Why Hiring Older Workers Makes Sense

Goodwill Celebrates National Employ Older Workers Week
September 24-28

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Older workers are a growing part of the 21st century labor force, and they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and maturity to the work place. To celebrate their contributions and achievements, Goodwill Industries International is observing National Employ Older Workers Week from September 24-28, 2018.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that workers age 55 and older will make up 24 percent of the labor force in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many of those older workers will require additional training to remain competitive in today’s job market.

Goodwill Industries International provides critical job training and placement services to support older job seekers in nine states through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP.) The program offers paid, on-the-job training for older workers who have low incomes or are unemployed.

To mark National Employ Older Workers Week, Goodwill® has released this new video featuring the stories of SCSEP trainees and graduates.

“SCSEP participants train in local agencies and nonprofits like food banks, libraries, schools and senior centers. They serve in their own communities,” said Kristin Pratt, Senior Director of Mission Advancement at Goodwill Industries International. “Public and nonprofit agencies are often stretched thin, and SCSEP allows them to supplement their workforce and expand services while helping older job seekers develop valuable skills.”

For the 2018 program year, the U.S. Department of Labor is providing 90 percent of the funding for Goodwill’s SCSEP programs through a $20,971,372 million grant. Goodwill is providing the remaining 10 percent of funding through in-kind contributions worth $2,330,152.

The goal is to provide training and employment services for approximately 3400 people this program year.
Since 2006, Goodwill’s SCSEP effort has helped more than 29,000 older workers in local communities across the country.

The ultimate objective is for SCSEP participants to raise their skill levels to meet employers’ needs, in order to build financial security for their families and to save for retirement.

To see if the program is a good fit for you, or for additional information, contact:
Mary Ewing
Senior Employment Program Manager
Marion, Morrow, Crawford and Union County
419-233-0144
SCSEP@mariongoodwill.org

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