Training older workers for technology-based employment

Chin Chin Lee, Sara J. Czaja, Joseph Sharit

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Abstract

An increasingly aging workforce and advances in technology are changing work environments and structures. The continued employability of older adults, particularly those of lower socioeconomic status (SES), requires them to participate in training programs to ensure their competence in today's workplace. Focus groups with 37 unemployed adults (51-76 years old) were conducted to gather information about barriers and obstacles for returning to work, training needs and formats, work experiences, and perceptions of the characteristics of an ideal job. Overall, results indicated that participants experienced age discrimination and lack of technology skills. They also expressed a desire to receive additional training on technology and a preference for classroom training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-31
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Gerontology
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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