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Free Job Training and Placement for Older Workers

Program helps unemployed and low-income workers who are 55+


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Working with a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, AARP is co-funding an employment program that helps job seekers over age 55 to find employment.

The program provides job training and job placement, and is available free to people who qualify.

What is the AARP Job Training and Job Placement Program?
This job training and job placement program is called the AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

SCSEP helps people 55+ become more successful at finding a job by:

  • Improving job skills
  • Gaining work experience
  • Increasing their self-confidence

How Does SCSEP Work?
First, SCSEP staff assesses each applicant's need to determine eligibility. Based on each person's needs, free services include:

  • Assessment of existing job skills and interests
  • Assistance with setting job goals
  • An individual employment plan
  • Help with locating job training for new skills
  • Resume assistance
  • Job interview tips
  • Information about job clubs and workshops
  • Job leads, and follow-ups to check progress
  • Worker's compensation insurance
  • A yearly physical exam
  • A free one-year membership in AARP

What Are the Criteria to Join SCSEP?
To qualify for the SCSEP job training and job placement program, applicants must be:

  • Unemployed
  • Age 55 or older
  • Must live in a county that is served by an AARP SCSEP office
  • Income must be below 125% of the federal poverty level. AARP recommends that you check with your local SCSEP office because not all income is counted.

How to Apply for this Job Training and Job Placement Program

  1. The first step is to find out if you live in an eligible county. In order to be part of this program, you must live in a county that is served by an AARP SCSEP office.

    If there is no AARP SCSEP office serving the county in which you live, you will be directed to find a SCSEP office through another sponsor.

  2. The next step is to contact the local SCSEP office by phone or in person. A staff member will ask you questions to determine if you are eligible for job training and job placement services.

If you receive benefits like SSI/SSD and Medicaid, or assistance with food stamps or public housing, acceptance into this program may affect your benefits. A SCSEP staff member will help you determine how your current benefits may be affected.

For more information on the AARP Foundation SCSEP program for job training and job placement, see the AARP Web site for Low Income Job Seekers.

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