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WHAT A program by the United States Department of Labor that provides service-based employment training for senior older adult workers.
WHY To provide subsidized, service-based training for low-income seniors 55 or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects.
WHEREUnited States Department of Labor.
Authorized by the Older Americans Act.
Service Employment Redevelopment SER National.
Across the United States.

Program Description

“It’s a totally new job market than it was 30 years ago.
You feel totally not useful anymore.”

“I feel like I want to work for another 10 or 15 years I knew I had to get more training.... so many of us the job you did when we were younger have become obsolete because of computers, so this way of retraining we can work and help pay our way to life.”
-Video Goodwill Provides Paid On-the-Job Training for Older Workers

"SCSEP is a community service and work-based training program for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income (not more than 125% of the established federal poverty guidelines) persons at least 55 years of age who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects."

Older adults receive on the job training at various places of employment with the hope being hired at the location or move on to be hired somewhere else.

Seniors in the Senior Community Service Employment Program have access to both SCSEP services and other employment assistance through One-Stop Career Centers.

In the program senior citizens work an average of 20 hours a week and are paid the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage.

Seniors are placed in a wide variety of community service positions at non-profit and public facilities, including day care centers, senior centers, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries and landscaping centers.

Older adults may receive on the job training for some of the following positions:

  • Child care provider
  • Customer service representative
  • Teachers’ aide
  • Computer technician
  • Building maintenance worker
  • Health care worker

Additional training for older workers is available through lectures, seminars, one-on-one instruction, training programs or community colleges.

The hope is that community service training will serve as a bridge for seniors to gain unsubsidized employment opportunities in the future.

Services available through the SCSEP program for assisting older workers are:

* Community Services - the program provides over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies allowing them to enhance and provide needed services.

* Participant Services - Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development, orientation, community service placement, training specific to community service assignment, other training as identified in the IEP, supportive services, wages, fringe benefits, annual physicals, assistance in securing unsubsidized employment, and access to local One-Stop Career Centers.

Older adult program participants must be at least 55 and have a family income of no more than 125% over the Federal poverty level.

Enrollment priority is given to seniors over age 60, veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans. Preference is given to minority, limited English-speaking, and Indian eligible individuals. Preference is also given to eligible individuals who have the greatest economic need.

National Employ Older Workers Week is held annually during the last week of September and advocates the important role of older workers in the workforce. Many

To find the SCSEP Program in your area contact your local One-Stop Career Center through tor call 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627)

There are 18 national nonprofit organizations which the SCSEP Program is administered through along with multiple State organzations.

The 18 national grantees include:

-AARP Foundation
-Institute for Indian Development, Inc.
-Easter Seals, Inc.
-Experience Works, Inc.
-National Able Network
-National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
-Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores
-Mature Services, Inc.   
-Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
-National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
-National Council on the Aging, Inc.
-National Indian Council on Aging
-National Urban League
-Quality Career Services, Inc.
-Senior Service America, Inc.
-SER – Jobs for Progress National, Inc.
-Vermont Associates for Training and Development, Inc.
-The Workplace, Inc.,,







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