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Job training and placement for older adults

Older Adult Employment Program | NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA)

1. How it Works

The Older Adult Employment Program helps adults 55 and older prepare for and find work while paying them. Older adults get trained 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 the Older Adult Employment Program, 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?

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3. How to Apply

3. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply by phone

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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 Wednesday, December 7th, 2:56pm

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