Centre for Lifelong Learning European projects

Demographic change, population ageing and the challenge of an ageing workforce are key global challenges facing almost all developed countries in the world.

The European project activity carried out here at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, examines ways of confronting these key global challenges using lifelong learning, intergenerational working and business solutions to enhance the opportunity for greater social inclusion in later life.

Current and recent projects undertaken by the Centre for Lifelong Learning are listed below:

Sharing Childhood 2

SACHI2 (Sharing Childhood 2) aims to increase the active participation of the over 50s in our communities, particularly within schools. As part of this innovative education project older adults will share their knowledge and experiences with primary school children, supported by mentors and researchers (further details to follow).

Partners: The University of the Balearic Islands (Spain), Educational Centre for Intergenerational Integration HIPOKAMP (Poland), University of Oporto (Portugal) Funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

We Are Dreamers, We are Shapers - WaW

Our objective

How can women who are often excluded from entrepreneurial activity acquire skills needed for the 21st century? How can we facilitate more effective provision of collective business and innovative support services to ensure women understand and take advantage of online funding opportunities?

Ultimately, our goal in this project ‘We Are Dreamers, We are Shapers’ (WaW) is to support women in gaining the ‘21st-century skills’ needed to start-up a crowd-funded business.

Our approach

To tackle this goal, we will first conduct research to better understand these skills, and examine what gaps currently exist.

After we understand the most pertinent skills gaps, we will transfer this knowledge into an e-course, and pilot test the programme, ultimately providing support to women who will launch their own crowdfunding campaigns.

We aim to help women turn their entrepreneurial dreams into reality. Thus, this project has three main approaches:

  • Research - through research, we learn what our target group knows and how we can help them overcome their fears and the potential obstacles they face. 
  • Innovative ICT-learning / e-learning - based on the previous research, we create innovative e-learning courses and we transfer the knowledge we’ve gained to the target group.
  • Rebuilt From the Inside Out - we help women run successful crowd funding campaigns which will lead into the creation of new businesses. 

Website: http://uwawme.eu/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/uwawme

Partners:

The European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) in Norway; Folkuniversitetet (FU) in Sweden; Digimagix in Greece; University of Strathclyde in UK; FUNDACIÓN TECNOLOGÍA SOCIAL, (FTS) in Spain.

Funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

LIST (concluded 2016)

LIST (Leveraging the Digital & ICT Competences of Senior Women to Extenuate the Knowledge Divide)

Female participation in lifelong learning activities together with an increase in the digital divide has become a concerning issue across Europe. ICT and innovation are among the core policies and priorities of the EU and National Governments. All citizens need to be able to use e-solutions to participate in civic and social life, to stay active and to maintain autonomy at home longer.

It is Europe’s concern to promote lifelong learning in the field of the Information Society, as several policy documents recall: Riga declaration, i2020 initiative, Ageing Well in I.S.; e-skills for 21st Century, ET2020, Lisbon Strategy, LLP etc. The LIST project aims to address women who may be at risk of exclusion from the information society due to age, level of education and economic status.

The aims of LIST are:

  • Sustaining active citizenship by avoiding the risk of marginalisation of groups affected by the knowledge divide in the digital society
  • Improving tools and methods of adult learning in the specific field of ICT competencies
  • Tackling the intergenerational gap between ‘digital natives’ and citizens less familiar with technologies

The LIST partners have conducted research on the ICT needs of older women, interests and attitudes towards ICT and the Web in each of the participating countries; Greece, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Austria and UK.

The analysis of this initial research has been used to develop a curriculum for training in digital skills for over 200 older women.

Training will be delivered by a trainer and high school students who will be trained as tutors and therefore the project will offer intergenerational exchange with ‘digital natives’. In total, 120 trainers and tutors will be trained with the LIST’s peer to peer quality certified methodology.

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme

Partners:

Life Long Learning Research Institute
Project coordinator (Greece)

European Centre for Women and Technology (Norway)
www.ecwt.eu

Folkuniversitetet Uppsala (Sweden)
www.folkuniversitetet.se

Społeczna Akademia Nauk – University of Social Sciences (Poland)
www.san.edu.pl

Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation (Austria)
www.zsi.at

Website: www.ictwomen.eu

CaMEO (concluded 2016)

Career Mobility of Europe’s Older Workforce (CaMEO)

Demographic change over the last 30 years has resulted in the significant ageing of Europe’s population. This has led to a steady rise in the number of adults over 50 who are seeking employment. One important sector for special consideration is the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector, which has amongst the highest salaries and is experiencing a significant skills gap of workforce.

However, older workers can face barriers in gaining employment in this sector. In the above context, CaMEO aims to:

  1. Improve the knowledge base for policy makers of attitudes to the mobility of older workers among employers and
  2. Develop an e-Academy for older workers that they can use to benchmark their skills and experience against the EQF (European Qualifications Framework).

