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ERIC Number: ED514523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 63
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Regional Economic and Workforce Strategies: A Focus on the Mature Workforce--New Opportunities for Meeting Skill Needs
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1)
Regions around the country are grappling with current and anticipated skills shortages and, in some cases, labor shortages. Economic prosperity depends heavily on the quality of the workforce, and yet far too few regions have recognized their best underutilized asset: the mature workforce. Because mature workers are nearing traditional retirement age, they may not seem to be the obvious target of choice for workforce and economic development strategies. However, many mature workers are, in fact, interested in working past retirement age, either out of financial necessity (particularly given the recent economic downturn) or out of an interest in staying active and involved in the working world. Mature workers might be one of the most overlooked assets for regions needing skilled workers to support economic growth and innovation, particularly as key industries face skill and/or worker shortages. However, this may be changing. Some regions are beginning to consider how to design workforce training and job placement programs for mature workers, particularly low-skilled mature workers who might be able to advance to higher-skilled, high-demand jobs if offered access to training and education. Some workforce boards and One-Stop Career Centers are developing special programs to help connect mature workers to employment through training and education and job placement and readiness services. This paper provides a look at representative strategies and programs that regional leaders might consider to help the mature workforce transition to jobs that meet the needs of individual workers as well as employers. Appendices include: (1) Contributors to This Paper; (2) Select Program Profiles; and (3) Additional Mature Worker Resources. A list of cited sources is included.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: The Atlantic Philanthropies
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning