HOUSTON – Older workers can be better workers and a new program for the area is seeking to place those 55 and older in local jobs.
Experience Works is taking applications for jobs in Chickasaw, Calhoun, Clay, Monroe and Webster counties from qualified workers.
In this difficult economy, many older Mississippians are finding it necessary to find work,” said Colleen Armand, program manager for Experience Works. “Unfortunately finding a job can be especially difficult for older workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who have been unsuccessful in their job hunt.”
Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization. Originally named Green Thumb, and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program, Experience Works has grown to be the nation’s leading provider of training, employment, and community service for low-income older people.
“Our program is a stepping stone for people desperate for work,” said Armand. “We can provide immediate assistance and wages for those who qualify for Experience Works.”
Program applicants must be 55 or older, be unemployed, live in Chickasaw, Calhoun, Clay, Monroe or Webster counties, have an income of less than $13,964 or a family income of less than $18,913.
Armand said Experience Works has partnered with the City of Okolona, House of Joy Day Care, Okolona Housing Authority and the Salvation Army of Houston.
Experience Works is available at no cost to eligible applicants. The program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance.
“Experience Works matches mature workers with local businesses seeking reliable experienced employees,” said Armand. “Hiring older workers makes good business sense. Not only they have lower absenteeism, and on average, stay on the job longer than younger workers. Experience Works also has special expertise meeting the need of small business owners.”
Armand said with updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.
For more information call 1-877-314-2864.
Armand also urged local non-profits and public entities to contact Experience Works about partnering with them to place local seniors back in the workforce.