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Ageing and Employment Policies/Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi Sweden Helping older workers to find jobs and to continue working

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Employability can be defined as having the necessary skills and ability to either remain in a job, to switch easily between jobs or to find a new job in the case of job loss. More generally, it means ensuring that there is a good match between the type of jobs on offer and the types of jobs that are being sought. The degree of employability of each person depends crucially on his or her level of formal education, having up-to-date skills, and relevant work experience and on the types of jobs available. It will also depend on appropriate incentives being in place to take up job opportunities if unemployed. The public authorities have a responsibility to supply labour market programmes, employment services and education programmes that are suitable for older people. Firms also have a role in providing training opportunities for their employees and suitable working conditions and working-time arrangements. However, the responsibility also lies on individuals to seek to continuously upgrade their skills. This chapter analyses older people's employability and how it could be enhanced...

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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2003-05-01

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