Best Agers Lighthouses project

December 2012 – September 2014

The extension stage project "Best Agers Lighthouses" focuses on implementation of age management interventions in selected small and medium sized enterprises and public organizations in different Baltic Sea Region countries. The interventions will follow a jointly developed methodology which is based on the results of the "Best Agers" project, and they will be monitored and evaluated scientifically in order to determine the concrete economic consequences of introducing age management in human resources management. The companies and organizations will be promoted as lighthouses in order to provide employers with a concrete and practical model approach.

The main stage project "Best Agers" has shed light on the changing role of older people (55+) in Baltic Sea economies that are confronted with the consequences of demographic change. As ageing and shrinking workforces become reality, it is clear that the mindset with which we see older people must change - especially in working life.

In the "Best Agers Lighthouses" project, Local Age Management Partnerships (LAMPs) will be formed in eight partner regions. Each LAMP will consist of a project partner, a public or private employer, an internal mentor and an experienced external advisor. Together they will carry out an intervention that will identify threats and opportunities resulting from the company's personnel age structure and help to reorganize HR management in order to make better use of the competences of older workers in key positions. The partners will demonstrate the benefits and success factors of applying age management to provide incentives for other employers to follow suit and to stimulate decision makers and Social Partners to give age management a more prominent role in national policy discussions.

Project partners are: Academy of Economics Schleswig-Holstein (DE), Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH (DE), Education and Training Service for Hamburg Businesses (BWH) (DE), Research Association Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE), Aalto University School of Business Small Business Center (FI), Prizztech Ltd (FI), Gdansk University of Technology (PL), Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (LV), Siauliai Chamber of Commerce / Industry and Crafts (LT), Siauliai Branch of the National Development Agency (LT), KTU Regional Science Park (LT), County Council of Norrbotten (SE).

The following associated organizations are involved in the project:

The public organizations and enterprises Folktandvarden (SE), Toyota Material Handling Baltic (LV), Siauliai State College (LT), Akmeneliai Children Centre (LT), Kaunas University of Technology (LT) and Pori Energia (FI), The Center for Senior Policy in Norway (CSP), The Baltic Sea States Subregional Cooperation (BSSSC), The University of Gothenburg (GU, SE), St. Petersburg State University of ITMO (RU), Green Network (DK) , The Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LV), CONNECT Latvia (LV), Finnish Business & Society (FI), Tillväxtverket (SE), Mentoren SH (DE), VLO Gdansk (PL), Pitea municipality (SE), Miset (FI), the County/Regional Councils of Pinneberg (DE), Västra Götaland (SE), Västerbotten (SE) and Satakunta (FI).

Project received financing from the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 European Regional Development Fund.

More information in Finland, Aalto university School of Business Small Business Center : e-mail: natalia.narits(at)

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