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Workshop 2009

Experience Works Search Announcement | Print |

Experience Works, the nation's oldest, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors, is searching for Outstanding Older Workers, Outstanding Employers of Older Workers and America’s Oldest Worker.

Experience Works is dedicated to helping seniors, most with low incomes and barriers to employment, get the training they need to find good jobs in their local communities. Experience Works is also an advocate for working seniors, and is committed to demonstrating the benefits seniors bring to the workplace, such as dedication, a strong work ethic and the ability to act as role models to younger workers.

Every year the Experience Works Prime Time Awards program helps to raise awareness of the contributions made by older workers (regardless of income), and this helps break down the barriers associated with the hiring, training and retention of all seniors who want or need to work.

Beginning in February, the search for an Outstanding Older Worker kicks off in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In the past, these individuals have averaged more than 80 years of age, and demonstrate the attributes of lifelong learning, dedication to their communities, and significant contributions in their organizations. Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of the state where they apply, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. The honoree must be willing and able to travel to Washington in September for the Prime Time Award events. The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city’s landmarks, and the awards banquet and ceremony. Honorees have an opportunity to meet, share their stories, and celebrate their accomplishments. Family, friends, employers or colleagues can send in a nomination, or older workers can self nominate.

The search for America’s Oldest Worker for 2008 is also under way, as is the search for outstanding employers of older workers. Last year, 101-year-old Ray Jenkins, maintenance coordinator from Colchester, Vermont, was named America’s Oldest Worker. Since the program's inception, all of America's Oldest Workers have been more than 100 years old.

We also honor Outstanding Employers with best practices in hiring, training or retaining older workers. This year's search is being sponsored by one of the outstanding employers from 2006, Home Instead Senior Care.

An online nomination form or a printed nomination form to nominate an older worker or an employer can be accessed at www.experienceworks.org. The deadline for older worker nominations has been extended to June 1, and the deadline for companies is August 1.

Contact Martin Rome, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 703-522-7272 for more information

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