The Senior Community Service Employment Program is an employment training program for low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55 years and older. The program provides subsidized, part-time work experience for a limited time through community service to obtain the skills necessary for permanent employment. Participants in the program learn new skills and talents, or enhance existing ones, through valuable work experience and other training to become competitive in today's workforce.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program is funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act. It is administered by the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development
through area agencies on aging and various other non-profit organizations.
Tennessee Integrated State Plan, July 1, 2012-June 30, 2017
What Do Most Individuals Want?
-Receive an income
-Develop new skills
-Feel useful and needed
-Make new friends and stay in touch with the world
-Have a sense of achievement and accomplishment
-Know that he or she is a valuable asset to the community
Older Workers Are Good for Business
The assets of older workers are increasingly being recognized by employers. Those assets include a strong work ethic, high productivity, extensive life and work experience, and low absenteeism and turnover rates. Many Tennessee employers are hiring older workers as part of their recruitment efforts to use the skills, experience, and talents they possess.
Who Is Eligible?
Individuals applying for the Senior Community Service Employment Program must meet specific requirements in order to be eligible:
- A legal resident of Tennessee
- 55 years of age and older
- A family income at no more than 125% of the federal poverty level
What Is Offered?
Senior Community Service Employment Program participants receive an assessment to determine individual needs for training, supportive services, and potential for employment. Eligible participants are closely matched with their personal goals and placed in a position in community service (nonprofit, public, or private sector) for approximately 20 hours per week. Participants receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Other job-related training may consist of upgrading existing skills, developing new skills, limited educational opportunities, job counseling, and assistance in finding and keeping a job.
To gain work experience, Senior Community Service Employment Program participants are often placed in schools, hospitals, economic development iniative, weatherization activities, law offices, conservation programs, and many other sites. These sites translate into positions such as nurse's aides and teacher's aides, library clerks, clerical workers, adult and child day care assistants, campground recreational coordinators, maintenance workers, and many more occupations.
How Do I Apply?
To determine whether you are eligible for the Senior Community Service Employment Program, call the agency in your county and ask to speak with the "SCSEP Program Coordinator," who will do a brief "Question and Answer" evaluation over the phone to determine whether you qualify.
For additional information about the SCSEP program or to send comments, please contact:
Director, Policy and Planning
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
220 French Landing Drive, 4B
Nashville, TN 37243-0658
(615) 741-4092 office
(800) 255-5872 office
(615) 516-7584 Blackberry
(615) 741-3003 fax