Older Worker Employment Program

The Older Worker Employment Program assists individuals 55 years of age and older with a disability with employment.

The Older Worker Employment Program is a new program in 2014 and a partnership with the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS), Iowa Department on Aging and The Heritage Agency to assist people, aged 55 and above in our seven county region, with a documented disability to obtain and maintain gainful employment. This program requires a referral from Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Upon receiving the referral, The Heritage Agency’s Employment Specialist can begin the process to assist based on the individual’s needs and goals.

The Heritage Agency’s Employment Specialist helps people through coordination and assistance of a placement plan, goals, resume building, refining of the job search, obtaining job leads, setting up informational interviews, job shadowing opportunities, assessments, internships and placement in a permanent placement. The Employment Specialist is also of assistance to the employer and employee by monitoring the employee’s progress and following up for a full year.

To become eligible for Employment Assistance through this new program, the individual must be referred from IVRS based upon a documented disability that creates an obstacle to employment and be 55 years of age or over. The job candidate must not be actively involved in any other grant funded employment assistance program such as AARP, SECEP or Experience Works.