Help for senior job seekers
SCSEP provides training and experience
For the first time, there are more older workers than teens in the nation's workforce, and seniors now are overrepresented in low-income jobs normally associated with teens. In 2008, workers 55 and older represented 18 percent of the workforce and younger workers only 14 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Projections: 2008-2018 report, the number of workers over 55 is expected to increase by 43 percent, or 12 million people, by 2018. At that time, they will make up 24 percent of the work force.
Older adults have been hard hit by the current economy. Many unemployed older workers cannot just retire because they cannot afford to and they need company health insurance. Health insurance is a key factor in whether or not people feel they can retire, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) in Washington.
The Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) provides the work experience and training necessary to bring a segment of the population that has been largely discounted back into the workforce. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons 55 or older who are unemployed and have poor employment prospects. These are people who want and need to work. Without training, the only jobs they could qualify for would be low-paid, unskilled jobs with no chance for advancement.
Participants work an average 20-hour week and the program pays them the higher of federal, state or local minimum wage. They are placed in a wide variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities including day-care centers, senior centers, schools, police stations and hospitals. SCSEP's goal is to place 30 percent of its authorized positions into unsubsidized employment annually.
Ohio's SCSEPs will serve approximately 5,300 Ohio seniors and provide an estimated 5.29 million hours of community service work. As a result of SCSEPs in Ohio, an anticipated 1,600 Ohio seniors are projected to be placed in regular employment in SFY 2011.
SCSEP benefits both participants and their communities. Participants help community organizations extend their reach and capabilities, while developing their own job skills and self-confidence. Future employers benefit from a pool of experienced, dependable and qualified candidates for a variety of jobs, while saving training dollars and accessing local agencies that know their area and business needs.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program is available in all 88 Ohio counties, through contracts with leaders in employment and training in each county. Call toll-free 1-866-243-5678 to contact the area agency on aging serving your county for more information.
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