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Some people view older workers as being close to the end of their career with diminished capacity to perform. This myth is fostered by decades of emphasis on a culture of youth. The reality is that mature workers have a strong work ethic, plus skills, knowledge and experiences obtained over thirty to forty years, many of which can be transferred to new types of work.

Passport to Employment participants create a personal Older Worker Transferable Skills Profile. This profile is used to match the participant’s existing skills, knowledge and experiences with the requirements of a job the participant is interested in, as well as to identify new skills they may need to acquire.

The Older Worker Transferable Skills Profile includes:

The Essential Skills Profile
An adaptation of the HRSDC Federal Government’s site that identifies nine categories of skills that are considered essential to any type of work.
National Occupation Codes (NOC) Profile
An adaptation of the HRSDC Federal Government’s site that identifies specific occupation-related skills that are required for a specific type of work.
Specific Occupation Skills Profile not found in NOC Codes
The Specific Occupation Profile identifies specific occupational skills, knowledge and experiences not found in the National Occupational Codes.
Work - Life Balance Profile
Older workers are at an age and stage of life where they no longer take their social, emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual wellness for granted. New priorities and attitudes emerge during this age and stage of life that can be puzzling, challenging and exciting. The Work – Life Balance Profile provides opportunities for older workers to understand and achieve the work - life balance needed to remain productive employees and manage their lives successfully.
Volunteer Work Profile
Most older workers have contributed to their community as volunteers. The skills they have obtained from these non-paid work experiences often match the attributes employers seek in an employee.

My resume

Thank's so much to Passport to Employment. I am very grateful for the help you provided me in updating my resume and cover letter. My experience in the mock interview was wonderful.

Barb, 2009

Transferable skills

I had no idea I have so many skills to bring to the workplace. The manager of the business who interviewed me sees me as a real asset to his business. The Transferable skills portfolio was such a help in explaining my workplace experiences.

Robert, 2011

What a change

Lifelong learning as gone from being a concept to an attitude

Alice, 2010

A tremendous asset

Thank you for introducing me to Passport to Employment. The mature workers I have hired are a tremendous asset to my business. They are reliable, conscientious, and in a word, “mature”.

Nancy 2010

A Life Changer

Passport has been a life changer for me. I have decided to take an entrepreneurial route and am in the process of finalizing my business plan, identifying several different kinds of products and services and have a number of customers ready to hire me. Thank you so much!

Blair, 2011

Fantastic

The knowledge that everyone shared was fantastic. There was so much experience in the room. It really helped to her other person’s stories and workplace experiences. Really enjoyable.

Anne 2009

Worth their weight in gold

My business is small and I have to watch my wages carefully. The two mature workers I have hired through Passport to Employment are “worth their weight in gold” They have a wonderful way with customers and understand the importance of building relationships. Thank you.

Clair, 2011

Note: Passport to Employment has a Work-Life Balance curriculum that is integrated into the entire 6 or 7 week course.

The Third Act of Life

Older workers are in the "third act" of life, which in a play, is when everything comes together in balance. Older workers have decades of personal and work life experiences and their “third act” provides a chance to use their many talents, fulfill their own personal needs and create a balance that satisfies themselves and their "audiences" (employers and loved ones).

A unique time of life

The ages 55 to 65 have distinctive features. For this reason, we use the term "The Older Worker Way" in Passport to Employment courses. Participants make statements such as:

  • "It’s been so long; will I be able to return to full time study?"
  • "Passport has removed “thinking old" and replaced it with “yes, I can.”
  • "I know I'm smart; why do I lack confidence some of the time?"
  • "I'm amazed how much Passport has helped me gain confidence."
  • "I've always worked in an office, but I don't want to do that anymore; what other type of job could I possibly do?"
  • "Passport really helped realize how many types of jobs I can do with the skill set I have."

