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Job training and placement for older adults

Senior Employment Services (SESU) | NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)

1. How it Works

SESU helps older adults 55 and older prepare for and find work while paying them. SESU trains older adults to use computers, look for work, write resumes, and more. Career counselors are also there to give advice.

  • There are job placements citywide for many kinds of work which include:
    • data processing
    • administrative work
    • customer service
    • security services
    • airport services
    • home care
  • Requires proof of identity, income, where you live, and eligibility to work.

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for SESU, you must:

  • Be 55 years or older
  • Live in the five boroughs
  • Be unemployed
  • Have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level
  • Be willing to learn new skills
  • Commit to actively seeking employment

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

Am I Eligible?

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license or official photo I.D.
  • Passport
  • Green card (copy of the front and back)
  • Military Discharge Form: DD-214
  • Arrival-Departure Record Card: INS form I-94
  • Native American tribal document
  • Naturalization certificate

Proof of where you live

Proof of your income

Proof of citizenship/immigration status

Proof of work eligibility

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply by phone

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We can send you a link to this page to help you get back to it when you’re ready.

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SESU website for more information.

Call 311

Ask for the Senior Employment Services program.


Call Senior Employment Services at 212-602-6958 to learn more.

Last Updated Friday, May 20th, 1:58pm

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