Trent Taylor began his journey with Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana a little less than a year ago, looking for an employment opportunity that offered something less strenuous with more consistent hours than his previous position as a day laborer. As someone who fell into the 55 and older category though, Trent was unsure of what to expect and what Goodwill could offer him, especially as the pandemic was sweeping the nation.For individuals like Trent who are 55 years old and over, Goodwill’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) can be a great fit. SCSEP is a community service and work-based job training program for adults who are age 55 and older offering paid, on-the-job training for older workers who have low incomes and are unemployed. The program allows participants to learn new, marketable skills and build work experience and confidence to advance to regular employment.
Once enrolled in SCSEP, Trent was matched with Goodwill’s Corporate Janitorial Training program, one of SCSEP’s program partners. This partnership offers participants the opportunity to earn a steady income and maintain a consistent work schedule while they work to complete their on-the-job training. As Trent began this new position, he found that he not only enjoyed what he was doing day-to-day, but he liked getting to know his supervisors and coworkers as well.
“I admire my supervisors and value their and my coworkers’ input,” said Trent. “Everyone having mutual respect for each other really makes for a great work environment.”
After completing all of his training, Trent successfully transitioned out of SCSEP and secured a permanent position on Goodwill’s Corporate Janitorial team. His excellent work ethic, great attention to detail and kindness made him a perfect fit for the team in addition to the training he received.
“I’m happy in my current position and really enjoy my job, but I’m especially thankful for the new skills I’ve learned,” said Trent. “I know the skills I obtained through my training will carry me forward whatever comes my way.”
In his spare time, Trent enjoys participating in his church’s activities, attending bible study and singing; all of which have been severely limited due to the pandemic. Though he has not been able to attend service in almost a year, he credits the support he receives from his coworkers and supervisors as helping him through that time.
“It really is like a family,” said Trent. “When you come to SCSEP or any Goodwill program, you can expect respect.”