Supporting Older Workers
Employment Success through Increased Access to Job Training
Hiring older workers makes good business sense. Not only do older workers have lower absenteeism and stay on the job longer than younger employees, they are more engaged in their work, are reliable, loyal, and have a strong work ethic. The only thing they don't have is the opportunity. Easterseals is committed to empowering low-income older workers to achieve economic independence and fully engage in the process of determining their own future.
Older adults seeking employment often benefit from access to job training and other vocational supports. Through these services, potential candidates develop new work skills and relevant job experiences that pave the way for meaningful employment.
Recognizing the unique needs of older workers, Congress established the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor. The program helps low-income, unemployed workers age 55 year and older return to the workforce through paid, vocational-based community service training. Eligible older workers train at local nonprofits or public facilities, such as libraries, schools and senior centers, to develop new work history, skills and confidence.
Easterseals is a national SCSEP provider with programs in eight states, including Alabama, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Utah. Through Easterseals’ SCSEP program, more than 3,000 older workers across the country have found permanent employment.
Did you know?
- Easterseals is a national SCSEP provider with programs in eight states – Alabama, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Utah. Through Easterseals’ SCSEP program, more than 3,000 older workers across the country have found permanent employment.
- More than 67,000 older workers from across the country benefited from SCSEP employment support during the last recorded fiscal year, with 45 percent of whom secured employment in their communities.
- SCSEP prioritizes service to eligible, unemployed veterans and job seekers with disabilities. In addition 65 percent of SCSEP participants are women, 46 percent are persons of color and 88 percent have incomes below the federal level. The average participant age is 62.
- SCSEP-funded services are available in nearly all 30,000 U.S. counties and territories and are fully integrated within the overall workforce development system, yet less than one percent of eligible older Americans are served under current funding levels.
- The program has provided over 40 million community service hours to public and non-profit agencies, allowing them to enhance and provide needed services to vulnerable populations in their communities.
Easterseals Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Request
- Fund the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program at no less than $434, 371,000.
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