Bridgeport, CT


City Name and Name of Workforce Area:
Bridgeport, Southwest Connecticut

Contact Person:
Joseph M. Carbone, President and CEO

Contact Information:
jcarbone@workplace.org

Mayor(s):
Bridgeport Mayor, Joe Ganim; Stamford Mayor, David R. Martin; Norwalk Mayor, Harry Rilling

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Youth

The WorkPlace is dedicated to helping youth become valuable and self-reliant members of the community.  We help young people begin meaningful careers by offering them skills training as well as job search and placement services.  While supplying information to youth, The WorkPlace also provides a platform for innovative partnerships between employers and school systems, which work together to provide paid and non-paid internships, mentorship, and work experience opportunities.

YouthWorks helps local youth ages 17 to 21 choose a career, prepare for the  career, and become valuable and self-reliant members of the community. YouthWorks tailors its services to meet the needs and goals of each youth.

The Summer Youth Earn & Learn Employment Program links young adults and youths to summer employment and pays participants, who are ages 14 to 21 years old, for 20 hours weekly at minimum age for up to seven weeks. The program usually begins during the first week of July. Federal guidelines and an eligibility requirement are required to be met before a youth  can be enrolled in the program.

Face Forward provides employment and training services for youth (ages 14-24) who are or have been involved with the juvenile justice system.  They are given comprehensive case management services with a possible expungement and/or erasure of criminal record.

Individuals with Disabilities

Assisted Services at the American Job Center.  The WorkPlace works hard to ensure its programs and services are universally accessible. The comprehensive One-Stop in Bridgeport, CT has an Assisted Services Center with advanced equipment for use by people with disabilities.  Assistive  technology helps individuals with low mobility, vision/blindness, hard of hearing/deafness, or learning disabilities. Upon request, we provide alternate formats of forms, workshop handouts, and other printed materials to accommodate individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Benefit counselors at each location give clients information geared specifically to each client’s situation.

Veterans

The Work Place provides multiple options to serve low-income, homeless, disabled, and at-risk veterans. Through the Veterans Services Unit of The WorkPlace, veterans and their families have opportunities to receive services in a consumer-direct way. The WorkPlace partners with numerous government and not-for-profit organizations to offer holistic solutions to veterans that are isolated or need assistance connecting to appropriate resources.

The WorkPlace leverages the programs to assist veterans to maximize employment and training opportunities and address challenges they face to achieving economic stability and stable housing. For more information, visit http://www.workplace.org/training-and-education#veterans

Supportive Services for Veteran Families was founded upon the principle that every veteran has a right to housing.

The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program relies on intense personalized case management to provide housing assistance, classroom training in core skill competencies, and training for the employability skills required for long-term job success.

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program provides employment and training services for recently released veterans who are or have been incarcerated and at risk of homelessness.

STEP UP for Veterans helps veterans find jobs in Connecticut through incentives employers receive for hiring veterans.

Re-Entry Programs For Ex-Offenders

The process of leaving prison can be difficult, especially for individuals that have served lengthy sentences. Re-entry programs for ex-offenders can be very helpful for those that need a helping hand once outside of prison.

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program provides employment and training services for recently released veterans who are or have been incarcerated and at risk of homelessness.

Training to Work provides employment and training services for adult men and women who reside in work release programs in Bridgeport and New Haven, CT.

Face Forward provides employment and training services for youth (ages 14-24) who are or have been involved with the juvenile justice system.  They are given comprehensive case management services with a possible expungement and/or erasure of criminal record.

Additional Programs

Platform to Employment.  A Source Of Hope For the Long-Term Unemployed

The WorkPlace developed Platform to Employment (P2E) to address the need for the long-term unemployed to return to work and the employer need to recruit skilled workers. The program is a public-private partnership which gives businesses a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week work experience program.  We offer individuals a five-week preparatory program, including skills assessment, career readiness workshops, employee assistance programs, coaching and more. Upon program completion, we assist participants find open positions at local companies. Placements are made on a trial basis, paid for by The WorkPlace. The expectation is that if the company is satisfied with the performance of the candidate, a full-time job will ensue.   For more information, www.platformtoemployment.com

The Health CareeRx Academy is designed to increase the number of people who can be employed in health care careers. The Academy provides occupational training, work readiness, and other supports to individuals who desire to start or enhance a career in health care.

The Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program helps homeowners across Connecticut who are behind on their mortgage
payments become current by increasing their earnings. The program is designed to help mortgage borrowers increase their job skills and thus become more financially stable.


Press

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