Explores implementation of the Aging Worker Initiative (AWI) demonstration and outlines major lessons learned as well as policy recommendations.

“This [paper] describes the various approaches that the [USDOL Aging Worker Initiative demonstration-AWI] grantees have taken in supporting their mature workforce—whether incumbent workers or new job seekers—and promoting their value to current and prospective employers. These approaches include expanding the capacity of publicly funded Workforce Investment Boards to serve mature workers, models for training and skill development, and employer engagement strategies. The  [paper] concludes with lessons and policy recommendations that emerge from these on-the-ground experiences” (p.6).

“The [ten] AWI demonstration grants, awarded in September 2009, were ‘ …to address the workforce challenges facing older individuals by developing models for talent development in regional economies that recognize older workers as a valuable labor pool and include employment and training strategies to retain and/or connect older workers to jobs in high growth, high demand industries critical to the regional economy’” (p.5). 

“Despite the challenges for so many job seekers during this period, the AWI grantees…[provided] aggregate data from 9 of the ten sites [that] reflect participation at the two-year point of the project of more than 3,900 mature workers, with training enrollments of more than 1,800 and successful employment of more than 1,190” (p.5).  The sites include Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (Maine); Vermont Associates for Training and Development, Inc. (Vermont); Baltimore Count Office of Workforce Development Maturity Works (Maryland); Tecumseh Area Partnership, Inc. (Indiana); South Central Workforce Investment Board (Pennsylvania); Fox Valley Workforce Development Board (Wisconsin); Quad Area Community Action Agency, Inc.; Seattle-King and Snohomish County (Washington); Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board (Michigan); and Goodwill Industries of Houston, Inc. (Texas).

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Full Publication Title: New Approaches for Supporting the Mature Worker: The Experiences of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Aging Workforce Initiative Grantees” – a publication of a five-part series of papers from Tapping Mature Talent: Policies for a 21st Century Workforce