The WorkPlace continues to offer it’s nationally recognized Platform to Employment (P2E) program across the state of Connecticut.  The program is designed specifically for the long-term unemployed who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.  It offers a five week preparatory program of workshops to help participants find open positions at local companies and enables employers to have a risk free evaluation of participants during a trial where wages are subsidized by The WorkPlace.

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 focus. These participants will acquire new job search skills and will receive assistance in finding employment.

P2E’s 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. The success of Platform to Employment has led to replication in more than a dozen states across the country, including a state-wide initiative in Rhode Island.

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

Representative Cristin McCarthy-Vahey, 133rd District, Fairfield
Joseph Carbone, President & CEO, The WorkPlace

WHAT:       Platform to Employment Program, Bridgeport

WHERE:     Burroughs Community Center, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, First Floor Meeting Room

WHEN:       Tuesday, February 19th 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