Research Topics

Evaluation of The WorkPlace's Platform to Employment

The Heldrich Center is conducting an evaluation of Platform to Employment, a recently launched initiative of The WorkPlace, the workforce investment board for Southwest Connecticut. Through Platform to Employment—recently featured on CBS 60 Minutes as a potential national model—The WorkPlace is offering assistance to long-term unemployed individuals, especially those who have exhausted extended unemployment insurance benefits, to help them prepare for returning to work. The model recognized that extreme long-term unemployment can take a devastating toll on job seekers’ psychological state, rendering many virtually unemployable, and incorporates an emphasis on mental health counseling. It also includes opportunities for subsidized work experience with employers who have committed to participating in this effort to reduce long-term unemployment. With funding from the AARP Foundation, The WorkPlace is adapting the model to serve a group of older job seekers, who have been disproportionately represented among the long-term unemployed. The Heldrich Center will document and evaluate the effort focused on older job seekers. (Funded by the AARP Foundation through a grant from The WorkPlace)

Disability Employment
Education & Training
Funded By: 
AARP Foundation through a grant from The WorkPlace
program evaluation
long-term unemployed