The objectives of this project include the mapping of the EU market regarding mobility policies and the creation of two online platforms that can support the career mobility of older ICT workers: an online “e-Academy” and “Matching Database”.

The e-Academy will allow older ICT workers to benchmark their skills and qualifications against the EQF. The Matching Database will allow older workers to connect with employers who are looking to overcome skills gaps within their organisation.

Through these tools, this project aims to support the mobility of older workers and a better match between older ICT workers and employers.

Website: http://www.c-ameo.eu/

Partners:

Zentrum fuer Soziale Innovation GmbH (Austria), Lifelong Learning Research Institute (Greece), Baltic Education Technology Institute (Lithuania), European Centre for Women & Technology (Norway), University of Social Sciences (Poland).

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo da Vinci).

TOK TOC (concluded 2013)

TOK TOC (Transfer of Knowledge, Transfer of Human Capital) aims to provide the ageing workforce and its successors with the skills and capacity needed for sustainable business transfer through the development of innovative solutions.

The active involvement of local authorities in smoothing out the path for successful business transfer is crucial, not only for regional economies, but, also, for ensuring a balanced social existence and future regional development.

Extensive use of ICT prevents the loss of knowledge owned by the ageing workforce. More importantly, entrepreneurs and workforce can benefit from collaborating with local authorities, a process which constitutes the most innovative aspect of TOK-TOC.

The project will demonstrate that supporting an ageing workforce has a national added value, plays a strong role in maintaining an active society and contributes to each individual's reaching of market potential. In this context, three cultural aspects related to the ageing workforce affect SME transfer, that is, how older workers learn, how the market reacts towards the ageing workforce, how the ageing workforce transfers its knowledge, know-how and experience to its younger successors.

Partners: ZSI – Athens Chamber of Small & Medium Sized Industries (Greece), Municipality of Marathon (Greece), Stichting Business Development Friesland (The Netherlands), Brasov Metropolitan Agency (Romania) and Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (Spain).

Website: www.tok-toc.eu

Funded by: Interreg IVC

DIALOGUE (concluded December 2013)

This project is seeking to improve the links between research, policy and practice in lifelong learning. It is looking at the role of national and international networks in research and is developing examples of good practice across Europe.

The project has a particular focus on research and access and progression; new media; learning and guidance; and quality.

An example of how this has been put into practice in the Centre was an hour-long seminar on 'Learning in Later Life and Brain Research'. This involved a short lecture, group discussion and feedback. 

Website: http://dialogue.eucen.eu/ 

AMaP (concluded December 2013)

The Age Management in Practice (AMaP) project aims to address the challenge around access to, and participation in, Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET) among older workers aged 50+, and to increase awareness of the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

The project also considers the challenge of an ageing workforce through the lens of employers, seeking current views and attitudes towards older workers and promotes the implementation of age management practices.

Partners: GEB Berlin (Germany), Lifelong Learning Research Institute (Greece), Semper Avanti (Poland), Kerigma (Portugal) and Folkuniversitetet (Sweden).

Website: www.a-map.eu

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (Leonardo da Vinci)

SILVER (concluded December 2013)

The SILVER project (Successful Intergenerational Learning through Validation, Education and Research) aims to develop a unique holistic and inclusive approach for intergenerational learning among knowledge workers, by addressing the difficulties of implementing it within an organisation.

Helping organisations implement lifelong intergenerational learning can enable them to capitalise on ageing workers’ capacities.

This project aims to contribute to the development of the European Union as an advanced knowledge-based society.

To reach these aims the project will: Develop a stakeholder awareness program; develop a ‘Doing intergenerational learning toolbox’ contextualised for six industries and six national cultures; and develop a web-based game for practicing intergenerational learning that can be contextualised accordingly for organisational and national cultures and sectors.

Partners: Inholland University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (Germany), South East European Research Centre (Greece) and Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest (Romania).

Website: www.intergenerationallearning.eu

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig)

Contact: Lynda Scott Tel: 0141 548 4974

Email: lynda.scott@strath.ac.uk

PEER (concluded December 2013)

The motto, "Sapere aude!” which means: dare to be wise!, was created by the ancient philosopher Horace, and forms the foundations of the PEER project’s paradigm.

Knowledge exchange between people is an effective way of learning, particularly in later life. 50+ platforms (online social platforms for adults aged 50+) offer tremendous potential for sustaining learning opportunities across the life course in later life.

The project aims to provide facilitation of informal and non-formal peer learning in online communities supported by customised Web2.0 tools for adults aged 50+.

The objective is to provide a significant breakthrough in the innovative application of Web 2.0 tools to enable older people to maintain their cognitive ability, to share their experiences and knowledge, to be socially interactive and to gain self-fulfilment.

Partners: ZSI - Centre for Social Innovation (Austria), University of Ulm (Germany), Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion (The Netherlands) and AGH-University of Science and Technology (Poland).

