DYNAMIC WORKFORCE
- Mature Workers 55 plus Program

The Mature Workers 55 Plus Program is a special project to deliver services to mature workers aged 55 and over who have been displaced due to restructuring, downsizing or premature retirement as a result of shrinking industries.

The Employment and Training Services Branch along with Industry Training Partnerships has engaged our team at Options for Success to develop two different objectives for mature workers.

Individual Mature Worker Objective #1

The Mature Workers 55 Plus Program partners have engaged Options for Success to offer an individualized job search, marketing tools and services, basic computer and keyboarding classes, and, a subsidized work placement program to mature workers aged 55+.

The program will focus on:

  • Assessing transferable skills and gaps
  • Marketing Tools – Resumes and Cover letters
  • Hidden Job market
  • Job search skills
  • Networking
  • Interview coaching
  • Follow up

This is an individualized program and so the length of participation will vary per participant. All participants will be offered a needs assessment, and, assistance with marketability and job placement. An 8-week subsidized work placement will be agreed upon; and once placed, a follow-up will be coordinated with both participant and employer.

The criteria for the program are as follows:

  • Participants must be aged 55 or older;
  • Applicants must not be in receipt of Employment Insurance benefits or Income Assistance;
  • Participants cannot be ‘reach backs’ in receipt of EI or IA in the last two year period;
  • Applicants are those who have fallen between the cracks of traditional programming.

Recruitment and Retention Program for Mature Workers Objective #2

Industry Training Partnerships and the Employment and Training Services Branch along with Options for Success have developed a project aimed at cultivating Manitoba’s labour supply through the ‘mature worker’ population. Our objective is to contact industry associations and employers to assist them in increasing the opportunities to re-engage their mature workforce.

In fulfilling this mandate, the project will use and develop job profiling tools to assist companies in determining compatibility of available jobs for mature workers. A key component of the project delivery will include training on recruitment strategies to attract the source and wisdom of mature workers. Finally, Options for Success with the project partners will gear training toward effective strategies for retention of mature workers’ knowledge and experience in the company.

This will be achieved with:

  • Coaching and mentoring for younger and new employees
  • Flextime - Part time
  • Job sharing
  • Project oriented
  • Consultant

A website human resource toolkit will be accessible to companies as assistance in the development and management of the project. Other key stakeholders will work to enhance the possibilities of retention of those members of the workforce who carry the wisdom and experience needed in today’s labour market.

For more information on both objectives please call Eddie Calisto-Tavares at 694.7595 or email eddie@options4success.com

Focus Groups Sessions

Are you an employer interested in learning more about the Dynamic Workforce Program?

Would you like to contribute to the development of Job Profiling Tool and Recruitment and Retention Practices for a Mature Worker?

Contact us and register - Focus Group Session February 22, 2006

Sessions 9.30.a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1.30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Contact Eddie at 694.7595 or email eddie@options4success.com

Stay open to new possibilities….

We must allow the ebb flow of circumstance, to flow over to us, of time, of lucky, of serendipity, of inspired people of opportunity to flow over to us, guide us and enlighten us.

~ Christine Silverberg

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