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Experience Works Helps Low-Income Seniors Find Jobs

With job training and job placement, Experience Works helps workers over 55


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Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization offering job training, job placement, and work experience in community service organizations to mature workers over age 55.

Originally named Green Thumb, this organization was established in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson (with encouragement from Lady Bird) to provide job placement for poor, rural farmers.

Since then, Experience Works has evolved to include a variety of programs designed to help older workers enter the workforce, find more challenging positions, change careers, or supplement their incomes.

What Does Experience Works Do?

  • Experience Works operates the federal government's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) with funding from Title V of the Older Americans Act, and state and local grants
  • The organization estimates that every $1 put into Experience Works programs returns $1.50 to local communities.
  • Experience Works has served more than 8,650 community and faith-based organizations
  • More than $80 million has been put back into local communities by Experience Works trainees through wages and other direct services.
  • The value of mature workers in Experience Works programs is estimated to be more than $190 million since the organization began.

Experience Works Services
Experience Works helps thousands of low-income individuals in the US, age 55 and older, with job placement, job training, and job counseling. In the SCSEP, Experience Works places unskilled workers in community service and nonprofit organizations and public agencies at an average of 20 hours per week, and they are paid minimum wage. Experience Works estimates that 38 percent of these workers find permanent jobs, often as teachers' aides, emergency dispatchers, care providers, and clerical assistants.

Experience Works also offers a variety of technology-training services, including instructor-led and self-paced computer-skills training in classrooms, computer labs, training packages and via the Internet.

Job training is offered via industry-specific programs such as home health care, agriculture, security, customer service, and small-business development.

Do You Qualify for Experience Works' SCSEP?
To qualify for the Experience Works SCSEP, you must:

  • Be 55 years of age or older.
  • A resident of the state you are enrolled in the SCSEP program.
  • Have an annual family income of not be more than 125 percent of the established federal poverty income guidelines.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be currently unemployed.

The Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program is a yearlong effort to recognize the contributions of older workers at the local, state, and national levels, capped by a week of activities in Washington, D.C. Honors include America's Oldest Worker, outstanding employers of older workers, and outstanding older workers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

How to Contact Experience Works

  • If you are a worker seeking a job, or an employer wanting to list jobs with Experience Works, visit the Experience Works Web site
  • Write to Experience Works at 4401 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22203
  • Call Experience Works toll-free at 1-866-EXP-WRKS (1-866-397-9757)

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