The SASSI Awards 2017

Innovative, Workforce Development Strategies for the Ageing Workforce

The 2017 Winners: 

Leer Werk Centrum from the Netherlands, Mentortec from Portugal and Vzdelávací inštitút COOP from Slovakia.

Across Europe demographic trends, reinforced by policies aimed at delaying retirement, are leading to an increase in the average age of the workforce. People are wanting to, or having to, work for longer than ever before. This is a cause for concern for both employers and older workers if skills, and therefore productivity and employability, deteriorate with age.

The goal of the SASSI project ( ) is to give people the opportunity to maintain a productive working life by focusing on the updating and upskilling of this ageing workforce. It seeks to identify evidence of good practice in terms of HR strategies and workforce development initiatives for older workers and learners from across Europe – highlighting these as exemplars for others. It also aims to provide Trainers and Employers with a range of skills, tools and techniques to help them support older learners and workers more effectively.

We are seeking submissions of innovative workforce development strategies that maintain and improve the motivation and productivity of older workers; strategies that enhance inclusion and age-diversity whilst supporting an organisational vision, and that create positive organisational outcomes.

The SASSI Awards aim to highlight and celebrate this good practice.  

The 2017 SASSI Awards were presented at the SASSI Conference in Meppel, Netherlands on 18th May 2017.


Who can apply:
Any training, learning, talent, HR departments or line managers with people management responsibilities can either apply (either alone or together with a helping organisation such as consultancy)