Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) announced that it has brought a nationally celebrated program to reconnect Allegheny County's long-term unemployed with the workforce.
During a kick-off event today, 3RWIB, Oakland Planning and Development Corp., and The WorkPlace outlined plans to path people out of work for 27 weeks or longer through Platform to Employment (P2E).
"As the leader of the area's public workforce system, 3 Rivers WIB always seeks to bring new and innovative ways to connect people to opportunity. Platform to Employment offers real tools and hope to some of Allegheny County's most disenfranchised job seekers," said Stefani Pashman, 3RWIB CEO. "By combining supportive services with paid work experience, Platform to Employment provides the long-term unemployed a hand in getting back on the path to a solid future."
P2E, which began in southwest Connecticut in 2011 and has been featured on 60 Minutes and other national news programs, combines job readiness training, personal and family support services, financial counseling and a paid work experience. The program has seen 90 percent of participants that have been placed into a paid work experience program move to full-time employment. Since 2013, P2E has expanded to 12 other communities including Chester County, Pa., San Francisco, Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, Chicago, San Diego, Cincinnati, Tampa, Reno/ Las Vegas and Dallas. The program is funded by a grant from the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry.
Applications for the program are being accepted at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ebhlp796ie1asc9x/start. The program is set to begin Nov. 2 at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh East Liberty branch. There is no cost to participate in P2E.
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