Purpose: Many senior unemployed show special vulnerabilities in the current labor market, and often this is related to educational deficits and skills obsolescence requiring retraining. A better knowledge of psychological variables predicting their intention to (re)train appears to be relevant for the promotion of employability among senior unemployed individuals. Building on the expectancy-value theory and the literature on learning motivation, this study hypothesizes that age, education, length of unemployment, proactivity, learning orientation, employment commitment, learning self-efficacy, expected benefits from learning, perceived age discrimination and obsolescence, financial strain and perceived health associate with senior unemployed adults’ intentions to attend training in the near future.
Design/Methodology: This cross-sectional study compared a sample comprising 178 Portuguese unemployed senior adults not enrolled in training to a sample of 116 senior unemployed engaged in training.
Results: Data is analysed during fall 2012, but preliminary results show that age, learning orientation, expected benefits from training and learning self-efficacy explain variance in the intention to attend a training course.
Limitations: The cross-sectional design restricts firm conclusions about the predictive value of the studied variables in relation to the actual attendance of a training course.
Research/Practical Implications: These results may be useful for practitioners in the design of interventions aiming to promote senior unemployed individuals´ motivation to engage in (re)training.
Originality/Value: To our knowledge, few studies have specifically investigated the motivation to attend a training course among senior unemployed individuals, who often are more reluctant to participate in education and training activities.
2013. 555-556 p.
16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22-25 May, Münster, Germany