Transitional employment aspirations for bridging retirement : implications for training and development

Pillay, Hitendra K., Kelly, Kathy, & Tones, Megan J. (2010) Transitional employment aspirations for bridging retirement : implications for training and development. Journal of European Industrial Training, 34(1), pp. 70-86.

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Purpose: The aim of this study was to identify the transitional employment aspirations and training and development needs of older and younger workers at risk of early retirement due to limited education and/or employment in blue collar occupations.
Design/ Methodology/ Approach: A computer based methodology was used to evaluate the demographic effects of gender, education level and occupation group on aspirations pertaining to transitional employment and training and development in a sample of over 1000 Local Government employees. Findings: Older blue collar, secondary school educated and younger workers were less interested in transitional employment than older workers with higher levels of education or from white collar backgrounds. The early retirement risk factors of blue collar work and secondary school education had a more limited effect on perceived training and development needs for older workers. However for younger workers, these risk factors provided the impetus to undertake training to move into less physically demanding or more challenging roles as their careers progressed.
Practical Implications: Via the identification of education level and occupation types groups’ transitional employment aspirations and perceptions of preparatory training and development within younger and older cohorts, long term strategies to develop and retain staff may be formulated. Originality/ Value: Past studies of transitional employment have rarely included younger workers or older workers at risk of early retirement. Preparatory training and development for transitional employment roles has not been considered in the literature.

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ID Code: 27805
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Older workers, Younger workers, Education level, Blue collar workers, Transitional employment, Retirement
DOI: 10.1108/03090591011010325
ISSN: 0309-0590
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Emerald.
Deposited On: 06 Oct 2009 23:23
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:20

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