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Employer-Driven Model and Toolkit: Strategies for Developing Employment Opportunities for Justice-Involved Individuals: Engage and Partner With Stakeholders

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Date Published
May 2014
4 pages
This report outlines ways to identify and partner with other agencies and organizations with a stake in providing jobs for individuals who have been convicted of a crime.
Stakeholders that are potential partners include community colleges, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor certified apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships, Workforce investment boards, non-profit and faith-based organization, employers and organized labor, and professional associations and chambers of commerce. The relevance of each of these organizations/programs to the employment of ex-offenders is briefly explained. Suggestions are also offered for how to identify the partners best suited to be partners in the effort to prepare and place ex-offenders for employment. Suggestions for identifying the right partners are to use labor market information in targeting occupations for training and employment and use the State labor market information contact list. Regarding how partnerships can best be used, it is suggested that they be used to address barriers to employment, such as low-income, disabilities, and a criminal history. Some examples of effective partnerships are provided, including a partnership between Indiana's Correctional Industries and the U.S. Department of Labor in creating registered apprenticeships inside prisons and the St. Louis Carpenters Union's establishment of a joint apprenticeship program with the Federal Probation Service. 2 online resources