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Senior Community Service Employment Program

Even in a good economy, finding work if you are over the age of 55 can be a challenge.  The AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) can help.

SCSEP is a program funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor with support from AARP and the AARP Foundation that provides comprehensive training and support that helps job seekers over the age of 55 improve their skills, obtain training and find a job. 

Te be eligible for SCSEP, a person must be 55 or older, meeting income guidelines and be interested in bettering their current employment circumstances.  If you meet  the criteria, the AARP foundation can help you obtain new job knowledge, enhance your skills and gain a competitive edge. 

Participants are placed in temporary assignments with federal, state, county, city, or nonprofit organizations where they have an opportunity to sharpen and develop skills while searching for a permanent job.   Participants are paid at the current Federal or State minimum wage while working at these temporary jobs.   While working in these temporary jobs,  SCESP offers workshops and advice to prepare you to apply for a permanent job.   Most participants are enrolled in the program for only a few months. 

Participants benefit in on-the-job training

Earning at least current minimum wage while training

Developing job search skills

Improving job skills and developing new ones.

Establishing a current work history and an up-to-date resume'

Receiving workers compensation insurance

The opportunity for a yearly physical examination

Receiving a one-year complimentary AARP membership

To learn if you qualify, contact your nearest AARP Foundation WorkSearch office.




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