Knoxville is a beautiful place to retire, however, more seniors are working past retirement age for various reasons. Some choose to continue to work for community engagement and socialization. Others must continue to work to make ends meet. The city offers resources for senior employment including paid on-the-job training and workshops to learn new skills to make you valuable in the new marketplace.
Knoxville offers resources to help you write a resume, seek job counseling and training, assist with job searches, and learn interview skills. The Tennessee Career Center is home to Workforce Connections in Knoxville. Participants, regardless of income, can work on employment-related skills and network with other adults and seniors seeking work. The center offers workshops to help participants strengthen skills and learn more about employers posting job listings specifically for Workforce Connections participants. You can contact the center at (865)-594-5500 to learn more.
If you are looking for paid job training that will lead you to subsidized work, the Senior Work Experience Program through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) for low income Knoxville residents might be your answer. The program is for Tennessee residents age 55 and older who are below the federal poverty level. The program provides assistance with placement and learning new skills after an in-depth assessment is conducted of your past work experience and skills.
In SCSEP, you will learn new skills and strengthen existing ones. Job counseling, interpersonal skills, and employment-related tasks, like resume writing, are available. If you are eligible for SCSEP, you will be placed at one of its partnered host agencies for about 20 hours per week at Tennessee’s minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour.
The host agencies are usually nonprofits, hospitals, schools, day care centers, senior centers, and other public facilities. According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, some of the positions you may be trained in include:
Teacher’s aide Nurse’s aide Library clerk Clerical worker Adult or day care center assistant Maintenance worker
If you are interested in how SCSEP can help you with your job search, you can call (865)-524-2786 or visit the NCOA (National Council on Aging) at 23447 Western Avenue, Knoxville.
Seniors already caring for aging loved ones in their home may be eligible for pay from Tennessee’s Medicaid program. If your loved one is age 65 or older and is eligible for Medicaid, you may be allowed to be hired to care for them through the Cash and Counseling program. Contact the local Medicaid office to see if your circumstance qualifies.
Veterans are eligible for a similar program through the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. Contact the Veterans Administration to see if your loved one qualifies as the vet has to have served active duty during war time.
The city nestled not far from the Great Smoky Mountains offers you senior-friendly workplaces and resources so you can continue living independently.
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