About San Diego Mature Workers Coalition

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Aging & Independence Services (AIS), a division of the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, hosts an Aging Summit every two years.

Aging & Independence Services (AIS), a division of the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, hosts an Aging Summit every two years. In 2006, the Summit was co-sponsored by the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Nearly 800 people heard keynote speaker, Carleen MacKay, speak on the changes older adults and employers will be facing as Baby Boomers consider retirement. At the breakout session titled “Older Adult Workforce,” summit participants learned of strategies for employers to retain and attract older workers.

Breakout session participants were tasked with generating a set of recommendations to address the issue of the maturing workforce, and more specifically, answer this question: What can we do now to prepare employers and mature workers for the impending exodus of Baby Boomers from the workforce in San Diego County? One of the group’s recommendations was to create a single, coordinated entity to develop resources and services and provide community awareness pertaining to mature workforce issues. From this workgroup at Aging Summit 2006, the San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition was born.

The San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition is a consortium of experts on older adult and employment issues who have been regularly coming together to further the interests of mature workers since 2006. A variety of non-profit, public, and private sector partners are members of the Coalition including representatives from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Aging & Independence Services (AIS), AARP, Employment and Community Options, San Diego Community College District, Ageless in America, Jobing.com, and model employers. Click here to learn more about our member organizations.

The San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition has two primary objectives:

  1. Develop community awareness through a coordinated effort to link employers, recruiters, educators and mature workers, and
  2. Develop a sharper focus on the mature worker within organizations and institutions in order to develop resources and services that will enable older workers and retirees to be retained or return to the workforce.
  3. To help meet these objectives, the San Diego Mature Workforce Coalition hosted a Reverse Job Fair (2008) and the 50+ Learning Forum on November 7, 2009. Educational materials produced by the group include Plan “B” for Boomer & Beyond: Learning…A Competitive Work Strategy, written by Carleen MacKay.