The mission of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is to provide job training and placement for people with limited financial resources who are age 55 or older, and to provide employers with trained, motivated workers.
Hiring older workers brings stability to a workplace by reducing turnover. This saves money in the long run by reducing recruitment and training costs. Some employers may even qualify to take part in a program that pays the new employee’s salary during an on-the-job training experience.
A survey of human resources managers showed “loyalty and dedication to the company” along with “commitment to doing quality work” as the top qualities of older workers. These qualities serve a business not only through the older worker’s efforts, but by providing an example for other employees to follow.
SCSEP is currently making a special appeal to agencies, businesses, and other workforce investors to hire older workers. These participants have been training at non-profit agencies for several years. Their duties range from receptionists, custodians, childcare providers, clerks, recreational trainers, radio dispatchers and broadcasting/ advertisement workers. For more information, contact SCSEP Coordinator, Ophelia Parks, at the WIOA Administrative Office.