Sustainable Working Life Project (ESF funded)

The European Social Fund has granted 8 million SEK for the project “Baltic Sea Labour Forum for Sustainable Working Life (BSLF-SWL)”. The overarching aim of the project is to improve working life conditions and life-long learning provisions, systems and policies for elderly in order to promote active ageing and employability.

How will it work?

The project will address three issues, crucial for the socio-economic development of the countries in the Baltic Sea Region –  the Demographic challenge, Active ageing and Life Long Learning (LLL). Underpinned by cutting edge research, demographic and labour market forecasts, the project will identify the issues as well as good practices and technological developments in the Baltic Sea Region. The practices will be evaluated, developed and innovated by Thematic Working Groups (TWG) and Knowledge Platforms from a “future work” and “qualifications needed” perspective. Of course, all of our Member States are different and we will be paying close attention to socio-economic and socio-cultural conditions. We are also fortunate to have two non-EU Member States (Russian Federation and Iceland) to broaden our perspective with additional inputs and contrasting views.

The overarching topic for the 3 Thematic Working Groups will be lifelong learning and knowledge transfer between generations in the areas of:

1. Working conditions/age management;

2. Job opportunities for ageing labour force, including entrepreneurship

3. Research and comprehensive Labour Market

The Thematic Working Groups will deliver:

  • Identified existing good practices and methods supporting a sustainable working life
  • Identified system/policy gaps to be approached
  • Incorporation of validated and screened good practices and methods
  • Developed new methods/models/tools/mechanisms
  • Policy recommendations

The main actions for the project process:

  • To compile facts and figures and to develop forecasts and research modalities on demographic, economic, labour market and technological change in the MSs concerned and in the macro region as a whole, better adapted to comparability to the issues at stake and to broader societal challenges. An upgraded picture of the gender based differences/inequalities as well as the discrimination of certain target groups in relation to active ageing and LLL is a crucial priority for this endeavor;
  • The improvement of policies, systems, methods and practices in the field of promotion of active ageing and a target group adapted and innovative LLL: the activities will be further defined and fine-tuned in the preparation phase, in close cooperation with the project partners and associates. The objectives, methods and outcomes/deliveries as well as the organizational structure and assignments for the transnational partners and associated partners/experts are presented in the proposal;
  • By developing and using the specific tools and mechanisms for the project work – the Flagships, Knowledge/Learning platforms and the TWGs – SWL will also contribute to awareness rising and skills development of the community of project/ESF actors and stakeholders in the BSR in relation to the EU funds and the macro regional strategies
  • CBSS/BSLF Coordination Group on Labour and Employment and with BSLF members (social partners), involved into Project, will provide direct access to decision-policy makers of BSR. It will allow to reach the immediate policy impact and contribute to the long-term holistic approach in strategic planning process in future
  • The established TWGs and their members will compile the Network of professionals for future joint actions in the field of active ageing and ageing labour force in BSR, which will also ensure the sustainability of the SWL Project’s outcomes

The Project is anchored to the European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, Policy Area Education and its Flagship Baltic Sea Labour Forum, the platform for tripartite dialogue among social partners.

Important guiding principles for the implementation of the project are:

European Pillar for Social Rights and its 3 main categories:

  • Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
  • Fair working conditions
  • Social protection and inclusion

ESF Horizontal principles:

  • Preventing any kind of discrimination
  • Ensuring gender equality
  • Sustainable development

Project period: 2018-12-01 – 2021-11-30

Project mplementation phase: 2019-06-01 – 2021-11-30