“I can’t promise people jobs, but I can promise that we’ve taken a big step. And the steps will continue.”
Those are the words of Joe Carbone, the president of The WorkPlace Inc., a regional workforce development board in southwestern Connecticut and EMSI client. Carbone has set up a program that he hopes will be a model for WIBs across the country to address long-term unemployment. It’s called Platform to Employment (P2E), and it was featured Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a segment titled “Trapped in Unemployment” (see here).
As part of the program for people who exhausted their unemployment insurance, sometimes referred to as 99ers, Carbone and his colleagues raised more than $500,000 to subsidize internships to get people closer to a full-time job. And so far the results have been promising: Of the first 100 enrolled, more than half were employed after five months.
Here’s more on P2E from its website:
The WorkPlace developed Platform to Employment (P2E) to address the need for the long term unemployed to return to work and the employer need to recruit skilled workers. The program 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.
We offer individuals a five-week preparatory program, including skills assessment, career readiness workshops, employee assistance programs, coaching and more. Upon program completion, we match our 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.
Carbone, in a separate interview with the Danbury, Conn., newspaper, said he understands it will be difficult raise more than a half a million dollars in other parts of the country for a venture like this. But he also noted that only half the companies that hired enrollees in the P2E program used the subsidy.
For more on The WorkPlace and its use of EMSI data to secure a $4 million federal training grant, see this case study.