We can’t wait to welcome our new SCSEP participants on February 1! A4TD’s operations are expanding into 3 new states: Maine, Pennsylvania, and New York. It’s been a lot of work to transition about 650 new participants into our project. But we are ready!
In the last month we have traveled all around the northeast, worked many long hours and late nights, and it has all been worth it. We have met fabulous participants who have interesting backgrounds and stories to tell. We have met exciting new community partners in both urban and rural areas including representatives from the Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers, Meals on Wheels programs, Technical Education Centers, and the Department of Labor. Many of these already serve as Host Agencies; we look forward to learning more about how we can support each other. We even have some new staff, many of whom have been engaged in SCSEP for many years, in different roles. They are busy in new staff orientation, and we are very proud that they have joined the A4TD team.
We really believe in the work we do! And we love to talk about it. If you have questions about how SCSEP works, need help applying to our program, or are interested in working with us, let us know! We want to get to know you.
The US Department of Labor recently announced $140 million in grant awards through the end of Program Year 2016 ($337 million annually for an additional 3 years) in job training grants to 19 organizations nationwide, including a $10.2 million annual award to Vermont Associates for Training and Development, Inc., a non-profit headquartered in St. Albans, VT. The grant, funded through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), provides critical job training and related services to low-income workers age 55+.
Vermont Associates continues to administer the SCSEP in Vermont, with locations in Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Johnsbury, and St. Albans. In addition, as part of the new grant, Vermont Associates will administer the SCSEP in Maine, and in large parts of New York and Pennsylvania, where they will be doing business as Associates for Training & Development.
Now in its 34th year of operation, Vermont Associates’ experience in operating the SCSEP makes them a nationally recognized leader in the field of mature worker training and employment. The SCSEP, authorized by Title V of the Older Americans Act, is the only federally sponsored employment and training program targeted specifically to unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older. Individuals served by the grants receive paid training through part-time, service-oriented positions in their communities. The program has dual goals of promoting community service and helping participants achieve economic self-sufficiency by guiding them into unsubsidized employment. The program nationally funds more than 34,000 training positions annually, and program participants provide almost 35 million hours of community service annually to public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Vermont Associates’ Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer Patricia Elmer states, “We are very pleased to continue to offer training and employment services to Vermonters as we have since 1983. SCSEP is a program which fosters the development of an age diverse, multi-generational workplace. We look forward to continuing our partnership with public and non-profit organizations, and employers who value the mature workforce.”
A wonderful initiative through Community College of Vermont and Department of Libraries! Together they are offering free on-on-one assistance to job seekers who need help using computer technology. CCV interns will be available at several town libraries across the state for six hours a week from March – May. This project, made possible with help from federal and J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation grants, also makes Learning Express Library software available at public libraries. This software includes practice tests for the GED, graduate school entrance, industry certifications, college prep, and the US citizenship exam.
For more information, call your local library! See a directory of all libraries in VT here.
Everywhere we look, we see the importance of mature workers in our economy and workforce. This newsletter from the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office has lively discussion on workforce demographics, the phenomenon of the “encore career,” and tips for job seekers. The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is one way to get updated skills and credentials, and get back into the job market. Click to read Retiring Times.
We are happy to join our friends across the country in celebrating National Employ Older Workers Week (NEOWW)!
NEOWW is a time to celebrate the very important role held by mature workers in the economy and the marketplace. This segment of the labor market continues to grow, and according to the United States Department of Labor, “By 2020, it is estimated that workers 55 and over will make up 25% of the U.S. civilian labor force…” At A4TD, we know mature workers to be very conscientious, diligent, productive, and committed to quality.
The event also showcases the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the oldest jobs training program in the country, and one that has put over a million mature people back to work since its inception in 1965.
Learn more about National Employ Older Workers Week 2015 here. Also join the conversation on social media!
Since the 1960s, the White House has held a Conference on Aging about every decade. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging brought together policymakers, citizens, NGO’s, and advocates to look ahead to the issues that will impact older Americans for the next decade. Join the conversation here, and watch the president’s conference remarks below.
We have happily co-authored a briefing paper with Ernest Gonzales (MSSW, Ph.D. Peter Paul Professor, Boston University). In this paper, Meeting the Needs and Preferences of Low-Income Older Adults to Obtain Employment: Implications for Federal Policy of the Older Americans Act, we highlight the diversity of SCSEP participants, their preferences for full or part-time work, and actual job placements. We hope the results we found can help shape and inform policy objectives of Title V of the Older Americans Act.
This is just one of many exciting projects happening now. Professor Ernest Gonzales and a team of Boston University faculty launched the White House Conference on Aging Working Group at BU in February. The group brings together experts in aging from the Schools of Social Work and Public Health. Writing on different areas of expertise, the faculty produced research briefs on topics ranging from homelessness, caregiving, age discrimination in the workplace, to the “invisibility” of racial and ethnic minority baby boomers (http://www.bu.edu/ssw/research/current/whcoa/).
Our friends at the UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC) have a long history of research and innovation in the transportation sector. They have new reason to be proud, as last week they were selected to host the Northeastern Region Surface Transportation Workforce Center by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). A4td supported this proposal, and we are excited to keep exploring workforce development opportunities in this industry together.
With this designation from FHWA, UVM TRC accepts a four year grant that, among other things, allows the creation of a transportation “jobs and skills” needs study assessment that brings industry and public sector together to best meet the needs of the transportation industry. Key partners in this project will include Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, as well as the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
We look forward to the exciting days ahead, as we will explore new ways to work with the center, and keep our workforce development efforts effective and relevant.
Read more about the Northeast Regional Surface Transportation Research Center here.
This week we were happy to celebrate National Employ Older Workers Week 2014. This is a nationwide US Department of Labor (USDOL) initiative that recognizes the value of mature workers and the critical role they play in a healthy and sustainable workforce. This is a familiar topic for us—every day, we see our program participants in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) making substantial contributions to their communities through hands-on training at partner nonprofits. We see the lifetime of experience and skills that each mature worker brings, and it inspires, moves, and motivates us to keep helping them get back to work.
Throughout the month of May, we join our friends at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and our partners across the country in celebrating Older Americans Month 2014! This year’s theme is: Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow. We are proud to provide training and employment services to mature workers every day through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). We make health and wellness a priority as part of our SCSEP culture. Read about the history of Older Americans Month, and learn how to get involved here!