Nominations Sought for 2018 Silver Collar Awards Bookmark and Share

June 18, 2018

Between 2014 and 2024, the impact of minimal population growth and an aging population on Maine's labor force will be partially offset by an expected increase in participation across age groups, particularly among our oldest workers. By 2024, more than two-thirds of 55-64 year-olds and nearly one-quarter of those over the age 65 are expected to be in the labor force.


Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA - Do you know of a senior-friendly business? Is your business a great place for seniors to work? The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee has opened nominations for 2018's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine.

In recognition of the increasing role that older workers play in today's workforce, the Maine State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee has designated the Silver Collar Employers Award to honor Maine employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, valuing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility, and enthusiasm.

  • Recipients of the State Workforce Board's Silver Collar Award will be recognized to future employees, public and the business community.

  • Successful applicants will be showcased in press releases to local newspapers and industry journals.

Silver Collar Award employers understand the value older workers provide to business. A panel of private sector, non-profit, and government employment experts will consider your business's flexible work options, training and development opportunities, Compensation and Benefits, and age-neutral policies and practices. Silver Collar Award winners will be honored during National Employ Older Workers Week in September.

Deadline for entry is Friday, August 17, 2018. For more information and to download the application, visit . Questions can be directed to the State Workforce Board at or call 207-621-5091 / TTY Maine Relay 711.

The State Workforce Board (SWB) is responsible for assisting Governor LePage in improving the state's business climate by designing and implementing strategies that help Mainers enter the workforce as well as advance by increasing their skills. For more information about the SWB or workforce development, visit .