ERIC Number: ED308287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Retooling the Older Worker: The Case of the United States.
Sheppard, Harold L.; Rix, Sara E.
With the aging of the U.S. population, fewer younger workers are available to join the work force. Therefore, if economic growth is to be sustained, more older workers must remain in the work force or rejoin it. Some policies have been enacted to promote the employment of older workers. They include the prohibition of age discrimination and the gradual increase in the age at which retirement benefits begin under Social Security. Often, older workers must be retrained to keep up with the changes in technology that occur rapidly. Some barriers to retraining older workers exist, mostly attitudinal. Training programs are available for older workers; although they have been effective, they are few. Older workers continue to be underrepresented in job training and postsecondary education enterprises. Economic growth in the United States will require more retraining of older workers and changes in the attitudes that currently limit such retraining. (Appendices include 50 references, data tables on older worker employment and education, summaries of relevant laws and programs, and addresses for training and information sources.) (KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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