The State Workforce Board’s Older Worker Committee has opened nominations for the Silver Collar Employer Award, honoring 2017’s best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine.
“Silver Collar employers understand the value older workers provide to business,” said Gov. Paul R. LePage. “Maine’s older citizens play a vital role in our economy as both workers and consumers. Businesses that recognize this will benefit both themselves and our state.”
Older workers play an important role in Maine’s workforce. From 2014-2024, the impact of minimal population growth and an aging population on Maine’s labor force will be partially offset by an expected increase in participation across age groups, particularly among the oldest workers. Maine is the oldest state in the United States, with a median age of 44.5 years. The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility, and enthusiasm.
The deadline for entry is Friday, July 28. For more information and/or to download the application, go to maine.gov/swb/committees/older_workers/index.shtml. Questions can be directed to the State Workforce Board at firstname.lastname@example.org or 621-5091/TTY Maine Relay 711.
The State Workforce Board is responsible for assisting LePage in improving the state’s business climate by designing and implementing strategies that help Mainers enter the workforce as well as advance by increasing their skills. For more information, go to maine.gov/swb.