As you know if you have read any of my posts, my primary reason for advocating buying American is to create solid jobs for members of our extended American family. Well a couple of weeks ago my wife and I were watching 60 minutes and saw an incredible segment about a group that is working with Americans who have been unemployed for a long time in an effort to get them back to work. The group that is behind this effort is The WorkPlace and the program is called Platform to Employment. Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace is the spokesman for Platform to Employment (P2E) and seems like a fellow who will not rest until the plight of the long-term unemployed in this country is addressed.
P2E is a public-private partnership which gives businesses a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week work experience program. The participants in the program are known as 99er’s since they have been out of work for more than 99 weeks and have exhausted their unemployment benefits. The P2E program beings with a 5 week preparatory program designed to address the social, emotional and skill deficiencies caused by long-term employment. Upon program completion, participants are matched with open positions at local companies. Placements are made on a trial basis, paid for by The WorkPlace. The hope is that if the company is satisfied with the performance of the P2E participant, they will offer a full-time job.
The WorkPlace hopes to replicate P2E around the country. Through the bluegreen Research Institute, a project of The Workplace, workforce, community or economic development professionals can register for a free webinar to learn how the P2E model can be replicated and modified to meet the needs of different local labor markets. The webinar will present P2E’s essential elements: eliminating risk for employers, incorporating behavioral health services, teaching participants how to effectively set goals, manage change and enhance their motivation. If you are a workforce, community or economic development professionals and are interested in trying to implement P2E in your area by participating in the webinar, please contact the bluegreen Research Institute at (203) 610-8554 or visit www.bluegreenresearch.org. The webinar, “Developing Your Local Response to Long Term Unemployment” is set for March 8, 2012 from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm (EST). This webinar is FREE and open to the first 500 workforce, community and economic development professionals who register.
I don’t know about you, but anything we can do to address this problem we should consider doing.