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Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Older workers can now get subsidized training services. (FOTOLIA)

Older workers can now get subsidized training services. (FOTOLIA)

The provincial government is hoping an extension takes hold for a program aimed at getting older people back in the workforce.

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Program was created in 2008 and is a joint effort by the federal and provincial governments — providing job-training allowances to older, unemployed workers.

The province is expected to have fewer people entering the workforce than it has leaving it by 2016 and the program aims to employ older people for immediate employment.

Almost 4,000 people made use of it until 2014, partly due to the economic crisis and now an extension has been granted to 2017.

The ministry responsible for labour has issued a call looking for administrators to help expand the program and maintain it in areas where it already exists.

“The group-based model allows participants of a similar age, those who can relate their life experiences to one another, to better support each other in their learning experience,” said the ministry in an email. “This facilitates a safe environment for older workers who may lack confidence to engage in a classroom and provides additional opportunities to build learning experiences with computer technology and a return to work action plan.”

Among other things, the program provides employment benefits and training in a variety of areas, including computers.

 

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