Programs, Resources and Solutions
Serving Job Seekers, the Underemployed, those in Career Transition and Military Veterans
Since 1982, Operation ABLE has remained dedicated to preparing job seekers to re-enter, or advance in the workforce. Join the thousands that have come through our doors, and discover how we can help you.
Attend one of our FREE Information Sessions on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at 174 Portland Street, 5th Floor, Boston to hear more about the programs listed below.
OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Upcoming session May 28, 2019
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 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ABLE 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE and CLASS DETAILS offered through the ABLE Resource Center found here. .
Medical and Healthcare Office Training
Upcoming session starts May 6, 2019.
Boston residents may be eligible for Free Medical Administrative Office Training, and subsequent job placement services. This 12-week medical office and customer service training is instructor led, and offers training in MS Word, Excel and Outlook 2016, 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.
Job Seekers 55 and Up: Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
This program is for unemployed job seekers 55 and up who are committed to finding a job. Coverage areas include, in Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Worcester Counties and most 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 which can lead to unsubsidized employment.
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.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program is a U.S. Department of Labor equal opportunity employer/program administered by Operation ABLE and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Attend a SCSEP Information Session on Fridays at 10:00am at 174 Portland Street, 5th Floor, Boston. Learn more here, or contact Tarnya Jones-Jenkins 617.542.4180 x123 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apprenticeships for workers 55 and UP
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.
Upcoming session starts July 1, 2019.
This 12-week office and customer service training program is instructor led, with classes in MS 2016 Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. 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, email@example.com
Coaching and Counseling
Sometimes a job seeker just needs time with a good coach to review, develop, and get focused on a job search strategy. If you are 45+, we can help you increase your success in your job search.
Need your resume reviewed? Cover letter help? Interviewing practice? A networking plan to build your confidence and skills? Coaching and counseling is available.
Call Stephanie Legatos at 617-542-4180 x122 to schedule an appointment.
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, ABLE Showcases, Networking Events, Job Search Workshops, Industry Panels, and Starting Your Own Business. Visit www.operationable.net 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.
SNAP Path to Employment
Do you qualify for SNAP?
SNAP Path to Work is the Department of Transitional Assistance's voluntary Employment and Training (E&T) program. SNAP Path to Work provides SNAP-only clients with supports to find and keep good paying jobs.
Don't yet have the skills you need to land the job you want? Don’t give up, we may be ABLE to help.
Employment and training assistance services are available to support you. You just need the right resources. This SNAP Path to Work can help.
SNAP Path to Work is a joint federal- and state-funded program administered by DTA.
Take the first step towards self-sufficiency and learn about our services today! Learn how to enroll in SNAP, or for more information about the SNAP Path to Work Program, contact ABLE's SNAP Outreach Coordinator, Claudine Guerrier at 617-542-4180 X 135.