Stories from the Field

Did America Forget Employment of Older Veterans?

November 9, 2018 | http://vetlikeme.org

Senior Service America has trained over 50,000 older veterans, and this Veterans Day, I felt it was important to raise the awareness of an unsettling trend we are seeing with these older warriors.

Traditionally, economists will measure the health of our nation’s economy on the basis of housing starts – the number of home construction projects that have broken ground or the monthly unemployment figures.

Workers 55 and older will make up almost a quarter of the U.S. labor force as older employees are filling an increasingly important position in our economy. More and more workers are remaining employed beyond the traditional age of retirement, for economic reasons and because they enjoy their jobs.

Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), in partnership with DenverWorks, has received a $375,000 grant for Back to Business, a job training and placement program for older ex-offenders. The program will cover three Colorado areas: the city of Denver, as well as Arapahoe and Adams counties. It is being funded by NextFifty Initiative, a Colorado based foundation.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has renewed a partnership with Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), to administer the Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) Program which offers individuals 55 and older temporary paid assignments to provide technical services in support of the conservation-related programs of the NRCS.

Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is a chief recipient of the United States Department of Labor (DOL) Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) grant for services in 13 states from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

This year Older Americans’ Month falls as both the national and local US economies reach near-record levels. With increasing discussion on how to maintain a competitive advantage in this marketplace, one universal theme from both policymakers and CEOs is the need for skilled talent to sustain economic growth.

Hill Briefing Examines SCSEP’s Role in Workforce System

January 29, 2018 | Employment & Training Reporter

Earnings for Senior Community Service Employment Program participants who move into unsubsidized jobs exceed program costs, and despite its smaller size, the program serves more low-income older workers than mainstream federal workforce development programs.

At first glance, news that the nation’s unemployment rate is now 4.1% — a downward trend now spanning 80 quarters – would appear to merit celebration. One would assume that an economy moving towards full employment would lift the nation’s mood, even amidst the ongoing political drama in Washington, DC.

As the number of younger workers in America is set to decrease within a few years, employers are looking to older workers to fill talent gaps in their workforce. Increasingly, they can. Workers 55 and over are projected to make up 25 percent of the civilian labor force by the year 2020, up nearly double from 13 percent in 2000.