The WorkPlace offers many training and educational to help you get a job, further your career or re-enter the workforce. Please look below to see what program would work best for you:
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For the past 28 years, The WorkPlace has been matching local talent with just the right skills with businesses.
Our recruiters work one-on-one with all applicants to ensure that we can identify a specific path to enhance your career. We invest a significant amount of time to learn about your strengths, accomplishments, and goals for the future. We focus our resources to connect you with a company where you can grow professionally in an environment that you enjoy.
What you can expect to receive when you work with Engage Staffing?
All job seekers can apply for jobs through Engage Staffing
YouthWorks connects Southwestern Connecticut in school and out-of-school youth to workforce development services. If you are between 14 and 21, and face barriers to employment such as deficiencies in basic skills, lacking a high school diploma or GED, are homeless, a runaway or a foster child in an unstable living environment, or have a criminal record, YouthWorks can help. Occupational skills training, education remediation and job placement are available.
You will also receive comprehensive counseling and guidance as well as follow-up for at least 12 months.
Career Connections provides Bridgeport youth parents and community members with up-to-date information and help with post-secondary education options and work experience opportunities at the Career Connections website. Click here.
The Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) provides services and training to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force in Southwestern and South Central Connecticut. Each Veteran can receive occupational skills training as well as classroom training in core skill competencies and employability skills that are required for long term employment success. Funding is by the U.S. Department of Labor/Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.
For further information, contact: L. Nicole Solomon 203-610-8566
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program is a program to stabilize housing and prevent homelessness among Veterans in Southwestern and South Central Connecticut. Funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
For further information, call toll-free at 1-866-683-1682 or call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET or 1-877-424-3838.
The Subsidized Training and Employment Program (STEP UP) is an initiative of the Connecticut Department of Labor and the state’s five Workforce Investment Boards. STEP UP provides two types of hiring incentives -- a scaled, six month wage subsidy and a small manufacturer training grant that provides up to $12,500 over a six-month period.
Qualified participants are typically residents who may have some of the necessary job qualifications but who still require on-the-job training to meet the needs of the company.
The armed forces component, known as the Unemployed Armed Forces Member Subsidized Training and Employment Program, is geared towards helping returning combat veterans gain employment and is open to any company, regardless of size.
For more information contact: Carmen Nieves (203) 610-8478.
People With Disabilities
The American Job Center Assisted Services Center is an employment resource for jobseekers with disabilities. Supportive, specialized equipment and software are available to program users to assist in the pursuit of your job search.
Specialized services for jobseekers with disabilities include:
People Facing Home Foreclosure
If you have a mortgage and are at risk of home foreclosure with a household income of less than $120,000, you may be eligible for this program that will help you become more financially stable by increasing your job skills and earning potential. Participants must be at least 60 days past due on a mortgage for their primary residence in Connecticut.
The Making Home Affordable program is a critical part of the Obama Administration’s broad strategy to help homeowners obtain mortgage relief and avoid foreclosure. Eligible borrowers can lower their monthly mortgage payments and get into more stable loans at today’s low rates. It also provides options to help unemployed homeowners temporarily reduce or suspend mortgage payments for at least 12 months. And for those homeowners for whom ownership is no longer affordable or desirable, the program can provide a way out while avoiding the burden of foreclosure. You can also call 888-995-HOPE (4673) to speak with a person on the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline.
Platform to Employment
If you have or are on the verge of exhausting unemployment benefits, The WorkPlace’s Platform to Employment program can help you further define your abilities, your value proposition to a potential employer and ensure access to resources to put you in the best position to re-enter the labor force, regardless of skill your skill level.
After a 4-6 week preparatory program, including skills assessment, career readiness workshops, employee assistance programs, coaching and more, you will be placed in a paid work experience program for up to eight weeks. The work experience will be with a company that has a job opening. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills as a steppingstone to full-time employment.
For more information, visit www.platformtoemployment.com
For more information contact: Michael Morgan (203) 610-8572
Healthcare and Green Jobs
The Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx Academy provides no cost training and support to help participants get a career in the growing healthcare field. Benefits and services include:
• Skills Assessment
Eligibility requirements: meet family income limits applicable for program entry OR be unemployed (27 weeks or longer) and have a high school diploma or a GED AND reside in Southwestern Connecticut
This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
For FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), click here.
For more info, contact: Adrene Cory (203) 930-1637
Environmental remediation job training is supported by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rehabilitate Brownfield sites. This in-demand program is an opportunity for people who are interested in the environmental field to train for a career, and to contribute to the important task of improving the environment. Graduates of the program can obtain employment as hazwoper technicians, lead remediation supervisors, chemical lab technicians, lead inspectors, asbestos supervisors, chemical treatment tank operators, or environmental technicians/consultants.
For more info, contact: Nicole Solomon (203) 610-8566
The WorkPlace administers the Jobs First Employment Services program, a collaborative initiative that helps people gain and maintain independence from state financial assistance. Jobs First Employment Services is a balanced work first model which offers intensive, short-term occupational training abd job readiness, as well as support services to assist you in securing employment.
Non exempt recipients of cash assistance under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program can get help in one or more of the following:
Contact: Nestor Leon, (203) 610-8556
Jobs First Employment Services is a partnership among the Dept. of Labor, Social Services, and Connecticut's Workforce Investment Boards.
Serving youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice system who are between the ages of 14 and 24 and live in Southwestern Connecticut. Candidates must never been convicted as an adult.
Interested candidates should call the Re-Entry office at (203) 489-5048 for more information.
Employment and training services for adult men and women who reside in work release programs in Bridgeport and New Haven. Candidates must be 18 or older and reside in a work release program at the time of enrollment and be within 9 months of release. Candidates or service providers should call the Workforce Specialist in their region for additional information.
New Haven Office, Alfy Roby, (203) 821-7044 Bridgeport Office, Don Robinson, (203) 930-1642
Employment and training services for veterans who are or have been incarcerated and are at risk of homelessness. Candidates must be 18 or older, male or female and live in Southwestern Connecticut or the Greater New Haven area. Candidates must not have a dishonorable discharge and must have served on active duty, in any branch including full-time in the National Guard and Reserves, (other than full-time duty for training purposes only).
Interested candidates should call the Re-Entry Specialist, Eric Providence at (203) 489-5050 for more information.
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Where to Get Training - The American Job Center
The American Job Center is a partnership of organizations providing effective workforce assistance to job seekers and businesses. This collaboration of state, regional and local organizations provides a seamless delivery system of programs and services. The WorkPlace is a partner in this system. For more information go to www.ajcswct.com.
Where to Get Training - The American Job Center Career Coach
The American Job Center Career Coach is a mobile classroom that brings career services and computer training to you! The American Job Center Career Coach visits cities and towns every week stopping at various community sites (public housing, libraries, community centers, churches, job fairs). For more information Click Here.