Hiring people with a background is also in companies’ own best interest. Formerly incarcerated individuals can fill labor shortages in high-demand fields, and they tend to reward companies that have taken a chance on them with increased loyalty and lower turnover rates.
However, simply giving people a job isn’t enough. Re-entrance into the workforce after a prolonged absence presents a series of challenges, including an outdated skill set, the emergency of new industries, and evolving technologies. In addition, many individuals leave jail or prison lacking essential life skills, financial literacy, and employment readiness, making it less likely that they will succeed over the long term.
We recommend that participants take our three courses in the sequence presented below. Here’s an overview of our offerings:
A program designed for anyone seeking a fresh start, including individuals faced with rebuilding their lives as they work to overcome an addiction, people looking to move on following a divorce or death, and those who are simply struggling to get traction in their lives. The most comprehensive of our three courses, A Path Forward© includes two hours of video instruction, a 42-page workbook, and activities and quizzes to reinforce the material covered.
The program presenter will guide participants through:
A program designed to teach participants the fundamentals of finance needed to function in today’s world. The course includes over 90 hours of video instruction, a 23-page workbook, and activities and quizzes to ensure participants are absorbing the material.
Basic skills covered include:
An interactive workshop designed to help people reevaluate and rebuild following incarceration. Participants will have access to two hours of video instruction, a 35-page workbook, and quizzes, activities and goal-setting worksheets that participants can refer back to as they progress through their career and life goals.
Throughout the course, individuals will learn how to:
In addition to our standard courses, we have and will continue to customize our programs to meet employers’ needs. Our four methods of delivery – in person, via WebEx or Zoom, online, and via tablet – allow us to adapt to the situation and bring the greatest value and impact to program participants. We also provide support to hiring firms through management workshops and onboarding assistance to make the experience of hiring from this population positive and beneficial.
We know firsthand that resources and support are essential to overcoming the challenges of re-entry and rebuilding, which is why enrollment in our programming also includes:
Contact us to learn how we can help you every step of the way, from identifying candidates, to shepherding them through the hiring, onboarding, and training process, to managing them as valued employees. Email us or call us at 847-257-2713 to start the conversation.
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1.“Caruso, Vincent. “Report: Recidivism to Cost Illinois More Than $13B Over Next 5 Years.” Illinois Policy, 3 August 2018, www.illinoispolicy.org/report-recidivism-to-cost-illinois-more-than-13b-over-next-5-years/.
3. “Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Jobseekers Benefits Your Company.” The Trone Private Sector and Education Advisory Council to the American Civil Liberties Union, June 2017, www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/field_document/060917-trone-reportweb_0.pdf.