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Employment Training Program Offers Opportunities for Older Adults

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 30, 2008  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Emily Moses (502) 564-6786  


Employment Training Program Offers Opportunities for Older Adults

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 30) – As the proportion of older Kentuckians continues to grow, some seniors may find that additional income is necessary to meet financial obligations and rising living expenses. Because of the work experience and skills needed in today’s workforce, they may also discover it can be difficult for them to find good paying jobs.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) offers employment and job training opportunities to low-income Kentuckians 55 and older. SCSEP participants receive training in a variety of job fields through placements in community service settings. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services administers SCSEP through the Department for Aging and Independent Living.
“The impact of the mature workforce retiring often leaves a vacancy in the historical knowledge of an agency,” said DAIL Commissioner Deborah Anderson. “It’s crucial that employers understand the value in hiring more mature employees and that potential older workers have job opportunities available to them. Among the qualities older workers typically possess are superior work ethics, loyalty to employers, maturity, flexible schedules and an eagerness to learn.”
In fact, the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI) identified a need to “increase employment options for elders” as one of the top three important issues in preparing Kentucky for the aging of the baby boom population. As part of KERI, the University of Kentucky and DAIL conducted a series of surveys and forums in all area development districts.
The need to develop business and second career opportunities for elders also ranked high in KERI’s findings. SCSEP currently serves more than 1,700 Kentucky seniors each year.
For information about SCSEP, contact Mary Ann Damron at the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living at (502) 564-6930. 

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Last Updated 9/30/2008