It’s not a secret that the economy has made it much more difficult for senior citizens to find work. There is some good news on this front for residents of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties in Pennsylvania. According to a story in today’s Dispatch newspaper, nobody’s better at finding jobs for older workers than the Luzerne and Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging.
As a testament to that success, the Luzerne and Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging’s Mature Worker Program recently won an award from the federal government for enrolling more senior citizens in the program than any office in the country.
Experience shows that a lot of the applicants worked in manufacturing. Since that’s no longer an option in most cases, the agency uses a computer test to help match applicants with a job. The agency has contracts with Wal-Mart, libraries, hospitals, boroughs and with non-profits. Applicants are placed with these employers for training and are paid $7.25 per hour.
“We place enrollees in these training sites in anticipation they will get jobs at those places or learn skills they can use in other jobs,” said Gerry Chickeletti, director of the Area Agency on Aging.
You can read more about this program in The Dispatch: Local Aging Agency is nation’s best job finder.