Workforce Service Policies to Adopt

As Western North Carolina workers age in an older demographic community like Asheville, there are several low-cost reforms that could improve the workforce services provided to older adults:

  1. Having specialized staff at job centers who understand older workers’ needs and who can serve them more effectively,
  2. Experimenting with job placement programs specifically for older workers,
  3. Promoting self-employment among older adults,
  4. Providing targeted skills development for older workers,
  5. Adopting separate program performance standards for older adults to eliminate disincentives for the provision of services to this population
  6. Restoring funding to the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP, a program that serves disadvantaged older adults), and
  7. Evaluating the new programs and initiatives we recommend to ensure they have the intended effect.