European research project ePAL≠ ≠

A pan European research project ePAL (extending Professional Active Life) has identified some worrying issues around the lack of support for older professionals in Great Britain. An ageing Britain means those British citizens approaching retirement age are forming an ever increasing percentage of the potential workforce in this country. At European level the EU have estimated that over the period 1995 to 2015, the 50-64 age range will increase by a staggering approximate 25%. If this issue is not addressed fully in the near future there will be serious repercussions for the economic competitiveness of both Britain and Europe.

However, as prominent organisations such as Age Concern and many other groups across Europe  can testify to, older workers are still the subject of discrimination in the labour market and a neglected group when it comes to development of new ICT tools and support services. Project ePAL is reaching the culmination of two years of in depth research and has produced a set of recommendations that highlight a European wide agenda for galvanising people from across our society to tackle this shortfall head on.

The European Commission (who have funded this research) will be using ePAL recommendations to provide funding calls for further research and development in this area.

Please see attached Press Release and a longer narrative which provides some brief details of the background, aims and main findings of ePAL.

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