The consortium of this project constitutes a strong partnership that covers a diverse area of the socio-cultural map of Europe. This ensures maximum coverage of Europe with regards to pilot activities, project results dissemination and exploitation. It will also ensure regional cultural differences are taken into account allowing a greater opportunity to compare and contrast the success of pilot activity and gauge attitudes toward VET and tackling the digital divide across Europe.

The Project Partners intend to achieve a high level of cooperation between them, having as a focal point the transfer of existing experiences of some partners to the rest of the consortium and exchange the best practices acquired in the most regions with the other regions via a common working web-based system. The expected results from this cooperation will be determined by the diffusion of new knowledge and skills in the regions which are not fully aware of the potential of the senior female group.

Because the project is strongly end-user driven and aims at increase the e-skills of female population through LL activities so as to support the education and training which heavily rely on knowledge-based approaches, the involvement of the end-users is critical. Therefore, the project consortium includes a number of end-users from different fields, who will provide relevant inputs for building and testing the approaches. In order to achieve the objectives, the project will be strongly based on the results of several previous activities and practices implemented by all Project Partners in the past, on the extensive experience the partnership has in project management and European funded projects as well as in research in the field of vocational training and training design and delivery. The involvement of actors representing different aspects of the local employment network and the lifelong learning society enriched the content of the project and supported the impartial and integrated planning of activities, so as to meet the particular issues arisen in the area of interest. Furthermore, the fact that each member of the consortium is well networked at local, national and European level will give added-value to the project, ensuring the largest possible dissemination and valorisation of its outputs and results and ensuring successful policy influence.



Folkuniversitetet Uppsala

Yevgeniya Averhed

Education for adults
Folkuniversitetet offers a wide range of adult education courses throughout Sweden & in several EU countries. The organisation consists of 5 regional offices attached to the Universities of Stockholm, Uppsala, Göteborg, Lund & Umeå. Each region has a Board of Directors appointed by the local university.
Cooperation with the Universities
Through its connection with the universities, Folkuniversitetet is able to provide the general public, businesses & organisations with the best available knowledge drawn from current research. Developments in pedagogy & teaching methodology are given special attention. Folkuniversitetet has a long tradition of successfully introducing new teaching methods into adult education including the latest developments in ICT.
A long tradition of international involvement
Folkuniversitetet runs a considerable number of internationally oriented activities both in Sweden & abroad. Examples of these include an extensive range of language courses, labour market training & carrier planning projects with an international focus.
Teaching, learning and personal development
The vision of Folkuniversitetet Uppsala is to provide people with the best possible prospects for a richer life, both in a private & professional context, by enabling them to continuously add to their knowledge & develop their skills through a variety of creative activities.
Folkuniversitetet Uppsala has a specialised department for international cooperation. Since 1995, the department has been carrying out projects in 8 different EU-programs with more than 30 projects. Additionally the department has experiences in international aid projects financed by Swedish government in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine & Srilanka. Folkuniversitetet Uppsala runs numerous courses for career planning for individuals who at risk of losing employability. Within the organisation, Folkuniversitetet has developed a plan for competence development for staff & managers especially for elderly staff.


Folkuniversitetet Uppsala

Address: Bergsbrunnagatan 1, 753 23 Uppsala, Sweden

Tel: +46 18 68 00 36



The Centre for Social Innovation

Magª. Maria Schwarz-Woelzl

The Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI) is a non-profit private limited company, established 1990 as a private association under Austrian law. Since its foundation work has been organised in an interdisciplinary way and situated extensively within international networks, its major funders and clients are ministries, municipalities, European Commission, OECD, ILO, other public bodies and NGOs. The activities of the Centre are concentrated on thematic priorities concerning the transformation to the Information Society. Studies and practical intervention projects address European and global issues of fundamental social, political and economic relevance and are grouped in the following three areas: (1) Work and Equal Opportunities, (2) Research Policy and Development and (3) Technology and Knowledge. Scientific expertise of the 60+ employees encompass labour market, (e-)inclusion, governance and partnerships, migration research, technology enhanced learning and other IT applications, European Research and Technology Development (RTD), science-technology-society studies, technology assessment, impact analysis and research on aging society. By connecting its scientific basis with practical application, ZSI provides an interface across scientific disciplines and sectors (trans-disciplinarity).

Concerning research on the “aging society”, ZSI has carried out and coordinated a number of EU projects, such as the LdV project mature@eu, the EQUAL project TEP_ELDERLY, the FP6 project eInclusion@EU, the AAL2 project Go-myLife, the LdV project The Empowerment of Local People Through Lifelong Learning Strategies, etc.


