HARTFORD — Created to appeal to qualified candidates often overlooked in the hiring process, the Platform to Employment program is seeking applications from the long-term unemployed.
Connecticut residents who have exhausted their unemployment benefits are welcome to apply online to the P2E, a program offered statewide. Classes will be held in Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven, Norwich/New London and Hartford.
The WorkPlace is about to offer this nationally recognized program, which received $3.6 million to create the first statewide P2E program in the nation.
By partnering with the Connecticut Department of Labor and Vocational Rehabilitation and the states four other workforce investment boards (WIB), P2E will serve 500 Connecticut residents during the program yea, officials said. The program’s first statewide class of 100 is expected to begin in September.
Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, said the P2E is to provide tools and resources needed to return the long-term unemployed to work.
“The program provides hope and opportunity for workers that are frequently overlooked when hiring, and it offers employers a risk-free opportunity to consider qualified candidates to meet their needs,” Carbone said.