Data provided by the Non-Traditional Workforce committee of the Workforce Development Alliance and gathered from The American Community Survey shows that approximately 3,200 Knox County residents from ages 55-64 are not currently in the workforce. (Note: this data does not track whether someone is retired) Click HERE to view the most recent data.
Many of the mature job seekers visiting the OMJ Jobs Resource Room indicate they are looking for part-time and/or flexible work schedules. These job seekers are a great source of talent, as many of them have retired from long careers and already have the job related and soft skills needed to be successful.
The information and resources provided below were compiled by the Non-Traditional Workforce committee to assist employers in implementing work shifts to accommodate these job seekers.
Many job seekers in this demographic are returning to work due to financial need. Others are looking to return to work to find purpose and feel productive. However, most of the job seekers in this pool have specific needs at their new workplace. Some of the most common needs (but not limited to) are:
For over 40 years, our partners at VANTAGE Workforce Solutions have been connecting Ohio mature workers to employment. This agency offers job training and placement to low-income adults age 55+. VANTAGE oversees the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Aging.
Mature workers enrolled in the VANTAGE program are placed at appropriate worksites with the agency’s employer partners. These worksites are considered training sites. Note: to participate in this section of the program, employers must operate as a 501c3 non-profit. VANTAGE pays wages to the workers at the rate of Ohio’s minimum wage for workers receiving their employment training at a qualified training site. There is no out-of-pocket cost to these employer partners.
While the on-the-job training through VANTAGE Workforce Solutions may work well for non-profit employers, it does not meet the need for every company. If you are looking to directly hire an individual, VANTAGE Workforce Solutions can help with that too.
VANTAGE Workforce Solutions has a lot of experience training individuals to be job ready. They can pre-screen or send resumes to you to review. To learn more, click HERE to visit their website.