WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of about $19 million in grants for current national recipients in the Senior Community Service Employment Program to apply for additional funding in a demonstration of sector-based training for older workers. The department’s Employment and Training Administration will award up to six demonstration grants, ranging from $2 to $5 million each, to current grantees operating programs awarded under the 2020 SCSEP national grant competition. To receive an optional demonstration grant, entities must also be awarded funding through the 2024 SCSEP national grant competition that the department announced March 7, 2024. The demonstration projects will allow grantees to augment the SCSEP service model to provide a combination of enhanced career navigation services, occupational training and on-the-job training. Successful applicants will build and expand partnerships with employers, training providers and the public workforce system to inform and support the projects. In turn, the department will study the effect of industry-based or sector-based training on employment outcomes for older workers. It will then use the data to support its evidence-building agenda and help develop strategies related to training and employment programs for older workers. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, Senior Community Service Employment Program grants provide subsidized, part-time community service training for unemployed, low-income adults, ages 55 and older with low employment prospects. Learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program. Learn more about the SCSEP Demonstration Grants and apply.

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