Agency offers training, guidance for older workers

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – For older adults, finding work can sometimes be a struggle. Mature Services Employment and Training Solutions in Youngstown is there to help clients learn the skills needed to get back into the workplace.

Project Director Julie Sheely said the agency runs a program that is focused on helping older adults navigate the job market and explore what would be a good fit for them at this time in their life.

“In the Mahoning Valley, the older worker really is the workforce because the majority of the people here are 50 plus. They are in the job market, they just need a little bit of assistance trying to figure out what type of employment they want to do now,” Sheely said.

Mature Services Training Specialist Latasha Johnson-Saulsberry said each client is different and success depends on how well they utilize the skills they are taught.

“It all depends on how they apply what they learned in class to their own job search. We have some people who don’t even make it through Job Club because they get hired the week after Job Club. It really depends on the individual,” Johnson-Saulsberry said.

Susan Desaulnier of Boardman is part of a Job Club offered by Mature Services. She has 30 years of experience as a book keeper and now wants part-time work. She is one of about 100 Valley residents in the Senior Community Service Employment Program, offered free of charge by the agency.

The program is funded through the Department of Labor and the Ohio Department of Aging. It provides members with work for 20 hours a week at minimum wage at a non-profit or government agency.

“We refer to it as more like an internship rather than a job because we want them to realize that it is a temporary situation, but it is a nice way to be paid while looking for work,” Sheely said.

There are about 20 positions open at the agency that need filled. Anyone interested can apply at the agency’s offices locate at 5500 Market St. Suite 114, Youngtown, Ohio.

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