A time of transition

The age and stage of life from 55 through 65 is a time of transition from late adulthood to becoming what we call a "rookie senior". Many life circumstances have changed:

  • technology can be a challenge.
  • children are grown.
  • our bodies are changing.
  • loved ones have died.
  • we begin to face our own mortality.
  • we can't believe so much time has passed.
  • time has become more precious.
  • we have learned a lot and have much to offer.
  • we want to continue to contribute to our family and society.
  • we don't "sweat the small stuff" as much.

Work-Life Balance – what is addressed?

To maximize learning, Passport has been built on the principles of doing things the "Older Worker Way". From the outset of the program participants have opportunities to:

  • understand themselves as mature workers.
  • create a personal wellness profile.
  • understand their personality type.
  • recognize their value as an older worker to the workforce.
  • see themselves through the eyes of others.
  • hear from experts about work - life balance, wellness and their age and stage of life.
  • study the health wheel.
  • dialogue with fellow participants.
  • learn about the wellness wheel.
  • dialogue and share with fellow participants.
  • learn specific attributes of their stage of life.
  • create a work - life balance "plan of action"
  • spend considerable time reflecting on what they bring to the workplace as a mature worker.

Passport to Employment is the name Prince Edward Island has given to a national older worker program called Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW).

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program was introduced in 2007 for four reasons:

  1. the need for employees, nation-wide
  2. the need for job search training for older workers whose employment had been terminated and who want to continue working
  3. the need for job search training for older workers who have employment barriers
  4. the desire for older workers who have retired and want to, or need to, return to the workforce

Information about Passport

  • Passport to Employment is:
    • comprehensive
    • full-time
    • six or seven weeks in length
    • a rapid reintegration to the workforce program
    • designed for older workers between the ages 55 - 64
  • Passport offers 10 - 12 courses province-wide each year.
  • Course size ranges between 8-15 participants.
  • Passport graduates speak highly of Passport to Employment and have been its champions since the beginning of the program.
  • Businesses speak highly of Passport graduates and demonstrate their support by hiring 70 -75 percent of our graduates.

Components of the Passport program:

  1. Training to apply transferable skills.
  2. Creation of an individual portfolio which includes essential and occupational skills
  3. Training in job search tools: computer, cover letter, resume, interview.
  4. Work-Life Balance information about wellness, personality type, age and stage of life.
  5. Support in seeking and finding employment during and after the course.
  6. Extensive participant self-assessment.
  7. Assessment by facilitators.
  8. Access to a password-protected communication and information system (NING) used during and after the course.
  9. Significant information gathering and participant tracking.

The Passport program design considers the specific qualities and needs of older workers.

Older Workers:

  • are resources to themselves and others
  • learn best through an experiential learning - peer teaching approach
  • have 30 - 45 years of work skills, knowledge and experiences that can be transferred to new workplaces
  • Mature workers are at an age and stage of life where work -life balance is a priority
  • are at an age and stage of life where work - life balance is a priority
  • possess significant social, emotional, intellectual, and physical resources
  • are eager to learn
  • are valued by employers

Program Considerations

  • provides a core, province-wide curriculum for older workers
  • provides graduates with post-course support to seek and find employment
  • provides initial and ongoing training to facilitators
  • partners with business sectors for some courses
  • has also developed an entrepreneurial course

Province Wide

The role of employment mentoring in the Passport to Employment program is to assist Passport graduates to seek and find employment. Mentors work part in four regions of the province: Kings County and part of Queens County; the Greater Charlottetown area; East Prince; and West Prince.

Keeping Track

Tracking participants over time has proven to be an important part of the Passport to Employment program. All graduates leave the Passport program "pumped" and anxious to find employment. However, if within two months, the mature worker has not found employment, the time spent seeking employment can lessen significantly.

Mentoring has proven to be a powerful way to assist participants, who are tracked for a period of six months after they complete the program.

Mentoring Services

Mentoring services are provided by Passport staff, Skills PEI, and other agencies and include confidence building, help with job search skills development, information about job opportunities, calls to potential employers, employment advice, encouragement to keep looking, and learning opportunities.

Reporting

Information on participants is gathered and used to track participants, see trends, make program changes, obtain information about types of workplaces and accurately assess the status of participants individually and as groups.

