The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a Federal and Statefunded program. SCSEP is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor and is a program of the Department of Rehabilitative Services – State Unit on Aging. SCSEP provides seniors who were once in the workforce with an opportunity to return to the workforce and also provides seniors who have had difficulties entering the workforce the opportunity to gain skills that will essentially assist them in finding permanent employment.
Since 1968, the SCSEP has provided community service work training through Title V of the Older Americans Act. In Fairfield County the SCESP is administered by two agencies: the Jewish Family Services and The WorkPlace. Seniors (age 55 or older) have the opportunity to train an average of 18-20 hours per week in a community service agency (host agency). There is no time limit for host agency placement. During this time, the senior will develop and enhance skills while receiving on the job training. The goal is that after the assignment at the host agency, the trainee will gain permanent, unsubsidized employment at either the host agency or another employer. Host agencies are non-profit or government agencies that can provide on the job
training and opportunities for learning to SCESP participants. During SCESP enrollment participants are paid through the Title V Program; the host agency is not responsible to pay any wages to the participant