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Put Our Experience to Work for You

More than 500,000 jobseekers have found work through AARP Foundation's workforce programs.

Put Our Experience to Work for You

More than 500,000 jobseekers have found work through AARP Foundation’s Workforce Programs.

In the rapidly changing world of work, older adults must become proficient in the latest technologies, develop new skills, and learn new ways of working. At AARP Foundation, we embrace tools and technology that enable people over 50 who are living with low income to achieve goals related to work, employability, health, learning, leisure, and inclusion in society.

Our workforce programs are central to these efforts, as are our initiatives to help older adults increase their social connections and build economic security and mobility. We partner with local and regional employers and community organizations to ensure that older jobseekers are equipped not just to keep up with the changing world of work, but also to stay ahead of the curve.

Whether participants are looking for a job or considering a career change, AARP Foundation’s workforce programs are designed to help them transition smoothly and position them to be competitive in today’s ever-shifting job market. Jobseekers learn how to:

  • Develop a personal brand that demonstrates the value they bring to a company.
  • Take inventory of their skills to see which ones are transferable to other industries or positions.
  • Navigate and access learning opportunities to acquire skills needed for in-demand jobs.
  • Grow their network and market themselves to attract the right job opportunities.
  • Navigate the complexities of today’s job search with confidence.
  • Update and age-proof their résumé to land more interviews.

Our individualized coaching, training, ongoing support, and resources position participants to succeed, and are available for free through these AARP Foundation programs:

  • BACK TO WORK 50+
  • AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  • Work for Yourself@50+ and Freelancing Resource Center
  • Washington State Skills for the Digital Economy

All of our workforce programs have added online versions of their in-person workshops, coaching sessions, and training opportunities, thus expanding our services to more older adults participants. Moreover, AARP Foundation programs emphasize equitable outcomes for diverse populations that have faced systemic racism and discrimination.

Our Newest Workforce Initiative: Digital Skills Ready@50+™

AARP Foundation, through a generous grant from, has launched Digital Skills Ready@50+™ program — an initiative to provide technology and digital skills training to people over 50 who are living with low income. Focused especially on women and people of color, the trainings will help increase older adults’ economic security and social connections with workshops that give participants the digital essentials they need to find and secure jobs, change careers, or explore entrepreneurship.

In collaboration with AARP affiliate Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), we will provide programs and services that offer older adults foundational workplace technology skills. AARP Foundation and OATS will develop the trainings, which will be implemented through community organization partners and OATS’ Senior Planet instructors. Trainings will consist of foundational courses that unfold over a five-week period, including:

  • Computer Essentials
  • Introduction to Digital Culture for PCs
  • iPad Essentials
  • Chrome Essentials
  • Android Essentials

In addition, participants will join hands-on workshops that teach them how to use LinkedIn, Venmo, and other tools. The initiative also will offer lectures on a wide range of topics, from how to choose a new computer to using social media for job searches. Read the full press release.

The Digital Skills Ready@50+ program will roll out over the next two years in eight states, including:

State City
  • Phoenix (Maricopa County)
  • Tucson
  • Atlanta
  • Chicago/Cook County
  • New Orleans
North Carolina
  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Raleigh-Durham
  • Harrisburg
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
South Carolina
  • Columbia
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio
Although the main focus is in these cities, there is also an opportunity to apply outside of these communities. If your organization is located in the eight states listed above, please consider applying.

The Foundation already has a strong presence in these communities through our programs. We’re now seeking community partners to help us implement the Digital Skills Ready@50+ initiative — partners who share our commitment to supporting vulnerable people over 50 in their employment journey, and who have demonstrated that equity and inclusion are central to their business ethic.

Ready to be a community partner? Apply today!
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This transformational grant will enable older adults living with low income to obtain the digital confidence and skills they need to increase their long-term financial stability, especially for those who have been most affected by systemic racism and discrimination.

Lisa Marsh Ryerson
President, AARP Foundation

  • Application

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  • On-Demand Information Session

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  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • Program Names and Descriptions

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