What is Passport to Employment?
  • Passport to Employment is the name given to a federal-provincial program called Targeted Initiative for Older WorkersTIOW
  • Passport to Employment has four major components
    • The creation of an Older Worker Transferable Skills Profile
    • Enhancement of Job Search Skills
    • Creation of a Work – Life Balance Profile
    • Assistance to seek and find employment
Who can participate in Passport to Employment? Older workers who:
  • are age 55-64, or in some cases, as young as 50 or as old as 70
  • are unemployed
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • require new or enhanced job search skills to successfully transition into new employment
How do I register for a program?
Prior to the beginning of each course an information session is held. Applications are available at this session.
These sessions are advertised in the local newspaper or you may contact us for more information.
How much will it cost me to participate in Passport to Employment?
  • There is no cost for individuals to participate in the program.
  • Participants may be eligible for a weekly allowance of $100.00.
Do I have to have an Employment Insurance attachment to participate in the program?
There is no requirement for an Employment Insurance attachment
How long is a Passport Course? How many days per week? Hours per day?
Courses are between five and six weeks long. Courses are full time, five days per week, 6.5 hours per day.
Where are courses offered?
Between 10-12 courses are offered in different locations across PEI each year.
What types of Passport to Employment programs are offered?
We offer general programs, sector-related programs and an entrepreneurial program.

A primary goal of business is to be profitable. To be profitable businesses need quality employees who possess the following attributes (which are typical of older workers):

  • skilled
  • knowledgeable
  • willing to learn
  • strong work ethic
  • good customer service skills
  • accountable
  • mature
  • flexible
  • team players
  • dependable
  • take pride in their work
  • ready to "go the extra mile"

Myth

For many years the myth was that anyone over 55 was past their working prime. Society strongly encouraged them to take early retirement and lead a life of leisure (think of “Freedom 55”).

We need to remember that today, people of this age have another twenty plus years to live and give to the work force.

Reality

Everyone who turns fifty-five wants, more than ever, to remain a productive, engaged individual. Some people do this by leaving the workforce and "being more active than they ever were". Many, however, want to remain in, or return to, the workforce.

Identifying existing work resources

Passport to Employment is an employee "resource identification" program where older workers identify the existing skills, knowledge and experiences they have obtained over 30 or more years. Our graduates are more than ready to re-enter the workforce and apply what they know, as well as learn new skills.

Over 800 graduates

Approximately 800 mature workers have taken the Passport to Employment Program. Our graduates find full or part time employment in a variety of work environments. Feedback from employers has been most positive.

We encourage you to contact us to learn about our program, so that we may assist you to find a mature worker ready to meet your staffing needs.

Yvonne Doyle
(902) 620-3857 - office
ymdoyle@gov.pe.ca

Michael Gaudet
(902) 620-3436 - office
mdgaudet@gov.pe.ca

Passport to Employment works with Skills PEI employment officers located in four regions of the province. To contact these officers call.

Charlottetown
Janice Coady
Atlantic Technology Centre
90 University Ave
(902) 368-6290
jmcoady@gov.pe.ca

Montague
Angela Blanchard
541 Main Street
(902) 838-0674
amblanchard@gov.pe.ca

Summerside
Cheryl Garnham
120 Harbour Drive
(902) 438-4117
cagarnhum@gov.pe.ca

O’Leary
Jodi Gavin-Sharpe
Future Tech West
454 Main Street
(902) 859-8898
jgavinsharpe@gov.pe.ca

Courses for 2013 - 2014

Fall 2013
Summerside Tentative
Alberton Tentative
Charlottetown Tentative
Winter 2014
Summerside Tentative
Kensington Tentative
Charlottetown Tentative
Kings County Tentative

All Passport participants:

  • Create a portfolio of Transferable Skills.
  • Enhance their essential Job Search Tools (computer, cover letter, resume, interview).
  • Increase their skills to seek and find employment.
  • Create a personal work-life balance profile.

Some participants

  • Receive specific training for sector based courses (example tourism)
  • Learn the basics of setting up a business in the self employment course