September 19-25 is National Employ Older Workers Week!
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on National Employ Older Workers Week:
"This week we celebrate the continued contributions of America's older workers. It is also a time to get word to every employer about the importance and benefits of hiring these seasoned professionals. After all, experience — coupled with a solid work ethic and strong decision making skills — makes for excellent job candidates.
"As for all other workers, the Labor Department is committed to the success of these vital members of America's workforce. To help in that nationwide effort, we have more than 3,000 One Stop Career Centers — a full list of which is available at www.servicelocator.org. The centers offer such services as resume writing assistance, career counseling and even direct job placement — all free of charge. In the current economic climate, leveraging these tools can help make the difference between getting a good, new job and facing long-term unemployment.
"The Department also recently launched a new online tool that helps older workers match their existing skills to new job opportunities. The web portal is called "mySkills myFuture" and is accessed by going to www.myskillsmyfuture.org. Visitors can easily find out what jobs they are qualified for, search local job listings or locate training opportunities to help them upgrade their skills.
"We also administer the Senior Community Service Employment Program. By connecting older workers who have limited financial resources with paid community service jobs, SCSEP makes on-the-job skills training possible. The program is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and, since its inception, it has helped more than one million older Americans enter the workforce. More information on SCSEP and a host of other programs designed to help America's older workers is available at www.doleta.gov/seniors/.
"History shows that DOL's high quality resources and services help connect older workers with good jobs. That, in turn, helps families, businesses and entire communities thrive. But this only happens if employers get on board and actively seek and hire these hard-working and dynamic professionals. Those employers who do, comply with our laws, which say all job candidates must get equal consideration — regardless of age. They are also the businesses, which recognize that talent and commitment know no age and which leverage the tremendous resource that are our nation's older workers to lead the way in both innovation and market excellence.
"It's very simple. Workers age 55 and older are the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce. In fact, by 2014 they will make up almost 22 percent of the U.S. labor force. So, as our population ages, older Americans will play an increasingly important role in local, national and international economies. They will shape America's products and services, and help ensure our continued leadership in the international marketplace. Let's keep those facts in mind today and every day. Let's take a moment to thank the nation's older workers for their continued contributions to the country, and do everything possible so that they have the tools and opportunities they need and deserve. It's the right thing to do for older workers, and the right thing to do for the nation as a whole."
To download the 2010 National Employ Older Workers Week poster, click here.
A guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for people seeking employment was recently featured on Disability.gov.
This document explains the employment-related rights of people with disabilities under the ADA, and includes answers to questions about reasonable accommodations and what to do if you think your rights have been violated.Click here
to access this resource!
National Employee Older Worker Week is September 22-28,
2013! America is witnessing a dramatic growth in employment among its older
citizens, with individuals 55 and over now making up one-fifth of the U.S.
labor force. As the population ages, older Americans will play an increasingly
important role in our economy. The Committee on Economic Development indicates that employers
rate older workers high on characteristics such as judgment, commitment to
quality, attendance, and punctuality. NEOWW aims to increase awareness of this
labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap it.
NEOWW also showcases the Senior Community Service
Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides on-the-job skills training to
individuals 55 or older who are unemployed and with limited financial
resources. Since its inception, SCSEP has helped over one million older
Americans enter the workforce. Here’s how some SCSEP projects are recognizing
- The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Labor is holding
conferences for older workers on two islands (St. Thomas and St. Croix) and
hosting employment workshops throughout the week.
- In Randolph County, North Carolina, the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging is partnering with their local career center to host in-person celebrations and decorate the space with
- Associates for Training and Development is blogging
about NEOWW and using their Trial Employment program to facilitate hires
with the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, a local elementary school, an
appliance retailer, and other employers.
- In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley issued a proclamation recognizing older workers as "vital to meeting the challenges of the 21st century," and urging state officials to "intensify their efforts.. to help older workers locate and obtain available training and employment."
It’s not too late to download
a poster or handout and celebrate NEOWW in your local area, too! How are
you observing NEOWW? Tell us in the comments!
The tentative agenda for the SCSEP Business Meeting has been posted in the "Resources" section. We are looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC from November 16-19!
Questions about the Business Meeting? Contact Kathleen Dorcy.