Website: www.peer-learning-50plus.eu

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig)

MIX@GES (concluded May 2013)

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig)

  • The Mix@ges – Intergenerational bonding via Creative New Media project aims to:
  • Encourage intergenerational bonding through (media) arts
  • Challenge and overcome negative stereotypes between the generations and bridge the generational gap as well as digital divide
  • Create incentives and access to social, civic, cultural and intercultural competences and creativity in intergenerational learning
  • Support social linkage and cohesion between the generations and foster cross-generation interaction as an integral part of society
  • Contribute to the European Year of Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity in 2012. 

Partners: ZSI – Institut fur Bildung und Kultur (Germany), KulturKontakt (Austria), Entr’Ages (Belgium) and ZDUS (Slovenia) On 16 May, 2013 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Mix@ges project launched its manual entitled, “The Mix@ges Experience”.

The conference was hosted by ZDUS and attended by 100 delegates from all over Europe. ZDUS is the “Slovenian Federation of Pensioners Associations”. It is an umbrella organisation of 503 local groups with over 233,000 participants and is the largest membership organisation in Slovenia.

You can view “The Mix@ges Experience” manual at: http://issuu.com/ibk-kubia/docs/manual_mixages_web

Website: www.mixages.eu

LIKE (concluded 2013)

LIKE - Learning through Innovative management concepts to ensure transfer of Knowledge of Elderly people - aims to contribute to the definition and development of a renewed European social model for the ageing workforce, a group increasingly excluded from the labour market.

The main objective is to study how innovative management approaches can generate concepts to address the urgent European situation which consists of low employment rates of older workers, shortage of critical skills and declining of birthrate.

The aims of the project are:

  • To develop new approaches for combating age barriers in employment To promote the adaptability of the older workforce to the changing business environment
  • To enhance age management business concepts in favour of the participation, performance and productivity of the ageing work force (context-oriented innovation)
  • To support new objectives for the area of interest regarding age management policies in order to meet future demographic needs (goal- oriented innovation)
  • To sensitise employers and positively influence them towards older workers.

Partners: Lifelong Learning Research Institute (Greece), Academy of Management (Poland), Documenta (Spain) and Folkuniversitetet (Sweden).

Website: like.lllprojects.eu

Funded by: European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme (Grundtvig)

Contact: Lynda Scott

Tel: 0141 548 4974

Email: lynda.scott@strath.ac.uk

SLIC (concluded December 2012)

At the Lifelong Learning Awards Ceremony in Vienna, on 29 November 2010, SLIC won the Award for excellence in the Products & Results category.

The project impressed the international jury with its European innovation, sustainability and capability to make a significant contribution to lifelong learning.

Sustainable Learning in the Community

SLIC Project website

SLIC II: Valuing older people’s skills and experience: Training peer facilitators

The SLIC II project addresses the issue of increasingly ageing societies and the promotion of active ageing. Within the SLIC I project an innovative workshop model and a handbook on how to run these workshops were developed. More than 103 older learners from 6 countries took part in the workshops which aimed to help older adults to review their past experience and personal skills and to explore new opportunities for learning and volunteering.

The SLIC II project aims to broaden the SLIC-workshops by developing a training programme for older peer facilitators to run SLIC-workshops and by trialling workshops run by older peer facilitators. The following points will therefore be considered in depth:

 

  • Designing the workshops to fit the needs of specific target groups (migrants, recently retired people, disadvantaged older people, …)
  • Creating a stronger focus on community involvement
  • Improving the process of accompanying participants after the workshop (guidance)
  • Exploring how the workshop can be embedded in organisational policy on older volunteers
  • Networking and cooperating with other organisations

 

The main products of the project will be:

 

  • A six day training for peer facilitators
  • A toolkit for peer facilitators
  • Workshops run by peer facilitators with a specific focus
  • An international meeting for peer facilitators to exchange experiences
  • A summary for policymakers and organisations working in this field

 

SLIC II is a European project funded within the GRUNDTVIG-programme of the European Commission. SLIC II is coordinated by the Austrian Red Cross. There are 8 organisations from 6 countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy and the United Kingdom) participating in the project which ran from January 2011 to December 2012.

TELL ME (concluded June 2012)

Tell me about your commitment is a European funded project which aimed to promote and strengthen voluntary work throughout Europe by sharing stories of voluntary work, raising awareness of opportunities within voluntary work and empowering people to become active citizens.

The project also encouraged adult learners to further develop their skills and improve their ability to learn through creativity and communication.

Art Workshop for Volunteers, Glasgow, March 2011

Centre for Lifelong Learning held a workshop at the University which 19 volunteers attended.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together a variety of volunteers so that they could share their experiences of volunteering.

The morning session consisted of a range of group activities where the volunteers got to know each other and talked about their experiences. The workshop was delivered by an artist and in the afternoon the group created a piece of art which depicted their story of volunteering.

Additional project meetings were held in Vienna in May 2011 and Slupsk, Poland in October 2011.