Older Workers, Rising Skill Requirements, and the Need for a Re-envisioning of the Public Workforce System
Research on challenges faced by older workers in accessing public workforce services.
The Heldrich Center worked with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) on research that discussed the challenges facing older workers in accessing services under the public workforce system. A research brief, included in CAEL’s final report to the U.S. Department of Labor, was a culmination of CAEL’s role in providing technical assistance to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Aging Worker Initiative pilot sites. The Heldrich Center’s brief reflected on labor market challenges faced by older job seekers, the challenges older and midcareer job seekers faced in keeping their skills current, and recommendations for how the public workforce system might be re-imagined in light of rising skill needs and budget constraints. The paper was presented at the “Tapping Mature Talent: Policies for a 21st Century Workforce” conference hosted by CAEL and the National Governors Association in May 2012.