Older workers bring wisdom, experience, expertise, and tremendous untapped potential.  Further, a multi-generational workforce can enhance diversity, inclusivity — and foster innovation.

Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, 18th Annual Retirement Survey (Employers and Employees)

Are You 50+?

Over 30% of our job seekers are mature workers.  MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center can help you to assess and enhance your skills, create a resume, conduct job search, and present your unique skills to employers, as well as provide valuable information and resources.

Job readiness workshops are offered at the Greenfield Career Center and at Forbes Library in Northampton (see website calendar), some of which include:

  • Resume Overview & Consult Sessions
  • Writing Effective Cover Letters
  • Job Search Strategies for Mature Workers
  • Financial Literacy Workshops, and more

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP), administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), is a community service and work-based job training program that:

  • Serves unemployed, low-income persons age 55+
  • Offers Part-Time employment: 20 hours/week
  • Individuals who are legally eligible to work in the U.S

SCSEP Program Benefits include:

  • Upgraded job skills for job placement
  • On the Job Training at a community organization
  • Earn income during training
  • Find unsubsidized employment
  • Job hunting strategies and techniques

For information on SCSEP opportunities in Franklin County and the North Quabbin Area Contact:

Donna Nardella or Susan Maedler
Catholic Charities – Senior Aide Program for Worcester and Franklin Counties
Phone: 508-798-0191

For information on SCSEP opportunities in Hampshire County Contact:

Brian Ormsby, Employment Specialist
Springfield Elder Affairs Office – Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) (Hampden and Hampshire Counties)

50+ Job Seekers Program – Your AGE really is your EDGE!!

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Elder Affairs, the mission of this program is to provide older workers/job seekers (50+) with the confidence, self-esteem, necessary tools, and skills to launch a successful job search or new career campaign.  The program offers FREE online workshops and networking groups.  Learn more here:  https://50plusjobseekers.org/


AARP Older Worker Resources

AARP and AARP Foundation offer information and resources for older workers seeking work or wanting to start working for yourself.  Check out these links:

Work for Yourself at 50+ Toolkit:   https://workforyourself.aarpfoundation.org/

Working and Jobs Resources:  https://www.aarp.org/work/