Programs, Resources and Solutions

for Job Seekers 45 and Older


Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. has remained dedicated to preparing job seekers 45 and older to re-enter, or advance in, the workforce. During that time, we have helped more than 35,000 individuals find work.

Now discover how we can help you. Attend one of our FREE Information Sessions on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM at 174 Portland Street, 5th Floor, Boston to hear more about the programs listed below.

Though you can just show up, it would be appreciated if you preregister, either on-line or at 617.542.4180. Click on the registration button below.

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ABLE Beginnings

Upcoming sessions start October 23, 2017 and January 2, 2018.

This 6-week program is for those who want to learn basic computer and job search skills, take charge of their job search, and increase employability. It meets Monday through Friday, from 9:00-3:00.  A.B.L.E. Beginnings offers training in how to use MS Word and Excel, Data Entry, Internet Navigation, Introduction to Social Media, and Keyboarding. Those in the class will be taught how to apply on-line for jobs, type resumes and cover letters, and to prepare for interviews.  For more information contact Wayne Jones - Program Manager, ABLE Beginnings x125,

ABLE Job and Resource Center

This ABLE Job Resource Center program is available free to Boston Neighborhood residents and most SNAP recipients who already have working knowledge of technology, but may need or want to brush up on their existing skills. Participants should call to schedule an appointment and discuss their needs to be able to receive the appropriate available services. There is no set time commitment. The Resource Center offers a mix of computer skills training including Essential Microsoft Office workshops, assistance with optimizing resumes and cover letters for online applications, and help with job searching including the usage of social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.   For more information contact Patrice Ball - Program Manager, ABLE Job Resource Center x136

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE NOW.  Click here to learn more and register.

Medical and Healthcare Office Training

Upcoming session start November 13, 2017.

This 12-week medical office and customer service training is instructor led, and offers training in MS Word, Excel and Outlook 2013, medical terminology, and regulatory information affecting the health care industry. In addition, there will be training in medical office procedures and administration, as well as in customer service and communication skills. This program prepares participants for jobs in medical office registration/administration, such as Patient Service Coordinator, Patient Access Representative, and Medical Office Administrator. Students in this program are assigned to a six week internship. Ongoing job search assistance is also provided, weekly.  For more information contact Shirley Fickett - Program Manager, Medical Office Training, x133,

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)


This program is for unemployed job seekers 55 and older who are committed to finding a job. Coverage areas include, in Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Worcester Counties and all of New Hampshire.  Participants must meet Federal low-income guidelines. They will be paid training in their own community for up to 20 hours a week, get help searching for a job, and gain new work experience to add to their resume.

Job seekers are assigned to government agencies or non-profits, and intensive job search assistance and training is available. The goal is to find unsubsidized employment within a year. This is a terrific opportunity for older job seekers who have been out of work for long periods of time and need current work experience.

SCSEP is a U.S. Department of Labor equal opportunity employer/program administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Please visit them at

Attend a SCSEP Information Session on Fridays at 10AM at 174 Portland Street, Boston. Learn more, or contact  Dave Bassett 617.542.4180 x132


Short-Term Training Classes

For a modest fee, short-term training/tutoring is available for the Microsoft Office Suite software (Access, PowerPoint, Word or Excel), as well as training in file management and how to more effectively use Outlook tools.  Participants can also get training in how to use LinkedIn like a pro, and other social media tools. Training in QuickBooks and Medical Terminology is also available.


Upcoming session start November 13, 2017.

This 12-week office and customer service training program is instructor led, with classes in MS 2013 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Quick Books. It also focuses on customer relations and honing communication skills. Participants prepare for jobs such as receptionist, call center representative, and administrative assistant, to name just a few. Skills2Work students are assigned to a six week internship at a host agency. On-going job search assistance is provided weekly.  For more information contact Shirley Fickett - Program Manager, Skills2Work x133,


Coaching and Counseling

Sometimes a job seeker just needs a few hours with a good coach to get focused on a job search strategy. We have a great job coach with whom job seekers 45+ can work.

Apprenticeships for workers 55+

Apprenticeships (paid internships for income eligible job seekers 55+ living in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties) are available through a Department of Labor Program called the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  These apprenticeships pay a stipend for up to 20 hours per week.  Job seekers are placed in government agencies or non-profits, provided intensive job search assistance and training. Within a year, the goal is to find unsubsidized employment.  This is a terrific opportunity for older job seekers who have been out of work for long periods of time and need current work experience.

Job Opportunities

We post active jobs on our ABLE-Friendly Employers page in the For Job Seekers section. Check them frequently because employers are constantly posting new positions.  Click here to view the list of ABLE-Friendly Employers.

Job Seeker Events

We see ourselves as the conduit between job seekers 45+ and employers, and so we host events throughout the year to bring employers and job seekers together.

Some event examples include: Job Fairs for Job Seekers 45 and Older, ABLE Showcases, Networking Events, Job Search Workshops, Industry Panels, and Starting Your Own Business. Visit to see the latest events scheduled.

Professional Networking and Job Clubs
Professional Networking Groups and Job Clubs are an important part of any job search.  They provide a venue for an important exchange of information, make the job seeker accountable to the group for keeping up his/her job search and offer some important structure to the job search work week.

Job Clubs are available for administrative job seekers. Contact Shirley Fickett at 617-542-4180 X 133 to join this group.

Resource Center

Operation A.B.L.E. has an active Resource Center located at our headquarters at 174 Portland Street. It is open every day to job seekers 45+ from 2-5 PM.  Work stations are available to update your resume, apply for jobs, or test your Microsoft Office skills on our Kenexa testing software.  This is the same testing software used in many staffing agencies and you can get immediate results so you will know which programs you know well and which need more study. For more information on the ABLE Resource Center contact Patrice Ball - Program Manager, ABLE Job Resource Center x136

Workshops held on TUE and THU 10a - 12:30p.  Advance registration for workshops are required. Click here for our current workshop schedule and to learn more.