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Many Americans over age 55 want to return to the workforce, and many companies could benefit from mature, experienced employees. That’s why the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) was created—to help make connections between older adults and employers. For over 50 years, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has operated SCSEP, which places mature workers in temporary paid community service jobs while training them for permanent employment. NCOA has successfully moved thousands of older adults into jobs—helping employers meet their needs for qualified workers while providing older adults opportunities to contribute their skills and experience. NCOA currently operates 25 SCSEP projects in 11 states and Puerto Rico. SCSEP is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Why hire an Older Adult?

No guesswork or risk

Each NCOA SCSEP office has a large pool of workers, matching potential candidates with your needs. We also screen and offer training opportunities with community agencies and nonprofits to all candidates. In addition to saving you time and money on recruitment, we even offer trial employment periods at no cost to you to make sure the candidate is a good fit for your business.

Mature and reliable employees

Everybody benefits from a multigenerational workforce, including you, the employer. Older workers are ideal candidates bringing maturity, a strong work ethic, reliability, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Older employees can teach younger ones with their life experience, while they gain inspiration from the energy and passion of younger employees.

How does it work?

Everybody benefits from a multigenerational workforce, including you, the employer. Older workers are ideal candidates bringing maturity, a strong work ethic, reliability, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Older employees can teach younger ones with their life experience, while they gain inspiration from the energy and passion of younger employees.

Trial Employment Program

Trial employment is a true “Try-Before-You-Hire” opportunity for candidates to work for an agreed upon period of time without any risk to you. During that time, NCOA SCSEP pays the candidate’s wages and workers compensation coverage. At the end of the trial, you can hire the employee, or if you determine they are not a good fit, we will handle informing them and finding a new opportunity for them. Whether or not you hire the candidate, you do not pay the worker or NCOA anything for the trial.

Apprenticeship Training Program

Don’t have immediate hiring needs? Don’t wait. Be proactive in addressing your staffing needs throughout the year with the Apprenticeship Training Program. NCOA SCSEP candidates are assigned to work at your organization in a training capacity where you can use the extra help at no cost to you. NCOA SCSEP pays the candidate’s wages and workers compensation coverage, and the candidate receives great hands-on training experience. The maximum time limit for each apprenticeship varies based on the requirements of the position.

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