Employment for Workers 55 and Over

Employment for Workers 55 and Over


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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a paid job-training program that provides a bridge to employment for mature workers. Partner community service agencies provide supportive, real work settings that help mature workers transition into employment. The program covers the costs of training by paying a state minimum wage stipend to the trainee.


How do I know if I’m qualified?

You qualify for the program if you:

  • are age 55 or older.
  • live within federal low-income guidelines.
  • are willing to improve your job skills and learn new ones.

What will the program do for me?

Through this job-training program you will:

  • receive interviewing and job-search assistance.
  • obtain computer and vocational training to update and build new skills.
  • earn while you learn at an agency near your home.
  • gain access to employers who want to hire experienced workers.

Meet One of Our Participants

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Janice Harris has been a participant in the Senior Employment Program here at Coastline for the past 2 years.  She assists in creating and updating resumes and providing job clubs for incoming trainees.

After working for over 20 years at a local Career Center teaching job seekers how to stand out from the competition, I found myself once again, coping with job loss after my agency experienced budget cuts.

I remembered utilizing Senior Trainees at the Career Center and they were so helpful to the job seekers and staff.  Since Unemployment Insurance was almost depleted, I called to see if I was eligible for the program.  I am now helping other seniors learn new job search skills for today’s competitive job market and realize how many valuable traits they are offering to employers.

Where do I go to enroll in the program?

Please contact Karyl Ryan at 508-999-6400, ext. 177 or kryan@coastlinenb.org to see if you qualify for the program.


Training sites are partnered community service agencies.

Mature workers do much of their training through meaningful positions with community service agencies. These nonprofit and government service agencies are dedicated to providing training to build real-world skills while the work provided by the trainee directly benefits the community.

Many training sites hire their trainee after training is completed. Other benefits to the community and training site include:

  • additional services to the community that would otherwise be too costly.
  • development of skilled workers for both community service agencies and for-profit companies.
  • training that improves a senior’s life in profound ways.
  • enhancement of America ‘s ever-growing mature workforce.

Funding and Support

Funding for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) of Coastline Elderly Services comes from Senior Service America, Incorporated, headquartered in Silver Spring , Maryland . Senior Service America is one of 18 nonprofit organizations awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) and is the largest federally-funded program for older adults who seek civic engagement plus employment and training assistance. Check out http://www.seniorserviceamerica.org/ for more information.