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Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) - Workforce Development & Adult Learning

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is available to job seekers, ages 55 and older, who are unemployed, meet established low-income guidelines and desire an opportunity for training and employment. Individuals are given a training assignment that most closely matches their personal goals for employment. Training assignments are coordinated with non-profit or government agencies, also known as host agencies, and are limited to 20 hours per week, at the established minimum wage hourly rate. Applicants are not required to have previous work experience.

The goal of the program is to assist older workers to develop workplace skills which will enable them to attain permanent, unsubsidized employment, either with their host agencies or other non-profits, government or private sector employers. Participants are trained by a variety of employers including schools, physicians, health care agencies, hospitals, custodial and maintenance service industries, senior service providers, administrative and management entities, retail merchants, and transportation, security and technology companies.

Older workers have proven to be valuable assets to companies where they work. They have demonstrated characteristics that include a strong work ethic, high productivity, extensive experience, and low absenteeism and turnover rates.

SCSEP is authorized under Title V of the Older Americans Act. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning administers the program in the following jurisdictions: Baltimore City, Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Talbot and Washington counties. For participation in other counties, please contact Senior Service America, Inc., the national SCSEP grantee, at their office in Silver Spring at 301-578-8900.

The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning is committed to promoting the employment of all workers, and specifically older workers. Many Maryland employers hire older workers as part of their regular recruitment efforts. However, as the median age of the workforce continues to increase, more employers will seek to utilize the skills, experience and talents of older workers.

Those seeking further information may contact SCSEP at 410-767-2057 or e-mail the Program Manager, Deborah Wilburn.

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