Programs and Services --
Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)
Elder Services of Berkshire County (ESBC) is a sponsor of the federally funded, state administered, Massachusetts’ Senior Community Services Employment Program (MA-SCSEP). SCSEP’s mission is to provide job training and placement for individuals age 55 or older with limited financial resources and to provide employers with trained, motivated workers. The program provides persons who have met the required eligibility guidelines, and have a sincere desire to work, the opportunity to overcome two of the biggest barriers to employment – lack of experience and training.
How does SCSEP work? During the initial intake an applicant is assessed for eligibility, current job skills, interests and individual experience. Applicants then have the possibility of interviewing with a Host Agency. If a match occurs, the candidate is enrolled as a SCSEP participant and placed in part-time job training opportunity at a local nonprofit organization or government agency. The participant’s salary is paid by the SCSEP program.
Who can participate?Applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered for a training assignment in SCSEP:
· 55 years of age or older
· Resident of Massachusetts (Berkshire County for the ESBC sponsored program)
· Qualifies for income eligibility guidelines (125% of current federal poverty guidelines)
· Able to be placed in a non-subsidized position in the future
· Agree to cooperated in an active and continuous job search
· Agree to attend computer and other training opportunities
Who to contact? Individuals interested in learning more about program eligibility requirements and enrollment opportunities for SCSEP should contact Elder Services’ SCSEP Job Developer at (413)499-0524.