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Job Training For Seniors (SCSEP)


The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a work-training program for people with low income, age 55 and older. It is funded by the Department of Labor and operated through national and state sponsors.

SCSEP helps people find both full- and part-time jobs.

Qualifications for SCSEP: To participate:

  • You must be at least age 55.
  • Family income can be no more than 25% of the federal poverty level. Not all income is counted.
  • Be unemployed.

Enrollment priority is given to people 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.

The SCSEP Program: Program participants are placed in a wide variety of full-time and part-time community service positions at non-profit and public facilities, including day care centers, senior centers, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries and landscaping centers.

These positions are training assignments designed to provide skills and experience to enable a participant to obtain an unsubsidized job.

Other training may include: classroom, lectures, seminars, individual instruction, training through other employment and training programs or community colleges.

SCSEP participants serve as receptionists, computer operators, health care workers, drivers, maintenance workers, library aides, outreach workers, mental health case aides, groundskeepers, nutrition aides, and many other roles.

Participants work on average 20 hours a week and receive the highest of federal minimum wage, state minimum wage or prevailing wage. The goal is to move participants into unsubsidized positions to increase their earnings.

Enrollment priority is given to people over age 60, Veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans.

To find the closest SCSEP office, call 877.872.5627 or go to offsite link ---- type in your zip code or city.

NOTE: Consider looking for work through an agency that finds jobs on a temporary basis. Such firms care more about experience than age.  Temp jobs often result in being hired permanently.

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