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Older workers are a growing part of the 21st century labor force, and they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and maturity to the work place. To celebrate their contributions and achievements, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina joins other Goodwill organizations and the state of South Carolina in observing National Employ Older Workers Week.    

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that workers age 55 and older will make up 24 percent of the labor force in 2020, up from 13 percent in 2000. Many of those older workers will require additional training to remain competitive in today’s job market. 

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina (GIUMSC) provides critical job training and placement services to support older job seekers in South Carolina through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). The program offers paid, on-the-job training for older workers who have low incomes or are unemployed.

SC Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed September 23-29 “Employ Older Workers Week” in the state of South Carolina.  His proclamation encourages “all South Carolinians to recognize the valuable contributions of older workers to our economic growth and stability” and recognizes the importance of job training programs like SCSEP.  

“SCSEP participants train in local agencies and nonprofits like food banks, libraries, schools and senior centers. They serve in their own communities,” said Darren Wright, GIUMSC’s Vice President of Career Development Services. “Public and nonprofit agencies are often stretched thin, and SCSEP allows them to supplement their workforce and expand services while helping older job seekers develop valuable skills.”

To mark National Employ Older Workers Week, Goodwill Industries International has released this new video featuring the stories of SCSEP trainees and graduates.  GIUMSC will hold events in Greenville and in Columbia this week to recognize SCSEP participants and their accomplishments.  

GIUMSC’s goal is to provide training and employment services for over 300 people this program year.  The ultimate objective is for SCSEP participants to raise their skill levels to meet employers’ needs, in order to build financial security for their families and to save for retirement.

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