Platform to Employment

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Platform to Employment creates a pathway to opportunity for job seekers by helping the long-term unemployed get back to work.

Platform to Employment 2.0

Serving those individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

Platform to Employment Programs

How Platform to Employment (P2E) Works

P2E participants start with a preparatory program that addresses the social, emotional, and skill deficiencies caused by long-term unemployment. Participants are then matched with open positions at local companies on a trial basis with their salaries funded by The WorkPlace. This is a paid opportunity for P2E participants to demonstrate they can do the job while employers evaluate their work. Platform to Employment is offered statewide in Connecticut with programs in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich and Waterbury.

Why Platform to Employment Is Needed
The long-term unemployed come from all walks of life and face the same hiring challenges. With so many workers unemployed for shorter duration and many more looking to advance beyond part-time employment, employers don’t have to look that deep into the labor pool for qualified candidates. After longer periods of unemployment, many workers experience distinct stresses. Their savings have been exhausted to cover daily expenses. They may face foreclosure and loss of housing. Many feel disconnected from their careers, become depressed, lose confidence and experience strains on their families.

Platform to Employment empowers individuals, fosters self-sufficiency and focuses on performance improvements with measurable outcomes. We help participants discover their true potential while providing employers flexible and highly trained workers who can think critically, act independently and work in teams!

Platform to Employment Success Story
“I cannot recommend The WorkPlace and the P2E program more! It simply meant the world to me. After months and months of searching and applying for positions the “old school” way, the toll of not finding a job began to overwhelm. Shortly after starting the program I began to change my approach and viewpoint. A sense of confidence returned! I began to have HOPE! Bottom line: I landed a position in my field – one that will allow me to grow professionally and present opportunities down the road. Thank you, P2E – I truly don’t think I would’ve done it without you.” – Rich Ward, Norwich/New London graduate
A Benefit for Employers

As an innovative solution, Platform to Employment provides employers with a new avenue to a skilled workforce. Businesses receive a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring our participants. This work experience is funded by Platform to Employment. During this trial, The WorkPlace will pay all the candidate’s wages. Whether or not an employer hires the candidate, there is no cost to the business.

Platform to Employment 2.0 – Responding to COVID-19

Helping Job Seekers Affected by COVID-19

Covid-19 has changed the economic history, the employment landscape of our nation and has created unrivaled economic uncertainty. The impact on the United States has been devastating and continues to grow.

Through Platform to Employment 2.0,  job seekers find the support and services needed to get back to work. P2E helps those affected by COVID-19 and collecting unemployment benefits, get back to work by addressing their specific challenges.

Throughout the program, at no cost, individuals will receive mentoring, access to a Support Services Concierge, career counseling, and job placement assistance. Technology will be provided to those participating in the program.

Phase I: Emotional Support

For those unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize you are working through many emotions including stress, anxiety and depression. Through the first phase, we offer seminars, workshops and one on one counseling to provide you with the tools to cope and effectively work through these challenges. We will also work with those concerned about foreclosures and evictions as well as food insecurity and substance abuse.

Phase II: The New World of Work

Work as we know it will change. Whether its more work from home opportunities or more employment opportunities in the fields of logistics (delivery), health care, food service or telecommunications, you will need to be prepared.

P2E 2.0 will prepare you for short term gig / project-based work, assist job seekers with technology skills from basic to advanced applications and work on essential “soft” skills. We will develop virtual internships and volunteer opportunities that will give you skill sets and a sense of purpose.

Phase III: Career Transition

In this phase, P2E 2.0 will focus to help you with skills upgrades primarily through short term occupational skill training and work subsidies.

Platform to Employment Connecticut

Creating a Pathway To Opportunity For Job Seekers

Platform to Employment (P2E) graduates Get Hired! Through Platform to Employment® job seekers find the support and services needed to get back to work. P2E helps the long-term unemployed, those who have exhausted unemployment benefits, get back to work by addressing their specific challenges.

Just “20 Days to Success”! Platform to Employment is an empowering solution that is available to job seekers at no cost. Work with a dedicated staff to improve your self image and transform job search skills. Through P2E find a committed support system and network of professionals with the same goal; helping people get back to work.

P2E is also an innovative solution addressing the challenges of returning the long-term unemployed to work while providing employers a new avenue to a skilled workforce. Businesses receive a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during a four-week work experience funded by Platform to Employment.

Platform to Employment Re-Entry

The Pathway To Success Starts Here

Platform to Employment Re-Entry is a statewide pilot program to reduce unemployment and recidivism rates among the reentry population. The program is modeled after the nationally recognized Platform to Employment (P2E) program which was designed to reconnect the long-term unemployed with the workforce and has assisted over 80% of graduates to secure employment.

Platform to Employment Re-Entry provides formerly incarcerated individuals with work readiness and career development training. The core of the training focuses on life skills and professional development training to enhance confidence and improve employment opportunities. It includes access to career-related tools, seminars, behavioral health services, financial counseling and other resources to strengthen skills to secure careers. Other supports include resources to address barriers to employment such as transportation and childcare.

Just “20 Days to Success”! Platform to Employment is an empowering solution that is available to job seekers at no cost. Work with a dedicated staff and a committed support system with the same goal; helping you get back to work.

Platform to Employment Re-Entry is offered statewide in Connecticut with programs in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich and Waterbury.

Platform to Employment for Veterans

Helping Veterans Find Career Opportunities

Platform to Employment (P2E) for Veterans is a preparatory program that includes skills assessment, career readiness workshops and personal coaching all geared towards helping the long-term unemployed re-enter the workforce. P2E incorporates a successful curriculum of self-assessment, managing change, effective communication and successful job search strategies.

Platform to Employment for Veterans helps people who have been out of work 6 months and exhausted their unemployment benefits. Our education and career counseling program is a great opportunity for Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths. This program launching in Bridgeport will only serve veterans that live in Connecticut and 100% of the class will be composed of veterans (whether you have completed your service recently or years ago).

What Veterans Can Expect:

  • Improve your job search skills
  • Work with a dedicated career coach and employment specialist
  • Connect with a committed support system
  • Obtain employment