(Sarasota, FL) – The Institute for the Ages is supporting the launch of a nationwide solution that is helping older adults with more to contribute in the workforce. Research confirms that meaningful involvement includes a desire or need to work, and a growing proportion of the older population (18.5 percent of Americans 65 and older in 2012) is continuing to work during the traditional retirement years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Sarasota-Bradenton has been chosen as the launch site and headquarters for the US rollout of BoomersWork (www.boomerswork.us) because of Southwest Florida’s economic diversity and the region’s density of retired professionals from different backgrounds and experiences. BoomersWork is an innovative, web-based service that automates the matching of semi-retired or retired managers, professionals or executives with local, national and international opportunities for short-term, part-time or project assignments. BoomersWork started in Halifax, CA in 2011 and has now incorporated in the United States.
“Given Florida’s growth in a wide range of profitable sectors and the demographic situation here with the number of boomers, this is the ideal place to launch. We are introducing the solution to companies across a range of verticals where we see growth and a requirement for project-based employment, such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, Logistics and Technology, to name a few,” says Tim Hearon, Managing Partner of BoomersWork US. “Based on the progress we are seeing, we expect the interest level to be high for the BoomersWork solution across the country. Our aim is to roll BoomersWork out to another 15 states within the first year, with at least 50,000 Boomers registered in the system by that time.”
“The purpose of the collaboration between the Institute for the Ages and BoomersWork is to connect companies willing to try this model and people age 50+ interested in putting their wealth of experience to work,” explains Tom Esselman, President and CEO for the Institute. “Testing and adjusting this model in our community will help make it more relevant and useful for other communities in the United States. Participants will be helping to perfect one solution for the workforce issues which impact aging populations.”
“The Bradenton area has an expanding base of growing companies that can use this model for attracting term talent for high-level contract/project work here and in other geographic areas where they operate. Expansion often hinges on finding talent and looking at the rich base of retired talent is long overdue.” says Sharon Hillstrom, President and CEO, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. ” This is a win-win for the community.”
Mark Huey, Sarasota EDC President and CEO agrees. “Many talented members of our population no longer desire full-time retirement, and they represent a potential workforce competitive advantage for our region. We are pleased that the Institute for the Ages is looking at innovations for older adults that can help grow our local economy. And we are delighted that BoomersWork has chosen Sarasota as its national headquarters.”
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Organizations with talent needs such as Doctors Hospital, Manatee Glens, and State College of Florida have agreed to partner with the Institute for the Ages and have expressed interest in the BoomersWork model.
The Institute welcomes participants – both companies, looking for seasoned talent for term work and candidates ages 50+ with at least 15 years professional or managerial-level experience. Both will be asked to test the model and will be asked for feedback during the initial phase of the roll-out. Contact Stacy Prouty at 941.365.4243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Institute for the Ages. The Institute for the Ages is an education and research center that explores the possibilities of aging. Our mission is to improve lives and the experience of aging by connecting innovators with the insights of older adults and their support networks. Our vision is to catalyze innovation, engage communities and herald positive aging. We connect community residents, government, research organizations, companies and others to advance policy, product, and service innovations that will improve lives. Visit us online at www.institutefortheages.org.
About BoomersWork.US We help America’s most experienced professionals get back to work. Our solution utilizes the right combination of software automation and personal service to return seasoned managers, supervisors, professionals and executives to career satisfaction, a dynamic workplace and income – all on their own terms. Our mission is inspiring the right people through trusted advice and exceptional service for the greater good. Visit us online at www.boomerswork.us