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Aging Worker Initiative

The Aging Worker Initiative (AWI) seeks to expand the workforce investment system's understanding about how to best serve the older worker population and develop models to share with all local workforce investment areas. Its ultimate goal is to provide better, more expansive services to older Americans for many years to come.

The grants target older individuals who:

  • have been laid off and are seeking re-employment;
  • need to stay in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age, but need training to increase their skills; and
  • face other barriers to employment such as disabilities or low levels of English proficiency.

Grants awarded under the AWI focus on providing training and related services for individuals age 55 and older that result in employment and advancement opportunities in high-growth sectors. The proposed strategies take place in the context of regional talent development efforts, and each is implemented by a strategic regional partnership.