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Policies for a 21st Century Workforce


We’ve heard it all before – many, many times before: The U.S. (and the world) is getting older and grayer. People are working longer. Boomers can’t afford to retire.

For many boomers, this is true. People are working longer, often in encore careers, because they can’t afford to retire or because they want to continue making a contribution to their communities.

In light of the continuing trend toward an older workforce, The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning has released a set of five reports dedicated to showcasing mature worker issues. The series, called Tapping Mature Talent: Policies for a 21st Century Workforce, addresses a range of challenges and possibilities.

Here are the reports:

  • New Approaches for Supporting the Mature Worker: The Experiences of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Aging Workforce Initiative Grantees, describes the experiences and lessons of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Aging Worker Initiative. (PDF)
  • Financial Literacy and Retirement Decisions: The Choices Facing Older Workers, examines the value of financial literacy programs in influencing the decisions by older workers on future work and retirement plans. (PDF)
  • Occupational Profiles for the Mature Worker: Finding and Using Detailed Information About Occupations with the Largest Share of Mature Workers, analyzes where current mature workers work and what abilities, skills, knowledge areas and work activities are needed for those occupations. (PDF)
  • Workplace Action Steps for Leveraging Mature Talent: Findings from the Talent Management Study, presents findings from a survey of employers on the pressures that prompt employers to adopt policies and practices for an aging workforce. (PDF)
  • Older Workers, Rising Skill Requirements and the Need for a Re-envisioning of the Public Workforce System, reviews demographic trends regarding the aging workforce, recent labor market experiences of older job seekers, factors contributing to these experiences, and recommendations for improving the public workforce system. (PDF)

To read the policy recommendations emerging from this initiative, click here.