Job training to help older American return to the workforce is in jeopardy.
Our country’s only employment program focused exclusively on older workers was just cut by 8 percent. The President’s 2018 budget proposes to end specialized, on-the-job training for older workers that is currently available through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).
SCSEP provides paid, internship-like work experiences to unemployed older Americans looking to return to work. The on-the-job training helps older workers develop new skills and find permanent jobs. The program helps about 60,000 older Americans each year. Older veterans and individuals with disabilities receive priority service through SCSEP and would be disproportionately impacted if the Administration’s proposal is approved.
An effort is underway in the U.S. Senate to help protect this critical program. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut has asked his Senate colleagues to join him on a letter in support of older worker training.
We need your help in contacting your Senators to ask them to sign onto this SCSEP support letter.
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