Older workers play a vital role in today’s workforce. Missouri employers have the opportunity to bring statewide attention to their valuable contributions by nominating them for a special award.    

The 26th annual Outstanding Older Workers of the Year contest is currently seeking nominations from employers for outstanding older workers who are age 60 or older, state residents working at a Missouri job site for at least 20 hours each week, with demonstrated success in learning new skills and participating in job training. Nominees may not be self-employed.

Regional winners will be selected from across the state and honored in September during a two-day award ceremony in Jefferson City.

“On average, older workers represent 15.5 percent of our state’s workforce,” says Diane Chambers, Missouri state director for Experience Works, a national nonprofit organization operating the Senior Community Service Employment Program in 104 Missouri counties and one of this year’s organizers. “Their strong work ethic, wealth of experience, and dedication greatly impacts the way Missouri does business and this is the perfect way to celebrate that.”

The contest is sponsored by the Missouri Senior Employment Coordinating Committee, including Experience Works; Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph; MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries; Missouri Department of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development; and the Department of Health and Senior Services/Division of Senior and Disability Services.

Nomination deadline is Wednesday, July 6. To request a nomination form go to http://health.mo.gov/seniors/senioremployment/pdf/ownomform.pdf, or call 877-872-4740.

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