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A Second Act For Vermont's Mature Workers

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Some mature Vermonters are retiring later, but many are rejoining the workforce, beginning a second career.

According to the Vermont Department of Labor, 29% of the state's labor force is 55 and older — that's up from 18% in 2004. We hear a lot about Vermont's aging population, and on this Vermont Edition we'll explore why mature Vermonters are a growing percentage of the labor force.

We'll talk with Mary Branagan, director of program and partner affairs at Associates for Training and Development (A4TD), an organization that works with mature Vermonters who may have barriers to employment, like access to technology, physical limitations and outdated skills. We'll also hear from Joe Seftel, a data clerk at A4TD who was a former participant in the program. 

In addition, we'll hear from Christie Kane, vice president of human resources and information technology at Gardener's Supply Company, which was one of three companies awarded the 2018 Governor's Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers.

Disclosure: Gardener's Supply Company is a VPR underwriter.

Listen live on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Karen is Vermont Public's Director of Radio Programming, serving Vermonters by overseeing the sound of Vermont Public's radio broadcast service. Karen has a long history with public radio, beginning in the early 2000's with the launch of the weekly classical music program, Sunday Bach. Karen's undergraduate degree is in Broadcast Journalism, and she has worked for public radio in Vermont and St. Louis, MO, in areas of production, programming, traffic, operations and news. She has produced many projects for broadcast over the years, including the Vermont Public Choral Hour, with host Linda Radtke, and interviews with local newsmakers with Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb. In 2021 Karen worked with co-producer Betty Smith on a national collaboration with StoryCorps One Small Step, connecting Vermonters one conversation at a time.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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