ZSI-Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH

Address: Linke Wienzeile 246, A - 1150 Vienna, Austria

Tel: +43 1 49 50 442-52



The University of Strathclyde

Megan DePutter

The University of Strathclyde is Scotland's 3rd largest university with an international reputation and outlook, with students and staff from over 100 countries, 3 Faculties and a world class Business School. Its Centre for Lifelong Learning is a provider of an extensive range of educational opportunities for adults: it runs a comprehensive ‘Learning in Later Life’ programme aimed at older adults aged 50+ and more than 200 classes per year for around 3500 students. This was established in 1991 to meet the increasing demand from older people for learning which matched their interests, aptitudes and needs.
In addition the Centre has considerable experience in assisting older people in finding and retaining employment and overcoming discrimination. Through its 50+ Employability programme, Centre staff work with individuals and employers to create opportunities for employment and learning to help older people realise their full potential. With over 20 years experience the Centre offers a wide range of specifically tailored programmes to assist both individuals and organisations and is unique in Scotland.  It has become internationally recognised for the quality of its educational programme and its expanding role in advising policy makers and business on age focussed issues. The Centre also manages the Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice (SCIP) on behalf of the Scottish Government.


Centre for Lifelong Learning
University of Strathclyde

Address: Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QE

Tel: +44 (0) 141 548 4388



European Centre for Women and Technology

Eva Fabry

The European Centre for Women and Technology provides a European level meeting place for leading public-private actors, academia and NGOs collaborating for measurably and significantly increasing the number of girls and women in technology in general and ICT in specific. ECWT serves as a European single point of contact for information, collection and analysis of data, research and the development of appropriate methodological tools to attract more girls to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), for nurturing and retaining women in the knowledge economy through industry and entrepreneurial careers, promoting the female talent to provide added value to ICT solutions, supporting more female ICT business start-ups and consolidating the largest network for closing the Digital Gender Gap in Europe.
The ECWT strategy is implemented through National Point of Contacts established in 24 countries (2014) hosted by major leading public actors (CTI, Switzerland, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Malta Information Technology Agency), corporate companies(SAP), universities (Aalto University, Finland; Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy; NTNU, Norway, Reykjavik Technical University), SMEs (Global Contact, France, PROMIS@Service Luxembourg, DLII, Belgium), national ICT, telecom and trade associations (Tech, UK; InfoBalt and MITT, Lithuania; PIIT, Poland) and NGOs (ATI, Spain; Bulgarian Centre for Women and Technology, Bulgaria; e-skills Denmark; Kerigma, Portugal; Femei in Tehnologie, Romania; HEPIS, Greece; NaTe, Hungary, VHTO, The Netherlands).


European Centre for Women and Technology

Address: Grønland 58, N-3057 Drammen, Norway

Tel: +46 72 301 99 39, +47 924 77 960



Społeczna Akademia Nauk

Marta Kędzia

Społeczna Akademia Nauk – (University of Social Sciences) is one of the leading private universities in Poland with 20.000 students and over 1.500 academic staff, operating in 5 branches across Poland as well as in London, Paris and Dublin. There are 20 departments, including Management, Pedagogy, Psychology Sociology and IT studies. Some of specialisations within the Management and Pedagogics faculties include Psychology of Management and Vocational Counselling and Human Resource Strategies. One of our areas of expertise is also Psychology and Public Health which could also contribute to medical and psychological aspects of ageing. We also run post graduate studies on vocational counselling. Within our University there is a Centre for Self-Development (vocational counselling aimed at marginalised groups of the society) and an Academic Career Office with the role of vocational and career guidance. 

The University has been involved in several EU projects related to ageing. For example, the Grundtvig "CAFÉ in Europe – Civic Awareness For Elders in Europe" project; the Leonardo TOI "Career Plan 50+: Career plan for employees over 50 years"; and the Leonardo Partnership “A Sound Mind In A Sound Body". Our specialists are involved in a large Polish systemic project "Equal opportunities in the labour market for people 50+". Its primary objective is to promote economic activity of the age group 50+, as well as measures contributing to their extended activity in the labour market.
For many years we have been involved in EU projects in the field of vocational guidance for example we led a TOI project "From school to Career". We have been also a partner in numerous projects about vocational guidance, including:

  • International Methods‘ Database for Vocational Orientation in Group Settings
  • Career Learning as a Success Factor for Lifelong Learning (CLL)
  • Career Plan 50+: Career plan for employees over 50 years
  • GUIDE ME! Guidance Quality Measures For Job-Seekers In Group Settings
  • Discrimination at work- Compendium for Career Counsellors”


Społeczna Akademia Nauk

Address: ul. Sienkiewicza, 90113, Lodz, Poland

Tel: +48 42 6642278


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