The Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation will host a business luncheon, discussion, and orientation in Reno this month to officially launch Platform to Employment, a nationally recognized program that meets to the specific needs of the long-term unemployed.
The two-part event on November 19 will include remarks from guest business leaders, DETR officials and P2E leaders. An overview of the objectives and expectations of the P2E program will also be provided. The event begins at noon and will be held at KNPB’s office, 1670 N. Virginia Street in Reno.
P2E is specifically for people who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more or have exhausted their unemployment benefits, said Renee Olson, administrator of DETR’s Employment Security Division. Nevada currently has approximately 30,000 long-term unemployed. In October 2014, P2E held a pilot class in Las Vegas where 75% of graduates successfully returned to work. In Reno, where the program launched in February, 81% of graduates have returned to work.
“Many Nevadans struggled to return to work in the wake of the Great Recession. The Employment Security Division has recognized this need and has worked diligently to find innovative ways to serve this population,” said Renee Olson, Administrator of DETR’s Employment Security Division. “Some job seekers need more support to upgrade their skills to prepare for the world of work. P2E is designed to provide them with this assistance. ”
Nevada was among 32 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help Nevada’s long-term unemployed return to work, Olson said. The grant totaling $1,830,497 was awarded through the National Employment-Oriented Emergency Grants program.
DETR is partnering with The WorkPlace, the Southwest Connecticut Regional Workforce Development Council, to bring P2E to Reno. P2E offers individuals a five-week preparatory program, including skills assessment, career readiness workshops, employee assistance programs, coaching and more. After completing the program, P2E helps participants find employment.
Placements are made on a trial basis and are paid for by the program. The expectation is that full-time employment will result if the employer is satisfied with the candidate’s performance, Olson said. P2E subsidizes the job candidate’s salary for up to eight weeks, providing employers with a risk-free opportunity to assess the candidate and determine if there is a good match.
P2E is a proven model that demonstrates that a good job readiness program, combined with personal and family support services and financial counseling, can enable the long-term unemployed to re-enter the labor market. Tested on multiple cohorts, including participants from urban and suburban communities, P2E placed 80% of program participants in work experience programs, with nearly 90% of those transitioning into full-time employment, a said Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The Workplace.
“Platform to Employment provides the tools and resources needed to get the long-term unemployed back to work,” Carbone said. “The program offers hope and opportunity to workers who are often overlooked when hiring, and we look forward to continuing to work in Reno.”