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Get Paid While Completing On-the-Job Training

Call Today and Find Out if You’re Eligible

Ever wish you could get paid to train for a new job? The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) may be able to help you support yourself while getting the skills you need to land a good job.

As a program participant, you can sharpen your skills and earn a livable income — all while giving back to your community.

If you qualify, we’ll match you with a part-time training assignment, where you’ll get:

  • Paid for an average of 20 hours a week
  • On-the-job training to update your work skills
  • Work experience you can put on your resume
  • Professional job placement assistance to find full-time employment

Work Resources Hotline

To see if you’re eligible and to get assistance applying, call to speak to a member of the AARP Foundation team.

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET
Se habla Español.

Please call today or complete this interest form and a member of our team will follow up with you.

Call Today to See if You Qualify

To apply for job placement through AARP Foundation SCSEP, you must be:

  • Age 55 and older
  • Unemployed
  • Living on a limited or low income (if you’re not sure, contact us to find out)

There’s a lot of people who, when they hit this age, think they are going to be stuck in a job like fast food forever. But SCSEP works with the individual to find out what their strengths are. I just can’t thank SCSEP enough.

– Ken Mace, SCSEP participant

Put Our Experience to Work for You

For more than 50 years, AARP Foundation SCSEP has provided adults age 55 and older with opportunities to work in a variety of community service roles at nonprofits and public facilities in their local communities. More than 500,000 jobseekers have found work through the program — you could be next.

Get the skills and training you need to compete in today’s job market — apply today. Call 1-855-850-2525 or complete this interest form and a member of our team will follow up with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program work?

SCSEP is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed individuals age 55 and older find work. Eligible workers are placed in a variety of community service positions at nonprofit and public facilities like day care and senior centers, schools and hospitals. Participants work an average 20 hours a week and receive training on the job, which usually leads to permanent employment.

How do I know if I am eligible?

To apply for job placement through SCSEP, you must be:

  • Age 55 and older
  • Unemployed
  • Living on a limited or low income (if you’re not sure, contact us to find out)

If you don’t qualify, you may still be eligible for other AARP Foundation employment programs — we have lots of programs! Call us at 1-855-850-2525, even if you’re unsure, to find out more.

What are the hours and pay through SCSEP?

You will train an average of 20 hours a week and earn whichever is highest — the federal, state, or local minimum wage. Most participants are trained by SCSEP for about six months before they return to full-time employment.

What kind of training can I get through SCSEP?

As part of SCSEP, you may also receive additional support and skills training through an educational institution. You will serve in a vital community service position such as (but not limited to):

  • Child care provider
  • Customer service representative
  • Teachers’ aide
  • Computer technician
  • Building maintenance worker
  • Health care worker

To see if you’re eligible and get assistance applying, please call today or complete this interest form and a member of our team will follow up with you.

1-855-850-2525

CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET
Please call today — Se habla Español.

​AARP Foundation’s SCSEP program (CFDA 17.235) is funded with $77,808,096 million in grants with U.S. Department of Labor funds. This funding provides 90% of the support for SCSEP, with AARP Foundation matching 10% ($8.774,913 million). AARP Foundation operates in 19 states and Puerto Rico.
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