In a time when the economy isn’t looking the best and people of all ages are struggling to make the bills, Experience Works, a program geared towards low-income senior citizens, is helping ease some of those worries.
Experience Works is a program that helps low-income senior citizens break through barriers that might be holding them back in today’s workforce, and helping their participants get work in their local community. Experience Works holds three truths, which include: Older people should have an opportunity to learn new skills and contribute to their community throughout their lives; employers who hire, train, and retain older workers will be most successful; people who are productive and active throughout their lives will have better health, increased longevity, and a more positive impact on their community.
Experience Works uses the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) that provides training, supportive services, and information that can be used to make their lives more satisfying. The end goal is to promote self-sufficiency, realize their goals, and obtain permanent employment and meet the needs of a demand-drive workforce.
Are you eligible for this program? Lets see. The perquisites are as follows:
1) Age – A participant must be 55 years of age or older.
2) Residence – A participant must be a resident of the state where he or she is enrolled in the Experience Works SCSEP.
3) Income Requirements – A participant’s annual family income must not be more than 125% of the established federal poverty income guidelines.
4) Work Status – A participant’s eligibility to work in the United States must be verified by Experience Works.
5) Unemployed – Participants must be unemployed at the time of enrollment. If they become employed, either full-time or part-time while enrolled, they must exit the program. The no-employment rule does not apply to casual, nonrecurring labor for which a participant may be compensated such as shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk or occasional babysitting.
It’s never too late to start a new career, continue to learn, and most of all be happy about yourself. If you would like more information on this program you can visit www.experienceworks.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Find_training.