Joe Carbone, President of The Workplace, one of Connecticut's 5 Workforce Development Boards, has developed an innovative program called Platform to Employment (P2E) that serves his region's long-term unemployed.
Featured recently on 60 Minutes (see video above), P2E is a public/private partnership that lasts for 8 weeks, combining work experience with a 5-week preparatory "boot camp." Upon program completion, they match their participants with open positions at local companies. Placements are made on a trial basis, paid for by The Workplace. The expectation is that if the company is satisfied with the performance of the candidate, a full-time job will ensue.
As a 501C3, they are collecting donations to help fund the program, to date raising more than half a million dollars.
For WIB areas that may be interested in learning about how to replicate the program in their areas, The Workplace is sponsoring a free webinar on March 8 from 1-3 p.m. Details and the registration form are here.