Mature Workers Program
The Southerwestern Community Action Council has a program in place to help mature workers get job training and job opportunities. Alissa Stewart is the director of the program. She says the program is individualized.
“It depends on what kind of training or opportunity they are seeking. Everything is tailored to their needs.” Stewart said.
Stewart says the program is for anyone 55 and older.
“We’ve worked with all types of people, from a homemaker who has never worked outside of the home to those holding a PHD.” Stewart said.
Stewart says 55 and older residents are very employable.
“HR directors are excited to see someone 55 or older come in to apply for a job. They have superior customer services skills, they are more mature, they are dependable, they show up on time, the can pass a drug test.” Stewart said. “I’m serious about that. They can pass a drug test and have skills that many in the younger generation don’t have. Mature workers may think they will face discrimination because of their age, but that simply isn’t the case.” Stewart added.
There are economic advantages and bonuses for businesses who hire out of the program as well. To get full details on enrolling in the program or information for businesses call the Mature Worker Program at the Pecks Mill Senior Center at 304-239-8007 or click on http://scacwv.org/seniors.php.