Hartford, CT – March 5, 2020

The WorkPlace announces the state-wide graduation ceremonies of the nationally recognized Platform to Employment (P2E) program with classes from the Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury.  Since its inception, P2E has helped over 1,800 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 a significant number of participants in this class found interviews before graduation. On average, P2E graduates earn an hourly wage of $24.67 which equates to $51,320 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. The program is a proven resource to support a growing economy and we invite you to attend, meet with program participants and legislators that have made it possible.

Senator Martin Looney President Pro Tempore, (11th District) New Haven, Hamden and North Haven
Senator Joan Hartley (15th District) Waterbury, Middlebury, Naugatuck
Senator Tony Hwang (28th District) Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, Westport
Representative Mitch Bolinsky (106th District) Newtown  
Representative Joe Gresko (121st District) Stratford
Representative Chris Rosario (128th District) Bridgeport
Alison Tainter SVP, Director of Talent Acquisition and Performance Management, Webster Bank
Terri Simmons, Graduate, Platform to Employment
WHAT:        Platform to Employment Graduation
WHERE:     Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol Building, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
WHEN:        Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:00 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 the country.  For more information, visit www.workplace.org