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Senior Employment Services

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Senior Employment Services

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Frequently Asked Questions

1 - Who is eligible to apply for the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)?
 Individuals seeking to become a participant in this program must be unemployed, at least 55 years of age, and have a family income of no more than 125% over the federal poverty level. The federal poverty level is updated on a yearly basis by the Depart of Health and Human Services. 
Enrollment priority is given to persons over the age of 60, veterans, and qualified spouses of veterans. Preference is given to minority, limited English speaking, and Native American individuals, and to those individuals with the greatest economic and special employment needs. 
To apply to Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP), call (408) 350-3200, option 5. Leave your name, phone number, and a brief message regarding your request. A Sourcewise Senior Employment Specialist will return your call within one business day.

2 - What kinds of jobs are available to participants?
There are no jobs offered to applicants. If qualified and enrolled in the Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP), the “SCSEP Participant” (not employee) is assigned to a classroom occupational training course or to a supervised on-the-job training plan at local non-profit establishments, and public facilities, including government agencies, and local community-based organizations. 
Assigned positions are temporary training assignments designed to provide contemporary job skills and enable participants to obtain unsubsidized employment. Additional training through lectures, seminars, one-on-one instruction, and class-room education may be provided.

3 - What wages are paid to participants?
Participants are assigned to selective training programs (either classroom or on-the-job training) at a host training agency, and usually work a 16-hour work week. They receive training compensation at the highest of federal, state or local minimum wage. Our ultimate goal is to move participants into unsubsidized positions to increase their earnings.

4 - What if I do not qualify for the Senior Employment Program at Sourcewise?
Senior Employment Services works within a network of resources. If we are unable to accept you into our program, we will connect you to other resources. Often, we are able to connect you to the One-Stop Career Center System, which is coordinated by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration at

5 - How do I find out if I qualify for veterans’ preference?
Veterans’ preference is a part of the SCSEP and is regulated as a priority when applying for eligibility to become a SCSEP participant. If you believe your veterans’ preference rights have been violated, please contact your local Veteran’s Affairs Office, their website is

6 - What is the federal minimum wage?
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is currently $7.25 per hour. Many states also have minimum wage laws; California’s minimum wage is 9.00 per hour, but varies from city to city. San Jose has a minimum wage rate of $10.15 per hour. The California minimum wage is scheduled to be increased to $10.50 per hour as of January 1, 2016. Where an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage rate. 
Not sure where to begin? Contact our Community Resource Specialists, (408) 350-3200, option 1.

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