EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Ageing workforce

The retention of older workers in employment is an important objective not only of labour market policies but also for social protection budgets. The Foundation has gathered and analysed cases of good practice in age management, designed to improve job opportunities and working conditions for older workers. Each case study describes how the organisation approached the issue and what the results were in the medium to long term.

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London & Quadrant Housing Trust, United Kingdom: changing attitudes

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • United Kingdom
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   London & Quadrant Housing Trust is a non-profit housing organisation, which has been in operation for the past 40 years. It provides housing and community services to the most vulnerable social groups, such as low-income families, homeless people, young adults learning to live independently for the first time, people with disabilities and older people. It is the largest housing association in London, employing around 900 staff, 68% of whom are women, ranging in age from 16 to 70 years.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual

Volvo cars Torslanda, Sweden: flexible working practices

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Volvo Cars Company (VCC) develops and manufactures motor vehicles. Its subsidiary, Volvo cars Torslanda (VCT) in Gothenburg, Sweden, manufactures almost 38% of VCC’s annual car production. Ford Motor Company has owned VCC since 1999. VCT is divided into three production areas: the body shop, painting and final assembly. It also includes a service unit, Special Vehicle & Services (SVS), and support functions that are responsible for quality, logistics, economy, personnel, technique, operating security and information.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Motor

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Men, Unskilled Manual, Women

Case study on a comprehensive approach: Polyfelt Geo-synthetics, Austria

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Austria
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Polyfelt AG is an international stock company and a 100% subsidiary of the Austrian oil company OMV (Österreichische Mineralölverwaltung). Its headquarters, largest production unit, and research unit are all based in Linz, Austria. The company’s other production sites are located in France, Malaysia and Australia. Polyfelt produces, distributes and researches natural geo-textiles and geo-synthetics, for example, tarpaulins and foils to stabilise supports for roads, railways and dams. Polyfelt is the world market leader in geo-textiles.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Chemicals

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

Case study on training and development: API Raffinera di Ancona Spa, Italy

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   API Refinery of Ancona Corporation refines raw materials to produce petroleum products. The refinery was established in 1950 and belongs to API Holding Corporation. Located in Ancona, it is 99% controlled by API (Anonima Petroli Italiana Corporation). Its sales for 2004 were €165 million.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Energy

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Other non-manual, Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

Fahrion Engineering GmbH & Co KG, Germany: recruitment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Germany
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Founded in 1975 and based in Kornwestheim near Stuttgart, Fahrion Engineering GmbH & Co KG is a medium-sized engineering company. It operates worldwide, designing factories and manufacturing facilities, developing fabrication infrastructure, organising and optimising processes and conducting interim management. The company has a sound economic base. Its clients consist mainly of companies that build vehicles, ships aircraft and machines.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Metal and machinery

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Recruitment, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial

Case study on a comprehensive approach: Färs and Frosta Sparbank, Sweden

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Sweden
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Färs and Frosta Sparbank was founded in 1989 and transformed into a public limited company (PLC) in 1999. The company is located in the south of Sweden and is 70% owned by the Färs and Frosta Sparbank foundation and 30% by FöreningsSparbanken. It has been independent since 1998, although it has a cooperation contract with FöreningsSparbanken. With 132,000 customers and 19 branches in eight communities, it is the largest independent savings bank in Sweden.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Changing attitudes, development, etc, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Training

  • Target Groups

    Men, Skilled Manual, Women

Case study on a comprehensive approach: Hazenberg Bouw BV, the Netherlands

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Netherlands
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational profile   Hazenberg Bouw, one of about 120 construction companies that make up TBI Holding, is situated in Vught, a small town in the south of the Netherlands. It consists of three units, all in the construction sector: Hazenberg (utility construction), Nico de Bont (restoration) and Van der Laar (housing construction). Hazenberg is the largest of these three units and employs mostly carpenters. The company functions as a contractor, employing a fixed workforce of about 200 workers and contracting additional workers as projects demand.
  • Legal form

    Social economy/voluntary/other

  • Sectors

    Construction and woodworking

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Ergonomics/job design, Flexible working practices, Health and well-being, Recruitment

  • Target Groups

    Men, Skilled Manual

Unicredit Produzioni Accentrate Spa, Italy: Redeployment, training and development

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational background   Set up in 1999, Unicredit Produzioni Accentrate (UPA) provides administrative and accounting services to the banks and companies of the Unicredit Group, a bank group created by the merger of seven Italian banks. UPA’s core business covers all aspects of the back-office operations.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Financial services

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    development, etc, Training

  • Target Groups

    Professional/managerial, Skilled Manual

Sanatmetal, Hungary: Comprehensive approach

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Hungary
  • Organisation Size

    Medium

  Organisational background   Sanatmetal has initiated a comprehensive plan to reward and retain older employees. Due to the specialised nature of its products, the long experience, skill and knowledge of older workers are essential and highly valued, resulting in a high average age of employees.
  • Legal form

    Private

  • Sectors

    Health and social work

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Comprehensive approach

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

Case study on flexible working practices: Azienda Napoletana Mobilità Spa, Italy

Ageing workforce
28 October 2009
  • Italy
  • Organisation Size

    Large

  Organisational profile   Azienda Napoletana Mobilità Spa (ANM) is a leader in public bus transport in the city of Naples. Each day, it transports some 500,000 passengers in its fleet of buses. In July 2003, ANM received the SA 8000 standard of international certification for respect for human rights and worker rights, and for its health and safety initiatives in the workplace. This standard certifies ANM as a ‘socially responsible company that operates respectfully within the rules of the work ethic’.
  • Legal form

    Public

  • Sectors

    Public sector

  • Type of measure

    [field_ef_type_of_measure]

  • Initiative Types

    Flexible working practices

  • Target Groups

    Skilled Manual

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