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Integration of older unemployed persons in computer course and their opportunities in the labour market

Natalija Povhe (2012) Integration of older unemployed persons in computer course and their opportunities in the labour market. Diploma thesis.

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    Older people are one of the most vulnerable categories, and day after day they are exposed to various risks. One of the risks is unemployment which results in deterioration of the financial situation and consequently in diminishing of the autonomy and the quality of life. Risk society can help older unemployed persons at integration in the educational process and in this manner can contribute to risk control. For this reason older unemployed persons, registered at Employment Service, are integrated in measures of active employment politics, and in this way they become more employable in the labour market. In my research I tried to get acquainted more in detail with possibilities offered to older unemployed persons with a higher education in the labour market, in case they integrate into an institutionalized educational process and acquire additional computer skills. I wanted to establish whether the education was an important factor at motivation and integration in the educational process. Further on I tried to find out what the role of a social pedagogue at Employment Service was, and in what manner the social pedagogue could induce motivation of older unemployed persons at their integration in additional functional educational processes. I performed a quantitative research by means of a non-standard questionnaire, which I offered to unemployed persons who in the period of unemployment integrated in a computer course in order to obtain ECDL Certificate. Data were processed by means of a quantitative analysis. The results show that there are not substantial differences between motivation of older and younger unemployed persons, as well as there are no differences between educational structure of the unemployed persons. Older unemployed persons with a higher education are not more motivated than their counterparts with a lower education. However, older women are more motivated for the educational process than older men. When discussing work experience, I found out that unemployed persons with less work experience are as eager to participate in the educational process as their counterparts with more work experience. The role of employment advisor at Employment Service is comparable to the role of social pedagogue; namely the employment advisor introduces social pedagogical doctrine in his/her work, he/she acts directly in the actual situation, at solving problems he/she originates from the needs and wishes of the individual, and finally he/she tries to empower the individual to find, with a professional help and intervention, employment as soon as possible.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: older persons, the unemployed, Employment Service, educational process, computer course, motivation, social pedagogue
    Number of Pages: 76
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Mitja KrajnčanMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9448265)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1136
    Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 16:38
    Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 16:38
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1136

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