Employment Resource for Older Workers

Instead of setting a goal to retire at a certain age, many any older adults are choosing to remain in the work force for a variety of reasons. Working, either at home, a traditional office job or gig work, provides a sense of connectedness, purpose and vitality. There may also be a need for the economic security that regular employment income provides.

There are many supportive resources available to older adults who might be seeking training for new skills in order to land that desired job. 

Connecting Colorado provides resource a referrals to local business and workforce offices that offer enhanced employment services to assist eligible adults in strengthening their skills. Individualized services include one-on-one employment counseling, career assessments and specialized workshops. To learn more and find the office closest to you, visit www.connectingcolorado.com.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has been around since 1973. This program was created as a national program under the Older Americans Act in 1973.  

Participants are provided a minimum wage salary while the work on learning new skills to improve their opportunity to become employed. Employment training takes place at nonprofit and government agencies such as libraries, senior centers, schools and parks. Participants help community organizations expand their service capacity while developing their job skills, self-confidence and a restored sense of self-worth. To learn more about eligibility for this program and to apply, visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/senior-community-services-employment-program or contact the U.S. Department of Labor or call 877.US2.JOBS (877.872.5627).

Aging Well in Jefferson County is a strategic planning project focused on developing and implementing strategies to create inclusive, livable communities through sustainable partnerships and integrated services. The Caregiving and Supportive Services Workgroup is one of six Workgroups addressing all aspects of life of aging residents in Jefferson County.