Empowering Older Workers

Introducing the Back to Work 50+ Program

For the first time in history, there are now more individuals aged 65 and older compared to those under 5. This population shift is shaping a change in the American workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has observed a significant increase in the share of workers aged 55 and older, almost doubling from 13% in 2000 to 23% in 2021. The trend is projected to continue, with older Americans expected to make up one-quarter of the labor force by 2031.

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However, age discrimination remains a concern for older workers. According to data from AARP in 2021, 78% of older workers claim to have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, reaching the highest level since 2003. This poses a barrier for individuals looking to reenter the workforce or continue their careers. Goodwill Southeast Georgia is committed to helping people get the support, education and work experience to achieve their career goals, regardless of the barriers they face.

In response to these challenges, Goodwill Southeast Georgia has taken a proactive approach by partnering with the AARP Foundation for the Back to Work 50+ program.

This program aims to provide support, education, and work experience to help individuals aged 50 and older achieve their career goals. The program offers in-person or online workshops where participants can learn how to create a successful job campaign. They’ll receive a step-by-step workbook to guide them through the process. Along the way, they’ll have support from our career coaches.  

 Watch Jacquie’s story below and learn how Back to Work 50+ helped her return to work in a job she loves after leaving her former job to care for her ailing mother.  

The Back to Work 50+ program focuses on increasing digital literacy, overcoming ageism, and addressing the unique needs of individuals in this age group as they prepare for employment. Goodwill Southeast Georgia, through partnerships and programs like this, aims to support and empower older Americans who are interested in reentering the workforce. In 2021 alone, Goodwill served 182,624 people aged 55 and over nationwide. 

Ready to find out more?

Get connected with our Opportunity Center to learn how to participate.

Ashlyn Flowers

Ashlyn Flowers

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