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