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Goodwill Celebrates National Employ Older Workers Week

Older workers are a growing part of the 21st century labor force, and they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and maturity to the work place. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that workers age 55 and older will make up 24 percent of the labor force in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many of those older workers will require additional training to remain competitive in today’s job market.

During the last full week of September, this year from September 22 through September 28, National Employ Older Workers Week annually recognizes the vital role of older workers in the workforce and aims to increase awareness of this segment of workers and develop innovative strategies to utilize it. 

To celebrate, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) will hold a Community Job and Resource Fair in Columbia on Thursday, September 26th from 1-3PM at our Decker Boulevard Job Connection. This community event geared to job seekers and the 55+ older demographic, will offer an opportunity for older workers to meet local employers and learn more about the resources available to them in their job search.

GIUMSC provides critical job training and placement services to support older job seekers in South Carolina through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The program offers paid, on-the-job training for older workers who have low incomes or are unemployed.

"Older workers have the experience, the know-how and the motivation to be productive, valued employees," said Mike Daniels, Manager of SCSEP Programs at Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina.  “In many cases, all they lack is an updated set of skills, which they can easily obtain through Goodwill’s training and employment programs."

GIUMSC’s goal is to provide training and employment services for over 300 people this program year.  The ultimate objective is for SCSEP participants to raise their skill levels to meet employers’ needs, in order to build financial security for their families and to save for retirement. 

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