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Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the nation's oldest program to help low-income, job seekers age 55+ find work.  SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and was created in 1965.  SCSEP’s goal is to help 55+ job seekers to find employment through a paid work training experience, resulting in better financial stability, that promotes a happy and healthy life.

Job Seekers

Are you 55+ Looking for Employment?

SCSEP may be the program for you!  Get paid while learning new Skills and gaining work experience through on-the-job training.

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Are you an employer looking for workers?

Indiana DWD and Vantage Aging will match program eligible job seekers to area nonprofits, community based organizations and public agencies.

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Job Seekers

  • Earn a Paycheck While Learning New Skills
  • Assist Your Very Own Community!
  • Meet New People
  • Improve Your Mental Health
  • Develop a Support Network
  • Free Health Physical

To Qualify You Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • Are 55 or older
  • Be low income for past 6 months
    • Must show proof of income for past 6 months
      • SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF, SSI, SSDI
      • Bank Account/check  stubs
  • Must be unemployed
  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Resident of Indiana

Use the image to learn more about SCSEP seat throughout the state

Application Process - Please Review Closely

  1. Complete the State of Indiana Interest Form.
  2. If you live in a county served by the State of Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) (refer to the map – look for the heart in your county) you will be directed to the State of Indiana’s partner website Vantage Aging to complete a more in-depth application. Once that application has been completed, Vantage Aging will contact you either by phone or email for the next steps.
  3. Once you have completed your application(s) and you are in a State of Indiana DWD SCSEP county you will be contacted within 10 business days to discuss enrollment into SCSEP.

* If you do not live in a county with a heart symbol indicated on the map your interest application (step 1) will sent to the organization that serves your county.

If you are 55 and older, not eligible for SCSEP and still would like assistance in finding employment and or training please go to your local WorkOne American Job Center for additional assistance. All services are free! Book your virtual appointment on the Virtual Client Engagement Portal.

If you require additional assistance, please email

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service work-based job training program for older adults.

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Indiana DWD and Vantage Aging will match program eligible job seekers to area nonprofits, community based organizations and public agencies, allowing participants to earn a wage subsidized by SCSEP funding, while building job confidence and transferable skills. Matches are made per the participants interests and future employment goals.

Benefits of Being a SCSEP Host Employer

  • Carries NO cost to qualified Host Employer
  • Access to hard-working trainees eager to work.
  • Supporting a multi-generational workforce.
  • ALL benefits and wages funded via SCSEP!

Business Requirements for Employers

  • 501 c (3) status
  • Offers 20 hours a week of supervised on the job training
  • Provides a safe and sanitary work environment

Download the SCSEP and Vantage Become a SCSEP Training Site Document

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Equal Opportunity is the Law. (La Igualdad De Oportunidad Es La Ley.)
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.