No Training For Seniors?
With a flourish of his pen, President Trump signed an executive order to expand apprenticeships. However, in March his 2018 budget will cut the Department of Labor (DOL) funding by $2.5 billion. By a decrease of 21 percent, a program retraining seniors will be cut. The Senior Community Senior Employment Program (SCSEP), is a program of the DOL Employment and Training Administration. In other words, the program focuses on retraining older adults at community partner sites. The older adult wins and so do local communities and non-profit agencies.
Unemployment and Older Adults
Recently Alison Doyle of Career Tool Belt reported job seekers are reporting age discrimination beginning as early as the mid-thirties. If you are shocked by this fact wait there is more. In fact, it is a reminder we are all susceptible to ageism. Furthermore, consider the following.
- Workers over are 45 are unemployed longer than younger workers.
- By 2018, the number of employees over 55 will reach 39 million, compared to 27 million in 2008.
- Research has found no relationship between age and job performance.
SCSEP An Opportunity For Reinvention
If we look at the numbers SCSEP is ripe for expansion. Now when we look at the workforce we see a complex landscape. In the 2018 budget, we have the opportunity for innovation, not elimination. Join me in the renewal and reinvention of SCSEP.
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Currently, I am the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. My claim to fame? First gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Another accomplishment? Freewheeling After Sixty the first book to make it easier for older adults to give up driving. Lastly, this summer I’ll be speaking at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging on Let’s Talk Sexy: It’s Part of Aging. By the way, I am a 2009 Fellow of Senior Services America, Inc. researching potential linkages with health care providers for SCSEP participants.