Age is only a number! Does this apply also to the job market?

Conference on 21 March 2018
at Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn, Estonia (Viru väljak 3)

Organisers: Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and Estonian Human Rights Centre, in cooperation with the Estonian Diversity Charter Network

The population in both Estonia and Europe is ageing rapidly. Longer life expectancy means for many of us extended participation in the job market. Yet it’s the youngest and the oldest participants in particular who are facing discrimination based on their age. The conference will bring together stakeholders and experts to discuss the topics of age and discrimination in the context of employment. We will offer practical advice to employers on how to create a working environment that is fair and inclusive to all generations, and present the results of the latest survey by the Estonian Open Society Institute on age-based discrimination in the job market.


9.00-9.30 Registration and welcome coffee

9.30-11.00 Welcome and presentation of research results (in Estonian, no translation)

Welcome notes:

Katrin Merike Nyman-Metcalf, Chairwoman of the Board, Estonian Human Rights Centre
Jevgeni Ossinovski, Minister of Health and Labour, Republic of Estonia

Launches of research results:

  • Expectations of Estonian young employees at the employers. A trend tracking study covering years 2010-2017. By Kersti Vannas, Acting Direcror and Founder of Instar EBC OÜ, an employer branding agency
  • Presentation of a study on age-based discrimination by Iris Pettai, Director of Research at the Estonian Open Society Institute

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-12.30 The expectations of millennials in the context of an inclusive management culture by Ana Sarmiento, Think Millennial (translation to Estonian is provided)

Ana Sarmiento is an accomplished management expert and coach who lives and works in Spain, but coaches companies across the world. Sarmiento helps top managers and companies to understand the expectations of millennials and guides them in creating working environments that offers equal opportunities for advancement for employees of all ages.

12.30-13.00 Q&A with Ana Sarmiento (translation to Estonian is provided)

13.00 Light lunch

13.30-15.00 Discussion: what can be done to reduce age-based discrimination in the job market and the working environment? (in Estonian, no translation)

Janar Holm, Deputy Secretary General on Labour and Employment Policy, Ministry of Social Affairs
Piret Mårtensson, Director of Customer Service and Personnel, Kaubamaja
Aimar Altosaar, Leader of Kuldliiga Movement
Ene Kohtla, HR Director, 
Manpower Baltics

15.00 Closing remarks

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