The WorkPlace announces the graduation ceremonies of the nationally recognized Platform to Employment (P2E) program with classes from the Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury.  Since its inception, P2E has helped over 1,000 of Connecticut’s long-term unemployed residents find work. The program empowers individuals, fosters self-sufficiency and focuses on performance improvements with measurable outcomes.

We are excited to report that most participants in this class found interviews before graduation. On average, P2E graduates earn an hourly wage of $23.64 which equates to $49,173 per year.

P2E begins with a five-week preparatory program that helps participants confront barriers to employment through coaching, skills assessments, career readiness workshops and programs to rebuild confidence and improve employability.  These graduates have acquired new job search skills and will now receive assistance in finding employment.

P2E covers the cost of wages during a trial period where employers can evaluate if a candidate is a good fit for an open position. The trial period is a proactive step toward meeting the hiring needs of Connecticut employers by providing risk-free access to skilled, motivated workers.

P2E is funded through the Connecticut Department of Labor and its success is unparalleled. Approximately 80% of graduates from preparatory program take the next step into a work experience with a local business. Of this population, nearly 90% have moved to employer payrolls.

Members of the press are welcome to cover the event and speak with participants.

Senator Carlo Leone (27th District) Stamford and Darien
Representative Nicole Klarides- Ditria (105th District) Beacon Falls, Seymour, Derby
Dr. Monette Ferguson, Executive Director, ABCD, Inc.
Joseph Carbone, President & CEO, The WorkPlace

WHAT:           Platform to Employment Graduation

WHERE:         Discovery Museum, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

WHEN:           Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.


About The WorkPlace

The WorkPlace conducts comprehensive planning, and coordinates regional workforce development policy and programs to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers.  As national leader in the field, The WorkPlace regularly shares ideas and best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks and other workforce development organizations around thecountry.  For more information, visit