Department of Family Services - Employment and Training

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-7280
TTY 711

Virginia Career Works – Fairfax Annandale Center - 7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing) Suite 300W
Annandale, VA 22003

Lisa Tatum,
Director

Employment Services for Mature Workers

Operating Status for Department of Family Services (DFS) Programs and Services

Although most of our services are not being provided in-person at this time, we continue to offer services online and by phone. Learn more about our Assistance from a Distance.

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The SCSEP program is still accepting new participants! To keep our community healthy and safe, we will be conducting intake assessments for the SCSEP program by phone and receiving documents by mail and email. SCSEP participants will not be participating in training assignments until further notice but are encouraged to apply in order to benefit from online resources and phone and email communications to prepare for a training assignment. If you have questions, please contact DFSSCSEP@Fairfaxcounty.gov.

The Northern Virginia Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) works with local and national partners to give older adults tools and information to stay healthy and secure. SCSEP places mature workers in temporary paid community service training to prepare them for permanent employment outside the program.

person holding laptop with people in the backgroundSCSEP participants train an average of 20 hours a week, and are paid a training stipend that is the highest of federal, state, or local minimum wage directly by SCSEP. Participants are placed in a wide variety of community service training assignments at nonprofit and public facilities, such as senior centers, community centers, libraries and hospitals. This on-the-job training experience can then be used as a bridge to find employment opportunities outside of the program.

Am I Eligible?

To participate in SCSEP, you must:

  • be 55 years or older
  • be unemployed
  • meet financial guidelines

The Northern Virginia SCSEP covers the counties and cities of Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, Manassas Park, Page, Prince William, Rappahannock and Warren.

What Else Does SCSEP Provide?

In addition to community service training, SCSEP provides participants with other training and support services that are important for finding future employment. These include:

  • Individual Employment Plan (IEP) development
  • specialized training to prepare for placements
  • assistance in securing future employment

For more information or to sign-up, send an email or call 703-533-5388, TTY 711.


Interested in becoming a training site or hiring participants?

SCSEP has a large pool of workers, matching potential candidates with your needs. We also screen and offer training opportunities with community agencies and nonprofits to all candidates. In addition to saving you time and money on recruitment, we even offer trial employment periods at no cost to you to make sure the candidate is a good fit for your business.

Why Take a SCSEP Participant?

Everybody benefits from a multigenerational workforce, including you, the employer. Older workers are ideal candidates bringing maturity, a strong work ethic, reliability and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Older employees can teach younger ones with their life experience, while they gain inspiration from the energy and passion of younger employees.

How Does It Work?

Whether your organization has an immediate one-time hiring need or recurring needs throughout the year, SCSEP can help. Let us know your available position(s) and you will be provided with candidates who have been pre-screened with the right skills and experience.

For more information or to sign-up, email Linda Siam or call 571-396-2640, TTY 711.

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