Employers are becoming more aware of the assets mature workers bring to the workforce. Some of these assets include a strong work ethic, high productivity, a wealth of life experience, and low absenteeism/turnover. If this sounds like you, and you are 55+ and seeking work, the Senior Employment Program at JobSource may just be for you.
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
- To identify appropriate part-time training opportunities in community service
- To empower low-income senior individuals to seek permanent employment
- To educate employers as to the value of age diversity in the workplace
Program Purpose and Background
The purpose of the SCSEP is to assist unemployed low-income persons, age 55 and older who need new training and employment. Training is accomplished within participating 501(c) 3 non-profit agencies or government entities (“host agencies”) that provide a community service to the public.
The SCSEP is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act and funded and monitored by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Maryland Department of Labor is the State Grantee for the SCSEP and operates in the following eleven counties: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington and Baltimore City.
Paid Training Assignment
- Participants are given a paid training assignment that corresponds with their employment goals
- Interns work 20 hours/week and earn minimum wage ($10.10/hour effective July 1, 2018)
- During this assignment, wages are paid under the federal grant, not by the host agency (so they are subsidized)
- The goal is permanent unsubsidized employment of mature workers either within their host agencies, or with non-profit, government
- Workers are trained and hired by all types of employers such as healthcare agencies, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, food banks etc
Benefits of Training Assignments
Accountability: Host agencies sign up for this program knowing the expectation is to train participants. The training benchmarks they develop keep both agencies and participants accountable for meeting training milestones. Participants master a diverse set of skills that can transfer to their future employment endeavors.
Refresher: Participants reap the benefits of being re-trained. You may already bring extensive experience to the table, but it never hurts to be refreshed on some of the skills needed in today’s workforce.
Networking: Many participants become employed by their host agencies, but for those who do not, they are still able to network with a variety of professionals which could open some exciting new doors in the future.
Workshops: In addition to training assignments, all SCSEP participants are encouraged to attend workshops on resume-writing, interviewing techniques, and cover letters to complement the training and assist them as they move towards job applications with their host agencies or other agencies.
Confidence: Sometimes all people need to re-enter the workforce is a confidence boost. Maybe it has been a while since you interviewed, or maybe you feel that age is becoming a barrier causing you to not be considered for certain roles. During your training assignment you will be a valued asset to your host agency, which is a personal reminder of what you bring to the table. This confidence will assist you as you network and interview for your next opportunity.
Funding for the program comes from the Older Americans Act
You must be:
- Age 55 or older, (if you do not meet this criteria, please view our other programs)
- Reside in Calvert/Charles/St. Mary’s Counties (for referrals to other counties please go here: Senior Community Services Employment Program
- Other eligibility requirements (case-by-case basis)
JobSource also offers a variety of workshops to assist job seekers. These are free and typically open to the public. Some workshop topics include resume writing, interview techniques, cover letters, federal hiring, LinkedIn, advanced LinkedIn, job fair preparation and more. You can register for a workshop and find a full calendar of events on the Maryland Workforce Exchange.