year focusing on widening the number of stakeholders, initiating projects and finding synergies with other initiatives and organisations such as for example the CBSS, Baltic Sea Labour Forum and the initiative on Sustainable Working Life.

During the day, political challenges within the Baltic Sea Region have been considered and preliminary findings from the PSF supported project report prepared by Population Europe/Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science presented.

Further, how to create age-friendly cities in the Nordic region was elaborated by Ann Jönsson from the Nordic Welfare Centre which started the broader discussion on training and upgrading skills for employees in SMEs; lifelong learning and knowledge transfer between generations; and job opportunities for an ageing labour force.

You can find the presentations given at the seminar below.

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