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Updated: 08/13/2013 6:53 PM
Created: 08/13/2013 6:05 PM | Print |  Email
By: Cassie Hart

New Program in Mpls. Will Help Long-Term Unemployed Find Jobs

A new program aimed at getting some of the long-term unemployed Minnesotans back to work will be launching in Minneapolis.

The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development have partnered with The WorkPlace to help those 50 and older and Veterans 30 and under find jobs through a new program called Platform to Employment (P2E). The platform will launch in September.

Minneapolis will be the sixth city to launch P2E.

P2E was originally launched in Southwest Connecticut. It has placed 80 percent of its participants into work experience programs, with nearly 90 percent moving on to full-time employment, according to a news release from the City of Minneapolis.

“We recognize that returning veterans and persons aged 50 and over often face unique challenges in the job marketplace,” said Mayor Rybak. “By thinking creatively and developing new partnerships, we are able to launch a program that will enable more Minneapolis residents the ability to connect with prospective employers and achieve their goals of financial stability.”

Workshops will include job search strategies, resume writing, self-marketing, and worker support programs. After the training, P2E will help participants find open positions for an eight week work experience.

During the experience workers’ wages are subsidized by P2E. The employer can then determine if the participant is a good fit for the company risk free, according to a news release from Minneapolis.

Now through Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, Minneapolis residents who qualify can apply, by clicking here.



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