Since it was originally founded in 1983 as Vermont Associates for Training and Development, 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 highlights of that leadership are described below.
- Awarded one of seven highly competitive national grants to develop an innovative Dislocated Worker Demonstration Project. 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 a study published by USDOL, The Nine ‘Best Practices’ Of Highly Effective SCSEP Projects.
- 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.
- 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.
A4TD wins a competitive grant to continue operating the SCSEP in Vermont, and also expands the program into the state of Connecticut.
- 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.
- A4TD delivered training workshops to other SCSEP grantees at the SCSEP 50th anniversary conference in Washington, DC.
After winning a large competitive grant through the United States Department of Labor, A4TD expands SCSEP services into New York, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
A4TD accepts grant awards to operate the SCSEP for New York State Office for the Aging across a large portion of New York state. The award is for 15 counties across the state.
In collaboration with Vermont Department of Labor, A4TD designs and develops the Vermont Returnship Program to help returning and incumbent workers connect with businesses needing experienced talent.
A4TD is awarded the CT State SCSEP grant by the State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services. The award makes A4TD the sole state provider of SCSEP services in Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven counties. Until this grant award, A4TD was the state SCSEP provider for New Haven county (since 2016)
in a highly competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), A4TD applies to continue as a national grantee of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). In an award announcement by the US Department of Labor, A4TD is announced as 1 of 19 organizations in the county to be awarded federal monies to operate SCSEP. A4TD was kept all of its territory in Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont that it was awarded in 2017, and pick up an additional county in New York and Pennsylvania. The award is a 4 year commitment.
A4TD continues to be operate the state portion of SCSEP for the states of Connecticut, New York and Vermont.
A4TD is selected by the state of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitative Services to operate the Older Worker Virtual Training Program in New Haven county. In this project, A4TD will partner with Workforce Alliance to help low income, unemployed older adults (age 55+), who do not have access to in-person or virtual training opportunities, overcome those training barriers so they can participate in training to improve their occupational skills and transition to employment.