Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers 2016

Vermont places great value on the many positive contributions of its older citizens. It is estimated that by 2030, Vermont will have the 8th largest percentage of its population over the age of 65 in the entire nation. When older Vermonters maintain their health and remain active in their communities, it has a positive impact on the State’s economic sustainability and also improves their physical, mental and financial well-being.

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) are co-sponsoring the Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers. In partnership with the Governor’s Commission on Successful Aging, the award recognizes Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers.

Criteria for the award include:

  1. Recruitment and retention policies
  2. Work schedule flexibility and accommodations
  3. Training and skill development opportunities
  4. Retirement and retirement planning

Employers who believe they have employment practices and policies that are highly supportive of the mature workforce are encouraged to apply. Key selection criteria and examples of best practices are outlined in the application guidelines; however, employers with unique policies or programs not listed here are also encouraged to apply.

Please click for a full description of the award and find the application here. Please complete and submit your application electronically to greg.voorheis@vermont.gov. Applications are due no later than March 31, 2016. Awards will be made in June.