Since it was originally founded in 1983 as Vermont Associates, Associates for Training and Development (A4TD) has successfully developed a comprehensive continuum of services for mature workers and has been recognized as a leader on the national level for our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) performance. Some recent highlights of that leadership are:
- In 2015, A4TD delivered training workshops to other SCSEP grantees at the SCSEP 50th anniversary conference in Washington, DC
- In 2014, A4TD received a highly competitive supplemental training grant to design and deliver computer and job search skill trainings directly to program participants. Only the very best performing SCSEP grantees in the nation were invited to apply for this grant.
- A4TD remains one of the top performing SCSEP grantees in the nation on certain key performance measures including helping program participants enter employment.
These recent examples were built on a long history of accomplishments in the aging services industry:
- Awarded one of seven highly competitive national grants to develop an innovative Dislocated Worker Demonstration Project from 1997-1999. The project developed was identified as a ‘Best Practice’ and featured in the publication A Guide to Serving Mature Workers by the USDOL.
- Selected as a ‘Best Practice’ site in the 2002 study published by USDOL, The Nine ‘Best Practices’ Of Highly Effective SCSEP Projects.
- In 2009, one of ten grantees awarded the Aging Worker Initiative (AWI) grant by the United States Department of Labor. Our AWI demonstration presents a model coordinating the “innovation assets” – people, institutions, capital, and infrastructure – of the State to demonstrate how a demand-driven workforce system can address concurrently the workforce needs of employers in high growth, high demand H-1B industry sectors and the needs of job seekers age 55+ to obtain quality jobs.
- In 2011, A4TD was one of 14 organizations partnering with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) as they launched a national multi-year video advocacy campaign, titled One Away: Campaign for Elder Economic Security. The campaign achieved significant public policy changes that addressed key aspects of economic security for low-income older adults. The campaign produced videos which were used as advocacy tools in local micro campaigns that helped to communicate campaign messages to a variety of audiences, as well as to build awareness around economic security issues.