Problem to be Solved:
Job seekers age 50+ report that they are experiencing bias and discrimination from area employers. As validation of their concerns, Workforce Centers, a previous SDVT and others have collected employer impressions of age 50+ job candidates. Regrettably, those impressions tend to reflect negative predispositions and flawed assumptions about the work-readiness of more experienced candidates. Yet these same employers regularly voice concerns about their challenges in identifying well qualified candidates with the requisite skills for their positions of need.
How will successful resolution affect the local community?
The AFE SDVT sees that understanding of and receptivity to hiring experienced job candidates would: 1) help Northern Colorado employers address the significant skills gaps they face, and 2) help experienced job seekers find satisfying positions in the local area.
What will be acceptable outcomes for the team in addressing the problem?
The chief outcome would be documented/tracked employment of 50+ job seekers in our employees group.
We also hope to achieve greater employer awareness and education about the high value of 50+ candidates; more effective 50+ job networking; and potentially a 50+ talent group that can serve as a referral source for employers.
What Volunteer Qualifications are needed?
Knowledge and experience in networking.
Knowledge of volunteer recruitment.
Business outreach skills.
Summary Statement of Expectations:
The AFE SDVT initially is exploration of what activities may be useful in furthering employment of 50+ job seekers by matching employers and employees.
Training and Support:
This team will be supported by the PAFC priority committee working on the Culture of Aging issues. A member of the priority group will serve as liaison between the team and the PAFC. The priority group provides oversight, counsel, support, and resources needed to plan and produce the event. Once the team is established there will be an initial training that covers project expectations and team process. A volunteer coordinator will be available throughout the project to address issues rising within the team itself.
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