55+ Get Paid 20 Hours a Week To Learn a New Skill

Seniors all across the United States are getting the help and training they need to get better paying jobs through the Senior Community Service Employment Program. SCSEP is a work training program funded through Title V of the Older Americans Act. It provides temporary, paid, community service jobs to low-income persons age 55 and older so that they can develop marketable job skills while searching for permanent employment. The program is designed to benefit both individuals and their communities. Participants help to meet community needs by performing necessary services at non-profit organizations and government agencies, while at the same time receiving on the job training and employment

Program services include an assessment of skills; a program orientation; an Individual Employment Plan that identifies barriers to employment, recommended assignments,
training, and services to overcome these barriers; help in setting employment goals; r?’sum?? preparation; referrals to employment opportunities; and follow-up meetings, reviews and evaluations to determine progress and the next step. Enrollees are placed in temporary jobs at most Agencies. These jobs are part-time, up to 20 hours per week, and pay at least the current minimum wage.

During their temporary assignments, enrollees work with the director of their local SCSEP project office to update their resumes and locate permanent employment. The average amount of time spent in a temporary assignment is nine months. Types of job assignments vary, but can include educational support and assistance, general office and computers, clerical, home health, food service, and building maintenance at government agencies and non-profit organizations such as day care facilities, schools, libraries and recreational centers. Contact the national grantees and your state contacts listed below. To find your closest SCSEP office you can check the America’s Service Locator site at http://www.servicelocator.org/. Simply type in your zip code and use the drop down menu at the bottom to choose ?Older Workers. Your income must be below about $12,000 for one person, but not all income is counted. So it is best to contact the SCSEP office to find out if you are eligible. You can also contact your state Department of Labor or Division of Older Worker Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room N4641,Washington, DC 20210; 202-693-3842 or 877-872-5627; http://www.doleta.gov/seniors


Income Eligibility: Family of 2 – $13,200. These income requirements are estimates and you should check with your local office to verify eligibility as many programs have exceptions and the income amounts change often and vary from location to location.


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