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Week puts spotlight on hiring, training older workers

Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Wednesday, September 21, 2022  |  Article  |  Dave Dawson

A program designed to hire and train older workers is being spotlighted by the Illinois Department on Aging during National Employ Older Workers Week.


The department is using the week to promote its Senior Community Service Employment program which provides on-the-job skills training to low-income individuals aged 55 or older.


Participants are enrolled with local nonprofits and public agencies, usually for 20 hours a week at minimum wage, that help them build job skills and earn a modest income. Participants also receive employment counseling designed to assist them in securing permanent, unsubsidized employment.


Held during the last full week of September, National Employ Older Workers Week is intended to increase awareness of older workers and develop innovative strategies to recruit, promote and retain them.


For information, contact the statewide Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966.