Programs, Resources and Solutions for Job Seekers 45 and Older

IntroductionOperation A.B.L.E. Programs & Resources

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 34,000 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 AgeWorks

ABLE AgeWorks is a new and unique Operation A.B.L.E. program designed to provide innovative services to professionals, managers, and executives over 45.


These highly skilled, educated, and experienced individuals may be employed and ready to enhance their careers or transition to more meaningful work, or they may be short or long-term unemployed, or underemployed, and seeking to reenter the workforce after a hiatus. ABLE AgeWorks specifically assists them in meeting their goals by offering special integrated career services including: Professional Career Networking Clubs, Career Advancement Boot Camps, Connections to A.B.L.E. Friendly Employers, Career Coaching from Experts, and Mastering the Digital Divide.  For more information contact Martha Fields - Program Manager, ABLE AgeWorks x122,


For more information about and to register for upcoming ABLE AgeWorks events, click here.



ABLE Beginnings

Upcoming sessions start May 29 and August 7, 2017

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 no cost program is available to Boston Neighborhood residents who already have a working knowledge of technology, but want to brush up on their existing skills. Computer skills training for Boston Neighborhood residents is open entry/open exit, which means a participant can call up for an appointment when convenient, come in, receive the appropriate available services, and leave when done. The subject matter will be tailored to individual needs, and will offer a mix of skills training and employment services. These can include: further computer training (including MS Office); individual and group on-line search instruction; workshops and information led by representatives from Operation A.B.L.E.'s employer and human service networks; job development and placement services with an emphasis on developing employer and personal networks; case management support and referral; internship placement; facilitated job clubs, and timely post-placement retention services.  For more information contact Patrice Ball - Program Manager, ABLE Job Resource Center x136



Medical and Healthcare Office Training

Upcoming sessions start May 1, 2017.

This 12-week medical office and customer service training is instructor led, and offers training in MS Word 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 findidng a job. Coverage areas include, in Massachusetts: Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Worcester Counties and all of New Hampshire.  Participants who meet Federal low-income guidelines start earning right away. They receive paid on-the-job training in their own community for up to 20-hours a week, get help searching for a job, and new work experience to add to their resume.


Job seekers are placed in government agencies or non-profits, and provided intensive job search assistance and training. 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 us at


Attend an 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 sessions start May 1, 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,


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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. 



Paid internships for professionals midway through their careers are available to candidates who do not require training, just a chance to prove themselves so they can get back to work. Companies provide a stipend to the interns while they are trying them out.


Job Opportunities

We post active jobs on our ABLE-Friendly Employers page in the For Job Seekers section. Check them frequently because new postings appear daily.


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.


Professional and Executive Networking Groups are available. Contact Martha Fields at 617-542-4180 X 122 to join.

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


Resource Room

Operation A.B.L.E. has an active Resource Room 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.


You will also be able to access physical copies of jobs which Operation A.B.L.E. receives daily.


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